Approximately 2 miles away from the city of Ica is the Huacachina Oasis, which is surrounded by towering dunes. Many people go sandboarding here. It is the perfect place to relax and have fun on a boogie board that will take you up and down the dunes. You should also try sandboarding and watch the sunset.
The desert pampa is kept in that of the same name, whose expanse surrounds the city of Nazca. It is a place developing the arrival of tourism. You can fly over the mysterious Nazca Lines, watch and even look for fossils, go in dunes in pick up trucks, go sandboarding, visit indigenous cemeteries, ruins of pyramids, ancient aqueducts, cememony centers and naturay reserves, plantations for breeding pigs, red chili and cotton, streams, now invaded by Huarango. The is one of the most diverse and exploited deserts. In addition to crossing part of it, running through the American South (between Ica and Nazca), we rented a raid for two days in this desert. Our first and only intention was to spend a night in the open desert, which was a very varied experience, and enriching. A very pleasant surprise for me, I did not expect it. It has something for everyone: anthropology, history, archeology, culture, nature, sports, fossils, mystery ... To me, a "must do", if you visit Peru.
One of the biggest complaints about deserts (and some privileged beaches with dunes), in recent times, is the practice of sandboarding, ie riding a board, like snowboarding, on the sand dunes. In Peru you can do it in several places. Perhaps the best known is the desert of Ica, near the city of Ica. But undoubtedly the "wildest" method is practiced in the Huaracanga desert (around Nazca). At the foot of Cerro Blanco, the highest sand dune in the world (2,078 m), is a vast area of dunes. Some areas are accessible by buggy (sandbox they call it there), but others must be accessed on foot, perhaps the most painful part of the process. Of course, the satisfaction of the views and trip down make it well worth it. You can throw yourself into a sitting pose or go "head" first. Have a look at the videos (though they don't do it justice). The activity was part of a two-day getaway to the desert, with Nazca agency.