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Petrohué Falls

Rushing water cascades over volcanic rock at this stunning natural site in Chile’s oldest national park.

Petrohué Falls, a waterfall in the river of the same name, is among the country’s most spectacular natural wonders. The water flows over basaltic lava while the Osorno Volcano stands behind it, providing excellent photo opportunities. Bring your camera to take photos of the falls tumbling over dark volcanic rock.

Hike through the Vicente Pérez Rosales National Park to reach the falls. Upon arrival, listen to the loud rush of water racing over the rock edge. The water is usually clear with a blue hue, although at times it carries sand and stones from volcanic mudslides.

From the site of the falls, the imposing, symmetrical peak of the Osorno Volcano is clearly visible. Note its similarity to Japan’s famous Mount Fuji and ponder its destructive power.

Spot torrent ducks, resident breeders of the Andes, on the rocks or in the water. Get close to feel the spray of the waterfall on your face. For a more intense experience, go rafting or kayaking in the river.

The area around the falls makes a great setting for a picnic. As you eat, enjoy views of the white rapids flowing past black volcanic rock with green trees and the snowy volcano in the background.

Walking trails in the park lead through surrounding forests. Embark on a trek and inspect the range of coigüe, myrtle and cinnamon trees. Be on alert for deer and even pumas roaming among the trees.

Arrange to visit the waterfall as part of a guided excursion from Puerto Montt. Check with the tour operator to see if you need to bring cash as the tour fee may or may not include admission to the park.

Find Petrohué Falls near Todos los Santos Lake in the Vicente Pérez Rosales National Park. The park is a 43.5-mile (70-kilometer) drive northeast from Puerto Montt and just 34 miles (55 kilometers) east of Puerto Varas.


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Cabañas Petrohue $52
Cabañas Petrohue

Cabañas Petrohue

Ensenada km 40, Referencia minimarket El Encuentro, Petrohue, Región de los Lagos
     
    2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in Petrohue, this cabin is steps from Lake Todos los Santos and Vicente Perez Rosales National Park. Lake Llanquihue and Petrohue Falls are also within 12 mi (20 km).

    Cabañas Ensenada Bosque Nativo $58
    Cabañas Ensenada Bosque Nativo

    Cabañas Ensenada Bosque Nativo

    Route 695, km 42, Ensenada, Puerto Varas, Los Lagos
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in Puerto Varas, this cabin is within 12 mi (20 km) of Petrohue Falls, Calbuco Volcano, and Vicente Perez Rosales National Park. Volcan Osorno Ski and Outdoors Center and Lake Todos los Santos are also within 12 mi (20 km).

      Entre Volcanes Lodge
      Entre Volcanes Lodge

      Entre Volcanes Lodge

      Ruta 225, kilometro 42 Lote A5, Puerto Varas, Los Lagos
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in Puerto Varas, this lodge is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Lake Llanquihue and 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from Green Lagoon. Petrohue Falls and Calbuco Volcano are also within 9 mi (15 km).

        Hamilton's Place
        Hamilton's Place

        Hamilton's Place

        V-695, Puerto Varas, Región de los Lagos
           
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated near the beach, this bed & breakfast is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) from Lake Llanquihue and 2.1 mi (3.4 km) from Green Lagoon. Petrohue Falls and Calbuco Volcano are also within 9 mi (15 km).

          Yan Kee Way Lodge $150
          Yan Kee Way Lodge

          Yan Kee Way Lodge

          Ruta 225, Camino a Ensenada, KM 42, Ensenada, Puerto Varas, Los Lagos
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Offering direct access to the beach, this Puerto Varas lodge is on the riverwalk, 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Lake Llanquihue, and within 12 mi (20 km) of Petrohue Falls and Vicente Perez Rosales National Park. Osorno Volcano Peak and Lake Todos los Santos are also within 12 mi (20 km).

            Cabanas y Piscina Rucamalen
            Cabanas y Piscina Rucamalen

            Cabanas y Piscina Rucamalen

            Ruta 225 Kilometro 36 S/N, Puerto Varas, Los Lagos
               
              2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Puerto Varas, this beachfront hotel is in a national park, 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Lake Llanquihue, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Calbuco Volcano and Green Lagoon. Petrohue Falls is 10.8 mi (17.4 km) away.

              Hotel Lodge Las Cascadas $100
              Hotel Lodge Las Cascadas

              Hotel Lodge Las Cascadas

              Vincente Perez Rosales Lote 1a, Km 62.5 Ruta U-99 Las Cascadas, Puerto Octay, Los Lagos
                 
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Puerto Octay, this beach hotel is 10.8 mi (17.3 km) from Green Lagoon and within 20 mi (32 km) of Petrohue Falls and Volcan Osorno Ski and Outdoors Center. Osorno Volcano Peak and Lake Todos los Santos are also within 25 mi (40 km).

                Block House Lodge
                Block House Lodge

                Block House Lodge

                U-99-V km 69, Puerto Octay, Los Lagos
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in Puerto Octay, this beach lodge is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Lake Llanquihue and within 25 mi (40 km) of Green Lagoon and Petrohue Falls. Volcan Osorno Ski and Outdoors Center and Osorno Volcano Peak are also within 25 mi (40 km).