VILLA EPECUEN was a tourist village that was located in the south of Buenos Aires, Argentina, that spent a quarter of a century underwater.
Established in the 1920s, on the banks of a salt lake, it was home to over 5,000 residents and a holiday destination to 1000s more from the Argentinian Capital. Now abandoned, its ruins are found on the eastern shore of the Laguna Epecuen, about 7km north of the city of Carhue.
Developed in the early 1920s, VILLA EPECUEN was accessible from Buenos Aires by train. The FERROCARRIL SARMIENTO line served the ViILLA EPECUEN station, while the Midland railway and the Southern railway carried passengers to nearby Carhue station. At its height, VILLA EPECUEN had the capacity to accommodate 5,000 visitors and nearly 300 businesses, while unofficial accommodation allowed for 2,000 more.
In 1985, a dam burst and buried the place in 33ft of saline water, rendering it a “modern-day Atlantis”. Initially, people waited on their rooftops, hoping that the waters would recede. Nothing happened and within 2 days the place was a “devastated ghost town”.
In 2009, the waters began to recede and what emerged resembles an “Apocalyptic World.” Evenly-spaced dead trees still line what used to be streets, rusty bed frames poke out from concrete rubble and sign posts point to nowhere.
Amazingly, only one resident remained in that desolate place. Pablo Novak was the only person not to leave his hometown when the waters swallowed it up in 1985. He lives in a stone hut with a fridge and a basic cooker. I GUESS THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME.