Sand-boarding Near San Pedro de Atacama


San Pedro De Atacama Chile Sandboarding

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.

San Pedro De Atacama Chile Sandboarding II

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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". . .life is short and the world is wide" - Simon Raven I'm not sure I've ever consciously planned a trip based on this sentiment, but it definitely influences my subconscious! I've been traveling as frequently and widely as possible since I finished school. And I love it. I love the research, the planning, the fervent packing and the curiosity of exploring somewhere I've never been before. My husband & I are both Irish - as in born-in-Ireland. But we live in Seattle. We have two boys: wild, boisterous, regular boys. So, since becoming a Mom, I've been a WanderMom. Given our slightly-unusual family situation, routine "visits-to-Grandma" are international trips requiring passports, 10hr-flights and (oh joy!) airport transfers. I have rants, raves and opinions about how, where & why to travel with kids (start them as young as you can, I say!). I hope to learn even more by researching topics which other wandermoms may be interested in reading about on this blog. Passports, pacifiers, diapers and gameboys at the ready - off we go! Contact Info: Email Michelle: michelle (at) murphnduff (dot) org

2 thoughts on “Sand-boarding Near San Pedro de Atacama

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    Hi to you all,we are enjoying following your progress .Where is himself? has he taken a break?
    where will you be for Christmas?
    We were swimming in the pool yesterday 17deg.
    Had a lovely Thanksgiving at The Metaxa household on Thu night.

    Safe and happy journeys.

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