The tiny little town Nazca, in southern Peru – famous for The Lineas de Nazca – has the highest sand dune of the world: “Cerro Blanc” is around the 2080 meters and lies in the desert. Sandboarding is one of the most popular things you can do here and it attracts a lot of people. The only part that you don´t expect is that you have to walk up the dune with your sand board because there are no elevators here. Therefore, tours leave really early in the morning, to prevent the tourists from burning: Nazca is in the middle of the desert so temperatures can go up to 35 – 38 degrees. I left for my trip around 11 in the morning, which was quite late. However, even although I had to walk up the sand hill and it was terrible hot, it was definitely worth the effort! Up on the sand dune, the guide takes his time to explain you what do.
There are a couple of small hills where you can practice and after those you are ready for the big hill. A huge area of sand is lying in front of you and you can go down as fast as you want. Take out the fact that you will find sand anywhere on your body during the following days, and this is an amazing experience!
Nazca is located approx.. 400 kilometers south of Lima, the famous Peruvian capital.
From Lima it takes approx.. 8 hours by bus to reach Nazca; Nazca is also another 8 bus hours from Arequipa and about 18 hrs from Cusco.
Most peop le visit Nazca on their way from Lima to Arequipa or the other way around and many of them take a flight over the famous Nazca Lines.
You can also visit a Cementery. There are a few nice hostels and hotels in Nazca and a couple of restaurants.