For most Americans, the combination of red, white, and blue evokes images of the American flag. But that’s also the rough color scheme of the Salto del Agrio waterfall in Argentina.
Estimated to plunge nearly 200 feet, this striking waterfall is located in Argentine Patagonia. Part of what makes Salto del Agrio so special is its vibrance, including a frothy white cascade, the blue pool it falls into and the blue sky above, and the stones surrounding the pool that appear to give it a red outline due to their iron and sulfur contents.
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Depending on the day and time, you can see just about every color in the rainbow here. Sometimes the water is as green as surrounding flora like araucarias trees, with edges that appear more orange, yellow, or both. And if you catch the waterfall at the right angle, you’ll see the white cascade highlighted by the inky darkness of a cavernous backdrop.
It’d be a lofty claim to call Salto del Agrio one of the most hypnotic waterfalls in the world, but it’s hard to argue with the fact that Patagonia is a mind-blowing outdoor destination, and Salto del Agrio is yet another reason to plan a visit.
How to get to Salto del Agrio
If you’d like to see the Salto del Agrio waterfall in person — and honestly, who wouldn’t? — first head Caviahue-Copahue in the province of Neuquén near the Chilean border. Caviahue is a popular ski resort situated at the base of the Copahue volcano. From there, follow Ruta Provincial 27 toward Copahue for fewer than 10 miles until you see a sign for Cañadón del Trolote, white translates to Trolote Canyon. That’s where the waterfall is located.
If you have any trouble finding the majestic cascade, or want to inquire about arranging a tour of the site, there’s a Caviahue-Copahue tourist office located in Caviahue that can provide you with all the information, advice, maps, and directions you may need.
One piece of advice: Get there quick before everyone else catches on and Salto del Agrio joins the list of waterfalls that have become Instagram sensations.