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Huacachina (18 pics)

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Huacachina is a village in the Ica Region, in southwestern Peru. It is located in the Ica Province, near the city of Ica in the Ica District. Huacachina has a population of 115 (1999).

Huacachina 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.

Currently, private landowners near the oasis have installed wells, in order to access the groundwater. This has had the effect of drastically reducing the level of water in the oasis. To compensate for this water loss, and preserve the oasis as an aesthetically pleasing destination for tourists, the city began a process of artifically pumping water into the oasis.

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№1 Author: Sativa (30 Jul 2009 08:05) Total user comments: 263


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WOWWWW it's so surreal, pretty awesome.
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№2 Author: tapatio (27 Sep 2009 19:46) Total user comments: 2047


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wow is so fake..!!!!1

wacamole is a dip not a city..


get out of here with your fake city in the desert ....


pinche peruano cabron menso...
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№3 Author: salsapopo (8 Oct 2009 13:15) Total user comments: 12723


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№4 Author: pimphomie (2 Nov 2009 19:23) Total user comments: 635


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I like it
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№5 Author: nolife (9 Dec 2009 04:18) Total user comments: 1907


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i want to visit
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№6 Author: cherrygarcia14 (27 Jan 2011 19:55) Total user comments: 2278


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04 04 looks like a nice place
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№7 Author: Forfattare (14 Apr 2013 11:29) Total user comments: 897


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nice place, few people, good views, lagoon and pools, I can even try sand-boarding :04: . yep, a must go :04:
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№8 Author: fluorescentG (24 Jun 2013 21:14) Total user comments: 3958


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i hope to see peru someday
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