This magical city is known as Haucachina and it’s located in southwestern Peru. It is built around a small oasis and about 5 kilometers from the city of Ica. This amazing Huacachins is built around the eponymous lagoon which is naturally formed and framed by leafy green palms. It has around 100 permanent population. Huacachina is surrounded by picture-perfect and adventurous massive dunes. This desert lake is commonly referred to as the “Oasis of America”.

The desert oasis village of Huacachina in Peru, seen from top of the sand dunes.

Many Lima residents like to visit Huacachina on the weekend to relax and enjoy the sunshine. People believe that the water of the oasis has healing power. Science 1960s wealthy Peruvians are gaming to take therapeutic properties. The mud of the area also has such therapeutic value. So both local and foreign visitors like to bathe the water and cover themselves with the mud to cure arthritis, bronchitis, and asthma.

Aerial view of the oasis desert

The only industry is tourism and also it is a popular destination for both domestic and international visitors. So the town is surrounded by hotels, restaurants and your agencies.

Huacachina, real oasis.

You can experience beautiful and warm sunshine, healing properties of water and mud, as well as adventure activities including sandboarding, four-wheel-drive dune buggy ride through the desert, paddleboat riding, vineyard tours and hike up the dunes.

The desert oasis village of Huacachina in Peru, seen from top of the sand dunes.

Huacachina can be visited all round year. So don’t forget to add this magical city to your bucket list.

In Southwestern Peru there´s a village called Huachina. It was built in an oasis site, around a variety of sand dunes.


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