A Photo Tour of the Oasis Town of Huacachina, Peru

 
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The oasis town of Huacachina, in the middle of the barren Peruvian desert, is famed for the extensive sand dunes that tower around the water-blessed community, which attracts international thrill seekers by the hordes to marvel at the novelty of it all.  
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Huacachina, Peru  
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At one point, it was a wealthy Peruvian playground, where locals with the dough came to swim in the supposedly medicinal lagoon.  
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Though there a several options for travelers on a budget, it is still largely a place catering to those looking for a luxurious respite from the endless desert swelter.  
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Huacachina, Peru  
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Legend credits the creation of the lake to a beautiful princess who was disturbed from her bath when an overzealous suitor accosted her; fleeing, she left the bath water behind. Now the princess lives in the lagoon as a mermaid and is thought to be seen peeking her head out for a glimpse at the palm trees and manicured lawns that rim her water hole.  
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Whether you believe the hype of not, you’re likely to leave Huacachina with your own legend to tell.  
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Outdoor adventures abound here: Buckle in for a sand-buggy ride over 300-foot dunes, or tighten your straps to sail down sun-soaked sand hot to the touch.  
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Sand boarders in Huacachina, Peru  
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If you tire of your rooftop pool, take a dip with the princess herself in the lagoon’s waters, or rent a paddle boat from a local outfitter to stay above water.  
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