The scenic port of Petrohue sits at the westernmost tip of Lake Todos los Santos in the Chilean Lake District, where the turquoise waters drain into the mouth of the Petrohue river. The tiny town is dwarfed by the the mighty snowcapped peak of the Osorno volcano which stands as its backdrop. The port is stop on the Cruce Andino road-and-ferry route from Puerto Varas to Bariloche in Argentina, as well as being home to the Petrohue Lodge hotel.

Following the road southwest from the town along the river takes you to the beautiful Saltos de Petrohue, a waterfall where turquoise waters charge dramatically through old lava channels. It is possible to arrange kayaking trips downstream of the falls. The fast-flowing river is also well-stocked with trout, making it an ideal flyfishing location. The Petrohue Lodge on the shore of the lake is the perfect place to base yourself and arrange either of these activities, along with canyoning, rafting and hiking. 

Petrohue is just under an hours' drive from Puerto Varas. From here, the ferry to Peulla departs daily in the middle of the morning. The trip takes around two hours, with the boat returning in the afternoon.

Map of Petrohue

Nearby landmarks

Trips that visit Petrohue

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