Villa Epecuén: A Mysterious Town of Argentina

Many villages have been submerged due to various geographical and even natural changes. How many famous cities have been removed from the map of the world? Once the last address of those cities full of life, it has taken place in the pages of the research book of the scientists. But not all stories of history are written in one style.

Villa Epecuén is one such city. The once-bustling city was suddenly lost in the depths of the abyss. Many thought the city had died that way. But after 25 years of showing thumbs up to history, Villa Epecuén, the wonderful city of that fantasy, has risen from the sea. The whole geological community was shocked by this incident.

The history of how Villa Epecuén gradually evolved from a village in South America at the beginning of the last century to become one of Argentina’s most popular tourist destinations is also fascinating.

Villa Epecuén was a small town southwest of Buenos Aires, Argentina. The city is thought to have been founded around 1920. The area, which covers an area of ​​570 km, was a major tourist attraction.

Both the natural form and the material supply to the people of the world were inexhaustible. A huge lagoon was created in the city by seawater. A stone wall built at the whim of nature separated the lagoon from the sea. People from home and abroad used to come to that anonymous city of Argentina by pulling the lagoon.

It may sound like a fairy tale, but people from all over the world have the idea that bathing in this lagoon water cures all kinds of diseases. Many people thought that the water of this lagoon could cure everything from physical ailments to serious skin ailments.

At that time, a team of researchers found that the water in the lagoon was filled with extra salt and a lot of minerals. And this is why the water in the lagoon seems to have gained such vitality. News of the Lagoon spread rapidly throughout the world. As a result, it didn’t take long for Villa Epecuén to develop into a tourist city.

From hotels, guest houses, museums, and bus terminals to various entertainment promotions developed around tourism. More than 250 businesses were established in the city at that time. According to one source, from 1950 to 1970, the small town was overflowing with more than 25,000 tourists. As a result, the tourism trade was flourishing. For the convenience of tourists, in 1972, the Argentine government launched a train service from Buenos Aires to Via Apenquin.

In this way, Via Appenquin could become one of the best tourist destinations in South America. But nature may not have wanted that. On November 14, 1985, a major natural disaster struck the city. Nature became extremely upset. All sorts of calculations became noisy in an instant.

The water in the lagoon started overflowing due to heavy rains sometimes. Gradually the water level continues to rise. The water level rose to 33 feet so that the dam built to protect the city from the sea was instantly flooded. On the same day, the stone wall broke and the sea came crashing into Apenquin’s chest. The whole city was submerged before anyone knew it.

The city of 1,500 inhabitants disappeared in an unimaginable instant. Two weeks later the whole city was found to be submerged under three meters of water. No existence of soil was found anywhere. Most of the people in the city were evacuated due to the quick action of the authorities. As a result, the lives of most of the residents were saved. But almost all the residents lost their livelihood and became destitute.

The words of Norma Berg, a resident of that day, give a picture of that time. He said his pet dogs and cats had fled the storm a few days before the floods. In any case, the Creator did not give humans the ability to perceive the future like animals and birds. So on that day, no city dweller could bring their help. Just like magic, the lively city sank in the blink of an eye.

The events of 2009 are almost 25 years later. The world seems to be watching the aftermath of the tragedy of 1985. Like many prehistoric creatures, after many decades of waking up, Epecuén stands up again under the sky. Slowly the gloomy shoreline of silver began to wake up.

Twenty-five years later, Villa Epecuén is fully awake again. It is said that whatever the sea takes, it gives back. Once the city was swallowed up by the sea, all the relics of the old civilization scattered around began to be found.

Although some houses still survive, they do not have that brightness today. Water and time seem to have deliberately left a mark on the salt-coated statue of Jesus in a crumbling church from a piece of rusty engine. However, amid this devastation, a road has remained unexplained in the heart of the one-time ‘Land of Eternal Spring’, Epecuén.

The last story of this incredible city is as thrilling as the story itself. However, it is not yet time to say whether the story is over or not. Maybe civilization can find life here again. None of the 1,500 residents are willing to return to that city anymore. But there is one exception among them.

Pablo Novak, a 65-year-old man whose address was once in that small town, has returned to the city of his memories. Where he was born, whose light and air enveloped his body, from where he weaved the web of his dreams. Today, after so many years, he wants to get that city back.

So Pablo went back alone to his familiar world, to the secluded city. With the memories of the old glittering city in his chest, he now rides his bicycle alone around the ruins.