Vicente Perez Rosales National Park

  • Vicente Perez Rosales National Park
  • Vicente Perez Rosales National Park

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  • Vicente Perez Rosales National Park

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  • Vicente Perez Rosales National Park
  • Vicente Perez Rosales National Park

Vicente Pérez Rosales national park was created in 1926, and as such, it is the oldest park in the country. It has a surface area of 251,000 hectares and is situated in one of the most privileged zones in the country.

Its most important attractions are its volcanoes and mountains, great forests of native trees, and one of the most beautiful and virgin lakes in the south of Chile: the lake Todos Los Santos.

This diverse landscape and the dominant presence of its volcanoes, has turned this park into one of the principal destinations in the region of Los Lagos. Within its limits, the visitor can not only observe the incredible landscape, but also walk and observe the flora and fauna, enjoy thermal baths, ski, take a boat ride and go fishing, amongst many other activities.

Basic Information

Location: The Lakes region, 82 km to the north east of Puerto Montt. Puerto Varas is 18 km to the south-east.

How to get there: Santiago-Pto. Montt: by air or by public or private land transport. Pto. Montt-Pto. Varas: via Ruta 5 Sur.  Santiago-Osorno: by air, or by public or private land transport. Osorno-Pto. Varas: by public or private land transport on the Ruta 5 Sur. Pto. Varas-Ensenada: public or private land transport by Ruta Internacional 225.  Osorno-Ensenada: by the road going to Pto. Octay, but passing the turning for that city. It's 105 km through a paved road, until the Río Blanco sector. Ensenada to Petrohué (Lago Todos los Santos) it is 16 km.

When to go: Year round.

Opening Hours:

  • Winter: Mondays to Sundays from 9:00 to 17:30 hrs
  • Summer: Mondays to Sundays from 9:00 to 18:00 hrs


  • Adults: Nationals and Foreigners CLP 1,200.
  • Children (up 12 years old): Nationals and Foreigners Free Pay

Climate: The climate is humid temperate, with an average annual rainfall index of 2.500 mm in Ensenada. This increases to 4.000 mm in Casapangue, close to the Vicente Pérez Rosales border pass. The average annual temperature is 11.1°C, with an average in January of 16°C and in June of 6.5°C. In the higher areas of the park, most of the precipitations are snow.

Services: Park ranger, environmental information center, trails.

Infrastructure and Services in Vicente Pérez Rosales National Park

Administration Area: The park's administration area is located in Petrohué, where the first stretch of the Ruta Internacional 225 ends. In Petrohué there is also a park ranger's post.

Park Ranger's Post: There is a permanent post in Peulla and another one in Ensenada, on the shore of Lake Llanquihue lake, neighboring the town.
There are also two information posts situated in the access to the Petrohué waterfalls and the Osorno volcano, and two control posts, one in the Ensenada sector and the other in La Picada, 11 km from the crossroads in Puerto Klocker.

Camping Areas:

  • Petrohué Beach: situated in the sector bearing the same name, 16 km away from Ensenada and 6 km from the Petrohué river waterfalls. There are 24 camgrounds equipped with parking spaces, drinking water, restrooms, and fire areas.
  • Camping Puerto Oscuro: in Puesto Oscuro sector, 2.5 km north of Ensenada. There are 10 campsites with picnic tables, firea areas and garbage cans.

Accomodation: There are accommodation options in and outside the park:

  • Club de Teski Refuge: it is a private refuge, with a capacity for 50 beds. It is 26 km away from Ensenada, at approximately 1.200 mts msl.
  • Club Los Pumas Refuge: a private refuge with a capacity for 40 people (in bunks and beds). They can be rented to schools from Puerto Varas. It is situated 11 km from Ensenada, at an altitude of 850 mts msl.
  • Petrohué Lodging House: on the shore of Lake Todos Los Santos lake. With 12 double rooms and a restaurant with a capacity for 250 people. It is open all year round.
  • Peulla Hotel: located on the east shore of the Lake Todos Los Santos lake, in the town bearing the same name. It has a capacity for 180 people and also offers have a full-service restaurant.

Food Shops: In Ensenada, outside the park and 16 km from Petrohué you can find the following restaurants Yankee Way Lodge, Los Pinos, La Araucaria, Fogón Pucará, and Canta Rana.

Services outside the area:

  • Gas Stations: In Ensenada, Puerto Varas, Puerto Montt, Ralún.
  • Pay Phone: Petrohué and Ensenada
  • First Aid: at the Peulla and Petrohué posts (in the park), in the Ensenada clinic and the Hospital in Puerto Varas.
  • Police: there is a post in Casa Pangue, in the Peulla sector, and another one in Ensenada.


Help us to protect the park's natural resources and make your stay more pleasant by considering the following recommendations:

  • Mountaineers who want to climb Osorno volcano must check-in at CONAF post, situated in La Burbuja ski center. If you wish to climb other mountains, you must register in the administration post in Petrohué.
  • Respect the established access hours for La Burbuja ski center. You must wear warm clothing in winter and lighter clothes in summer.
  • It is always important to wear waterproof clothing, because although there are long periods of good weather in summer, it can rain in any season.


