Marble Caves, Patagonia, Chile

The Marble Caves of Patagonia, Chile, are beautiful vibrant blue caverns, partially submerged in the equally stunning turquoise waters of Carrera Lake. The lake itself is on the border of Argentina and Chile, with the caves located on the Chilean side. The caves are comprised of three main caverns: the Chapel (La Capilla), the Cathedral (El Catedral), and the Cave (La Cueva). Visitors to the caves can explore them in a small boat or kayak, but only when Carrera Lake’s waters are calm and gentle. A rare and invaluable natural wonder, the existence of these caves is currently threatened by plans to build five large dams in the area. If you visit these caves, please treat them with the utmost respect and care.

Marble Caves, Patagonia, Chile

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Marble Caves, Patagonia, Chile

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Marble Caves, Patagonia, Chile

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Marble Caves, Patagonia, Chile

Marble Caves, Patagonia, Chile

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Marble Caves, Patagonia, Chile

Perito Moreno Glacier, Patagonia, Argentina

Perito Moreno Glacier, Argentina

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The Patagonian Perito Moreno Glacier, located in the Los Glaciares National Park of Argentina, is part of the Andes system and is one of the major tourist attractions in Patagonia due to its ease of accessibility and impressive size. The glacier is 5 km (3 miles) wide and has an average above-water height of 74 meters (240 feet). Perito Moreno Glacier sees daily bus tours as it’s just a 2 hour bus ride from the small town of El Calafate. Visitors can walk around the glacier to see it from a few different angles, or take a short trek on the glacier itself.

Perito Moreno Glacier, Argentina

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Perito Moreno Glacier, Argentina

Perito Moreno Glacier, Argentina

Perito Moreno Glacier, Argentina

Perito Moreno Glacier, Argentina

Perito Moreno Glacier, Argentina

Perito Moreno Glacier, Argentina

Iguazu Falls, Argentina and Brazil

Iguazu Falls, Argentina and Brazil

Located on the border between the state of Paraná in Brazil and the province of Misiones in Argentina, you will find the stunning Iguazu Falls dividing the upper and lower parts of the Iguazu River. These massive falls, four times the width of Niagara Falls, moved First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt to famously exclaim “Poor Niagara!” Iguazu Falls is made up of 275 individual falls, the tallest of which is 82 meters (269 ft) high. The most popular single waterfall among tourists is the impressive 82 meters (269 ft) tall, 700 meters (2,297 ft) long Devil’s Throat (or Gargantua del Diablo). The falls can be accessed from the Brazilian town of Foz do Iguaçu or the Argentine town of Puerto Iguazú. There are many trails and walkways around the falls, and the more adventurous types can enjoy rock climbing and water sports.

Iguazu Falls, Argentina and Brazil

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Iguazu Falls, Argentina and Brazil

Devil Throat - Iguazu Falls, Argentina and Brazil

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Iguazu Falls, Argentina and Brazil

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Iguazu Falls, Argentina and Brazil

Iguazu Falls, Argentina and Brazil

Iguazu Falls, Argentina and Brazil