I have been in 70 countries and literally every town in Chile with more than 500 inhabitants (probably every town with more than 300 inhabitants), with the single exception of Isla Juan Fernández (population 812), about 1,000 kilometers to the west (off the coast) of Valparaíso. I have seen a lot of waterfalls around the world, not just the famous ones of Yosemite Valley (California), Niagara (New York/Ontario) and Iguazú (Brazil/Argentina), but all sorts of others in Chile, Argentina, Perú, Ecuador, Guatemala, New Zealand, India, the USA, Canada, Central Europe and elsewhere.
Nevertheless, I cannot remember seeing any waterfall display as impressive as the area of the Chilean rainforest that I have called “Waterfall Bend,” located in the north central 11th Region. If you look on a map of Chile in this region and find Puerto Cisnes and then look north to the town of Puyuhaupi, you will get your bearings right to locate Waterfall Bend. As one heads south from Puyuhuapi there is a right turn toward Puerto Cisnes. Waterfall Bend zone starts about 15km north of this turn and continues for perhaps 15km afterwards. A prime example is The Cóndor Waterfall right in the middle of the bend, pictured below.
Many other falls are also seen.
One has no doubt about the intensity of the rainforest by looking at the summertime foliage along the road.
The amazing thing is the sheer number of waterfalls. On New Year’s Day 2014 (summertime), we counted from the pickup truck an incredible 153 of them while going around this Bend, which is 5.1 per kilometer or 8.25 per mile. I had never seen anything like it before. The falls come in all shapes and sizes: some wider but most ribbon-like (at a distance) and very long; some falling completely vertical and others rushing down slopes exceeding perhaps 80°; some are isolated and others appeared in groups.
The sheer volume of waterfalls was quite impressive and unique. There are waterfalls all through the rainforest from Caleta Gonzalo to Caleta Tortel, but they seem to reach their maximum point at Waterfall Bend. The only other place that came close (distant second place really, but still with far more waterfalls than anywhere else in the world that I have seen) was the drive from La Junta to the village called Puerto Raúl Marín Balmaceda. Some of them are pictured below.
Some other falls are seen through Pumalín Park (Douglas Tompkins), a bit further north.
You will literally see so many beautiful waterfalls that they become boring and old-hat. That fact in and of itself makes Waterfall Bend something of interest to see. Be sure to put it on your must-see list for sights in Chile.
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