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    Drive around the Reloncaví

    by patagoniapaul Updated Feb 22, 2010

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    This is one of the most beautiful drives I have ever done. It does require a car, though. The drive along the Carretera Austral to Caleta Arena is nice enough as it is but it gets much better. Caleta Arena is some 60km from Puerto Montt. The road ends here. From here it is on a ferry. The ferry crossing itself is worth the trip. As it leaves Caleta Arena the view to the east gets better and better with Vn Yate coming into view across the water. Puerto Montt is on the opposite horison.

    The ferry drops you off at Puelche. From here one turns left to drive along the Reloncaví estuary with stunning water/mountain landscapes as far as the eye can see.

    We like to take a picnic basket and have lunch at a quiet spot. There are many!

    The road passes Rio Puelo and Cochamo before it becomes paved again at Ralún. From here you drive to Ensenada, then to Puerto Varas and back to Puerto Montt. Plan on a full day! I recommend doing it in this direction since the ferries stop running in the evening and then you have a long way back!

    Caleta Arena Vn Yate and the Reloncav�� The Reloncav�� fjord Vn Yate and the Rio Puelo The church in Cochamo
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    Walking amogst dinosaur trees

    by patagoniapaul Written Feb 16, 2010

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    Hike the short footpath in the Monument Natural Lahen Ñadi. Hug a 1500 year old tree. Spot a woodpecker.

    This is the last grove of wild coastal plains alerce left. This is a very close relative of the Andean alerce. The footpath is easy and level. It is only about 800m long but very pretty. There are several species of birds in the park.

    Alerces Alerce Alerce - 1500 years young Alerce - these are around 1000 years old
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    great excursions from Puerto Montt

    by globetrott Updated Dec 10, 2009

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    Much more interesting than the town of Puerto Montt are the various excursions that you can start from there into the surrounding mountains.
    When arriving by cruiseship there will be lots of taxi-drivers waiting for you at the pier, offering tours to see the Osorno and the National Park and all of the many lovely buildings built in the typical german style there. They have big poster with photos and maps, showing you where they will take you to and also indicate the prices for these tours.

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    the old village of Puerto Montt

    by globetrott Updated Mar 1, 2008

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    This suburb of Puerto Montt is not far away from the port-area, some side-streets with interesting old architecture dating back to the time of the early settlers from Germany. It was interesting to walk there a bit, I never felt unsecure and the few local people that we met were also very friendly.

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    a collection of old steam-locomotives

    by globetrott Updated Mar 1, 2008

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    There was a time in Chile when the train had an important role in the transportation of goods and persons, but that was a long time ago and there are not a lot of train-lines left over. Most of the trafic is done by cars and buses nowadays and at a few places you can still see some old steam-trains like here in Puerto Montt, close to the main square and close to the pier. One of the locomotives had the inscription 1906-1977.
    These locomotives are on display on the square, no fences around of them and they might be a great place to play for your children.

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    Downtown Puerto Montt

    by globetrott Updated Mar 1, 2008

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    Downtown Purto Montt is a strange mixture of modern shoping-centres and a few remains of the old architecture of the early, mostly german settlers. Except for the cathedral and maybe the old steam-locomotives there are no really interesting places to see there and I would rather recommend to take a tour to the volcanos or the National Parks, when you come to Puerto Montt by cruiseship.

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    Club Aleman

    by globetrott Updated Mar 1, 2008

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    Club Aleman is a public restaurant and a private club of the descendants of the german settlers, a restaurant that will remind you in many ways of restaurants in Germany, they even have small boxes at the wall, where the members of the club will store their private beer-steins, just like in Bavaria.
    Together with a passanger from Germany I was lucky to get a guided tour through this building and our guide was the chairman of the club, whose grand-grandparents came from germany with one of the first ships in the 19th century. At the end of the tour I was given a special present : a small-scale model of the monument !

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    fancy, old houses

    by globetrott Updated Feb 29, 2008

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    There is a group of lovely old buildings close to the port and it is worth seeing, when you have a few minutes to spare. It is a great shopping-area as well, because inside of most of these buildings there are souvenirs-shops or handicrafts are offered.
    Click on my photographs in order to enlarge them and see the great details of these fancy houses, built in the style of the settlers of the 19th century !

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    the monument for the german settlers

    by globetrott Updated Feb 29, 2008

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    Puerto Montt is a place, where hundreds of german settlers started to cultivate the land around of the Osorno. In 1852 the ship Susanna has taken the first settlers to Puerto Montt and the monument shows the arrival of such a family of new settlers :
    On the right there is one of the pioneers showing the direction where to go and at his side a german sheep-dog. On the left side a family of settlers who had just arrived, take a look at my other photographs, also their faces are varied between curiosity, fear and great expectations....

