Marble Caves Trip in Chile

Marble Caves Trip in Chile

HIGHLIGHTS

Marble Caves - Puerto Bertrand - Chile Chico - Coyhaique

HIGHLIGHTS

Marble Caves - Puerto Bertrand - Chile Chico - Coyhaique

days 8
  • Explore the Northern Carretera Austral, from Balmaceda to Coyhaique.
  • Visit the jaw-dropping Marble Caves
  • Go ice-skying over the glacier
  • Discover Caleta Tortel and its amazing walkway-street architecture.
  • Best time to travel: From October to April
  Marble Caves are one of the new attractions in Chilean Patagonia. So is Carretera Austral, a route connecting interesting highlights and towns in the area. Trip for 8 days in the Carretera Austral, go navigating and enjoying adventure tours in northern Patagonia, Chile.
Itinerary
Day 1

Marble Caves, the trip begins in Chile - Valle Exploradores

A group of peolple in a boat exploring the marvel caves

 

  • The first part of Carretera Austral and the trip to Marble Caves

Start your Chilean Patagonia exploration to amazing Marble Caves at Balmaceda airport in southern Patagonia. Get ready to start the ride on Carretera Austral, the famous Patagonia route in Chile. 

Travel for about 110 miles, crossing your first scenic route of the day. After discovering lakes, stunning rock formations, and Cerro Castillo viewpoint on the “Devil’s Hill” (Cuesta del Diablo), reach Cerro Castillo Village. By then, mountains are all you’ll see around.

The paved road ends here, but the trip is about to begin! We’ll drive you on a 30-minute ride to Puerto Río Tranquilo from where the Marble Caves trip departs. Marble Caves are beautiful marble shapes carved by the Ocean and the wind. 

The 2 main marble islands are called “capillas” (chapels) and “catedral” (cathedrals), and only rowing boats can slide through the thin, white, and blue columns. The incredible blue of the pristine waters reflects on its 15,000-year-old walls.

Upon returning, enjoy lunch before heading to your night accommodation in Valle Exploradores.  

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A group of peolple in a boat exploring the marvel caves
Day 2

Hike over a glacier - Puerto Tranquilo

A group of people walking in the Exploradores Glacier

 

  • Hike over the Exploradores Glacier.

Start early in the morning with a pick-up and travel 32 miles towards Laguna San Rafael National Park. Relax and enjoy the views during this 1 hr. 30 min. ride crossing lakes and waterfalls aside.  

The Exploradores Glacier hike starts with a technical equipment talk. Prepare your crampons and start the 2-hour walk guided by a local specialist. Cross forests and reach a moraine, a soft loose rock hill, and end at the glacier. 

Take a moment to recover and put the crampons on, it’s time to walk over the ice! This is an out-of-the-world experience; get ready to discover ice caves and gaps, and the amazing blue shades of the ice. At the end of the day, we’ll drive you back to Puerto Tranquilo. 

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A group of people walking in the Exploradores Glacier
Day 3

Navigate to the glacier - Puerto Tranquilo

Catamaran Laguna San Rafael chile

 

  • Relaxed navigation to San Rafael Glacier

Today, visit Exploradores Bay, 47 miles away from Puerto Tranquilo, and enjoy the navigation in Laguna San Rafael. Meet the crew upon arrival and set sail to the delta of Río Exploradores while enjoying a relaxing breakfast on board.

Travel around 2 hr. 30 min. in the National Park and discover the San Rafael Glacier. Lunch will be taken facing the icy walls. Enjoy the navigation back to Exploradores Bay and the ride back to Puerto Tranquilo. 

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Catamaran Laguna San Rafael chile
Day 4

White rafting and hike in Patagonia Park - Cochrane

a group of people rafting in River Baker Chile

 

  • Rafting and travel to Patagonia Park (hike).

Today, enjoy a white water 2-hour rafting on the Baker River one of the mightiest rivers in Chile. Descend in inflatable boats and embrace the adventure! Technical equipment and guides will be there for you. Get ready to get wet! 

