Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Huacachina Village Peru

Huacachina village is located in the desert of southwestern Peru. Actually it’s a small oasis with the modest population of hundred or so permanent resident, in fact called secluded village, can be found 8 kilometer from the city of Ica, the region’s capital. This is extremely small town, and visitors can walk from one end to another within a few minutes. Huacachina is a famous tourist place featuring lot of activities such as sandboarding and dune buggy rides on the surrounding sand dunes that can stretch many hundred feet high. Typically most deserts, temperature is quite hot, sunny and dry with very little rain. Well, May to August (winter time in that region) is consider high season for Huacachina. You can find plenty of travel information at Huacachina.com. Private landowners near the oasis have set up wells to access the groundwater, drastically decreasing the level of water in the oasis. Dropping water levels are mainly due to evaporation, which upsurges when Ica temperatures rise during the summer. But to meet the dropping water levels, it is artificially pumped in. The village is developed in 1940’s and 1950’s, as a gateway for the Peruvian elite regained a certain prominence via tourism promotion campaigns in the early 1990’s. These days it is backpacker’s heaven and top destination for sandboarding and dunebuggy rides. Even village picturesque is even featured on the back of the 50 Nuevo Sol note (Peru’s official currency). The local residents say; the lagoon was shaped when an inquisitive young hunter disturbed an attractive native princess while she was bathing. She fled, leaving the pool of water behind which became the lagoon. In spite of the nightlife noise and the surfeit of banana pancake cafes, the spot remains a sublime place to spend a day or three, and a dead cert to enhance your dune climbing skills. You can view the sunset from the rim of the dunes with stunning colors, however, can walk up for the sunrise but be careful as no marked paths for walking up.

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