This amazing place is built in the middle of the desert, around a small lake. Located in the Ica Province, near the city of Ica, Huacachina is known as the oasis of America, where many tourists come for the huge sand dunes and sandsurfing. The legend says the place was created by a princess caught bathing by a local hunter. The pool of water she left became a lagoon, while her mantle transformed into sand dunes. It is sayd that the princess inhabits the lagoon as a mermaid. Just wanted to share with you these amazing pictures:











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Posted by | February 13th, 2008 3:05 am

El oasis de Huacachina…

La laguna Huacachina, está ubicada a sólo 5 kilómetros al oeste de la ciudad de Ica, se presenta como un verdadero oasis natural en medio de las blancas arenas del desierto. De aguas color verde esmeralda, surgió debido al afloramiento de corriente…

Posted by Ali | February 13th, 2008 4:07 am

It’s unbelievable!
seems like mirage…

Posted by Sally Forth | February 13th, 2008 9:14 am

Figures a bunch of rich white people.

Posted by Alex | February 13th, 2008 9:14 am

Cool spot.

So, now that I know it’s in the Ica Province, could you also mention what country it’s in, give a google maps link, something?


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Posted by Tom | February 13th, 2008 9:17 am

Its hardly in the middle of nowhere… Its three miles outside of town.,-75.763779

Posted by EvilKayak | February 13th, 2008 10:17 am

I don’t get it… how do they keep away sand dunes from swallowing trees/lake/homes? Seems VERY clean and free of sand – seems a bit staged.

Any google map link on this?

Posted by Paul | February 13th, 2008 10:26 am

Plus you can see the aforementioned town behind the dunes in the first two pictures.

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Posted by Shawn | February 13th, 2008 10:53 am

Here’s a google map link:, peru&ie=UTF8&ll=-14.087682,-75.763285&spn=0.00461,0.009978&t=h&z=17&iwloc=addr

Posted by nic | February 13th, 2008 10:53 am

I was in Ica, Peru back in October. What they do not show you is that there is a town around the corner.

Posted by Nimbus | February 13th, 2008 10:54 am

This oasis is NOT in the middle of no where, there is a very large metropolitan area less than three miles away. Clever photo angles keep you form seeing the city scape. A view from Google Earth reveals just how close to the city the oasis is.,-75.763779

Posted by subcorpus | February 13th, 2008 11:12 am

how do they keep the sand of the oasis buildings and the swimming pool …
they are gonna be sand blowing everywhere … especially at night …
i cant understand this …

Posted by Superfreak, Esq. | February 13th, 2008 11:33 am

Sally Forth: what’s your problem?
Your racism shows!, how in heck do you know these people aren’t from the nearby town, were born there, and are spending their hard earned pesos on a relaxing weekend?

I do that exactly that once a month in nearby Puerto Vallarta, one of the 10 most intensely beautiful places on earth. And I was born nearby.

PS; I sunburn in half hour.

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Posted by KC | February 13th, 2008 4:39 pm

There happens to be several of these across the world, and they’ve been ranked. Beautiful places relatively very small in size. My attention was brought to at least one of them due to some recent extreme water loss. It seems the earth is shifting a bit and/or the nearby city is suddenly tapping into the oasis’ water supply.

Posted by nate | February 13th, 2008 4:53 pm

hey sally, don’t hate. rich whitey gotta have oasis too!

Posted by nywled | February 13th, 2008 8:48 pm

this place looks unreal, really beautiful! :)

Posted by Aaron | February 13th, 2008 9:18 pm

That’s not exactly in the middle of nowhere according to Google Maps. That’s only 1/2 a mile from the nearby town.

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Posted by Mark | February 13th, 2008 9:22 pm

Ica the capital of the Ica state in Peru. Located about 4 hours drive south of Lima and about one hour north of Nazca and the famous Nazca lines. I ate there once with my parents as a kid. The desert that goes from northern Chile to Northern Peru is named the Atacama Desert and is the most arid desert in the world, with less than 1″ of rain per 10 year period. Many Inca grave sites extend over several thousand miles along this stretch, and many have yet to be discovered. We were offered an Inca mummy once for $50. But my Dad would have really upset my mom. With no rainfall these deserts have preserved several thousand year old ruins pretty well. The only cover being sand. The mummy I mentioned had been wrapped up in a series of cloth in the squatting position with all her belongings, for use in a future life. Since there was no moisture there the body still had skin and hair on it. Huacachina, the first “h” is silent is quite a site. I don’t think you should swim in that water though.

Posted by El Charapalero | February 13th, 2008 9:22 pm

Yo superfreak, it¡s in Peru, not a “white” country so why not show some peruvians instead of nothing but white tourists?… Huacachina is located just a few miles out of Ica Peru… The daily winds constantly blow the sand back… unfortunately the lagoon itself is polluted as the hotels drain sewage into it. There was considerable damage in this area during 2007 because of a severe earthquake and there is still much recovery to be done.

Posted by KF | February 13th, 2008 9:30 pm

Sucks for Sally. Out of all the beauty there, she took a perfectly normal thing, made it a negative and ignored everything else. OH NO there’s a human enjoying themselves.

Anyways, the sand boarding looks fun, i’d love to try it, and spend a couple days there.