Enjoy lunch after rafting, and continue the journey on Carretera Austral. Reach the source of Baker River and discover the confluence with Neff River. Thirty miles away, skirting Baker River, make a pit stop in the little Cochrane 

You’re about to reach Patagonia National Park, only 3 miles away! Enjoy a short boat trip and hike inside the park. This is a good wildspotting opportunity and discover the Chilean national deer, the huemul. Then, head back to Cochrane for overnight. 

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a group of people rafting in River Baker Chile
Day 5

Visit Tortel traditional site - Cochrane

Couple walking in the wood walkways in caleta tortel

 

  • Full-day visit to Caleta Tortel.

After Marble Caves, Caleta Tortel is the second most original attraction of this journey in Chile. After a 3-hour ride reach Tortel declared a Traditional Site for its original architecture and living style. In Tortel, there are no streets, at least not the idea you have of a street… Places are connected by Cypress wood walkways and promote the cohabitation of local biodiversity and human activity. Enjoy lunch in a local restaurant, and return to Cochrane.

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Couple walking in the wood walkways in caleta tortel
Day 6

Calluqueo Glacier viewpoint - Chile Chico

Women relaxing in Lago General carrera

 

  •  Glacier viewpoint and trip to the town of Chile Chico

Today, visit the incredible Calluqueo Glacier viewpoint. Located 31 miles away from Cochrane, you can sit and enjoy the view until it is time to jump off. Then, admire the mountain and the steppe slopes, the lagoon, and the magnificent glacier standing in awe. Enjoy lunch in a local restaurant and continue traveling. For about 4 hours, skirting  General Carrera Lake, enjoy the endless spectacle of nature in Patagonia. At the end of the day, reach the town of Chile Chico overnight.

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Women relaxing in Lago General carrera
Day 7

Navigation to Puerto Ibáñez - Night in Coyhaique

A man taking photos of Coyhaique Chile

 

  • Navigation on Carrera Lake and travel to Coyhaique.

This is a navigation day and the beginning of your trip to Coyhaique. After breakfast, be transferred to the Chile Chico pier and embark on a 2h 30 min. sailing in the Carrera Lake. Enjoy the views and the refreshing air on the deck until you reach Puerto Ibáñez. In Puerto Ibáñez, get ready to visit the Saltos, as local calls the small waterfalls. After lunch, keep traveling and reach Coyhaique, the last town on your Marble Cave and Patagonia trip in Chile.

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A man taking photos of Coyhaique Chile
Day 8

End of the Marble Caves and Patagonia trip - Balmaceda

Balmaceda and Serrano navigation view

This is the end of your Marble Caves trip and your exploration of Chile and Patagonia. After breakfast, we’ll drive you to the Balmaceda airport where this trip began.

Keep on exploring the area. We specialize in tailor-made travel experiences in Carretera Austral and other incredible destinations in Argentina, Chile, and South America. If this trip doesn’t meet your expectations, talk to one of our knowledgeable travel agents and tailor this trip to your budget and timetable.

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Balmaceda and Serrano navigation view
pricing
  • Prices in US Dollars.
  • Valid until April 2025 (ask for prices at Christmas and New Year).
  • Prices are per person, based on 2 people in double occupancy. Single rates are available on request.
  • Flights are not included in the price but can be arranged on request.
included
  • 1 night in Valle de Exploradores.
  • 2 nights in Puerto Tranquilo
  • 2 nights in Cochrane 
  • 1 night in Chile Chico
  • 1 night in Coyahique
  • Daily breakfast.
  • Meals according to the itinerary
  • Transfers and tours are mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Bilingual local guide/driver (English / Spanish)
not included
Flights needed for this itinerary

plane-icon No local flights are needed for this itinerary. This trip begins and ends in Balmaceda.

ESTIMATED COST FOR THE FLIGHTS ON THIS TRIP: Local flights cost from $150 per person per segment. We offer special rates on flights for this tailor-made itinerary.

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