Sandboarding and desert dune adventures in South America.

Sandboard at Cerro Dragon
Sandboarding at Cerro Dragon, Iquique, Chile. Photo courtesy of Cristian Calcagno

The Dragon Hill: Iquique’s Urban Wonder

The Dragon Hill in Iquique, Chile, is the largest urban sand dune globally, offering a tranquil escape from the urban chaos. With breathtaking views, a unique ecosystem, and thrilling activities like sandboarding and motorcycle rides, it's a paradise for adventurous explorers.


“Dreams of Sand”: Sandboarding Club Begins Empowerment Program for Underprivileged Kids in Peru

The Dreams of Sand project uses the thrill of sandboarding to empower underprivileged youth in the Peruvian desert. Led by four-time sandboarding world champion Dito Chavez, the project offers free sports programs to children from poor communities, including sandboarding lessons, physical and mental conditioning, and workshops focused on developing values.


What is a Coastal Desert?

Coastal deserts are deserts located in coastal areas, generally at the western edges of continents near the tropics. Coastal deserts are characterized by low levels of precipitation, high evaporation rates, and sparse vegetation. Winds off the coast blows in an easterly pattern and prevents the moisture from moving onto the…

Sandboarding at Lomas de Solymar - Ciudad de la Costa, Uruguay.
Sandboarding at Lomas de Solymar - Ciudad de la Costa, Uruguay. Photo courtesy of Germantito.

Sandboarding in Uruguay

There are plenty of opportunities for fans of sandboarding in Uruguay, mostly located around the coast. The best dunes are located in Rocha near Cabo Polonio, although there are plenty of smaller beach dunes that you can hit near major cities in Canelones and Maldonado. Montevideo does not have very…


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