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Around the World: Marble Caves of Patagonia

Curved Walls in the Marble Caves

Earth is a magnificent place. One of the most wondrous aspects of our planet lies in the fact that its marvels are nearly impossible to fully comprehend. One such marvel is the Marble Caves in Chile in South America.

Formed from wave action over the last 6,000 years, the Marble Caves (or “Cavernas de Mármol”) are found at the center of General Carrera Lake (also known as Lake Buenos Aires), straddling the border between Chile and Argentina. Monoliths of marble have created a string of taverns, columns and tunnels that is unlike anything found around the world. Many of speculated that tectonic activity might have played a role in the formation of the lake and the uniqueness of the caves.

What might be most intriguing is some of the features of the area. Allow the pictures below to speak for themselves.

Mouth of the Marble Caves
The mouth of the cave alongside the turquoise waters of General Carrera Lake. Photo by Linde Waidehofer/Barcroft Media/Getty Images (via Travel + Leisure).
Underwater Look at the Marble Caves
The crystal clear water allows a peek at the underwater portion of the rock formation. Photo by Linde Waidehofer/Barcroft Media/Getty Images (via Travel + Leisure)
An interior view of the Marble Caves in Chile. Photo by Ron (via Amazing Places on Earth).
View of General Carrera from Inside the Caves
A view of General Carrera Lake from the caves. Photo by Linde Waidehofer/Barcroft Media/Getty Images (via Travel + Leisure).

[Cover photo:  Wave action over thousands of years have curved the interior of the caves in Patagonia.]

In case you were planning a trip to the Marble Caves, you might want to reconsider. Traveling to the caves is no simple task, as the island must be reached by boat, but not before you’ve taken a plane ride from Santiago to the city of Balmaceda, plus a 120-mile drive to reach the lake.

Some things are best admired from a distance.

A side note: It has been three years since the journey of “Ordinary Phenomena” began. This experiment of mine has been an absolute joy to explore and share with all of you. Thank you for your continued support and remaining inspired by the world around you.

Stay inspired,

C x N

Sources: Travel + Leisure, Amazing Places on Earth


One thought on “Around the World: Marble Caves of Patagonia

  1. It’s nice to see your post after a while! Can’t believe it’s been three years!
    I really enjoy your posts. The world is truly amazing!

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