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Puente del Inca (Inca's Bridge) is a curious geological formation located in the Argentinian Andes. At 2720 meters above sea level, Las Cuevas River has eroded the mountain, forming a natural bridge, under which hot springs emanate. The rust-colored thermo-mineral sediments that cover the bridge make the landscape almost unreal. On the right side we can see the ruins of an old spa hotel, deactivated since the 1960s, when it was partially destroyed by an avalanche.

The name comes from the legend of an Inca leader and his son, who suffered from childhood paralysis. Accompanied by a group of brave warriors, they tried to reach these miraculous waters, being impeded by the presence of a rushing river. The soldiers then clung to each other, bridging the river so they could pass. Legend has it that when they turned, the warriors had been petrified, giving rise to the "Inca's Bridge".


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