On my way down to Arequipa and the Colca Canyon I made a quick 2-day stop in Ica, Peru to visit the beautiful oasis town of Huacachina, just outside the city.
When I told a friend I was going to Huacachina, she confirmed how beautiful it was and explained the legend behind the oasis.
As the story goes, the lagoon was created when a beautiful native princess was apprehended at her bath by a young hunter she fled, leaving the pool of water she had been bathing in to become the lagoon. The folds of her cloak, streaming behind her as she ran, became the surrounding sand dunes. And the woman herself is rumored to still live in the oasis as a mermaid.
While I didn’t see any mermaids, I did meet a nice local girl who convinced me to turn my 2-day pit stop into a 4-day rendezvous.
She showed me around the oasis and city of Ica for a few days and we had a lovely time. Unfortunately, I didn’t take any photos of that experience so you’ll have to settle for the second best thing in Huacachina, sandboarding in the dessert.