Nature is essentially the greatest gift of all, after human life. But nature per se IS life. Because of nature, the world every single one of us lives in has been born. Because of trees, we can breathe. Nature is spectacular in every way and the Huacachina in Ica, Peru is one of nature's most precious spots, lying in an oasis in the middle of the desert.
A Complete Guide on Huacachina - An Oasis in the Middle of the Peruvian Desert
Also referred to as the 'Oasis of America', you'll find a tranquil lake surrounded by greenery, piers, and a diverse range of hotels to stay in if you want to spend more than one day in this wonderful refuge. The landscape beauty that this place has to offer tourists is so impressive that, in 2017, the British newspaper The Telegraph named the Huacachina as one of the 21 most impressive places to visit in the world, making it the only Latin American destination on the prestigious list.
Being one of Peru's numerous tourist attractions, Huacachina stands out for its natural charm and landscape beauty. The Huacachina Lagoon, located just twenty minutes from Ica, is an ideal place to unwind, take a break, and think how awesome the fact that nature has once again created a place as spectacular as this in the middle of the Peruvian desert. What about its history?
Huacachina has long been a popular domestic and international tourist destination. The waters of the oasis were once thought to have healing powers, and the town became a resort for wealthy Peruvians who came to take advantage of those therapeutic properties in the 1960s. Huacachina, once a playground, now has the air of a former beauty queen. The restaurants and hotels that line the small lagoon are built in the style of old Spanish colonial revival architecture that harkens back to a bygone era.
The Huacachina Legend
Legend says that this oasis was created by a beautiful Inca princess named 'Huacca China' who spent her days in this peaceful location. With the unique sound of her beautiful voice, this woman had the ability to make anyone fall in love with her. When the princess was walking, a man noticed her and was taken by her beauty, so he decided to approach her. The princess fled from him. The lady's suit began to rip through the brush along the way until it finally came off and turned into a sheet of sand. The mirror she always carried with her also fell, and when it broke, it turned into a lagoon in which she submerged herself and became a mermaid.
Another legend tells that this lagoon was born from the tears of the same princess who mourned the death of her beloved. The name Huacachina, which means 'crying woman' in Quechua, originates from this story.