The abandoned village of Epecuen in Argentina has become an unexpected tourist attraction as it has started to re-emerge after spending 25 years under water. The Argentinean ‘Atlantis’ was inundated with water in 1985 after a lake nearby the town burst its banks.
Water levels covering the town began to drop in 2009, due to climates changes, slowly revealing the remains of Epecuen. Now much of the town’s ruins are visible and as a result the once-thriving town has reclaimed its standing as a popular tourist attraction.
Local tourism authorities are now hoping to secure heritage status for the derelict town to protect the area and preserve the remains. It is hoped the Argentine town will become as popular as other ruins such as the historic Pompeii in Italy, which attracts thousands of visitors flying to Italy year on year.