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Puerto Montt in southern Chile is a cruise port city signaling the entrance to the Patagonia region. Protected by the island of Tenglo, the city has a population of about 175,000 and is situated at the north end of the Reloncavi, a fjord that stretches south to Cape Horn. A frequent stop for small cruise ships, Puerto Montt is an important port and center for agriculture and fishing.
 
Puerto Montt was founded in 1853 by German immigrants and their stalwart promoter Vicente Pérez Rosales, who named the town after another promoter of immigration, President Manuel Montt. The waterfront here was rebuilt after the devastating earthquake of 1960, which destroyed the city's port, church, and neighborhood of Angelmó. Today it is the capital of Chile's southern Lake District, a thriving city that invests heavily in salmon farming, shipping, and tourism. There isn't much to see or do here, and most visitors head straight out of town upon arrival, but Puerto Montt's small downtown offers a quick, pleasant stroll on a sunny day, and there is an extensive outdoor market that sells Chilean handicrafts.
 
The German influences are still evident in the form of the kuchen, a German-affected fruit flan, supported with the local German-style beer, Kunstmann. Puerto oozes with entertainment – never a dearth of it. Even though the small, mostly industrial city lacks the urban electric vibe of Santiago for the north as well as the impeccable beauty of Tierra del Fuego region in the south, Puerto Montt is strikingly nestled amidst ponds, fjords and rivers.
 
Cruising around the coast from Punta Arenas, or lower the coast from Valparaiso, each day while experiencing the outdoors options around Puerto Montt is popular with visitors. Visitors can hike within the surreal looking Osorno Volcano, try flyfishing, go whitewater rafting, waterski on Lake Llanquihue, go zipline canopying  tour, kayak along a river, paddle a canoe across a lake or simply get on a motorbike ride.
 
For those who enjoy more laidback activities, the destination offers plenty of picnic opportunities around the Gulf beach in the area, search for local products and crafts at the artisan market.
 
Where You're Docked
Puerto Montt is a tender port, but the ship is actually quite close to the town. The "tenders" are large, locally run, flat-bottomed boats that take you through an inlet to a small dock near the Puerto Angelmo fishing cove.
If you look at a map of Chile, Puerto Montt almost looks as though it's landlocked in the middle of the country. Well, not quite, but it isn't on the Pacific Ocean, either. The city itself is at the edge of a huge estuary, Seno de Reloncavi, with a very narrow mouth to the ocean.
 
Getting around
There are two types of taxis, "colectivos" and private. A "colectivo" works like a mini-bus, following a fixed route and picking up passengers -- up to four -- along the way. They are identified by their colors, either solid yellow or solid black, are extremely inexpensive and indicate their general route via a rooftop sign. A regular taxi is yellow with a black roof, will take you where you want to go and works on a meter (also quite inexpensive).
 
If you are planning towards the city or going to the German village Frutillar or lakeside capital of scotland- Puerto Varas, you'll be able to walk or grab a cab for just about any reasonable price. The simplest approach to start to see the area on your own, however, is always to rent an automobile throughout your day virtually all of the U.S. rental firms (Hertz, Budget, Avis) include a workplace in downtown Puerto Montt as well as the rates are quite reasonable. The Pan American Highway as well as the roads to a lot of the primary tourist sights are very maintained (they're individually possessed, so tolls will be the norm. Anticipate needing to pay about $10 or $12 for just about any full day's sightseeing).
 
Things To See and Do
One of the city’s main attractions is the Municipal Museum Juan Pablo II. Here, you can see pictures, objects, pieces of mapuches and chilotas, weapons, and many other treasures. You can also see the oldest buildings in the city, which are the square and the cathedral.
Another must-see destination in Puerto Montt is the beautiful Puerto de Angelmo. You will be delighted with the magnificent ferries and ships headed to different places of destination. There is also the Spa Pelluco, beautiful beaches, cabins, restaurants, and hotels there.
 
True, with the sights and activities you can do here in Puerto Montt, it will always be worth your time and money to pay a visit. And the good news is that going to this city will not give you even the slightest of all headaches. You have a choice of reaching the city either by land, by water, or by air. What you only need to do is to make that wise decision to see for yourself all what is offered by this great city of Chile, which is none other than Puerto Montt.
 
Situated about 12 miles northeast of Puerto Montt, this "Capital of Scotland- Roses" is old worldly and charming, perfect for a stroll around Lake Llanquihue. There's a popular craft market and lots of coffee houses, book stores to relish a cup of coffee.
 
