decided to stay in Huacachina rather than the big town of Ica, 10 km away. A
very good choice.
It is a beautiful
oasis surrounded by huge sands dunes.
major sport around here for the tourists is racing around in sand buggies with
names such as Sand Warriors…. One can hear the roars of these peculiar machines
in early morning taking the punters over the dunes for about 15 km, disgorging
the youngsters with boards so they can sand board downhill to be picked up at the bottom. We passed on
Can’t resist to inspect
hotel is very pleasant with a swimming pool just in the event we might decide
take a rest, swim and sunbath.
Such a joy to see free birds in the hotel garden
toured a couple of vineyards this
afternoon. The first famous is for its wine (not quite to French standard and
taste), the 2nd for its Pisco Brandy.
backdrop if the Famous Tacama Vineyard is the Andes, where the water to irrigate
the grapes come from.
tradition of making Pisco Brandy has not changed in this vineyard for 3
generations. The brandy is made
is the famous Peruvian drink made of brandy, lemons, sugar and beaten egg
whites. Very nice too…
extraordinary to have the cross together with various offerings hanging above
the pipe from which the brandy pours.
there in the hope of a better Brandy or for forgiveness for such a decadent
array of drinks made there. We sampled a few!
next stop was the on the edge of Ica to the ramshackle suburb of Cahiche, made famous throughout Peru as a
traditional sanctuary for white witches
monument was erected in 1986 in honour of a white witch
she died, for curing a powerful Congressman of a terminal illness.
other excellent day