The Magnificent Marble Caves Of General Carrera Lake, Chile

On April 23, 2014 by Lazer Horse

Marble Caves Chile - Choppy waters

This incredible Marble Cathedral is quite far from home, far from everyone’s home. The caves are resident at General Carrera lake in Patagonia – the second largest freshwater lake in South America. It’s one of the furthest places south before you hit Antarctica. The lake straddles the Argentine / Chilean border so it has the pleasure of two names, General Carrera lake in Chile and Lake Buenos Aires in Argentina.

Marble Caves Chile - Strut

There are no roads to General Carrera lake, if you want to have a look at it you’ll have to fly to Coyhaique then drive down dirt roads for 200 miles, then get in a boat. Or… you could make do with some pictures for now.

Marble Caves Chile - Internal

THE RUSSIAN STONEHENGE

Marble Caves Chile - Inside

The caves marble walls have been hollowed out from more than 6000 years spent next to wishy washy water. The water itself is a startling blue colour thanks to the tiny particles of glacial silt that have gradually washed into it (called stone flour).

Marble Caves Chile - Exit View

THE PEBBLE PALACE OF A DERANGED FRENCH POSTMAN

Marble Caves Chile - boat trip

Depending on weather, time of day, light levels and water levels the colours and patterns vary wildly. It’s the gift that keeps on giving.

Marble Caves Chile - Blue Light

Photographers love it at General Carrera lake, I mean all you have to do is point and shoot and it’s going to look nice ain’t it?

Marble Caves Chile - blue lagoon

The Chilean government are slowly making plans to develop the area to make it more accessible to tourist with fat wallets, so I imagine its days are numbered unfortunately. That’s the mantra of humankind:

If you love something, package it, make a quick buck and watch it burn. Then find something else nice to destroy.

Marble Caves Chile - azure waters

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Carrera Lake Marble

Oh well… at least digital photographs will last forever…

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