Puente del Inca, Mendoza
Puente del Inca is a natura bridge made after thousands of years of water erosion. A river of mineral water runs through it
The legend says that once upon a time an Inca prince was terribly ill, his father was informed of a river whose water could heal his son. He took his son together with his servants to this river but they need it to cross it in order to reach a place where they could get water and there was no bridge. The prince's father felt really sad because his son would die for sure and he prayed to Inti, the god of the sun who felt really sorry for him and his son and made a bridge for them to cross.
Puente del Inca is a natural stone bridge used by the Incas to cross the Río de las Cuevas. It's located at 2720m (8920ft) above the sea level, on the way to the Aconcagua and to the Chilean border. Under the bridge you will see the remains of an old spa that once belonged to a hotel which was destroyed in an avalanche. The rock walls and the spa are stained yellow by the warm, sulphurous thermal springs that still flow through here. Although until a year ago you could bring your bathing suit and take a dip, now it has been closed to the public.