Huacachina Lagoon 5 interesting facts about this place

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The legendary origin of Huacachina Lagoon

There are several legends about the origin of the lagoon in the middle of the Ica desert. Perhaps the most famous tells the story of a woman who got here from the nearby town of Tacaraca.

Huacachina was a remote place and she came here to mourn the death of his love, an Inca general. This girl with beautiful long black hair and green eyes cried nonstop until the current emerald lagoon was formed.

Huacachina Lagoon
Huacachina Lagoon al atardecer.

5 Trivia about this place

For those who are planning to go to Ica, the Huacachina oasis is a must-see tourist destination. This place is surrounded by the desert dunes where it’s possible to have adventures and unforgettable experiences. Here are some  fun facts about this attraction.

  1. The name of this lagoon is translated to “Weeping Woman” because “Huaca” means mourn and “China” means woman.
  2. Its name, “Weeping Woman” is due to the legend of a princess whose husband had to go to war after marrying her and he eventually died. The woman, upon hearing the sad news, was deeply sand and went to mourn the death of his beloved at the same place where they met. His endless tears were those that formed the lagoon.
  3. This princess became a mermaid, according to the locals. Therefore, there is a statue of a princess at the entrance of Huacachina. They say still, at night, you can hear her crying.
  4. The scientific explanation of the origin of the Huacachina lagoon is that it was formed by underground water streams.
  5. It was the mid-twentieth century when it became a famous resort because its beautiful waters have medicinal properties. However, nowadays tourists prefer to cross it with a boat.

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