You would be forgiven for thinking that this was some kind of mirage, but the amazing oasis town in middle of one of the most arid and driest placed on Earth is actually very real. The mystical town is called Haucachina which is located in the middle of Atacama Desert in Peru.
This magical town with lush palm trees, flourishing foliage, and a tranquil lagoon which is said to have curative properties. Appearing out of nowhere in the barren desert, the small natural lake is surrounded by palm trees and towering sand dunes, popular for sandboarding and dune buggy rides. It’s a haven for tourists, with the lagoon reportedly offering healing powers and is perfect for the adventurists.
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. The fairy tale story seems fictional but the mystery of its birth and existence is what makes it so interesting.
Known as ‘Oasis of America’, Haucachina has only 100 residents who thrive on running small businesses on their greatest resource – sand; but it is enlivened all year round by the tourists and local holiday makers. The oasis has been declared a national cultural heritage site by the National Institute of Culture. The lakeside town even features on the back of the 50 Nuevo Sol note – Peru’s official currency.
The oasis town is a tranquil mystery and it attracts attention of many, but it is still one of those not-very-popular places. The heavenly place, hidden behind the sand dunes is a treat like nowhere else and has definitely made it into my bucket list. Would you like to visit this astounding and alluring yet so enigmatic and magical place? Does the mystifying beauty of Haucachina lure you towards itself? Let us know in the comment section down below. But before that, enjoy some more pictures of the heavenly chunk!