Gallery: Chile’s stunning Marble Caves

Gallery: Chile’s stunning Marble Caves

6,000+ years of waves have carved a stunning set of caves along the Chile-Argentina border. 5TH Fam photographer @mydetoxtravel discovered it for herself earlier this year.

I was looking for new inspirations and I decided to do something different.

After exploring Patagonia for a couple of days, I left my mountains and drove over 12 hours to the secluded and isolated General Carrera lake, sitting right on the border between Argentina and Chile.

On this lake is hidden a pure gem called the Catedral de Mármol, an azure temple created by nature, sculpted by water.

These amazing rock formations are still little known, and I really wanted to get there before it would get too famous and touristy.


The only way out here is by ferry from Chile Chico

The smooth, swirling blues of the cavern walls are a reflection of the lake’s azure waters, which change in intensity and hue, depending on water levels and time of year.

I started my paddle to these blue caverns early morning, the wind was blowing hard but the paddle wasn’t easy. After arriving at the caves, I was speechless. I couldn’t believe all these walls made of marble, it was like entering a castle.

Wandering freely in the cave network felt unreal, and each corner was a new texture, an interesting shape or new shades of turquoise.

I spent 3 hours kayaking through the caves and I couldn’t get enough of it. It’s amazing what nature create and how magnificent the precious geography of our planet can be.

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