A Great Day For Osorno Volcano and Petrohue Waterfalls in Patagonia Chile
We had a fun day booked to the Osorno Volcano and Petrohue Waterfalls in Patagonia Chile for our port day in Puerto Montt. As the Oceania Cruises Marina came into the harbour, we saw volcano peaks on the horizon. This was the first but not last view we got from different perspectives of the peaks around Puerto Montt.
We had an awesome experience in our last port when we visited Magdelena Island for penguins from Punta Arenas. It looked like this was another perfect day day for an outdoor adventure!
First View Of The Osorno Volcano Over Lake Llanquihue
We got in our tour bus and it headed towards the Osorno Volcano. Our first stop was at Lake Llanquihue. This was the second largest lake in Chile and its name meant “submersion”
We got a great view of the Osorno Volcano. And we were so very glad our guide pulled in when the view of the peak was clear. Osorno was a conical stratovolcano like Mt Fuji in Japan. We remembered when we visited Mt Fuji in Japan how quickly such great views were shrouded in clouds.
We grew more excited as we continued our day trip to the Osorno Volcano and Petrohue Waterfalls in Patagonia Chile.
Heading Up The Osorno Volcano In A Chair Lift
We continued around Lake Llanquihue and took the twisty road up the Osorno Volcano. The bus parked when we arrived at the base station for the chair lift. In the winter, this was a fully functioning ski station. In the summer months, there was hiking to the top but a permit was needed.
We only had one hour for this stop on our day trip to the Osorno Volcano and Petrohue Waterfalls in Patagonia Chile. From the base station we could take the chair lift or walk up along the paths. We decided we wanted to go higher for a great panoramic view and paid for our lift ticket.
David and I got on different chairs and took pictures of each other during the climb and again on the descent. As we climbed on Tramo 1, we got a great view down to the base station and the parked buses. The view behind us got better and better.
As we approached the Primavera station, we saw the Tramo 2 chair lift that went further up the Osorno Volcano. We had a little time to explore on this level but not enough to go further up on this visit.
Views From The Osorno Volcano
When we got off at the Primavera station, we took some time and admired the Osorno Volcano (Volcán Osorno). This conical stratovolcano marked the beginning of the Chilean Patagonia. At 2,652-metre (8,701 ft) tall is was nicknamed “the King of the South”. Osorno was one of the most active volcanoes in the southern Chilean Andes. There were 11 eruptions recorded between 1575 and 1869. Although at this time is was dormant.
With a zoom lens we got a great look at the snowy peak of the Osorno Volcano. Much of the top of the volcano was covered in glaciers. Although in the winter, additional snow covered the peak.
When we looked in the other direction, we were treated to an amazing panoramic view over Lake Llanquihue with the Calbuco Volcano in the distance. While tranquil on our visit, the Calbuco Volcano was an explosive volcano that last erupted in April 2015 and spewed a funnel of ash high into the sky.
We started down the paths we found at this level. The volcanic sand around us was deep in places. So we stayed on the wooden path. We saw people walking up from below and were very glad we took the chair lift up.
As our time ran out, we headed back to the chair lift and headed back down to the bus. But our trip up the Osorno Volcano was a highlight of our day trip to the Osorno Volcano and Petrohue Waterfalls in Patagonia Chile.
See The Osorno Volcano and Petrohue Waterfalls In Patagonia Chile
It was about a 45 minute drive to our next stop at the Parque Nacional Vicente Perez Rosales. Our guide marched us at a quick pace through the park to the Petrohue Waterfalls. Along the way we glimpsed mountains in the distance, dry river beds and even caught sight of a culpeo (Patagonian fox). Every now and then, we got a peek view of the Osorno Volcano.
We approached the Petrohue Waterfalls along the Petrohue River. The blue green water drew us in. And then we saw the cascading falls.
When we moved to the viewing platform, we saw more waterfalls as they cascaded over sharp volcanic lava fields. But the big draw was the stunning view of the Osorno Volcano in the distance. We were sure that the view would be even more stunning earlier in the year when the water flows were higher.
When we had enough of the views, we returned along the path to the entrance. We were so glad we got this stop and saw the Osorno Volcano and Petrohue Waterfalls in Patagonia Chile.
A Stop In Puerto Varas For Lunch
We had one more stop on our day trip. When we reached Puerto Varas, we had lunch at the Radisson Hotel. It was an ok lunch. But not the lunch at the llama farm our tour information stated. After lunch, we enjoyed some free time and explored this charming town.
Our first stop was on the waterfront with yet another view of Lake Llanquihue. The picture frame was the iconic spot for photos with a view of the Osorno Volcano.
We wandered along the waterfront and found the funky statue. The wreck of the Santa Rosa Steamboat sat on the sand.
From the waterfront, we headed back and wandered around the German-style architecture. Puerto Varas was known as the “City of Roses”. As we walked around the town, we saw why it had this name.
We enjoyed this final stop at the charming small town of Puerto Varas. A great way to end our day trip from Puerto Montt in Patagonia Chile.
Awesome Views Of The Osorno Volcano and Petrohue Waterfalls In Patagonia Chile
It was a beautiful day for a trip from Puerto Montt for awesome views of the Osorno Volcano and Petrohue Waterfalls in Patagonia Chile. We caught stunning views from so many different vantage points. It was hard to pick our favourite stop! This was a beautiful stop in Patagonia Chile on our South America cruise. We would definitely want to return and explore at a slower pace on our own.
When we returned to our cruise ship, we continued our cruise though the Chilean Fjords in Patagonia Chile. There were so many more stunning sights ahead of us. The next cruise port was in Casablanca, Chile. And our wine tasting day trip was a very different way to enjoy this part of Chile.
Have you visited the Orsono Volcano and Petrohue Waterfalls in Patagonia Chile? Where was your favourite viewpoint?
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