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Summer in Chile - 2017

Day tour from Puerto Varas

It was on my second day at Puerto Montt that I booked and did the "Petrohue Waterfalls and the Osorno Volcano" tour from Puerto Varas.


The tour began at 10am at Puerto Varas. A group of tourists from Latin American countries, filled the nice clean mini-bus ready for what should be a great tour. The guide was attentive and made sure I didn't miss out on anything and always spoke in Spanish and then repeated the information in English for me.

Feeding the friendly Llamas

From Puerto Varas, we followed the shore-line of picturesque Lake Llanquihue until our first tourist stop where we could pat and feed Llamas. It was interesting viewing these animals close up and seeing their large eye-lashes which would be the envy of many women. The Llamas knew all about tourists coming with food for them!

Well, that brought a smile to everybody's face. Back in the bus again, we travelled past more wonderful scenery on our way to Vicente Perez Rosales National Park to see the cascades or falls of the Petrohue River that were formed by a volcanic eruption. After travelling along a rough, bone shattering road, we eventually reached the Park Headquarters where we disembarked and were told we could have an hour to explore the National Park. Our entrance fee wasn't included in the tour price.

Petrohue Falls

The falls were magnificent! They are not like most waterfalls as they are a chute-type waterfall that passes through a narrow opening in the basaltic lava which originally came from the Osorno Volcano that sits in between Todos los Santos and Llanquihue Lake.

Petrohue Falls

Petrohue Falls

Petrohue Falls

Petrohue Falls

There was a torrent of pretty blue/green water gushing through this narrow opening and this was summer, imagine what it would be like after rain and snow melts!

As I still had plenty of time left, I followed the other trails and found more pretty areas where you could swim and sunbathe, a secluded area where the water was calm, and a lovely area where lichen was growing on the trees and the cliff face. There were plenty of people here and I could see why this area was so popular.

Vicente Perez Rosales National Park

Back in the bus and another short drive further along the bumpy road to Todos los Santos Lake, also located within Vicente Perez Rosales National Park.
Here the optional extra was doing a boat cruise or staying on land, I chose the latter because it was quite cool and very windy, not the best day for a lake cruise.

Todos los Santos Lake

Todos los Santos Lake

The lake is also known as All Saints Lake or Lago Esmeralda, which means Emerald Lake, due to its emerald green colour. The lake covers an area of around 69 square miles, and it has a maximum depth of about 1,105 feet, it flows into the Petrohue River and the Petrohue Waterfalls where we had just come from.

Chateaus at Todos los Santos Lake

I walked around admiring the big Chateaus where people came to stay to go boating, kayaking, rafting, swimming, fishing, hiking, animal/bird watching or just relaxing in this beautiful area.


I didn't go into the Museum, but I did admire the architecture of the building.

When the others arrived back from their boat cruise feeling rather cold, I was glad I had stayed on land. Unfortunately, the bus had to travel back along the same bone-shattering road until we reached sealed surface which took us to the town of Ensenada where we went to a Restaurant for a buffet lunch. This wasn't included in the tour price either, but was well worth the money.

Excellent lunch

What a spread.............
Everything from soup, bbq meat on a big spit, hot food, a big choice of cold food and salads and a big array of desserts. Tea and coffee was included in the price.

After a very satisfying lunch, we were back in the bus and making our way to the last stop of the day - The Osorno Volcano. This is just how I imagined a volcano should look like. At 2,661metres above sea level, the perfectly conical shaped shaped volcano with snow on its peak I had seen from many view points on my tour today. Now, our bus was winding its way around many switchbacks to finally reach the chalet and the ski-lifts.

Osorno Volcano

Osorno Volcano

If you come here, wear something warm as it was quite cold. The views were fabulous, just a pity there was so much smoke from the fires around. After a hot chocolate to warm me up, I went for a walk to see views in another direction. If your in the area, visiting this volcano should not be missed.

Views from Osorno Volcano

Views from Osorno Volcano

Views from Osorno Volcano

Views from Osorno Volcano

Views were good on the way down and up, we also saw Andean birch aged between 4,000 and 5,000 years old growing. I didn't see any fauna, although they say the volcano is home to the Patagonian skunk and fox, the quique (a kind of ferret), Puma and the long-muzzled weasel.

This completed a wonderful day tour of a very scenic area in the Lakes District of Southern Chile

Posted by balhannahrise 17:22 Archived in Chile Tagged landscapes waterfalls lakes animals food scenery day tour petrohue orsono volacano

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Beautiful scenery. Love those llamas. Irene

by irenevt

They had the longest eye-lashes I have ever seen. No need for falsies....

by balhannahrise

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