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Huacachina, Peru

Huacachina, Peru

In the midst of one of the driest climates in the world is an oasis town with lush palm trees, flourishing foliage, and a tranquil lagoon which is said to have curative properties.
The magical town is called Huacachina, and it can be found not only on adventurers' bucket lists, but also in a barren desert in Peru. Visitors can visit the surreal settlement and the 96 residents who thrive on running small businesses on their greatest resource; sand.

The lake is naturally formed, but there is a legend that a young princess was bathing when she was discovered by a hunter and fled, leaving behind a pool of water. Her flowing cloak was said to have created the surrounding sand dunes.