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

Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia, Chile

Cordillera del Paine, Patagonia, Chile

Torres del Paine is a national park located in south Patagonia, Chile. The park is known for its immense rock towers and peaks, part of the Andes mountain range. The name Torres del Paine means Towers of Blue (Paine is an indigenous name for the color blue). The most famous peaks in the park are Cordillera del Paine, a set of stark peaks, and the Cuernos del Paine (Horns of Blue), a set of jagged, horn-like mountain tops. Also in the park are a glacier, a lake, and rivers. The most popular activity in the park are the multi day hikes, especially the Base Of Las Torres trek. Tourists can reach the national park via dailiy bus service from the city of Puerto Natales. Accommodations in the park consist of basic lodgings called “Refugios” and camping.

Cuernos del Paine, Patagonia, Chile

Cuernos del Paine, Patagonia, Chile

Cordillera del Paine, Patagonia, Chile

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Torres del Paine, Patagonia, Chile

Cuernos del Paine, Patagonia, Chile

Cuernos del Paine, Patagonia, Chile

Torres del Paine, Patagonia, Chile

Torres del Paine, 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