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There’s something decadent about returning to a favorite destination a second time. You don’t have to fret about how much a taxi should cost, or checking sights of the list, or how you can creatively blog about them (maybe that one is a little me-centric) — you already figured that out the first time. Instead you can focus on soaking up the atmosphere, revisiting your favorite meals, and enjoying the place at a slower pace.

Which is exactly why I was so excited to return to Huacachina. I knew from the moment I arrived the first time with Zoe that I’d be back here again as I eventually circled back to Lima. This time, with a new travel buddy in tow.

As I hinted at previously, I returned to Cusco in order to meet Anders and two of his Swedish friends, who had just arrived in Peru. Almost as soon as they landed they took off on the Salkantay Trek, and so the period that I refer to as the Scandinavian Giant Tour portion of my trip did not really begin until we all arrived in Huacachina together off an overnight bus from Cusco.

Can you see where I got the name from?

We spent two sunny days in Huacachina, and while I stayed behind at the delightful Banana’s Adventures and worked while the boys took off on a wine tour I couldn’t resist but join them for another sandboarding/dune buggying adventure. It was just as fun the second time around.

I didn’t think there was much more to discover in blink-and-you’ll-miss-it Huacachina, but on the suggestion of an commenter I had a very memorable breakfast one morning at . The food was great, yes, but what really struck me was the English-born owner, who had spent the last fifteen years living in this microscopic town. She was a wealth of information about the South coast, and it was worth the price of breakfast just to chat to her.

While I’m not sure if another Huacachina visit will be in my future, I certainly loved my time in this Peruvian backpacking oasis.

Goodbye, Huacachina!

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17 Comments...
  • Shaun
    December 20 2013

    SOOO much fun! literally an oasis with adventure activities. Sign me up!

    P.S. have a merry xmas.
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    • Meihoukai
      December 20 2013

      Thanks Shaun! You too. But yeah…. I’ll post again before then! (I’m addicted!) šŸ™‚

  • Nadia
    December 20 2013

    Oh goodness! Absolute giants! Do they just carry you when you are all in a hurry so your normal size legs arent slowing down the group?

    • Meihoukai
      December 20 2013

      Ha, actually with my Type-A New Yorker attitude, it was these laid back Scandis who were always lagging behind! Slackers!

  • becky hutner
    December 20 2013

    Adorable pic of you & the nordic giants!

    Sometimes I wish I could be in the “2nd visit” frame of mind the first time around. Damn us agenda-oriented travelers & our checklists.
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  • Kat
    December 21 2013

    So glad that you did go to Casa de Bamboo! I was kicking myself that I didn’t remember to mention it when you were in Huacachina the first time round. Good to know that it’s still owned by the same family and that they’re still as lovely as they were when I was there.

    • Meihoukai
      December 22 2013

      Were you the one who gave me the recommendation on Instagram? I can’t remember now. No matter, I’m so glad I went!

  • Breanna
    December 21 2013

    Love the name Scandinavian giant tour. Its very fitting. Also you make me want to go to this little oasis just to spend hours dune boarding

    • Meihoukai
      December 22 2013

      The boys were celebrities in Peru — they were stopped for photos a few times! Scandinavian Giants indeed šŸ™‚

  • Preeti
    December 21 2013

    Wow – amazing pictures! I bet it was a lot of fun too, I visited the sand dunes in New Zealand and had a great time sand boarding.
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    • Meihoukai
      December 22 2013

      I would never have guessed they had sand dunes in New Zealand! Fun to know for the future šŸ™‚

      • Preeti
        December 22 2013

        We do and they’re huge šŸ™‚ You have to visit NZ and Australia one day, you’ll love it!
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  • Dad
    December 23 2013

    What a haunting landscape and a real oasis too!!

  • TammyOnTheMove
    December 23 2013

    Ha ha, the photo of you and the giants looks great!
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  • Ross
    December 27 2013

    Photos are great. Sorry but you look tiny beside the other three! Sounds like a cool place
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    • Meihoukai
      December 27 2013

      Believe me, I’m not offended! They were big guys!