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    The cathedral of Puerto Montt

    by globetrott Updated Feb 29, 2008

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    The cathedral of Puerto Montt dates back to the year 1856 and it was the very first church built by the german settlers and for the construction of the church they used only wood of mamouth-trees.
    It is really worth to take a closer look and also get inside, you can do so freely and without restrictions during daytime, photography is no problem at all.

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    The giant couple

    by globetrott Updated Feb 29, 2008

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    The giant couple is a strange monument, a bit funny and at the same time a bit strange but at least worth taking a photo. Click on my photos and see the size of these gigantic sculptures in comparison to the people standing there in front of the "monument"

    The giant couple in Puerto Montt The giant couple in Puerto Montt
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    Osorno & more

    by globetrott Updated Feb 29, 2008

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    Osorno is the name of the scenic vulcano close to Puerto Montt and on a clear day you will be able to see it in a distance even from your cruiseship, anchored off the port of Puerto Montt. The Osorno is 2800 meters high, no eruption for the last 10.000 years and it's peak is even covered by snow in the southern summer-time (November - March).
    It is a pity I had no chance to get any closer, because it is situated in the national park, close to these 2 lakes, where many of the german settlers built their houses, it would have been interesting to see them, but unfortunately these tours were fully booked.

    the Osorno is on the left !
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    Sundays!

    by crazyman2 Updated Apr 29, 2007

    Puerto Montt is closed well through the morning ---except for the artesans cottages (worth visiting for pressies) and a couple of really small malls.
    It really is best to shop in the afternoon.
    Also, like anywhere after a lively Saturday night, the place needs TLC on Sunday mornings.
    We came ashore about 8.30am and there was a fair bit of debris (litter, several dead dogs ---one half-eaten---and a person lying face-down in the doorway of McDonalds!). There were lots of stray dogs wandering and several times we were followed by rather sad muts. I'm sure that this would be less noticable later in the day.
    Also, lots of graffiti and general delapidation. Shame.

    We did have a shock when we noticed a submarine in the harbour ---would we be safe on the Golden Princess?

    Would I go back to the town? Probably not!

    Sunday morming ghost-town... One of the old steam trains near the harbour An interesting church in the town Chilean sub in the harbour

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    PM a/to PN III - Golfo de Penas/ Sorrows Gulf

    by elpariente Updated Apr 14, 2007

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    Después de navegar por el golfo de Moraleda , casi después de 24 horas en el ferry , llegamos al golfo de Penas , que es mar abierto y aquí si que se mueve el barco (llevar pastillas , pulseras ...para el mareo ) , el consuelo es que dura tan sólo 7 u 8 horas , que es cuando se llega a la zona de los canales
    After sailing the Moraleda gulf , about 24 hours in the ferry , we reached the "golfo de Penas" ( the Sorrow gulf ) , that is open sea and here the ferry really moves ( take pills , bracelets.. for the seasickness ) , the good thing is that only lasts 7 or 8 hours , that is when you reach the channels
    He leído que el Golfo de Penas se llama así porque originalmente se llamaba Golfo de Peñas
    y en los mapas ingleses aparecía como Golfo de Penas ( no escriben la ñ ) , así que puedes coger la versión que más te guste
    I read that the Sorrows(??) gulf (Penas ) has this name because originally it was called Golfo de "Peñas"( Rocks ) and in the English maps appeared as Golfo de Penas (they do not write the ñ ) , so you can choose the version you like most

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    PM a/to PN XII- Angostura White

    by elpariente Written Apr 12, 2007

    Después de ver el Glaciar Pio XI seguimos navegando toda la noche , eso si con fiesta y bingo en el barco , por los canales Patagónicos , entre ellos el Sarmiento , Unión , Santa María hasta llegar a la parte más estrecha que es la Angostura White , donde pasa el barco por un ancho de 80m casi rozando las orillas ; la maniobra no debe ser fácil .
    Desde allí se pasa por el golfo del Almirante Montt y por fin se llega a Puerto Natales
    After seeing the Pio XI Glacier we kept on sailing all the night , but with a party in the boat that included bingo , by the Patagonian channels , as the Sarmiento , Unión , Santa Maria up to reach the narrowest part that is the Angostura (narrow) White , where the boat passes in 80 m width , nearly touching the banks ; the maneuver should not be easy
    From here you pass the Admiral Montt Gulf and then finally you reach Puerto Natales

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