Huacachina, The Secret Oasis Of Peru

Huacachina, the secret oasis of Peru

The appearance of the Huacachina lagoon, in southern Peru, has given this place the nickname “oasis of America. And it is that it is a lagoon totally surrounded by the desert sands of this area of ​​the Peruvian province of Ica.

The Huacachina lagoon , one of the most visited in Peru

Peru has incredible places that always appear in the lists of the most desired enclaves by travelers from all over the planet. And of course at their head is Machu Pichu or the city of Cuzco.

Oasis Huachina in Peru
Oasis Huachina – Martchan

However, this Latin American country has many other attractions. And among them is the Huacachina lagoon, an oasis of water surrounded by sand and wrapped in the aura of beautiful legends.

The legendary origin of Huacachina

There are several legends about the origin of the lagoon in the middle of the Ica desert. Perhaps the most poetic and romantic is the one that tells how a maiden from the nearby town of Tacaraca got here.

This was a remote place, and the girl came here to mourn the death of her lover, an Inca general. It was about a girl who was a true green-eyed beauty, but here she cried inconsolably until the current emerald-colored lagoon was formed.

Huacachina Oasis in Peru
Huacachina Oasis – PavelSvoboda

If you visit the Huacachina Lagoon (which would be translated as “the one that makes people cry”), check if you are there on the nights of the new moon, since it is said that you can still hear the girl’s wailing.

Huacachina, the jewel of Ica

In those legendary times, the lagoon was far from everything. However, currently about 5 kilometers away is the city of Ica, the provincial capital. Therefore, access is very fast and easy. In fact, it has become the main reason to visit that city, since there you will find accommodation and transport to discover this natural wonder.

Huacachina Lagoon
Huacachina lagoon – kovgabor

The Huacachina lagoon is actually the result of the outcrop of underground aquifers  and, emerging in the middle of the sand, it is the only space where vegetation can grow. Especially palm trees and the traditional guarangos. In other words, it is an enclave of great natural value and also extraordinarily photogenic.

Current tourism in Huacachina

However, the tourist exploitation that is being carried out lately, in addition to making it known and serving for the economic support of many people in the area, has also meant a loss of quality in terms of its natural value, since the use indiscriminate has caused that the level of its waters is descending.

Huacachina Lagoon
Huacachina lagoon – saiko3p

And it is that it has become a resource of the first order, where there has been no hesitation in proposing adventure activities. Both in the desert such as sandboarding, that is, sliding with boards with the desert sands, as in the water, since various water activities are offered.

All of this activities that have been added to the more traditional use as a spa that has been carried out in the lagoon for decades.

Attractions near Huacachina

We have already said that the Huacachina lagoon is the greatest claim to discover Ica and its surroundings. It is the greatest attraction, but not the only one. If you are going to travel to this area of ​​Peru, here we indicate several interesting places, and all of them very close.


4 kilometers from the city is this traditional hamlet where the Cachiche witches are believed to live. It is not certain, but what is clear is that a palm tree grows here from whose trunk six other palm trees emerge. And every time the seventh tries to be born, it must be cut, to avoid the destruction of the city of Ica.

Friars of Parcona

To the east of Ica there is a stone forest where there are large monoliths carved by erosion for millennia. There are them with the most varied shapes, such as fish, toads or turtles. They are called Friars.

Pisco and tiles from Ica

So much excursion requires eating well. And if you travel to Ica there are two things you have to try. On the one hand , pisco, a liquor that you can learn much more about in the wineries in the area. And on the other, the tiles, some sweets originating from here but which have spread throughout Peru.

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