Αυτή η λίμνη αποτελεί μια μικρή όαση μέσα στην ατέλειωτη έρημο του Περού, ένα από τα ξηρότερα κλίματα στον κόσμο.

Σύμφωνα με το μύθο μια νεαρή πριγκίπισσα λουζόταν στα νερά της λίμνης η οποία θεωρείται μέχρι σήμερα πως έχει ιαματικά νερά.

Ανάμεσα στους αμμόλοφους και γύρω από τη λίμνη μια μικρή πόλη έχει χτιστεί, με μόλις 100 κατοίκους, που έχει ξενοδοχείο, μαγαζιά και βιβλιοθήκη ενώ απέχει γύρω στα 4 χιλιόμετρα από την πιο κοντινή πόλη. Η μαγευτική ομορφιά της μικρής πόλης έχει αρχίσει και προσελκύει πολλούς τουρίστες τα τελευταία χρόνια και έχει αναδειχθεί σε μνημείο πολιτιστικής κληρονομιάς.

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 magical town is called Huacachina, and it can be found in a barren desert in 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

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

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 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

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

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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