Saltos del Petrohue, Puerto Varas

Marvel at Saltos del Petrohue, a long series of waterfalls that cascade down a volcanic rock chute. Backed by the prominent Osorno Volcano, the falls tumble from pool to pool formed by the region's distinctive black basalt formations, beginning in the Petrohue River and ending in Todos los Santos lake. Explore the lushly forested surroundings, fed by the clear waters of the river. You can even try your hand at kayaking or rafting on certain sections of the falls with a guided tour. To visit Saltos del Petrohue and other attractions in Puerto Varas, use our Puerto Varas holiday planner .
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  • Very nice place to visit. If they have children with car much care because the road is not suitable for this. The trail is clean, with plenty of space.
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  • It is one of the most incredible places where I've been. The color of the water and the magnificence of nature. Some waterfalls with the volcano in the background, make this a memory that will never be forgotten.
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  • The Petrohue waterfalls are awesome! The color of water and water falls are very pretty, it gives very quiet! We had cloudless sky and the view towards the volcano Osorno was postcard!
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  • Don't now if it's just me or I prefer to visit this place in winter time... But the improvement showed in the last five years, helps to avoid the stress about the crowd 😁 finally there is a world class visitor center, where you can book tours, buy jewellery, handicrafts souvenirs or just enjoy a coffee and local sweets!! There are good hiking trails to enjoy alone or with your family. This place is a must!!
  • This place is beautiful and is frequented by lots of Chileans. We visited in March after a night of rain and the natural water spillways we're spectacular! It's also just off the main road making it quite accessible. Looks like it would be serious Class VI rapids but I can imagine Middy Tilghman spilling over these cataracts.
  • Nice place with awesome views on the waterfalls and the volcano in the background. Entry is $5000, which is quite expensive. You can walk around the small paths for an hour or two and enjoy the streams around and another waterfall nearby.
  • Stunningly beautiful river, waterfalls and setting. Volcanoes in the background on a sunny day. Three different short hikes are available. One smaller lagoon with waterfall is pretty and less crowded. This is a destination for cruise travelers and can be very very crowded if they happen to be there, as was the case for us.
  • Not quite a waterfall but a very fast set of cascades which have walkways around to give brilliant views. Good facilities include car parking, gift shops and toilets. The whole place is very well signposted
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