"Puente del Inca!" Provincia de Mendoza Things to Do Tip by solcitom87
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this is one of my favourite places in Mendoza "puente del Inca" , Inca's Bridge! It' s a natural arch that forms a bridge over the Vacas River, a tributary of the Mendoza River.
Scientists speculate that interaction of extreme elements like ice and hot springs was involved in the origin of the formation. They suppose that in ancient times ice covered the river and acted as support for avalanches of snow, dust and rocks. So the dust over the ice over the river would have served as a path for the sulfurous water and petrified the surface, so when the snow melted, the bridge remained by itself.
it's called " puente del inca" because the Inca Civilitation used to pass over this bridge while they were on this area.
In the early twentieth century there was a big Thermal Resort and Spa called "hotel Puente del Inca" that used the hot springs to cure some illnesses.
There was a train station that is still standing there, and tourists arrived by train to the resort. This was one of the last Argentine stations of the Transandine Railway before the train continued into Chile, traveling through a long tunnel under the Andes. (it's no longer in use)
Directions: Camino de Alta Montaña, rute to Santiago, Chile
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