Huacachina, derived from the Quechua word Wakachina Qucha meaning Hidden Lagoon, is a village built around a small oasis and surrounded by sand dunes in Peru.

Legend holds that the lagoon was created when a beautiful native princess removed her clothes to bathe, but after looking in a mirror she saw a male hunter approaching her from behind. Startled at the intrusion, she fled the area leaving behind her mirror which turned into a lake. There are also other versions of the legend.

There have been issues with conservation of this natural phenomenon in the past but the locals are now very supportive of conserving this beauty. The village also attracts a lot of tourists which has helped boost the local economy.


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