|Mummies at Nazca|
But first we had another early start, setting off at 6:45 to visit the cemetery in Nazca. The cemetery dates to the ancient Nazca tribe that they believe was responsible for creating the Nazca lines. Unfortunately the cemetery was first found by grave robbers, so any valuable items were taken and the bodies were casually abandoned in the desert sand. It was some fifty years before the authorities decided to do something about it and reconstructed some of the tombs to preserve the historical site.
|Huacachina - desert oasis|
|Sand buggying in Huacachina|
Once the main heat of the sun had died down, we waved goodbye to the two who had decided not to go, and set off in the sandbuggies. Our drivers are expert in speeding over the dunes, so it was a real rollercoaster ride.
After a while, we stopped sand duning and brought out the boards. We were perched at the top of quite a large and very steep dune. Three of the group decided that this wasn't for them, but the rest of us lined up at the edge of the dune.
|Me, part way down the first dune|
It was great fun. Lying down on the board, half hanging over the edge and waiting to be pushed off was a but nervy, but when the push came, the adrenalin kicked in and I loved it.
|Nic starting the first dune|
The second was higher, and though we didn't realise it from the top, there was a small uphill bit at the end.
|Nic at the end of dune three|
|Me, just before my tumble|
|Sunset at Huacachina|
|A sandy us in Huacachina|
Now you would think that Sharif would have learnt his lesson on betting Sophie about food, but apparently not. He did it again, this time about a plate of vegetables. After much negotiation - or more accurately dispute - between the two parties representatives, a plateful of food was prepared, a forty minute time limit agreed, and TJ elected as time keeper. Sophie started well, but faltered towards the end and just failed to shovel down the last bits in the allotted time. This was a contentious matter, so on the end it was agreed that both Sharif and Sophie would do the forfeit of naked sandboarding, but without an audience. By this time the cold desert evening had set in, and we all know that sand gets everywhere, so neither was that thrilled. You would think this might make them think again in future but somehow I doubt it!
|Desert barbeque at Huacachina|
So back to the town for a very welcome breakfast before setting off for Lima.