Marble Caves

Marble Caves

Nestled deep in the Patagonian Andes you will find the Cuevas de Mármol (Marble Caves).   The caves are on the Chile/Argentinean border on the outskirts of Lake General Carrera on a peninsula of solid marble.  The caves are a result of waves washing up against calcium carbonate for over 6,000 years.  Today Marble Caves are only accessible by boat.

At first glance, it looks as if the caves are covered in mesmerising, swirling shadows of blue.  However, the striking colour is simply the reflection of the lake’s indigo waters against the marble. The reflection changes intensity and hue, depending on water levels and time of year.  Every time you see the caves in a new light, it’s another spectacular sight.

 The caves feature three main caverns: the Chapel (La Capilla), the Cathedral (El Catedral), and the Cave (La Cueva). You can explore the caves with a small boat or kayak, pretty much all year round, unless the lake’s waters are really rough.

The Marble Cathedral (Catedral de Mármol) located Northeast of Chile at the peninsula is the largest of the three. Closer to the northern coast you will see the Marble Chapel (Capilla de Mármol).  Here you will see church-like pillars that have formed in the monoliths.  If the water levels are low enough, take a walk under the island, through a series of tunnels.

These mesmerising caves of azure blue and refracting light are a ‘must do’. So, if you’re looking for a reason to visit South America, these caves are just one of the many highlights.

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