Posted by fun-is-2-cool in April 10th, 2008, Published in Cool stuff
Huacachina is a small town in the Ica Region, in southwestern Peru.
It is located in the Ica Province, near the city of Ica in the Ica District.
The town has a population of 115 (1999).
Huacachina is built around a small lake in the desert.
Called the “oasis of America,” it serves as a resort for local families
from the nearby city of Ica, and increasingly as an attraction for tourists
drawn by the sport of sandboarding on sand dunes that stretch
several hundred feet high.
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 rumored to still live in the
oasis as a mermaid.
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