The Amazing Marble Caves Of Patagonia

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Incredibly beauty to be found at the Marble Caverns on General Carrera Lake in Patagonia, Chile. Photo #1 by © Jorge Leon Cabello
Incredibly beauty to be found at the Marble Caves on General Carrera Lake in Patagonia, Chile. Photo #1 by © Jorge Leon Cabello

In Patagonia, South America, General Carrera Lake is shared by Argentina and Chile. But on the Chilean side of the beautiful emerald-green to turquoise-blue waters, there are breathtakingly beautiful marble caves carved into passageways and caverns. These amazing marble formations were sculpted by erosion into three main marble formations: La Capilla (the Chapel), El Catedral (the Cathedral), and La Cueva (the Cave). The impressive labyrinth of marble caves are large enough for a small boat to glide into. Here are those magnificent marble caves.

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This beautiful blue marble cave is known as the Marble Cathedral. Photo #2 by © Jorge Leon Cabello
This beautiful blue marble cave is known as the Marble Cathedral. Photo #2 by © Jorge Leon Cabello
The Spanish call these caves “Las Cavernas de Marmol.” Photo #3 by © Jorge Leon Cabello
The Spanish call these caves “Las Cavernas de Marmol.” Photo #3 by © Jorge Leon Cabello
Get out and explore marble wonders on the Chile side of Lake General Carrera. Photo #4 by © Jorge Leon Cabello
Get out and explore marble wonders on the Chile side of Lake General Carrera. Photo #4 by © Jorge Leon Cabello
Marbled Cathedral. Photo #5 by © Jorge Leon Cabello
Marbled Cathedral. Photo #5 by © Jorge Leon Cabello
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It’s easy to be enchanted with the stunning natural beauty of the marble caverns. Photo #6 by © Jorge Leon Cabello
Can you imagine something happening that would endanger these exquisite azure caverns? It might if Chile continues with plans to build five hydro-power dams in Patagonia. Photo #7 by © Jorge Leon Cabello
Can you imagine something happening that would endanger these exquisite azure caverns? It might if Chile continues with plans to build five hydro-power dams in Patagonia. Photo #7 by © Jorge Leon Cabello
Using a kayak is a popular means to explore the Marble Cathedral. Photo #8 by © Jorge Leon Cabello
Using a kayak is a popular means to explore the Marble Cathedral. Photo #8 by © Jorge Leon Cabello
This is La Cueva – the Cave. Photo #9 by Feffef
This is La Cueva – the Cave. Photo #9 by Feffef
Looking out on Lake General Carrera from Marble Cathedral. Photo #10 by Claudio Alvarado Solari
Looking out on Lake General Carrera from Marble Cathedral. Photo #10 by Claudio Alvarado Solari
The water has eroded the marble to create cavities and marble caves. There are different color shades, depending on the contents’ impurities. There are white banks of great purity, but it is also possible to find blue and pink marble banks due to the presence of other minerals. Photo #11 by Nico14uc
The water has eroded the marble to create cavities and marble caves. There are different color shades, depending on the contents’ impurities. There are white banks of great purity, but it is also possible to find blue and pink marble banks due to the presence of other minerals. Photo #11 by Nico14uc

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