I'm going to make a big call, I think the view over Lago Gral Carrera is the most beautiful I have even seen. The lake is bright blue, even when it's cloudy, the mountains in the distance are snow capped, the ground is rocky and the vegetation a lush green. Our photos don't do it justice, so you'll have to take my word for it. It is also a bold claim to be making when we still have nearly two more weeks in Patagonia seeing the big hitters that people rave about.
The reason we took a short detour to the village of Puerto Rio Tranquilo was to see the marble caves. I hadn't heard of them before until I read a blog where someone had them listed in their top 5 places in Patagonia. Since we had been burnt by the Blue Cave episode we knew to be wary of anywhere that looks nice in pictures, but as it was pretty much on our route (but not on the beaten track, so would have fewer tourists) we decided to check it out.
The caves were pretty cool and whilst they couldn't match the insta photos, they were still beautiful. Our tour was only in Spanish so we didn't really know what our guide was saying but it mainly seemed to consist of pointing out rock features that looked like animals and other such things. The only word he said in English was 'tips'!
As I said though the thing we enjoyed the most was the views. Between the rain, clouds and fog on the windows, it was very difficult to see them on our drive in to the village. However, we had beautiful sunshine the next day and on the drive out our driver even stopped for us to take photos which we all appreciated as we jumped off the bus.Read more