In the midst of one of the driest climates in the world is an oasis town with lush palm trees, flourishing foliage, and a tranquil lagoon which is said to have curative properties. The magical town is called Huacachina, and it can be found not only on adventurers’ bucket lists, but also in the barren Atacama Desert of Peru. Visitors can visit the surreal settlement and the 96 residents who thrive on running small businesses on their greatest resource; sand. The lake is naturally formed, but there is a legend that a young princess was bathing when she was discovered by a hunter and fled, leaving behind a pool of water. Her flowing cloak was said to have created the surrounding sand dunes. Now, descendents of the Inca people make their living by hosting guests coming from afar to climb to the top of a wind-sculptured sand dune and watch the sunset illuminate the golden landscape, before sailing down the slopes on rented sandboards or dune buggies.
- The tropical settlement of Huacachina, in Peru, is nestled in the middle of one of the most barren places on earth
- The town is home to 96 residents, and has rustic hotels, shops and even an oasis library
- Visitors can enjoy watching the sunset over the dunes, before sandboarding down to the oasis