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Huacachina, the largest oasis in America

Huacachina, the largest oasis in America
Huacachina, the largest oasis in America

There is nothing more suggestive than the vision of an oasis in the middle of the desert, that portion of green land that contrasts with the reddish sand dunes, and that is the last refuge before the most desolate landscape, in many cases, fatal.

Some are really amazing, like the Huacachina lagoon, located between dunes, five kilometers west of the chaotic city of Ica in Peru. The lagoon is also known by the nickname of ‘Oasis of the Americas’, and it is considered one of the few natural oases that can be found in American territory, but not the only one.

Its waters are due to the union of five branches that derive from an underground river what’s up but in recent years it has lost capacity, and now its waters are artificial. In the past, they were attributed curative properties, since they were rich in sulfurous and saline substances, and in 1960 one of the most exclusive spas in the country was built (today it is not recommended to bathe in its waters). Around it, restaurants, hotels and a beautiful boardwalk arose in which to rest surrounded by a fascinating landscape.

The emerald green waters are surrounded by palm trees, eucalyptus, and huarango, a type of carob tree that serves as a refuge for migratory birds. In addition to eating, having a drink and spending the night in the palm grove, the high dunes provide endless options for adventure sports, especially the sanboard and the buggies, so, a place that should be heavenly. Now it has become a very tourist destination. Still, it still retains its beauty and appeal, and the sunset in Huacachina is simply amazing.

A nice legend

Huacachina means ‘woman who cries’, and legend has it that a green-eyed and beautiful voice Inca princess named Huacca China (the one who makes you cry) fell in love with a young warrior who died sometime later. Upon hearing the news, the princess went to the place where they had met, and while crying, through her hand mirror, she discovered a young man who was looking at her. He approached her but she fled, tearing the dress that would form the sandbanks and the dunes, and the mirror fell and broke into a thousand pieces giving shape to the lagoon. The princess became a mermaid and on full moon nights he goes out to sing his old song.

Huacachina Lagoon in Peru
Huacachina Lagoon in Peru (pxfuel)

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