You’d think it is a mirage—but it is real!
The desert is an arid, dry place, and most of us don’t want to be there. The extremely hot weather in the afternoon is exchanged with extreme cold at night. Occasional strong gusts of wind can leave you covered in sand, not to mention the vast emptiness without neighbors and other people to talk to. But once you see this oasis in the Peruvian desert, you’d probably pack your bags and live there!
The magical town is called Huacachina, and it can be found not only on adventurers’ bucket lists, but also in a barren desert in Peru.
Huacachina is a desert oasis and tiny village just west of the city of Ica in southwestern Peru. At its center are the green waters of the Huacachina Lagoon, ringed by palm trees and thought to have therapeutic properties. The lagoon’s shores are dotted with bars and clubs. Dune buggies run across the high, rolling sand dunes surrounding the village.
Visitors can visit the surreal settlement and the 96 residents who thrive on running small businesses on their greatest resource: sand.
The lake is believed by some to have healing powers, and in the 1940s, wealthy Peruvians would travel to the location to bathe in its waters.
The lake is naturally formed, but there is a legend that a young princess was bathing when she was discovered by a hunter and fled, leaving behind a pool of water. Her flowing cloak was said to have created the surrounding sand dunes.
Now, descendents of the Inca people make their living by hosting guests coming from afar to climb to the top of a wind-sculptured sand dune and watch the sunset illuminate the golden landscape, before sailing down the slopes on rented sandboards or dune buggies.
Huacachina residents rent out sandboards and buggies for backpackers who travel to this magical town.
Visitors can also experience the impressive sand dunes and magnificent views.
Have you packed your bags yet?