Amazing oasis town in the middle of the desert in Peru

Incredible lagoon in one of the world's driest climates has become tourist hotspot

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You would be forgiven for thinking this was some kind of mirage, but the amazing oasis town in the middle of one of the driest places on Earth is actually very real.

The town is called Huacachina and is in the middle of the Atacama Desert in Peru, reports the Daily Mail.

It's a haven for tourists, with the lagoon reportedly offering healing powers, as well as being surrounded by palm trees and sand dunes perfect for adventurists.

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According to the Wikipedia, Huacachina is a village in the Ica Region, in southwestern Peru. It is located in the Ica Province, near the city of Ica in the Ica District.

Huacachina has a tiny population of around 115, and is built around a small natural lake in the desert.

Huacachina

Called the "oasis of America," it serves as a resort for local families from the nearby city of Ica, and increasingly as an attraction for tourists drawn by the sports of sandboarding and taking dune buggy rides on sand dunes that stretch several hundred feet high.

Legend holds that the lagoon was created when a beautiful native princess was apprehended at her bath by a young hunter. She fled, leaving the pool of water she had been bathing in to become the lagoon. The folds of her mantle, streaming behind her as she ran, became the surrounding sand dunes. And the woman herself is rumoured to still live in the oasis as a mermaid.

Huacachina Oasis  built around small natural lake in desert.

Currently, private landowners near the oasis have installed wells, in order to access the groundwater. This has had the effect of drastically reducing the level of water in the oasis. To compensate for this water loss, and preserve the oasis as an aesthetically pleasing destination for tourists, the city began a process of artificially pumping water into the oasis.

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