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Vista del Río Pas a la altura de el pueblo de Puente Viesgo. Famoso por su sus excepcionales cuevas prehistóricas del Monte Castillo, el Balneario de aguas minero-medicinales y termales, así como sus ricos pozos salmoneros, han hecho de Puente Viesgo un enclave de singular importancia y referencia turística del valle del Pas.  Al fondo se puede apreciar un pescador cambiando el aparejo.

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A: Wooden bridge in Puente Viesgo

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