The Parque Nacional Alerce Andino national park features endangered alerce tree, essentially extinct except for this 153-square-mile national preserve. This is one of the most beautiful national parks, full of 40 small ponds, and a heady natural vibe that will entice you to spend the entire day here.
 
Frutillar is like a tiny hamlet perfectly preserves the German and Austrian architecture within the insides of a picture-perfect backdrop. The town edges onto Lake Llanquihue, is full of flowers and timbered chalets, and when you're lucky, you'll be there for your Semanas Musicales de Frutillar, numerous weekly outdoors concerts (mostly classical, some jazz) held through the several days from the month of the month of january and February.
 
Feria Artesenal Angelmo: The artisan market stretches for blocks and blocks, which is apparently a great choice in many of Chile to purchase Chilotan products (woven items of made of wool and alpaca) from Chiloe, an exotic in the coast near Puerto Montt. You have to bargain, but even if you don't, the released cost is low enough to assist you want to empty your money. People cruising in the finish of November or early December should anticipate getting nearly all their Gifts here.
 
Playa Pelluco (the title means "dripping water," which belies the charms in the place) can be a lovely place to invest a sunny day. Filled with pubs, shops and lunching options, it's a Chilean vacation place: Picture Martha's Vineyard or Newport Beach inside the southern hemisphere.
 
Petrohue Falls and Vicente Perez Rosales National Park: The attractive route through this national park to be able to the ft in the Osorno Volcano goes slightly in the primary path to these falls. Created from an eruption in the Osorno several centuries ago, the large volcanic rocks from the first step toward the multiple cascades. The falls aren't high or as impressive as Niagra, Victoria or Iguazu, but you'll find several pathways and bridges that traverse the forest, offering incredible photo procedures, particularly using the ever-present Osorno inside the distance (as well as the appear is excellent too). It's of those sights that people love likely to this region.
 
One of the city’s main attractions is the Municipal Museum Juan Pablo II. Here, you can see pictures, objects, pieces of mapuches and chilotas, weapons, and many other treasures. You can also see the oldest buildings in the city, which are the square and the cathedral.

Another must-see destination in Puerto Montt is the beautiful Puerto de Angelmo. You will be delighted with the magnificent ferries and ships headed to different places of destination. There is also the Spa Pelluco, beautiful beaches, cabins, restaurants, and hotels there.
 
True, with the sights and activities you can do here in Puerto Montt, it will always be worth your time and money to pay a visit. And the good news is that going to this city will not give you even the slightest of all headaches. You have a choice of reaching the city either by land, by water, or by air. What you only need to do is to make that wise decision to see for yourself all what is offered by this great city of Chile, which is none other than Puerto Montt.
 
Osorno Canopy Zipline: These are becoming very popular in locations where have rain forests, but is evenly impressive here, inside the forested land within the ft of Osorno. Round the zipline situated here, you'll find 14 platforms and 11 cable rides at typically 125 foot above go out. From this level, you obtain spectacular sights of not only the treetops but furthermore in the Osorno and Calbuco volcanoes in addition to Lake Llanquihue. You need to be fit to think about this trip, and certainly unafraid of levels!
 
Shoreline Activities
Puerto Montt is a unique destination where, one is exposed to a huge amount of shoreline activities.Fly through class III and class IV rapids relating to this adventure over the Petrohue River. Swimsuits and delectable picnic lunches are also offered on these excursions. Visitors have to be above 12 years and above. You'll be required to paddle, sometimes arduously, and enjoy getting water splashed all over you.
 
Sail around Lake Llanquihue around the 65-ft motor yacht, around the Osorno and Calbuco volcanoes, which give the water a spectacular glittering appearance. After this magical trip you'll visit Puerto Varas before returning to Puerto Montt.
 
You'll never be short of activities here including this ancient cone-created landmark, different from exciting adventures in 4-by-4 automobiles over rough and coarse terrain, to excursions that have you hiking up the mountain within the ski center to gentle photo trips. A number of these journeys possibly you've climbing around 4,200 foot, so make certain to create knitted garments and lots of film or media cards for your photos you'll take of Lake Llanquihue, Osorno, Calbuco, Puerto Varas, the Petrohue River which is falls, and Laguna Verde.
 
Points of Interest View excursions that include these sights and activities 
 
Petrohue River
Located in the Lake District, the river is known for its excellent recreational fishing, and outdoor activities like whitewater rafting, kayaking and horseback riding.

Frutillar & German
Founded in 1856 by German settlers, this charming hamlet boasts the German Museum that displays how the early founders lived and worked.
 
Osorno Volcano
Often called the "Fujiyama of South America," this iconic snow-capped landmark rises over 8,700 feet and is one of the most active volcanoes in the southern Chilean Andes.
 
