Photographer's Note

Huacachina is built around a small natural lake in the Atacama desert (the oasis par of which is shown in this photo), in Peru. Called the "oasis of America," it serves as a resort for local families from the nearby city of Ica town.
Legend holds that the lagoon was created when a beautiful native princess removed her clothes to bath, but looking into a mirror, she saw a male hunter approaching her from behind. Startled at the intrusion, she fled the area leaving behind her mirror which turned into a lake. Other versions hold that she fled, leaving the pool of water she had been bathing in to become the lagoon. The folds of her mantle, 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.

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