Posted by Chris | February 13th, 2008 10:05 pm

If an oasis wasn’t in the middle of nowhere it’d just be called not-the-desert.

Do some research before you post. Apparently this isn’t “in the middle of nowhere”.

Posted by Ambarona | February 13th, 2008 10:35 pm

Obviously a bunch of rich white guys no one else would bother with this haha its not much of an investment.

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Posted by john | February 14th, 2008 12:55 am

Wow! didn’t know this stuff exists!

Posted by iva | February 14th, 2008 3:57 am

i’ve been there in october 2007, finishing my 2-week trip through peru (lima, cusco, maccupichu, puno, titicaca lake with floating islands, arequipa, nasca lines), and this oasis was the most impressive site for me…although damaged by earthquake, it was beautiful.maybe even nicer than usual, since most of the tourists were avoiding that area at the time and it was not crowded.

the lake itself is polluted and not for swimming, but there are at least 5 hotels with swimming pools. send boarding and buggy driving is also a lot of fun.

still, if anyone plans to visit huacachina, 1,5 days is enough for all the activities.

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Posted by Jose | February 14th, 2008 7:07 am

It’s a nice place, I lost a good deal of skin off my back whiping out on that big dune. Don’t go sandboarding shirtless!

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Posted by Andrés | February 14th, 2008 11:41 am

ya son algunos años que estuve por el lugar… grandes recuerdos

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Posted by Nataly Short | February 14th, 2008 4:28 pm

I think this little oasis was filmed a couple of times in several movies. It must be very strange to leave there.

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Posted by BadAndy | February 14th, 2008 6:50 pm

“Figures a bunch of rich white people.” dumb comment Sally Forth.

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Posted by anonymous | February 15th, 2008 1:24 am

Reminds me of that episode of johnny bravo where he can win that contest and go to the oasis only he doesn’t and the camel goes in instead, good stuff

Posted by ivan | February 15th, 2008 8:42 am

well, i think that its notIn the middle of nowhere… On the first photo you can see some forrest behind the sand… ;)

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دیگه به چشمها هم نمی شه اعتماد کرد.

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Posted by maxy | February 15th, 2008 2:59 pm

Yes, I see your point. That clearly is an arousing animal.

Posted by aoyous | February 15th, 2008 8:24 pm

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I can be there and say “I’m in the middle of know where” and I wont be Exaggerating!!!!

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Posted by | March 10th, 2008 1:54 pm

Oasis In the Middle of Nowhere…

After visiting the open grave yards, nasca lines and the gold place be sure to go to Huacachina.

It’s a small place with a few cheap hotels to stay in. The great thing about this place it the fact you can go sand surfing. Wax the board up and you’re…

Posted by slywalker | April 3rd, 2008 4:41 am

OMG! Its so unbelievable!So beautiful!

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Posted by SneakyB | April 8th, 2008 8:02 pm

Yea, som rich ass white folk ara soma dem Arab MF’s makin all dat money off da oil. $5.00 of gas don’t get me no way no mo. I put $2.oo n my ride da otta day an dey was dogin me like a chump!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by hoooo | July 1st, 2008 2:00 am

this is in ica, peru right? i know bcause im peruvien :p

Posted by Corporate Housing | July 13th, 2008 5:58 pm

If a place of this kind exists on world, it is great! I don’ know, why you people are fighting on this. Just try to visit or stay there to learn more!

BTW: This is great stuff and I haven’t seen this kind of place in my life.


Posted by Ordem | December 11th, 2008 3:01 am

This is a brilliant place, even though it is close to the town of Ica it still feels like your in the middle of nowhere. I visited here twice, once in 2006 and I was there during the earthquake that destroyed a lot of the region on 15th August 2007. From what I hear the village has been repaired and everything is back to normal. Its a must see if your in Peru.

Posted by anon | February 18th, 2009 7:19 am

I see a huge-ass city in the background.

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This is an awesome place. Very nice photos. Thank you for sharing!

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Posted by ursula Brankin | March 24th, 2010 10:04 pm

I was there 2 weeks ago, its quiet at the minute but it a fun place, you are 3km from Ica but you feel like your very isolated, the water is a bit murky and local farmers have created other wells from it so the Ica authorities add water to it piped from the city, the dune buggys are a laugh and the sand boarding is a rush. The sand dunes themselves are so beautiful and the colors change all the time, if your in Peru go there for a few days, it has some lovely hostals and caters for the tourists, the people there are a good mix of peruvians and backpackers, most of the backpackers are far from rich and live on tight budgets, loved Haucachina, a place I will remember for years to come, cheers everyone

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Posted by R Jones | July 9th, 2011 11:52 am

I was there in ’04. It is close to a city, but the dunes are some of the largest in the world, and you are deep in a sand bowl. The locals believe that a mermaid still lives there , just like the legend says. Tourists and Peruvians from the big cities come there and drown. It seems that the water is very deep and cold and people have a few drinks and go swimming. They go from the hot air into the cold water, and cramp up and sink. The locals believe that the mermaid pulls them down and drowns them. The facilities around the lagoon are old and dirty, maybe they have improved after rebuilding due to the earthquake. I was told that this is the last true oasis left in the Americas.

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