Large Waterfall / Salto Grande
and The Los Cuernos Viewpoint / Mirador Cuernos
- Operated: All year, but it depends on the wind conditions
- Start: Salto Grande
- End: Salto Grande
- Trek Time: 2 hrs return
- Distance: 5.5 km return
- Difficulty: Easy
- Experience Required: None
- Altitude Gain: 350m
This start is located about 1km up the track from Pudeto (from where the catamaran operates). Salto Grande means Large Waterfall. Most importantly, the viewing area is very close to the action and offers people the opportunity to see the power, and hear the mighty rumble of vast volumes of water cascading through a narrow gap and then thunder down to the drop some 30mts below. However, be alert because one can easily slip over the edge! This is a beautiful waterfall that connects Lago Pehoe and Lago Toro. From this place, the hike is a simple trek that offers a direct and “close up” view of the Cuernos of Paine.
After walking about one hour you will arrive at the viewpoint (mirador) and get an impressive view of Lake Nordenskjöld, with the Cuernos the other side, dominating the skyline in all their magnitude. On the left, you will get an excellent view of the Paine Grande Mountain and to the right of Almirante Nieto Mountain, and these are the two “Cuernos” of Paine.