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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.

Popular Activities at Petrohue Falls

Like to make your visit to Petrohue Falls even more special? Remember to try some of these activities:

Check out our Puerto Montt things to do page to find more activities in the area.

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Fundo el Salto Lodge $298
Fundo el Salto Lodge

Fundo el Salto Lodge

Ruta 225, Petrohue, Región de los Lagos
     
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in a national park, this vacation home is 0.3 mi (0.6 km) from Petrohue Falls and within 3 mi (5 km) of Vicente Perez Rosales National Park and Lake Todos los Santos. Lake Llanquihue and Volcan Osorno Ski and Outdoors Center are also within 16 mi (25 km).

    Cabañas Ensenada Bosque Nativo $70
    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, Vicente Perez Rosales National Park, and Volcan Osorno Ski and Outdoors Center. Lake Todos los Santos is 10.7 mi (17.2 km) away.

      Hamilton's Place $50
      Hamilton's Place

      Hamilton's Place

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

        Conveniently located near the ski slopes, this Puerto Varas bed & breakfast is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) from Lake Llanquihue and within 12 mi (20 km) of Petrohue Falls and Volcan Osorno Ski and Outdoors Center. 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
           
          0.0 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 10.8 mi (17.4 km) from Petrohue Falls. Venado Beach and Osorno Volcano Peak are also within 16 mi (25 km).

          Hotel Lodge Las Cascadas $215
          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 within 20 mi (32 km) of Petrohue Falls, Volcan Osorno Ski and Outdoors Center, and Osorno Volcano Peak.

            Hotel AWA $350
            Hotel AWA

            Hotel AWA

            Ruta 225-CH Km 27, Sector Los Riscos, Puerto Varas, Los Lagos
               
              4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Nestled on the beach, this Puerto Varas hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Lake Llanquihue and 6.5 mi (10.5 km) from Venado Beach. Petrohue Falls and Puerto Varas Beach are also within 20 mi (32 km).

              Hotel y Cabañas Puerto Pilar $80
              Hotel y Cabañas Puerto Pilar

              Hotel y Cabañas Puerto Pilar

              Ruta V 225 Kilometro 27, Puerto Varas
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Puerto Varas, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Lake Llanquihue and 6.6 mi (10.5 km) from Venado Beach. Petrohue Falls and Raddatz House are also within 20 mi (32 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 Petrohue Falls and Volcan Osorno Ski and Outdoors Center. Osorno Volcano Peak and Lake Todos los Santos are also within 25 mi (40 km).