The Ojos del Caburgua waterfalls near the beautiful Villarica lake in south-central Chile offer a beautiful landscape of multiple waterfalls around a emerald-blue pool of water.
What are the Ojos del Caburgua?
The Ojos del Caburga were formed from water traveling underground in old lava tubes or tunnels from the Caburga Lake and then emerging at the surface to create a unique setting with multiple waterfalls converging on one spot.
How to Get to the Ojos del Caburgua
You’ll need to drive east of Pucon on the road to Caburgua and drive for about 18 kilometers. Look for the left turn at the Paradero El Cristo. You’ll see a little area with a Jesus statue and some benches in the open air.
You’ll be on a dirt and gravel road the rest of the way to the falls. Follow the hand-painted signs.
After a few minutes, you’ll arrive at what appears to be someone’s house. You’ve reached the right place. You essentially have to drive into someone’s yard, pay them an admission fee, and then proceed down a slightly rougher road to the falls.
How Much do the Ojos del Caburgua cost?
You’ll be paying the homeowner or landowner for access to the falls. Don’t expect a park ranger or official looking ticket taker. Admission is about $1500 pesos per car or about $3.00 USD. Alternative pricing is available for those on foot, bike, or bus.
What to Expect at the Ojos del Caburgua
The Ojos del Caburgua have more infrastructure for visitors than some of the other waterfalls in the area. There are picnic tables, benches, and well-managed trails with handrails and steps. Trails lead to several good lookout spots and skirt the central pool of water into which several waterfalls continuously dump endless liters of water.
Camping is available in the area, as well.
If you are in the Pucon or Villarica area, definitely make the trip to see the Ojos del Caburgua waterfalls. They are well worth the trip.