The Puente del Inca – Argentina

Location: northwest of the province Mendoza, Argentina

Latitude: 32.8167° S Longitude: 69.9167° W

The Puente del Inca or The Inca’s Bridge as it is called in Spanish is located in Mendoza Province in Argentina near Las Cuevas.

Why should you visit The Puente del Inca : Because it is named after one of the most tantalizing natural activities known to man; natural hot springs. What made the natural bridge? According to scientists, the natural structure is a product of extreme elements that came together.

The speculation is that the bridge formed when ice covered the river in ancient times. In time the structure acted as a support for avalanches, rock and snow. This gradual accumulation is what led to the formation of the natural bridge. The surface became petrified since it also served as a path for sulfurous water. Hence when the snow finally melted, it left the bridge intact.

Best Things to Do in The Puente del Inca : The place is rich in history as well since it also served as a site for a spa in the early 20th century. The spa was a thermal resort that used to offer visitors the chance to cure certain illnesses by offering them the chance to bath in the natural hot springs.

Of course this doesn’t mean that there is no spa at all near the area. There is a similar resort nearby further down the river at Cacheuta. The spa has lots of springs in small rooms. If the water appears yellowish don’t worry. It is meant to look like that due to the sulphur that leaches out of the water.  The spa itself has many doors and passageways for visitors to explore to their heart’s content as well. These are located beneath the stone bridge and rocks overhead. You can also visit the old thermal baths that are still there behind the big windows in the spa. The water temperature comes up 20 degrees C while the air temperature is 9 degrees C.

Don’t want to bath? Have a foot bath instead. The thermal springs are a great place to unwind and sooth your tired feet after a long day of sightseeing. The best part is that you will have a wonderful view of the area as you soak your tired feet. Feeling warm while gazing at the frozen peaks and landscape in front of you really makes you see your life in perspective. The temperature of the water has dropped during the last few years but that doesn’t make the experience any less calming.

Admire the colorful hues of the stones. The yellowish orange color of the stones is due to the same phenomenon that makes the thermal springs yellow as well.

Best Times to Visit The Puente del Inca : You can visit the place in winter and make the most of the thermal hot springs. Springtime is a good time as well.

The Puente del Inca Neighborhoods & Towns : The population of Puente del Inca is scarce. It is located near the towns of Eva Peron, Villa Eva Peron Las Cuevas and Cancha Pelada. The closest cities include Santiogo, Mendoaza, San Bernardo and Vina Del Mar.

The Puente del Inca Legend : There are many legends about the creation of the bridge, with a common idea and three alternate endings.

Before the Spanish arrived, the heir to the throne of the Inca Empire was suffering from a severe and strange paralysis. After trying all sorts of cures to no avail, the great sages of the kingdom advised the king that his son could only be healed in a shed located in a remote region in the south. He then prepared a group with the best warriors and caravan departed from Qosqo south. After months of passage in which overcame many difficulties, resulted in the high mountains and saw that the other side of a deep ravine which raged _por río_ sprouted a stormy waters of springs that would heal the heir.

  1. Inca warriors, to realize the dream of their beloved leader, embraced each other and formed a human bridge. Then the Inca, walking over the backs of his men, took her child to the baths, where he found the cure sought. When his gaze turned back to thank his warriors, they were petrified, creating the famous bridge.
  2. By the time they were mulling over how to cross the sky darkened and shook the granite floor and was dropped from the high peaks, huge masses of stone with a terrifying noise. After the crash, they saw the Incas amazed the omnipotence of the god Inti (the sun) and Mama Quilla (Moon) had created a bridge that would allow them to easily get to the wonderful source. Conveyed to her the Prince, who drank from its waters and soon regained his health.
  3. Knowing that the king would not survive to retrace the path that would allow them to cross the ravine, the convoy paused to spend the night. The god Inti, who had seen since they left from the center of the empire, descended behind the mountains moved by the pain that these men felt and decided to help them complete their journey. Upon awakening the Incas were astonished to discover, as if you were there from the beginning of time, a solid stone bridge that led to the other side of the river, where was the cure for the patient.

 

  • Best Hotels
  • The Puente del Inca Area Map
  • The Puente del Inca Photos

Puente del Inca, near Aconcagua's Park entrance

 

 

 

northwest of the province Mendoza, Argentina

The Puente del Inca or The Inca’s Bridge as it is called in Spanish is located in Mendoza Province in Argentina near Las Cuevas. Why should you visit The Puente del Inca : Because it is named after one of the most tantalizing natural activities known to man; natural hot springs. What made the natural bridge? …

Review Overview

Nature
Prices
Leisure
Relax

Summary : Each criteria has 25% influence in the final The Puente del Inca review summary

User Rating: 5 ( 1 votes)
25

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*

Scroll To Top