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Cerro Blanco

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Cerro Blanco
  • (worth a detour)
  • 1-2 km
  • Moderate
  • Average
  • half day
  • 2 2

The tallest sand dune in the world

Tours range from $30 USD to $100 per person

Most people head to Huacachina in Ica to do sand boarding but most don’t know about the less-visited spot nearby known as Cerro Blanco, the tallest sand dune in the world with an altitude of 2078 above sea level and a height of 1176 meters from the summit to the ground. It is located 14 kilometers away from the famous city of Nazca, visited mostly for the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Nazca Lines.

 

At the summit of the dune, you’ll be able to observe the Nazca Valley, the Andes mountain ranges, another impressive mountain where whale and shark fossils are often found, and the Pacific Ocean on clear days.

 

Tours usually include 3 hour hikes starting in the early am to avoid the drenching heat in the desert. Hike are a must because buggies can’t go up due to the steepness of the mountain. After three intense hours, you’ll reach the tallest point of the dune and your guide will help you practice practice in small cuts of the dune before letting you go all the way down from a height of 1000 meters by yourself.

 

Cerro Blanco is truly a great alternative to Huacachina for those looking to spend a bit more time exploring the city of Nazca and its surroundings and for those who are not too into the party scene of Huacachina.



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