Villa Epecuen, southwest of Buenos Aires Argentina, was a thriving tourist village until the mid-1980’s. It sat on the banks of a famous salt lake of the same name.

Thousands of people from around the globe flocked to Villa Epecuen because of its lake’s reported therapeutic powers. The locals believed Epecuen Lago— or “eternal spring” — could cure depression, rheumatism, skin diseases, anaemia, even treat diabetes. Local businesses thrived including hotels, hostels, shops, spas and museums.

The dream ended in 1985, when years of uncharacteristically heavy rain caused an upstream dam to begin leaking. By 1993, the villa was completely submerged under 30 feet of water, ten times saltier than any ocean.

In 2009, the seasonal rain levels returned to normal and the ruins below slowly resurfaced again.