The Rio Blanco (White River) is part of the Hornopirén National Park in the Southern Andes Mountains and the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve known as the Valdivian Temperate Rainforest. The shot above was taken on a bridge located roughly 115 KM Southeast of Puerto Montt via the Carr-Austral, just east of the quaint town of Hornopirén.

When we came onto this spot, I screamed, “no f’ing way.” I was overwhelmed. It’s the most beautiful river I’ve ever seen. The entire Hornopirén area is stunningly beautiful. Imagine the Rocky Mountains moved west to California and placed right on the coast, forming intensely beautiful fjords. That’s what Hornopirén feels like.

The Rio Blanco’s color comes from the runoff of more than 22,000 hectares of glaciers. The highest mountains in the Hornopirén National Park are located in the White River basin and in the Cordillera del Cerro Inexplorado. I can’t wait to go back!


If there are multiple photos in this post, the following EXIF data is for the first photo only:

  • Aperture: ƒ/4.5
  • Camera: ILCE-7RM2
  • Taken: 4 January, 2019
  • Exposure bias: -1EV
  • Focal length: 24mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Shutter speed: 1/1250s

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