A unique place in the middle of the vast, arid Peruvian desert is the Huacachina Oasis. A small town of only about 100 people, which boasts a number of cafes, restaurants, hotels and activities due to the steep sand dunes and the beautiful lake. In such a dry environment, its had to imagine such a lush spot of green where all around it sand.
We only stopped for a late lunch on route to our next destination, but had plenty of time to walk around the Oasis itself.
There were few visitors the day we went but I understand its popular with sandboarders – like snowboarding but with sand.
Tourism is the only source of income for the local people here but its also causing the Oasis to dry up due to ground water useage. Its now artifically “topped up” to stop it drying out completely. Its one of the last remaining natural oasis in the America’s. The area has been declared a national cultural heritage site, by the National Institute of Culture and it appears on the Peruvian 50 soles note.
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