Rising From The Salt Water: Ghost Resort In Argentina Promises Apocalyptic Landscape To Tourists

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A picture taken in the 70s compares the place with the current state of a ruined house in the onetime spa and resort town Epecuen, November 5, 2015. Over the past few years the town of Epecuen (previously featured in the ‘Most Beautiful Abandoned Places of the World‘), located 550 km (341 miles) southwest of Buenos Aires, has been attracting tourists with its eerie apocalyptic atmosphere after a flood submerged it in salt water for more than two decades. Originally a busy lakeside tourist village in the 1920s renowned for its saltwater baths, Epecuen came to a sudden end in November 10, 1985 when a succession of rainy winters caused Lago Epecuen to overflow and water surged through a special retaining wall and into the town. Residents and tourists were forced to evacuate and in just a few days homes and buildings were covered by almost 10 meters (33 feet) of salt water. Now, 30 years on, the water has evaporated and former residents can walk amidst the rusted out ruins of what was once their town. (Photo by Enrique Marcarian/Reuters)

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Viviana Castro, a former resident walks by ruined houses in the onetime spa and resort town Epecuen, November 6, 2015. (Photo by Enrique Marcarian/Reuters)

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Viviana Castro, places a plaque with the name of the former owner on a ruined house in the onetime spa and resort town Epecuen, November 6, 2015. (Photo by Enrique Marcarian/Reuters)

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A ruined house is pictured in the onetime spa and resort town Epecuen, November 6, 2015. (Photo by Enrique Marcarian/Reuters)

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A shoe is seen on the mud in the onetime spa and resort town Epecuen, November 6, 2015. (Photo by Enrique Marcarian/Reuters)

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A picture taken in the 70s compares the place with the current state of a ruined houses in the onetime spa and resort town Epecuen, November 6, 2015. (Photo by Enrique Marcarian/Reuters)

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A rusty car is pictured in the onetime spa and resort town Epecuen, November 6, 2015. (Photo by Enrique Marcarian/Reuters)

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Deadwood is seen at sunset in Epecuen Village, November 6, 2015. (Photo by Enrique Marcarian/Reuters)

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Deadwood is pictured in the onetime spa and resort town Epecuen, November 5, 2015. (Photo by Enrique Marcarian/Reuters)

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Deadwood is seen at the sunset in Epecuen Village, November 5, 2015. (Photo by Enrique Marcarian/Reuters)

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Deadwood is seen at sunset in Epecuen Village, November 6, 2015. (Photo by Enrique Marcarian/Reuters)

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Lone inhabitant Pablo Novak, aged 85, rides his bike by a ruined house in the Epecuen Village, November 6, 2015. (Photo by Enrique Marcarian/Reuters)

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A ruined house is pictured in the onetime spa and resort town of Epecuen, November 6, 2015. (Photo by Enrique Marcarian/Reuters)

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A ruined house is pictured in the onetime spa and resort town Epecuen, November 5, 2015. (Photo by Enrique Marcarian/Reuters)

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Lone inhabitant Pablo Novak, aged 85, rides his bike by a ruined house in the Epecuen Village, November 6, 2015. (Photo by Enrique Marcarian/Reuters)

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Ruined houses are pictured in the onetime spa and resort town Epecuen, November 5, 2015. (Photo by Enrique Marcarian/Reuters)

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Mirta Estoessel, sits on her former home in the onetime spa and resort town Epecuen, November 6, 2015. (Photo by Enrique Marcarian/Reuters)

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A bottle is seen on the mud in the onetime spa and resort town Epecuen, November 6, 2015. (Photo by Enrique Marcarian/Reuters)

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A ruined house is pictured in the onetime spa and resort town Epecuen, November 5, 2015. (Photo by Enrique Marcarian/Reuters)

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A picture taken in the 70s compares the place with the current state of a ruined house in the onetime spa and resort town Epecuen, November 5, 2015. (Photo by Enrique Marcarian/Reuters)

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Visitors tour by ruined houses in the onetime spa and resort town Epecuen, November 5, 2015. (Photo by Enrique Marcarian/Reuters)

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A picture taken in the 70s compares the place with the current state of a ruined house in the onetime spa and resort town Epecuen, November 5, 2015. (Photo by Enrique Marcarian/Reuters)

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A picture taken in the 70s compares the place with the current state of a hydrothermal center in the onetime spa and resort town Epecuen, November 6, 2015. (Photo by Enrique Marcarian/Reuters)

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