THAT idea didn't even cross my mind for a second, as I was very happy just to look at it from a distance. It's still impressive and the landscape was quite literally breath-taking; the viewpoint for Aconcagua is at about 3,000 metres and it's noticeably harder to breathe and hike. Quite what it would be like at nearly 7,000 metres, I don't even want to imagine!
|Puente del Inca|
The more prosaic explanation is that the mineral-rich water has gradually eroded the stone over time. But I think I like the legend better. Either way, it`s an interesting place -- at one point, it was the site of a posh hotel and spa, where guests could go down to the bath house over the hot springs to soak away their ailments. An avalanche destroyed the hotel, but the bath house remains, slowly being covered up by mineral deposits as the water continues to flow.