Petrohue is located in the heart of the Vicente Perez Rosales Park and more precisely where the unmistakable Lake Todos los Santos empties into the famous and mythical Petrohué River, which gives shape to the famous rapids downstream, one of the major tourist attractions of the Lake District.
But Petrohue is not just a river; it is a small wonderful town where a majestic hotel has been in charge of watching the settlement and seeing it grow, recording the live history of the entire area and its first dwellers in the photographs kept in its interiors.
In the company of two extreme sports guides and a bunch of European tourists that had chosen our same tour, we got our helmets and harnesses ready after attending a theoretical safety speech which aim was to prevent and avoid accidents once the journey started.
A twenty-minute walk allowed us to get to the first challenge prepared for visitors: a Tyrolese rope would let us go on only if we managed to cross a huge ravine of almost a hundred meters of height. One of the guides crossed first and then each one of the excursionists followed. Thus, among screams and celebrations, one by one, all of us left behind what would be the first tough trial.
Meters ahead, a beautiful clearing in the forest would let us appreciate a magnificent view of Lake Todos Los Santos, of an intense turquoise, and some of the rapids seen downstream.
Safe and sound on solid ground, a thick forest full of huge ferns, alerce trees, pines, coihue trees and other species of flora would unveil some tracks of what used to be a road which, as we advanced, would let us hear some signs of a river or creek. The last trial was of course getting to the Petrohue River, getting on one of the kayaks that were expecting us and, paddling against the current just like the salmon, get to the mouth of Lake Todos los Santos, where a small wooden pier would indicate the end of our adventure, which would finish in a beautiful alpine dining-room and a paper bag with home-made sandwiches, cereal bars, chocolate and energizing drinks to quench two hours of so much adventure.
Contact of the excursion or tour
Ruta 225 - Km. 60 - Petrohue (5550000) Puerto Varas, X Región, Chile
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