General Carrera Lake, Marble Caves, Chile (with Map & Photos)

The marble caves in Chile are one of the world's most isolated treasures. This is a series of sculptural formations of Lake General Carrera in the heart of Patagonia. The complex is a spectacle that takes your breath away.

General Carrera Lake Marble Caves
General Carrera Lake Marble Caves

Shaped by 6,000+ years of waves, the smooth whirlpools of the walls are nothing but reflections of azure waters that change in intensity and hue with the seasons.

Capturing this incredible tunnel system is the dream of every photographer. Instead of mining unique stones, the surrounding area protects them, allowing visitors to come and tour.

General Carrera Lake Marble Caves
General Carrera Lake Marble Caves

The caves are located far from any road, you can only get there by swimming. The best time of the year to visit is around September to February, when the ice melts and the water surface takes on a charming color. In order to catch the right lighting for great shots, it is advisable to go for an inspection in the early sunny morning. But this is difficult to guarantee in a region where the climate changes without warning.

Getting to this magnificent natural wonder is not easy. The closest city to the attraction is Puerto Rio Tranquilo. Most of the households here serve tourists. There are several hostels, apartments and cottages, comfortable campsites. But there are no ATMs in the town, you need to stock up on cash in Coyaiq or Cochrane.

General Carrera Lake Marble Caves
General Carrera Lake Marble Caves

There are three ways to get to the pier. You can rent a car, go by bus or by bike. It is advantageous to discuss and develop the route in advance in a travel company.

A waterproof jacket and a dry camera bag are a must, no matter the weather. Spray from the ship scatter in different directions.

General Carrera Lake Marble Caves
General Carrera Lake Marble Caves

Marble Caves


They are the first to be seen on the northern shore about fifteen minutes from the pier. They impress with blue reflections on the surface, but the view from the shore is even better.

Marble Chapel


It is located on the south side and looks amazing.

Wedding ceremonies can be held in the chapel. But only the newlyweds and the priest will be in the room itself. And the rest of the guests are watching the process, sitting on the boat.

Marble Cathedral


A giant boulder appears on the horizon, rising in the shape of a dome on column legs. Under it, you can sail on a boat through a labyrinth of tunnels.

High on the rocks you can see the nests of condors, and if you're lucky, you can spot one of these huge birds.

General Carrera Lake Map