The Whole Picture: Osorno Volcano

| April 22, 2011 | 3 Comments
osornovolcano The Whole Picture: Osorno Volcano

Osorno is known worldwide as a symbol of the local landscape, and is noted for its similar appearance to Mount Fuji.

Standing almost 60 kilometers to the northwest of Puerto Varas, Osorno Volcano reaches a height of 2,661m, making it visible from every point in the district of Osorno—and even in some places on Chiloé Island! With its classical blackish dark green color and ornamented with arms of eternal snow, it’s noted for its resemblance to Mount Fuji of Japan. Osorno is one of the most active volcanoes of the southern Chilean Andes, with 11 historical eruptions recorded between 1575 and 1869. In fact, Charles Darwin glimpsed Osorno from a distance in the course of the second voyage of the Beagle, catching sight of its eruption in January 1835.


Inspired by publications like Life Magazine, National Geographic and online experiences like Boston.com’s photo blog, images marked as ‘The Whole Picture’  are intended to highlight high-quality, amazing imagery. Kathryn and Daniel will post ‘The Whole Pictureirregularly.  Like all of our photos, it is an original  not otherwise on the site—it might be fresh from our camera, a new scan of some old film, a product of our fooling around with Photoshop, or a file from an archive that we haven’t posted yet.


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For nearly ten years now, Daniel of Two Go Round-The-World has explored how travel captures our imagination and engages our deepest emotions. One half of the duo that maintains the widely read Two Go Round-The-World blog, Daniel treats his subjects not only as works of art but also as symbols of the cultural and political forces that inspire them. Check him out on Google+.

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  1. Andrea says:


    We loved the volcanoes in Chile! Only saw this one from a distance but it was so beautiful and we enjoyed being able to see it from so many different vantage points in the Lakes District

    • Daniel says:


      We stayed in nearby Puerto Varas — which looks out on the water and Osorno. And while over 60km away, still fills up the horizon. It’s big!

  2. Kirk says:


    Great photo I have never seen a volcano up close but this is simply amazing. never thought of visiting Chile before wish you had some more photos.

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