Puerto Varas
Nicknamed the "City of Roses," for its many rose-lined streets. The village was built by German immigrants over 150 years ago and proudly boasts its Bavarian charms.
 
Lake Esmeralda
Tucked in Vicente Pérez Rosales National Park, this magnificent natural wonder is renowned for its brilliant emerald green waters.
 
Fundo Olguita
This traditional ranch boasts Chilean horses and los huasos who are similar to America's cowboy or Argentina's gaucho. A visit to the ranch offers a rodeo, a barbeque and a folkloric show.

Outdoor Adventure
From rafting in the Petrohue River to walking through the Lahuen Ñadi Forest, there are a number of outdoor activities in and around Puerto Montt worth exploring.
 
Attractions Close By
Near Pelluco, the Punta Pelluco Fossil Forest is a nature sanctuary of stumps made of alerce fossils that are between 31,000 and 50,000 years old. The National Park Alerce Andino near Chamiza is a maze of larch forests and lagoons. Farmers in the area have been granted permits to offer lodging, meals, camping facilities and boat trips to visitors
 
very popular in locations where have rain forests, but is evenly impressive here, inside the forested land within the ft of Osorno. Round the zipline situated here, you'll find 14 platforms and 11 cable rides at typically 125 foot above go out. From this level, you obtain spectacular sights of not only the treetops but furthermore in the Osorno and Calbuco volcanoes in addition to Lake Llanquihue. You need to be fit to think about this trip, and certainly unafraid of levels!
 
Eating Out
Puerto Montt has plenty of variety when it comes to food. You'll be able to dine inside a swank yacht overlooking the sea. The German and Austrian influence in the region entails you may zero in on schnitzel or wurst from a number of spots in Puerto Montt, Puerto Varas or Fruitillar.
 
Puerto Montt is Chile's seafood capital. If you're feeling adventurous, try a Chilean favorite, such as abalone, sea urchin, or the regional barnacle. And where better to see, smell, and taste these fruits of the sea than the Fish Market of Angelmó, located at the end of Avenida Angelmó, where the artisan market terminates? It's open Monday through Sunday from 10am to 8pm during the summer, until 6pm during the winter. Like most fish markets, it's a little grungy, but it's a colorful stop nevertheless and there are several restaurant stalls offering the freshest local specialties around. Be aware: There have been reports that a few food stalls like to overcharge tourists, so double-check your bill with the menu.
 
Apart from the restaurants listed here, there are a handful of inexpensive cafes in Puerto Montt, including Café Central, Rancagua 117 (tel. 65/482888), and Super Yoco, Quillota 245 (tel. 65/252123), which has lunches, empanadas, and appetizer platters. You'll find German pastries and beer from microbreweries at Café Haussmann, San Martín 185 (tel. 65/293380) or Club Alemán, Varas 264 (tel. 65/252551).
 
Club de Yates http://clubdeyates.wix.com/bannercdy  is a much sought after local favourite restaurant that is open for lunch between noon and 4 p.m. having a comprehensive menu of meat, seafoods, planning preparing salads and sauces, together with a wonderful report on Chilean wines to sample. Its upper crust gourmet food and atmosphere in an affordable cost.
 
Luxe Lunch: Gran Hotel don Vicente. Situated over the waterfront inside the city, this lately refurbished opulent chalet-style eatery offers an extensive ocean food buffet lunch for roughly $12 U.S. Only the outdoors is Bavarian inside it's pure Chilean hospitality.
 
Shopping
Puerto Montt is a great place to pick up souvenirs. On Avenida Angelmó, from the bus terminal to the fish market, is the Feria Artesanal de Angelmó (daily 9am-7pm, until 9pm in the summer), with dozens of stalls and specialty shops that peddle knitwear, ponchos, handicrafts, jewelry, regional foods, and more from areas around the Lake District, including Chiloé. It's about a 20-minute walk from the plaza, or you can take a taxi. There is also a large, tacky shopping mall south of the main plaza, with national and international chains. Woven items, knitted sweaters and leather goods (including hats, ponchos and boots) are the must-buy items here. In fact, the artisan market in Puerto Montt is the best place in all of Chile to get a bargain on these goods.
 
On the market: Feria Artesenal Angelmo. Incorporated among the artisan's stalls are "the kitchenInch serving crabs, mussels, clams together with other fresh ocean food plucked in the central ocean grocery store approximately the street. This is where the dockworkers together with other employees stop for lunch, rubbing shoulders while using travelers that are experiencing a non-touristy, authentic and economical meal. Several hours vary.


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