To see Puente del Inca – that’s why we came to Chilean border. We turned back in Las Cuevas, took the maps out and checked if we got it all right. It already happened before that the place we looked for was in a remote location that didn’t have much to do with its coordinates on the map. This time however, all maps are clear about the location. That means, we missed it.
After a dozen kilometres, once again we arrive in a place that smells of rubbish. That’s why we passed it by quite quickly the first time. Shabby Puente del Inca hotel, a church next to it and a lot of stands – that’s how it looks. This time we arrive from a different direction, I stick my head out of the car and focus on a little house situated ahead. How small – that’s my first thought. We pull over and park by a large stand with all sorts of tourist traps.
I hate it when a place we’ve been looking for turns out to be overhyped and we fall for it. Unfortunately, that’s how it looks like here. Most importantly – better check what’s the connection with the Inca here. It doesn’t have anything to do with Inca culture, it’s just the name of an… arch that turned into a bridge over Vacas river. There are also thermae here – in the little ‘house’ in the picture.
Ania goes to see the bridge first while I attend to Amelka,. She gets back after 10 minutes and says that the best thing about it is a huge, sleeping dog :) Cool, I think. I plug in my camera and go. I pass the stands quickly, then a closed railway station, where trains from Argentina to Chile used to stop. and I’m at the fence. I look down and see an interesting rock formation – kitsch that’s deep yellow. The house with bars where the thermae are, spoils the view completely. I should admire the miracle of nature here and instead I’m looking at these bars.
It looks like man has altered Puente del Inca somehow while in reality the place is left practically unchanged. I look around for a little more, try to move closer but there’s a sort of barricade on my road. I see a bus with a large company of people coming which makes me decide that it’s enough for today.