What to see:

Some of the highlights in the park are Petrohué river waterfalls, Osorno volcano and its atmospheric cones, lake Todos los Santos, Puntiagudo river valley, Cayutúe valley, and Tronador volcano.

What to do:

  • Fishing: in Ensenada, Petrohué, and Peulla.
  • Swimming: there are swimming areas in the Ensenada and Petrohué sectors.
  • Skiing: in La Picada area you can find "La Burbuja".
  • Mountaineering: in La Picada and Volcán Osorno sectors.
  • Trekking: in La Picada, Ensenada, and Peulla.
  • Wildlife observation: in all areas of the park.
  • Horseback riding: in Peulla.
  • Environmental educational information: in Petrohué.

Trails: The park has a network of trails designed to help visitors explore the most interesting areas of the park.  

Recreational Trails:

  • Petrohué River Waterfalls trail: 370 m long and approximately 10 minutes.
  • Los Enamorados trail: in the Petrohué river waterfalls area. 600 m long and approximately 30 minutes there and back.
  • Laguna Verde trail: 180 m long and approximately 20 minutes.
  • Velo de la Novia trail: in the Peulla sector, 400 m long and approximately 25 minutes.

Excursion Trails:

  • Paso Desolación trail: on the eastern slopes of the Osorno volcano, with a length of 12 km which takes approximately 5 or 6 hours (there and back). The path rises to an altitude of approximately 1.100 mts msl and allows you to appreciate panoramic views of Tronador volcano and Lake Todos Los Santos.
  • Rincón del Osorno trail: on the east bank of the Lake Todos Los Santos, it is 5 km long and takes approximately 4 hours there and back. The path starts in Petrohué and skirts the lake.
  • El Solitario trail: it is located 6 km away from Ensenada, on the way to the Osorno volcano. It is 6 km long and it takes 2 hours to cover.
  • Margarita Lagoon trail: it is located in the Peulla sector, it is about 8 km long, and can be covered in around 8 hours. It arrives at Margarita lagoon, a landscape surrounded by beautiful forests of lenga.

Educational trails:

  • Carilemu trail: in the Petrohué waterfalls sector, it is 980 m and takes around 45 minutes.
  • Los Pilleyos trail: in the Ensenada sector, 1.200 m long and takes around 45 minutes.

Natural Heritage in Vicente Pérez Rosales national park

Geomorphology: The park is situated in a zone where tectonic, glacial, and volcanic processes have shaped the Andes. The main peaks are the volcanoes Puntiagudo (2.490 msnm), Osorno (2.661 msnm), La Picada ( 1.710 msnm), and Tronador (3.491 msnm).

Hydrography: Retreating glaciers and the rise of Osorno volcano allowed for the formation of the Lake Todos los Santos, which is surrounded by steep mountains draining into Petrohué river and Reloncaví estuary. The volcanic activity also manifests itself through a series of thermal baths, amongst which you can visit Vuriloche, Ralún and El Callao. The Lake Todos los Santos (also known as 'Esmeralda') has a surface area  of 2.219 km2, all of which belong to the park. It is located at 190 mts msl and it receives numerous affluents, such as Peulla river, which is born in the snowdrifts of the volcanoes Tronador, Negro, Puntiagudo, Blanco, Chilcón and Cayutúe. Cayutúe drains the lagoon bearing the same name, which is located on the southwest of the park.

Flora: Most of the forests in the park are evergreen, developing in a wide range of environments. In flat areas with bad draining qualities like Cayutué lagoon, the predominant forest is the Húmedo de Galería, comprised by cinnamon tree, patagua and pitra. On the banks of the lake Todos los Santos you can find species like olivillo, ulmo, tiaca and coigüe. The most important evergreen formation is the coigüe forest, which is situated between 200 and 1.000 mts msl, associated with ulmo, tepa, and tineo in higher areas, and a rich lower-level covered in shrubs, nuthatch, and ferns. Alerces are found between 800 and 1.000 msnm, in steep, rugged or marshy places. At higher altitudes, lenga forests are common. There are also mixed forests with coigüe, but beyond the vegetation limit only stunted shrubs and plants grow.

Fauna: As for mammals, you can see species like pudú, puma, kodkod, mountain cat, South American gray fox, Southern River otter, lesser grison, and ferret. There are also two Chilean marsupials: long nosed caenolistid and monito del monte. Amongst the birds you can find in the park, the most important species are the huala, the fuegian steamer duck, torrent duck, common kingfisher, Southern Crested caracara, striped woodpecker, Magellanic woodpecker, ashy-headed goose, red-gartered coot, and the eagle. Regarding fish, the most important species is the Chilean trout and others like the rainbow and brown trout.

