There’s a magical, picturesque place of greenery, hotels, shops and even an “oasis library”, which sits in the driest desert on earth. It’s called Huacachina, an oasis town made up of Incas descendants.
Nestled in one of the driest locations on earth, is Huacachina; a town complete with trees, hotels, shops and even an oasis library - tranquil!

The beautiful town is small with 96 residents , and it can be found surrounded by the barren sand dunes of Peru.
The magical town is called Huacachina, and it can be found in a barren desert in Peru

The Huacachina oasis is located 4km from the southern city of Ica, and 300 km south of Lima. The settlement surrounds a peaceful lagoon, which is naturally formed.
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

At night the town’s lights lend a surreal view of the desert settlement. It’s a peaceful paradise in the center of a harsh desert.
Huacachina at night: magical views of the desert settlement, a flourishing town in the middle of the sand

The locals make their living by hosting guests from around the world, and the environment offers much to do like: exploring and climbing wind-sculptured dunes, sailing down the sand slopes on sandboards or dune buggies and watching illuminating sunsets on golden landscapes.

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

Peruvians believe the lake has healing powers, and the wealthy have been traveling to the location to bathe in its waters since the 1940s.
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

There’s a legend that an Incan princess was spied upon by a young hunter while bathing in the lake. When she fled, the pool of water became the lagoon, and the sand dunes were created as “she fled and the folds of her hair streamed behind her”.
This mystical town is contained within a sea of sand and is completely encompassed by the brutal environment surrounding it

Due to evaporation during summer high temperatures, and landowners building wells to access groundwater, the lagoon water levels have dropped over the past few years.
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

In an effort to combat this the water storage of the lake, water has been pumped in from the city of Ica for Huacachina inhabitants.
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

The National Institute of Culture declared Huacachina a national cultural heritage site, hopefully they’ll be able to maintain their tranquil oasis from never becoming 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