When most people think of sporting activities in the North of Peru surfing naturally comes to mind as some of the world’s best surfing spots are located here; however, you don’t have to look too far to find a plethora of alternative sporting activities to keep you occupied and sandboarding is a fun option to try.
A short taxi ride from the centre of Trujillo through a tiny farming community will get you to a place called La Laguna de Conache. A charge of s/1 was charged to enter and sand boards can be rented from the locals for s/15 per board. There is also an opportunity to have a swim in the lake to clean off all the sand with the option to hire row boat for s/2.
As a beginner surfer taking lessons in Huanchaco I found the sandboarding useful practice for standing on the board (some of the time) and hoping it might help me in my next surfing lesson. For anyone who wants a good cardio workout climbing up the dunes after every ride down will certainly give you a reason not to go to the gym for the rest of the day.
There was some debate about the correct techniques to ensure the best way to go down the dunes between the surfers and the snowboarders but I think the snowboarders styled it out the best on the day. However, there was no technique to ensure stopping gracefully which was much more difficult than first anticipated resulting in some quite impressive face planting.
After numerous attempts by everyone to put their techniques into practice when it comes to sandboarding it’s all about speed. By the end of the day most people ended up having the most fun sitting on the sand boards and riding them down like sledges, quite appropriate really as most of us are missing the snow back at home.