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Inca bridge (Puente del Inca) description and photos - Argentina: Mendoza. Detailed information about the attraction. Description, photographs and a map showing the nearest significant objects. The title in English is Puente del Inca.
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The Inca Bridge is a natural bridge located on the Mendoza River. Its height is 1719 m above sea level. It is located near the Argentine city of Mendoza. Scientists believe that the bridge could have arisen as a consequence of a sequence of rockfalls and avalanches. There are several legends of local residents that tell about the divine origin of the bridge.
Next to the Inca Bridge there is a small village with a permanent mountaineering museum "Museo del Andinista". The museum introduces tourists to the history of the nearby Mount Aconcagua. The Inca Bridge is the starting point for several mountaineering routes.
In colonial times, the Inca Bridge was used as a ferry, a transport road passed through it, connecting the Pacific and Atlantic oceans.
It is noteworthy that there are several geothermal springs near the bridge. Each of them has its own name: Mercury, Venus, Mars, Saturn, Champagne. The waters of the springs are rich in various sulphates and carbonates and are considered healing. In this regard, in 1925 a hotel was built nearby. But in 1986, the resort developed by that time was swept away by an avalanche. Currently, there is a wasteland in its place. The only building that survived the avalanche is a small chapel from the colonial era.
Now water from the springs is used to patina all kinds of sculptures that are considered folk crafts and are sold to tourists.
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