Argentina 2013: A Wonderful Hunt and Fantastic Vacation:Natural Bridge, Hot Springs and Condors.

by david on September 25, 2013

On the way back, we stopped at a natural bridge leading over to a spa and hot springs.  The river had cut a gorge through the rock.  There must have been some softer rock under the bridge, and the river did the rest.  Over the centuries it washed out the softer rock and left the harder “bridge” section standing.  Geothermal mineral springs on the other side of the bridge had a spa built around them.  The spa had flourished for many years and a hotel had been built to house the guest of the spa.  A landslide took out the hotel, not only once but twice.  The second time, the construction of the new hotel had not been completed yet.  It was decided the mountainside was too unstable and no other attempts to rebuild the hotel were undertaken and that drove the final nail in the coffin of the hot springs spa.

On the way back to the bus, some movement caught my eye.  I turned to face the mountain just in time to see a large bird disappear underneath an overhang.  I do not know how I saw it as I am guessing the bird was three quarters of a mile to a mile away.  I hollered for Janice to break out her new super-duper camera with her big lens in case the bird flew back out.  We were about to give up and return to the bus when not one but two Andean Condors flew out.  It was one of the coolest things I have ever seen.  Janice even got a picture of the birds as they soared from peak to peak.  It was a really neat experience.  When we got back on the bus, we started looking at the picture on the camera’s view screen.  We had trouble finding them at first due to the extreme distance.  We were able to zoom in and find the birds.  It just goes to show that good camera gear in the hands of a good photographer makes good things happen.

The hot springs was the last stop on our tour and we headed back down the mountain.  All that was left was to gaze out the window on the way home trying to memorize the landscape, hoping to permanently etch it into our memory.

We got back about 6:00 and decided to pack before dinner as tomorrow was another travel day.  After the day’s activities and packing we were all tired.  After last night’s meal, we wanted to go back to Anna’s and the fact it was only two blocks away cinched the idea.  We had a different waiter tonight and he spoke excellent English.  We asked him where he learned English so well.  When he said “Ft. Lauderdale”, we all about fell out of our chairs.  He spent four years there working and visiting.  It is definitely a small world.  The dinner I had last night was perfect, so I decided to have it again.  It consisted of a 600-kg ribeye, with roast vegetables, and lots of malbec.  Um, um, good.


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