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!

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

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