Cultural Heritage in Vicente Pérez Rosales national park

The area in which the park is set has never been permanently occupied by indigenous groups. However, it has a strong Huilliche influence, a people that lived on the west side of the park. It is now known that there was intense commercial exchange between the poyas and puelches, indigenous peoples that lived on the east side of the Andes.

An imortant historical event was the search for the Vuriloche route, used during the XVIII century by the Jesuits, with the aim of founding missions in the Nahuelhuapi region. The pass located south of Tronador volcano, helped diminishing the risks of sailing the lagoon, which required crossing Cayutúe lagoon and lake Todos los Santos.

The road to Nahuelhuapi was used, according to chronicles, to connect Chiloé with the northern cities after the huge Indian rebellion of 1600. The search for the City of Caesars and the evangelization of the poyas and puelches drove explorers and missionaries to take part in risky journeys, sailing the lagoon, and climbing mountains.

Important names arised during this period, such as Captain Juan Fernández (1620), the fathers Nicolás Mascardi, Felipe de la Laguna, and the Jesuit Guillél, who failed to find the Vuriloche way. It was not until 1900 that the park was rediscovered by the Chilean Captain Arturo Barrios. Finally, the colonization of the park area began in the late XIX century, when Vicente Pérez Rosales was reopened, marking the beginning of permanent traffic with Nahuelhuapi.

Tours in Vicente Perez Rosales National Park

These are some of the programs that we have selected that include Vicente Perez Rosales National Park in their destinations. You can see a complete list of Tours in Vicente Perez Rosales National Park.

  • Natural and Cultural Wonders of the Lake District

    4 Days

    Natural and Cultural Wonders of the Lake District

    This 4 day / 3 night tour takes you on a journey through the rich heritage of the area. You will visit many of the landmarks this region…

  • Andean Crossing 1 Day

    Full day

    Andean Crossing 1 Day

    This is a journey that crosses from Puerto Montt, in Chile, to San Carlos de Bariloche, in Argentina, sailing three lakes: Todos los…

    From:CLP $194.880

    From:US$ 280

  • Andean Crossing 2 Days

    2 Days

    Andean Crossing 2 Days

    This is a journey that crosses from Puerto Montt, in Chile, to San Carlos de Bariloche, in Argentina, sailing four lakes: Llanquihue,…

    From:CLP $242.730

    From:US$ 349

Hotels close to Vicente Perez Rosales National Park

This is a list with some of the hotels close to Vicente Perez Rosales National Park

  • Termas Puyehue Wellness & Spa Resort

    Osorno, at 20 mi from Vicente Perez Rosales National Park

    Termas Puyehue Wellness & Spa Resort

    Hotel Termas Puyehue is an unforgettable and distinct experience that you will enjoy fully thanks to our great infrastructure and courteous…

    From:CLP $286.826

    From:US$ 478

  • Hotel Arrebol Patagonia

    Puerto Varas, at 25 mi from Vicente Perez Rosales National Park

    Hotel Arrebol Patagonia

    Arrebol Patagonia is a hotel with a proposal that respects the environment where is located, with an edge right in front of a forest…

    From:CLP $87.500

    From:US$ 163

  • Hotel Casa Molino

    Puerto Varas, at 26 mi from Vicente Perez Rosales National Park

    Hotel Casa Molino

    Casa Molino is nestled on the edge of Lake Llanquihue in a very enchanting area in Puerto Varas, on 15 acres of beautiful gardens.…

    From:CLP $73.721

    From:US$ 124

  • Hotel Bellavista

    Puerto Varas, at 26 mi from Vicente Perez Rosales National Park

    Hotel Bellavista

    Bellavista Hotel is located just minutes away from the Puerto Varas Casino and boasts a lake front view of Llanquihue Lake and the…

    From:CLP $87.019

    From:US$ 105

  • Hotel Dreams De Los Volcanes

    Puerto Varas, at 26 mi from Vicente Perez Rosales National Park

    Hotel Dreams De Los Volcanes

    Enjoy an unforgettable experience in this wonderful 5 star hotel, with a privileged view of Lake Llanquihue, and set amongst forests…

    From:CLP $86.351

    From:US$ 140

  • Gran Hotel Colonos Del Sur

    Puerto Varas, at 26 mi from Vicente Perez Rosales National Park

    Gran Hotel Colonos Del Sur

    With excellent views of the volcanoes Osorno and Calbuco, and access to the best tourist destinations in the area, this modern hotel…

    From:US$ 140

Activities in Vicente Perez Rosales National Park

This is a list of some activities you can do in Vicente Perez Rosales National Park

  • Horseback Riding

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  • Ski


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  • Rafting


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  • Mountaineering


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  • Cultural Tour

    Cultural Tour

    Rock art, historical neighborhoods, myths and legends, local food and crafts are some of the elements that make our cultural tours…

  • Wildlife Watching

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    Are you an animal lover? Then search through these tours and you’ll surely find one for you! With its long Cordillera de Los…

  • Fishing


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  • Kayaking


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