Osorno Volcano, Patagonia, Chile

During our most recent visit to South America, we had a fantastic day trip from Puerto Montt into the stunning Chilean Lake District. In addition to our tour guide, Patty, our constant companion for the day was the Osorno volcano (Volcán Osorno).

DSC_3913We got our first view of this 8701-feet-tall, jaw-dropping stratovolcano as we left Puerto Montt on our way to Lake Llanquihue. From then on, it was visible pretty much the entire day.

Four characteristics of Osorno volcano really captured our imagination. The first was its amazing symmetry.

DSC_4056The second was the rugged beauty of its glacier-crowned summit.

DSC_4012DSC_4011DSC_4010The third was that, no matter what angle we viewed it from, it appeared to stand alone, its white, snow-capped peak silhouetted against the perfect blue sky.

DSC_3936The fourth was that it’s still active, a fact brought into sharp focus by the spectacular eruption of the neighbouring Calbuco volcano less than ten months before our visit. (What I wouldn’t have given to have witnessed that!)

Calbuco volcano from Osorno

Calbuco volcano from Osorno

Calbuco's peak looked very different a year ago

Calbuco’s peak looked very different a year ago

Osorno from the ash debris deposited by Calbuco in April 2015

Osorno from the ash debris deposited by Calbuco in April 2015

Over the course of the day we saw Volcán Osorno across the pristine waters of Lake Llanquihue…

Osorno volcano across Lake Llanquihue

Osorno volcano across Lake Llanquihue

DSC_3925…From the tumbling cascades of the Saltos del Petrohue waterfalls…

Osorno from Saltos del Petrohue (teaser for a future post about the waterfalls)

Osorno from Saltos del Petrohue (teaser for a future post about the waterfalls)

…And up close and personal, climbing to within a stone’s throw of its glaciers.

Heading up Osorno

Heading up Osorno

Time for a hike

Time for a hike

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Petrohue Valley from the flanks of Osorno volcano

Petrohue Valley from the flanks of Osorno volcano

Like being on the Moon

Like being on the Moon

Many thanks to Denis Purtov of Puerto Montt Excursions for arranging our unforgettable day.

A few tendrils of cloud drifted past during our hike

A few tendrils of cloud drifted past during our hike

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DSC_4031This post was inspired by the photo theme of  The Colors White and Blue from Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge.

Calbuco and the eastern end of Lake Llanquihue

Calbuco and the eastern end of Lake Llanquihue

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Osorno (left) and Calbuco (right) across Lake Llanquihue from Puerto Varas

Osorno (left) and Calbuco (right) across Lake Llanquihue from Puerto Varas

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21 Responses to Osorno Volcano, Patagonia, Chile

  1. Cee Neuner says:

    You absolutely nailed it this week. Thanks for playing.

  2. If you hadn’t said anything, I would have thought it was Mount Fuji – but that’s a long way away around the Ring of Fire!

  3. Seattle Park Lover says:

    I titled my post for the blue and white theme Perfect Day, but from these photos it looks like you had an awesomely stupendous perfect day! And perfect photos for the theme.

  4. Hammad Rais says:

    What an amazing trip! Thank you so much for taking us along.

  5. Wow, those mountain photos are incredible!

  6. Amy says:

    Wow, fantastic photos, Jaspa! What a great travel experience. 🙂

  7. Pan says:

    You continuously take my breath away with your posts.. it must be wonderful to go and visit the places you’ve gone..

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