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These Marble Caves Are One Of South America’s Coolest Sites

Nature is awesome. From horizontal waterfalls to sand dune oases, the world is just brimming with natural wonders that are so gobsmackingly beautiful, they often don’t look real.

One of these wonders is found near the Chile-Argentinean border, along the turquoise waters of Lake General Carrera.

Carved into the Patagonian Andes, the Cuevas de Mármol, or marble caves, were formed after 6000-plus years of waves crashing against the calcium carbonate rock.

The walls of the eroded caves reflect the lake’s azure waters in a stunning rainbow hue, which often changes intensity depending on the water levels and season.

Keep an eye out for the Capilla de Mármol, or the Marble Chapel, which got its name thanks to the church-like pillars that have formed in the monoliths.

Thanks to their unique location, the caves are only accessible by boat. Board a chartered ferry tour from the town of Chile Chico, if the weather and water conditions are permitting, and revel in these other-worldly sea caves.

(Lead image: Dan Lundberg/Flickr)