If you’ve been reading this blog for any length of time you’ll know that I’m partial to winter sports. On a cold winter’s day, I really, truly love the feeling of hurtling down a (fairly) steep mountain slope on a snowboard.
It was quite a surprise to see snowboards racked up outside tour shops in San Pedro de Atacama – until we learned that sand-boarding was on the menu of tourist activities available. Of course we had to try it out.
The boys were less than eager. CAM couldn’t be convinced to come along but BigB, as ever, more willing to please, agreed to strap on a snowboard.
Sand-boarding at San Pedro de Atacama is a bit of a swizz. It’s definitely fun, but the hills have to be low enough so that you can walk up with your board (again and a again) and not become completely exhausted. The down side of this (excuse the pun) is that the “runs” are very short making it hard to get in some good turns – without, like me, wiping out. On a snowboard I’m a champion faller so that wasn’t a problem. The sand that got absolutely everywhere – ears, nose, navel – when I fell? Definitely an issue with sand-boarding.
BigB and I voted to stick to snow in future. Murph wants to try out sand-boarding on the largest sand-dune in the world near Nazca, Peru. I’ll keep you posts on his progress.
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