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18/1/2018 Puerto Río Tranquilo marble caves and glacier view and valley Exploradores

After breakfast, we went to the beach together with Chiara and Jochen and got there on time at 7:50am. No one was around the stall we bought the trip yesterday (20000 pesos per person, English guide, 3 hours long, caves at puerto Sanchez as well as marble cathedral, paid by MasterCard debit card). 

Just before 8am, Annie came and send the retired couple from the USA. The guides cane to pick us up and we went to a boat parking place at the beach, put the floating vests on and sat in the boat. It is a small motor boat for about 15 people, it is 7 passengers and 3 guides including the driver. Once we left the coast, we could feel the strong wind and waves were building up. I’m sitting on the left side of the boat and one of the guides gave me a rain cover because the waves are a bit stronger. We see speeding up to the other side of the lake, cold water is splashing on me and soon we reach a small bay with an old shipwreck. We take few photos there and then we continue to the caves. The boat an get into some of the caves and we are taking many photos. The lake is quiet, no wind and waves here as this is all in a bay shielded by rocks. 

After some time we headed to the catedral de mármol on the other side and had to pass through fairly strong waves. In this caves, we could see people kayaking. The boat took as  around the Catedral de Mármol and then we headed back to the Rio Tranquilo. The waves were so strong that the boat had to stop several times and we also flew in air several times. Water was splashing on me all the tine and I hoped to get to the beach soon. There weren’t letting anymore boat onto the lake as it was too windy. 

Straight from the boat at 11am we all walked to a place from where we wanted to buy a tour to Valle de Exploradores to see a glacier. Chiara got us discount 1k, so we each paid 14000 pesos per person. Paid by card. The minibus is leaving at 15:00, so we have time to cook some lunch in our cabaña. 

At 3pm we all sat in the minibus to the Exploradores valley. The trip was quite nice with many stops and decent view at the end. We had to pay 4000 pesos for park entrance per person to see the glacier and some lake. The path to the view is a bit steep at the end, but manageable for seniors as well as for parents with kids. We got back to Puerto Río Tranquilo around 7:30pm. 

Bought some rubbish wine-ish drink in tetrapak (by mistake). Mix of wine, water and sugar, 8% alcohol, big number 4 on the box. Stayed the evening in the cabaña all together with Annie and Chiara and Jochen. Didn’t finish it and went sleep. 


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