Last Updated on August 17, 2022

The Palmira Desert (Desierto de Palmira) is a unique sandy landscape in the middle of the Ecuadorian Andes, and the one place where you can practice sandboarding on its vast albeit rather small dunes.

This very small desert is a hidden gem still relatively undiscovered even by the locals. Recently the indigenous communities of the province of Chimborazo have started makign arrangements with community tourism associations to allow and promote the visit of tourists, charging an entrance of around 1 USD per person.

Dunas de Arena - Palmira Desert, Ecuador
Palmira Desert Sand Dunes, Ecuador.

Sandboarding at Palmira Desert

The slopes in the Palmira Desert are quite modest, with the highest slopes about 100 meters of height, but it is possible to sandboard.

Other activities you can do at the site are camping, horseback riding, or mule riding accompanied by a local muleteer.


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