Parque Nacional Vicente Pérez Rosales

Established in 1926, this is the oldest national park in Chile, stretching east from Lago Llanquihue to the Argentine border. The park is covered in woodland and contains a large lake, Lago Todos los Santos, plus three major volcanic peaks: Osorno, Puntiagudo and Tronador. Several other peaks are visible, notably Casablanca to the north and Calbuco to the south. Near the lake are the Saltos de Petrohué, impressive waterfalls on the Río Petrohué. A memorable journey by road and water takes you through the park from Puerto Montt to Bariloche in Argentina. South of the park is the beautiful Seno de Reloncaví.

Getting there

In season, take one of the hourly minibuses from Puerto Montt and Puerto Varas via Ensenada to Petrohué. They generally allow you to break your journey at the waterfalls at no extra cost. It is impossible to reach the national park by public transport out of season: there are buses only as far as Ensenada, little traffic for hitching and none of the ferries takes vehicles. Entrance to the park is free.

Getting around

A combination of walking and hitching rides in locals' boats is the best way to explore the park. In wet weather many treks in the park are impossible and the road to Puerto Montt can be blocked.

This is edited copy from Footprint Handbooks. For comprehensive details (incl address, tel no, directions, opening times and prices) please refer to book or individual chapter PDF
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