Under the Incan Sun: A Morning Workout and Photo Session in Huacachina
The goal was to be out at the crack of dawn, when the desert air is at its finest. Due to evening food and internet complications, a whole other story, I got to sleep a bit later than planned. My body clock finally forced my eyes open just after the sun began its ascent.
I was out the door at 6:25 and on the dune at 6:40.
The air was crisp. The hill still sat in the shade, away from the sun’s glare. I plopped my feet into cold sand. This was a first. The smooth chill caused a tingling feeling. I thought: This is natural reflexology. The intense sensation faded quickly after getting used to this new earth’s embrace.
For the first half of the hike I was in a gigantic shadow. Ahead of me was a natural tan line separating the shade from the sun. As I moved towards it, it moved towards me, on this staircase made of sand.
By the time I’d reached the sun and sand’s tan line, I’d achieved a groove. I stopped for my hat and shades, took a sip of water and was off to complete my mission; to get to the top and complete a fantastic exercise session.
Pulling your feet out of the sand while pushing them upward, is an endeavor.
I thought: Breathe the clean desert air, in and out. Feel your lungs. Take consistent steps. What a great cardio workout. I love this!
39 minutes after I’d started, I reached the top. As it was about 7:25 am, I only saw one other person, a sand border who was practicing jumps and maneuvers. Other than him, I was alone on the summit. I thought: It’s just me, giant sand dunes, and the brightening ancient sun.
While hiking, sinking and inching upward, and after I reached the top, I managed to take a bunch of photos. Here are the ones that I’d like to share.
This is a view of Huacachina from about three-quarters of the way up the dune, a bit higher than in the last pic. At this altitude there was much less trash compared to farther down. A local man told me that the government doesn’t do anything to help keep Huacachina clean. He said that once in a while he and other locals get together and engage in trash clean up. He agreed with me that the village is over touristed. At the same time he made it clear that the pros outweigh the cons. Almost everyone in the village makes their living off of tourism.
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Can you think of any cool or alternative workout opportunities? Feel free to leave a comment below.