The last thing you’d expect to find in the world’s driest desert is an oasis town plopped right in the middle, but that’s exactly what Huacachina in Peru is, complete with lush palm trees, flourishing foliage, and a tranquil lagoon which is said to have magical healing properties. Its 96 residents thrive on running small businesses on their greatest resource; sand. Continue reading for a video, more pictures and additional information.
“The lake is naturally formed, but there is a legend that a young princess was bathing when she was discovered by a hunter and fled, leaving behind a pool of water. Her flowing cloak was said to have created the surrounding sand dunes. Now, descendents of the Inca people make their living by hosting guests coming from afar to climb to the top of a wind-sculptured sand dune and watch the sunset illuminate the golden landscape, before sailing down the slopes on rented sandboards or dune buggies,” says The Daily Mail.