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“Incredible Natural Formations”
Review of Catedral de Marmol

Catedral de Marmol
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Sudamericano por el mundo
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“Incredible Natural Formations”
Reviewed 28 April 2014

Our dream was to arrive to the Marble Caves in Kayak. It was impossible to find a decent price tour for this. So we had just to accept being part of the flock and take the regular tour for Ch.$7,000. Our Guide was friendly and interested to show every single part of it. We took nice camera shots.

Visited March 2014
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“a marvel to see from a small motorboat”
Reviewed 9 April 2014

It is worth seeing these natural formations in this blue water. Go with a careful guide- the structures are fragile. Our guide was a skillful navigator. We took a lot of pictures.

Visited January 2014
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Valparaiso, Chile
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“An amazing excursion to the marble chapel & catedral in kayak”
Reviewed 12 January 2014

First, this place is amazing. It's unique, the colours are breath-taking, and there are still few people who visit it.

There are two options to visit the Capilla de Marmol & Catedral de Marmol: take a boat tour from Puerto Rio Tranquilo, or drive a few kilometers to a place called Puerto Marmol, much closer to the site, where there is a small pier. From there, you can take a boat or rent a kayak, which my girlfriend and I did. We arranged it through our hotel El Puesto, and they took care of everything -although we had to driver there. It cost 30,000 pesos (about US$50), but it's not that expensive considering you are with a professional guide for 2 hours.

You can choose the kayak option even if you are a beginner: It was my girlfriend's first time on a kayak, and she did not have problems to manage, as the lake is not difficult (unless when it's windy). The great thing about the kayak is that it allows you to get inside most parts of the marble caves and even disembark in a few places.

A good idea, if you go with the guide from El Puesto Expediciones, is to come with two cameras, so that you can keep one with you in your kayak, and give the other to him, so that he takes pictures of you with the kayak and the monument.

Although this was already a great experience, I would recommend even more another place in the same area with much more marble caves: It is called Puerto Sanchez, on the same Lake General Carrera. There is an island there that has close to 1 kilometer of marble caves! It is less accessible as the dirt road to the town of Puerto Sanchez is a bit difficult (but it has beautiful landscapes and views!), but it is even more spectacular than the Marble Chapel & and the Marble Cathedral. Contact Luis Alarcon for a fairly priced boat tour from Puerto Sanchez. He is a good, friendly and knowledgeable guide and boat driver, and a pioneer of the tourism at the marble caves: lualo1@hotmail.com

Visited January 2014
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“Once in a lifetime experience”
Reviewed 5 November 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.

Visited September 2013
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Santiago, Chile
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“Take this tour- for sure!”
Reviewed 20 October 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.

Visited October 2013
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