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VC3308 Trip to the Marble Caves and San Rafael Lagoon Glaciers

Visiting the Marble Caves in the Chilean Patagonia

The Marble Caves is geological formation of unusual beauty. These caves have formed in a pure marble and are bathed in the deep blue water of General Carrera Lake. The enormous General Carrera Lake is fed by rivers coming from several glaciers of Patagonian Andes. The ice of glaciers contains small particles and, when the ice melts, many particles remain suspended in the water. This gives an unusual effect - the glacial meltwater is slightly turbid and it refracts the blue part of sunlight. Due to this the water of General Carrera Lake has a distinct blue color.
Marble monoliths; Near the small town Puerto Tranquilo cliffs of pure marble are rising from the lake water. Marble is exposed in peninsula some 5 km south-east from Puerto Tranquilo and in a group of islands (consisting of pure marble!) several kilometres north-east from the peninsula. It has been calculated that the whole block of marble weighs 5 billion tons. The stone is in light grey color, with frequent darker striation. The geological history of Lake General Carrera is complex - lake has changed its outlet and multiple times has changed its level. Lake reached its present level some 6,200 years ago. Throughout the year the lights and colors in the caves change. In early spring the water is low and the caves have more natural-looking color. But in summer, when the level in the lake rises, the caves are partly inundated and get their eerie blue color. This area has much sun - bad weather stays in the other side of Andes.
Trip to the Marble Caves and San Rafael Lagoon Glaciers
(04 Days / 03 Nights
VC3308 Tour include:
Transfer from Balmaceda Airport - Hotel Loberías del Sur
3 nights accommodation at the Loberías del Sur (Puerto Chacabuco, Aysén)
Full Day Excursion to the Glacier San Rafael Lagoon
Tours to Marble Chapels
Breakfast, lunch and dinner. beverages doesn't included
Unlimited use of swimming pool, gym and sauna at the Loberias del Sur.
VC3308 Itinerary
Day 01 (Friday) Balmaceda - Puerto Chacabuco
Transfer Balmaceda Airport - Hotel South Loberías
Check in from 15:00 hrs.
Welcome drink
Dinner (doesn’t including beverages)
Hotel accommodation in South Loberías 

Day 02 (Saturday) Puerto Chacabuco – San Rafael Glacier
Departure for the full day tours to the Glacier San Rafael Lagoon by Catamaran del Sur "Chaiten"
Breakfast, snack and lunch on board, open bar, cocktail and whiskey with ancient ice sailing back to Puerto Chacabuco. Sailing and after with zodiac to the ice floes in Laguna San Rafael  (Depends the weather conditions)
Dinner and accommodation at the Loberias del Sur Hotel.

Day 03 (Sunday) Puerto Chacabuco to General Carrera Lake to visit Marble Chapels.
Breakfast. Departure from the Hotel at 08:00 am to begin the excursion to Marble Chapels in General Carrera Lake.
Marble Chapels are strange and incredibly beautiful rock formations found in General Carrera Lake and constitute one of the most renowned attractions of the Carretera Austral.
Declared sanctuaries, Marble Chapels are formations of calcium carbonate mineral that over the years have been eroded by the waters of Lake General Carrera, navigable creating these islets by using small navigations. (doesn’t including beverages)
Dinner and accommodation at the Loberias del Sur Hotel.

Day 04 (Monday) Puerto Chacabuco to Balmaceda Airport
Breakfast. Transfer from Puerto Chacabuco to Balmaceda Airport
End of our services.

It is suggested to bring appropriate clothing:
Hiking boots and hard-soled high boots; thick and thin socks (wool or synthetic); clothing first layer (upper and lower capilene),
pants covers windbreaker / rain; thin and thick fleece, windbreaker / rain, sun hat and coat, gloves, sunglasses *,
sunscreen, water bottle.
Optional: camera, personal medicine and a small backpack.
How to make a reservation:
In TravelAid we can take your resevation with the following information:
-Full name
-Passport number
-Date of birth
-Home address
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VC3308 Trip to the Marble Caves and San Rafael Lagoon Glaciers
(05 Days / 04 Nights)
Low Season:
Until December 26th 2018
Extra Bed USD 685
Reservas & Consultas
High Season:
From December 27th 2018 until March 2nd 2019
Extra Bed USD 715
Reservas & Consultas
Rates in US dollars, per person.
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Loberias del Sur Hotel
Puerto Chacabuco
Loberías del Sur Hotel at located in Puerto Chacabuco, in the Aysén region of General Carlos Ibanez del Campo, just 2 hours and 15 minutes from the Balmaceda Airport; Port of Entry for the XI region of Chile and Port of Entry to the San Rafael Lagoon.
Along with Aiken Del Sur Park, Catamaranes Del Sur is making an offer in response to the highest international standards of quality, as well as offering all the necessary services to relax and enjoy the nature in the area.
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