Sunday, October 6, 2013

Sandboarding in San Pedro de Atacama

As I said in my previous post about San Pedro de Atacama, it is one of the most visited destinations in Chile. Which means the variety of activities on offer are huge, one of which being sandboarding. To say the least, our curiosity was sparked so we just had to give it a go.

Obviously.

We left the hostel about 2ish in the afternoon and arrived at this massive sand dune which made the ones in England look like mere sandcastles in comparision.

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We decided to survey our surroundings at the top whilst the guide was setting up and admired the beautiful views around us. We ran down the dune (any other speed would have been impossible due to the steepness) to be briefed for what lay ahead of us.

Image Hosted by ImageShack.usThe briefing was pretty much "Slide down, climb back up." in typical South American fashion so all that was left to do was climb up.

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And climb up we did.

Once we reached the top and had finally recovered from the hard slog up, we slided down to the bottom. Whilst the board is similar to that of a snowboard, the big difference is turning only results in falling down. So, straight forward, full steams ahead is the only way to go!

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This continued for a good hour and a half. We started to tire of the hard climb up so when the guide told us our time was up, we were glad to be able to sit down and relax. Then we were rewarded with going to the viewpoint at Valle de la Luna to watch the sunset with a few chilled beers. 

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We looked on over the valley as the colours changed from hues of light pink to dark shades of blue and grey.

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The perfect ending to the day.

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