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Review of Catedral de Marmol

Catedral de Marmol
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Reviewed November 5, 2013

I currently work down in Punta Arenas Chile and decided to make the 18 hour drive to see this once in a lifetime natural attraction. It was one of the most beautiful things I've seen in my life and couldn't be more happy with my experience. The tours leave from any number of little trailers lining up along the lakeside. Trips go out daily usually every couple of hours. The cost with a group was only 10,000 Chilean Pesos or about 20$ US. The tour lasts about an hour and a half to two hours. It starts off with a thirty minute boat ride across the beautiful crystal clear lake in the middle of the picturesque snow-capped landscape surrounding the lake. Once you finally get there the caves are located along side the cliffs cascading down into the water. The boats will pull right up and weave in and out to give you a up close and personal look at the caves. The tour brings you to a couple different locations and even gives you the chance to climb off the boat and walk on a small portion of the marble. It is absolutely breathtaking and one of the most amazing things I've ever seen. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who is looking for an adventure.

7  Thank Glenn M
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Reviewed October 20, 2013

Nice afternoon light and less tourists at that time. You won't regret this excursion, and do not forget your camera. Maybe even inquire on the possibility of a kayak rental. NOTE: We took a local service with a launch point outside of Rio Tranquilo that was closer to the caves- 20 minutes.

4  Thank jinmansw
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Reviewed May 20, 2013

We hired a car from Balmaceda Airport and drove to Rio Tranquilo. The drive is worth it alone, it was absolutely stunning! Snow capped mountains, clean rivers and beautiful forests. There is minimal traffic too. I am not an experienced international driver and I had no worries with it. The roads can get very slippery though (as half of it is unpaved) so a 4WD would be a safer option if you're not too confident driving a 2WD on slippery, muddy roads. We arrived into Rio Tranquilo about 3 hours after leaving Balmaceda. Its a tiny town, not much going on, very laid back. It was late in the arvo and we were tired and hungry so we decided to leave the Marble Caves for the following morning. We got a room from the little hostel / B&B across from where the tourism centre is. It was comfortable, warm, with beautiful views, friendly owner and best of all FANTASTIC home made soup. Well worth staying there if you are staying in Tranquilo for the night.
the caves themselves are magnificent. Set on the Azure blue Lago Carrera, they really are a must see if you can afford the time and small amount of money it costs to see them. The boat driver gives you plenty of opportunities to take fantastic photos. They really must be seen to be believed. if there is a bit of wind around ake sure you take your wet weather gear! The caves themselves are protected, but the trip too and from the town can be very bumpy and wet.

7  Thank Deefa85
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Reviewed April 11, 2013 via mobile

Beautiful sailing to the marbel caves.
Cost me 4500 chilian pesos (we were a vroup of more then 10 people).
On the way back the waves got a bit high and we all got completely wet - recommend to watch the weather forcast and bring waterproof clothes.

2  Thank Doleviko
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Reviewed March 5, 2013

The caverns are not huge, but unique. Carved in a series of small islands and shoreline by natural wave action and dissolution of limestone, they are very photogenic. The more capable boatmen can pass their 24 foot boats into and through places that seem impossible. If water is rough, go south from the main town to a sign that proclaims Puerto Marmol. At the bottom of a steep narrow road is a marina that is no more than 500 meters from the islands, allowing you to avoid a very rough three km open water crossing.

4  Thank ras828
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