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Oasis of America, Huacachina, Peru (33 pics)

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Huacachina is a village in the Ica Region, in southwestern Peru. It has a population of 115. The village is built around a small natural 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 sports of sandboarding and taking dune buggy rides 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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№1 Author: candysack (10 Feb 2014 05:30) Total user comments: 1436


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i was wonderimg what provides the water, then i saw a city nearby, so the water must be connected to some underground water source nearby. it would be trickier when it is miles of civilisation
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№2 Author: Aindy (10 Feb 2014 15:23) Total user comments: 2786


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candysack,
Id say there is an underground source of water. To grow trees of that size would take a long time, and I dont think they built a mains water connection to the place and create a lake a hundred years ago.....

This is most likely a natural oasis, which became settled by people.
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№3 Author: TheIronSea (11 Feb 2014 06:58) Total user comments: 1015


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Aindy,
Yeah, I'm Peruvian, and I know this place, isn't so far from the sea. But still is a dessert.
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№4 Author: Bulldog (11 Feb 2014 09:46) Total user comments: 0


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https://www.google.fr/maps/sea

rch/Oasis+of+America,+Huacachi

na,+peru+/@-14.089019,-75.7661

013,3073m/data=!3m1!1e3
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