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Saltos del Petrohue, Puerto Varas

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Waterfall Nature / Park
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. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Saltos del Petrohue by using our Puerto Varas itinerary planner.
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  • Tour a must for people who go to Puerto Varas and region. The melting of the volcanoes formed the All Saints Lake that gives rise to the Jump Petrohue. For access to the Park and to see the jump, you have to pay entrance to the Park. Value is cheap. The site is of environmental preservation. Well maintained and secure. When you arrive at the end of a small trail, the visual is unforgettable. The water is emerald in color. In the background you can see the Osorno volcano with your snow-covered Ridge. You don't have to stay long. Just watch and do amazing photos. Recommend too. Unforgettable. To reach can go with guides on sightseeing tours, rent a car or even with micro bus local transport.
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  • Very nice site, you can take a bus from the Centre of Puerto Varas. They spend every half hour. The entrance costs 4 pesos.
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  • And just a cool ride in the winter but I think it must be nice in the summer. The place is nice but nothing extraordinary.
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  • Naturally beautiful. Great place to visit. I definitely enjoyed more visiting it during winter than summer because of the amount of tourists.
  • Nice place to visit. Glacier-fed waterfalls with stunning backdrop of snow capped mountains. You will surely enjoy this place. A ten minute drive down an unpaved gravel road you can take a very scenic cruise to the town of Peulla.
  • What used to be a pristine natural place is now a overcrowded tourist trap. They charge admission (more for foreigners, beware), but the floods of people don´t even let you see or enjoy the views of the waterfalls. This is exactly how NOT to develop an attraction. The main building has only shops, not even a restroom, for that you need to walk across river past the admission point. Very disappointed, specially compared with 15-20 years ago.
  • Beautiful landscape surrounded by majestic volcanoes and vigorous rivers with emerald waters.
  • beautiful place, the energy of the water is very pure and strong. lovely for some pictures of the landscape and nature.

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Where to stay in Puerto Varas

To enjoy views of the volcano, stay as close to the edge of Llanquihue Lake as possible. Most higher-end accommodations sit right on the lake's shores, with a range of resorts and boutique hotels offering a touch of luxury. Look a few streets back from the lake for a choice of budget hostels and small guesthouses. Reserve your place in advance to avoid disappointment, regardless of the season.
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