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These Marble Caves In Chile Look Unreal

You may have to travel to the ends of the Earth to get here, but the sights are stunning!

You may have read about going to Patagonia in guide books. From hiking to seeing unique wildlife, such as the red Culpeo fox, it’s definitely a place on my travel bucket list.

Now, we found an added reason to go there—to check out the Marble Caves in Chile. In case you missed it, Patagonia is at the southern tip of South America covering parts of Chile and Argentina, where the Atlantic and Pacific oceans meet, which means there are plenty of islands and inlets to entice us.

Marble Caves
Atlas of Wonders

Enter Cuevas de Marmol, also known as the Marble Cathedral, in Lake General Carrera, at the Chile-Argentina border. As travel site Atlas of Wonders points out, there’s everything from columns and pillars to flying buttresses at the Marble Cathedral—all naturally occurring, of course. Annnnd, the caves and tunnels there are made from marble. In-sane, right?! And insanely beautiful!

Marble Caves
Javier Vieras/Flickr

The patterns on the marble caves are a reflection of the lake’s water.

Marble Caves
Mariano Mantel/Flickr

So, as a result, the caves keep changing their appearance.

Marble Caves
Fanny & Greg/Flickr

Stunning!

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Neil Wilkie/Flickr

Just look at how much the water and caves change depending on the light.

Marble Caves
Dominic Sagar/Flickr

In the spring, the water is more turquoise, but in the summer, the water is a deeper blue.

Marble Caves
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The water levels, too, influence the colors of the caves. As the nearby glaciers melt (or freeze), the lake’s water levels change—and so, too, do the caves.

Marble Caves
Atlas of Wonders/Flickr

Like we said, we definitely want to go there, STAT. But it’ll take some maneuvering—and patience—to get to the 6,000-year-old “cathedral.” One or two flights, a road trip, and a ferry are required for the journey to the Marble Caves from the U.S.

Marble Caves
Atlas of Wonders/Flickr

You have to first get yourself to Santiago, Chile’s capital. Then you can fly or drive 800 miles to Coyhaique. Then, it’s 200 more miles on dirt roads to the lake. Then, hop on a ferry or boat and prepare to be amazed.

Marble Caves
Atlas of Wonders/Flickr

Looks like the best boat ride ever, right?!

MarbleBoat
Guillermo Mann/Flickr

It certainly looks worth the trip! Who’s ready to go?