Surrounded By Sand: Huacachina

I made a quick stop in the desert oasis of Huacachina, which is very near the Peruvian city of Ica. Huacachina is considered an adventure destination, as it is known for it’s dune buggy and sand boarding tours.

I had been told that Banana’s Adventure hostel is the best place to stay in Huacachina and I wasn’t disappointed. As soon as I arrived, I booked a dune buggy and sand boarding tour for later that afternoon and then spent most of the day hanging out by the pool.

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Banana’s Adventure Hostel

I was reading a book called Psycho Cybernetics, which is one of the best books I have ever read. I would highly recommend it as one of the first books to read,  for anyone who wants to start making positive changes in their life.

I was getting ah-ha moment after ah-ha moment as I read by the pool that day. I took way too many notes to share them all here, but I will share one thing that I wrote down. In one chapter, the book describes the “Success-Type” personality.

One of the traits of this “success-Type” personality is having a sense of direction. The Author, Maxwell Maltz says, “Functionally, a man is somewhat like a bicycle. A bicycle maintains it’s poise and equilibrium only so long as it is going forward towards something.”

He later says, “When we have no personal goal which we are interested in and which “means something” to us, we are apt to “go around in circles,” feel “lost” and find life itself “aimless” and “purposeless.” We are build to conquer environment, solve problems, achieve goals, and we find no real satisfaction or happiness in life without obstacles to conquer and goals to achieve.”

This really resonated with what I was feeling just one year ago. I shared in a previous post, how at times, I was lacking motivation and struggling emotionally, running my business last year. I still enjoyed what I was doing and I really enjoyed my lifestyle, but I felt like something was missing.

One reason for this was that I was lacking meaningful personal goals. I had several goals, but none that were so important to me that I really wanted to fight to attain them.

If I compare my third year to my first year in business, it’s easy for me to see the importance of having meaningful goals. Last year, I was making a lot more money, I was more experienced and my business was systemized, so I didn’t have to work nearly as much. However, I was less motivated and less fulfilled.

In my first year, I was making a lot less money, had no idea what I was doing and I was working 80-100 hours a week. However, this was one of the best times of my life and I loved every day of it. This is because I had meaningful goals that I was excited to fight for.

Every time that I find myself in an emotional low, even if just for a day, I usually find that I have lost focus on my important goals and purpose. Usually, all it takes is taking some time alone to re-align with my goals and I regain my motivation and confidence.

There was a large group of us from the hostel signed up for the tour, so two dune buggy’s pulled up in front of our hostel to pick us up that afternoon. From there, we were driven through the streets of Huacachina and out into the surrounding sand dunes for our dune buggy ride.

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Our dune buggy

This was my second time ever riding in a dune buggy, the first time being in Oregon, on a family road trip. It was just as fun and exhilarating as I remembered. As we made our way out into the dunes, I told my friends that I hoped our driver was a crazy one. After a few minutes, I realized that we were in luck. Our driver took us on a wild ride, before parking at the top of the dunes that we would be sand boarding down.

I paid extra to upgrade to a real snowboard, whereas most people were given a basic wooden board, with rope straps. Honestly, I don’t think it was worth it to upgrade. There is way more friction riding on sand, compared to snow. I was able to ride down the dunes fine, but not nearly as fast as on a mountain.

The people who had the basic boards were able to just sit down on them, which seemed to be much better for picking up speed down the hill. I figure that if I want to go snowboarding, I might as well go somewhere with snow. On the dunes, it seemed like a lot more fun to just sit down and hold on for dear life.

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Ready to hit the slopes

RIMG2278 RIMG2295The sun was setting as our tour was coming to an end, so we had quite the view as we made our way back to Huacachina.

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Sunset over the dunes

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The desert oasis of Huacachina

There was a massive sand dune right beside our hostel, so a group of us decided to finish off the day by hiking to the top of it, after dark. It ended up being a more difficult hike than we thought. I think we must have lost almost half of our group by the time we made it to the top. A few people turned back and some others stopped half way and joined us at the top, half an hour later, to enjoy the beautiful view of the city of Ica.

Looking out on the shining city lights, from the top of that sand dune, with new friends, was the perfect way to end another great day.

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