Fewer than 10 people call Puente del Inca home but an endless stream of travelers visit the site each year to capture an image of the stunning natural arch bridge that spans the Rio Las Cuevas. It has been an active settlement since the Inca Empire laid down roots here and famous naturalist Charles Darwin made the lengthy trip to see the mineral-rich zone. Ruins of an outdated thermal spa stand beside the bridge, but its now inaccessible because the bridge was closed for pedestrian travel in 2006. All Alta-MontaĆ±a tours include a lengthy stop in Puente del Inca to enjoy the views and shopping at a small artisan market located at the entrance to town.
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