Huacachina Oasis Huacachina, Peru Surrounded by sand dunes, the village of Huacachina is crowded around a natural lake in the middle of the desert. Only 115 people live in this small community, but it attracts many international visitors who wish to view its unique location. Unfortunately, many wells have been dug to reach groundwater and have drained the lakes levels over the years.
Huacachina is a village in the Ica Region, in southwestern Peru. Huacachina has a population of 115 (1999). The oasis features on the back of the 50 Nuevo Sol note. Huacachina is built around a small natural lake in the desert. Called the "oasis of America," it serves as a resort for local families from the nearby city of Ica, and increasingly as an attraction for tourists drawn by the sports of sandboarding and taking dune buggy rides on sand dunes that stretch several hundred feet high.