Any visit to the Patagonia region in southern Chile is not complete without a trip to the mindblowing Blue Marble Caves and Marble Cathedral of General Carrera Lake. The lake, which is shared by Chile and Argentina, has been slowly eroding the highly soluble surrounding blue marble rock the for more than 10,000 years (i.e. the lake reached its current level some 6,200 years ago). Fed by a network of rivers coming from runoff of the surrounding Patagonia glaciers, the lake water is filled with minerals which give the water a rich, milky blue color. Worth noting: if you could somehow rip out the giant marble chunk in one piece it would weigh 5 billion tons. You can get a sense of the Blue Marble Caves’ beauty below, and organize your own tour at TripAdvisor. And as one visitor to the caves discovered, there’s quite literally something in the air around the lake. Due to a magical combination of air quality and all those cypress trees, the air literally smells like candy. You can read more about here experience HERE.
[xyz-ihs snippet=”BlueMarble”]Photo credits: Richard Mallonee, TheDancingRest.com, WhenOnEarth.net, AmazingPlacesOnEarth.com, YouTube, Exotisiv.com, Linkedin, Dont-Complain.com.