Enjoying a “mini-vacation” with our friends Camille and Ryan at the Huacachina Oasis
We all have different styles
These were our last days with Camilla and Ryan, before they will drive north and we would drive south back to Chile. We decided to have a “mini-vacation” at the Huacachina Oasis, before saying goodbye.
Vacation time is ice cream time
The sunset over the sand dunes are just amazing
Huacachina is built around a small natural lake in the desert, also called the “oasis of America”. Water stopped seeping into the lake in the 1980s and this became a threat to the lagoon. Recently, private landowners near the oasis have installed wells, which has reduced the level of water in the oasis. To compensate for this water loss, and preserve the oasis as an aesthetically pleasing destination for tourists, a group of ten businessmen devised a plan to pump water from a nearby farm into the lagoon. The process of artificially pumping water into the oasis began on April 2nd 2015 and since then more than 73,000 cubic meters of water has been pumped into the lagoon raising the height of the water by as much as 3 meters (source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Huacachina).
The population of Huacachina is only 100 people, but it hosts many thousands of tourists each year. The main tourist attraction is the sand dunes, and the dune buggies are lined up.
Time for a tour in the sand dunes
While Esben, Camille and Ryan were on the in the sand dunes, I went for a walk in the dunes to find a god spot, from where I could enjoy the sunset.
On the top of a dune where all the buggies looked like confused ants running around
Huacachina is located in the Ica Province. The nearby city is Ica, which is the capital of the Ica Province, is famous for the sweets “tejas”. It consists of a white mass of sugar filled with “dulce de leche”and dried fruits, mostly pecans. From this dessert was born the “choco-teja” (that sounds even better ) that is similar to the normal “teja”, except that the cover is chocolate. Since we like sweets, we just had to try them. We went to one of the first stores, that have been making tejas since 1966 “Sra. Buendia”.
Here you can see the difference between a tejas, and a choco-tejas. The tejas consists of a candied lime peel filled with dulce de leche, which is covered in a white sugar mass (left picture) and in chocolate (right picture).
As we went through the different tejas and choco-tejas we have them points. This was the result: 1. Chocoteja with coffee, 2.Chocoteja with liquor infused raisins and 3. Teja limon/Chocoteja with pecans. We also bought some cheap choco-tejas in the supermarket (right picture), and they were just not worth the money. Lack of flavor, and the chocolate was horrible. Buy the good ones – they are amazing.
It was time to say goodbye to Camilla and Ryan – Thank you for all the great times we have had together and have an amazing trip up north
Meet us in the next post, where we are on our way back to Chile, but we are gonna make one more stop on our way in Arequipa, also known as the white city.