IT'S NOT A MIRAGE! The Amazing Oasis Town That Flourishes In The Middle Of The Driest Place On Earth [IMAGES]

Nestled in one of the driest locations on earth, is Huacachina; a town complete with trees, hotels, shops and even an oasis library - tranquil!
Nestled in one of the driest locations on earth, is Huacachina; a town complete with trees, hotels, shops and even an oasis library - tranquil!
In the midst of one of the driest climates in the world, is an oasis town with lush palm trees, flourishing foliage, and a tranquil lagoon which is said to have curative properties. The magical town is called Huacachina, and it can be found not only on adventurers' bucket lists, but also in the barren Atacama Desert of Peru. Visitors can visit the surreal settlement and the 96 residents, who thrive on running small businesses on their greatest resource; sand.

Fear not if you have visions of stumbling around lost in the desert, with a few droplets of water left in your flask. The paradise Huacachina is situated a handy 4km from the southern city of Ica, a former Spanish colonial town located on the borders of the desert. When you arrive at the 'Oasis of America,' one of the last oasis' in North and South America, you are greeted by the sights of rustic hotels, quaint shops and even an oasis library, surrounding the blue lagoon.

The luscious town was popular with wealthy Peruvians in the 1940s, who used to come to bathe in the lagoon, as it was thought the waters had healing powers. Legend has it that a beautiful Incan princess was discovered bathing by a young hunter. When she fled and the pool of water she left behind her became the lagoon. She fled and the folds of her mantle streamed behind her, creating the surrounding sand dunes.

Due to landowners building wells to access groundwater, coupled with evaporation during summer high temperatures, the lagoon water levels have dropped over the past few years. In an effort to combat this, water has been pumped into the the lake from Ica for Huacachina inhabitants. The area has been declared a national cultural heritage site, by the National Institute of Culture, and it is hoped that this tranquil oasis will never become a mirage in the desert. 

The magical town is called Huacachina, and it can be found  in the barren Atacama Desert of Peru
The magical town is called Huacachina, and it can be found in the barren Atacama Desert of Peru
An aerial view of the Huacachina oasis in Ica, Peru, 300 km south of Lima. The settlement is home to 96 residents, who live around the lagoon
An aerial view of the Huacachina oasis in Ica, Peru, 300 km south of Lima. The settlement is home to 96 residents, who live around the lagoon
Huacachina at night: magical views of the desert settlement, a flourishing town in the middle of the sand
Huacachina at night: magical views of the desert settlement, a flourishing town in the middle of the 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 believed by some to have healing powers, and in the 1940s, wealthy Peruvians would travel to the location to bathe in its waters
This mystical town is contained within a sea of sand and is completely encompassed by the brutal environment surrounding it
This mystical town is contained within a sea of sand and is completely encompassed by the brutal environment surrounding it
The luscious town was popular with wealthy Peruvians in the 1940s, who used to come to bathe in the lagoon, as it was thought the waters had healing powers
The luscious town was popular with wealthy Peruvians in the 1940s, who used to come to bathe in the lagoon, as it was thought the waters had healing powers
The picturesque village is even featured on the back of the 50 Nuevo Sol note (Peru’s official currency). Like most deserts, the temperature is typically hot, sunny and dry with very little rain. 'High season' falls between May and August, which is winter time for the region
The picturesque village is even featured on the back of the 50 Nuevo Sol note (Peru’s official currency). Like most deserts, the temperature is typically hot, sunny and dry with very little rain. 'High season' falls between May and August, which is winter time for the region
Tranquil waters contrast with the barren surroundings in the Peruvian settlement. The area has been declared a national cultural heritage site, by the National Institute of Culture, and it is hoped that this tranquil oasis will never become a mirage in the desert
Tranquil waters contrast with the barren surroundings in the Peruvian settlement. The area has been declared a national cultural heritage site, by the National Institute of Culture, and it is hoped that this tranquil oasis will never become a mirage in the desert
Although there are many stories how the oasis was created, one version states that the rolling sand dunes were created around the pool when an Incan princess fled her bath after being discovered bathing by a young hunter
Although there are many stories how the oasis was created, one version states that the rolling sand dunes were created around the pool when an Incan princess fled her bath after being discovered bathing by a young hunter
Legend has it that a beautiful Incan princess was discovered bathing by a young hunter. When she fled and the pool of water she left behind her became the lagoon
Legend has it that a beautiful Incan princess was discovered bathing by a young hunter. When she fled and the pool of water she left behind her became the lagoon 
The Incans make their living on guests coming from afar to climb to the top of a wind-sculptured sand dune and watch the sunset over the golden landscape, before sailing on down rented sandboards or dune buggies
The Incans make their living on guests coming from afar to climb to the top of a wind-sculptured sand dune and watch the sunset over the golden landscape, before sailing on down rented sandboards or dune buggies
Huacachina residents rent out sandboards and buggies for backpackers who travel to this magical town. Visitors can experience the impressive sand dunes and magnificent views
Huacachina residents rent out sandboards and buggies for backpackers who travel to this magical town. Visitors can experience the impressive sand dunes and magnificent views
Due to landowners building wells to access groundwater, coupled with evaporation during summer high temperatures, the lagoon water levels have dropped over the past few years. In an effort to combat this, water has been pumped into the the lake from Ica for Huacachina inhabitants
Due to landowners building wells to access groundwater, coupled with evaporation during summer high temperatures, the lagoon water levels have dropped over the past few years. In an effort to combat this, water has been pumped into the the lake from Ica for Huacachina inhabitants


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