getting to Puerto Montt by bus
There is a large bus-station in the very centre of Purto Montt, it is currently under total reconstruction and has a restaurant and restrooms inside, a large waiting-hall and some souvenir-stands.
Within 5-7 minutes you are able to walk from that bus-station to the port-area, to the centre of town it is just 200 meters.For more informations and schedules of overland-buses in Chile please click on my link below !
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Take a day trip from Puerto Montt
Some of the really beautiful spots around Puerto Montt can be reached by local busses from the bus terminus. The terminus is still in the process of being built, so this may change in the near future. If unsure, email me. If you come by ship, leave the harbour and turn to your right. The street is called Diego Portales. The bus station is about 350m from the harbour.
The local busses are smaller than the intercity coaches and many are painted a blue-gray colour. Most of them are quite new. They display the destination in the windscreen. You just hop on and pay the driver.
There are mainly two locations of interest to the tourist from here, Puerto Varas and Frutillar. The bus goes past the church in Puerto Varas and returns by the same route, so you could always find the return bus at this landmark. From Puerto Varas you can also take a local bus to Ensenada as well as the salto de Petrohue.
If you want to go to Frutillar, make sure the bus goes to Frutillar Bajo which is on the lake. Frutillar Alto is a couple of km away and not very exciting. Returning from there is also easy since Frutillar Bajo is so small - really just two streets.
The bus service between Puerto Montt and these two towns are regular, no need to worry about timetables but keep in mind that Frutillar is some way off and if you have a deadline, leave early enough.
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Bussing into Puerto Montt
Arriving in a forreign city can be a little disconcerting if you don't know where to go next. This tip is aimed at helping you find some landmarks when bussing into Puerto Montt.
There ia a new bus station being built at the moment but not yet finished. Long distance busses use the completed part of the new terminal and the local busses from a temporary terminal right next to it. The station is right next to the sea so finding your way from there is quite easy. Puerto Montt originally streched along the beach more or less east-west but has, over the last years, expanded to the north as well. There is not a great deal to see or do beyond the centre of the town unless you go quite a way further. See my tip below about catching a bus to other towns around here.
Leaving the bus station you turn left to the to the harbour and Angelmo which is about 500m from there. The city centre is to the right. The big shopping mall with the twin office towers, clearly visible from the bus station, is more or less the far end of the city. The centre is small enough that you could easily walk from one end to the other If you want to take a ride to the plaza which is just before the mall, you can take just about any collectivo as they all tend to pass the mall before heading in different directions.
Click on main picture. On the left is the harbour facilities, then the bus station, then the plaza and finally on the right, the mall.
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Mare Australis & other smaller cruiseships
There are several smaller coastal-ships starting cruises through the fjords of Chile from Puerto Montt.
Cruises of 3 or 4 days will take you to Puerto Eden, Puerto Natales, to Amalia Glacier and some other remote glaciers and bays, where the large cruiseships will never be able to go, prices for such a cruise are between 370 and 700 US-$
these cruises are offered by Comapa Tourismo
There are 7-day-cruises as well with prices between 1000 and 2000 US-$ p.p.
For schedules and prices take a look at this webpage :
cruising to Puerto Montt
I came to Puerto Montt by a cruiseship : The Celebrity Infinity, a ship of 90.000 GRT with 2000 passangers and 980 crewmembers onboard. The cruise was great in many ways, BUT such a giant ship is maybe not the right size for the small port of Puerto Montt, because tenders had to be used in order to go ashore.
On the other hand for a smooth cruise through the fjords of Chile such a big ship makes sense.
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El barco - Magallanes - Boat
Para ir de Puerto Montt a Puerto Natale , sacamos los billetes con bastante tiempo de antelación por Internet con la compañía Navimag
Sale los lunes hacia las tres de la tarde y tarda tres noches y cuatro días en llegar a Puerto Natale , haciendo una pequeña parada en Puerto Edén
Hay varios tipos de camarotes , todos están bastante bien y la vida y la comida en el barco está bastante bien
El barco es un ferry que lleva camiones y pasajeros , y la prioridad en los programas es la de la carga
To go from Puerto Montt to Puerto Natale , we got the tickets time in advance by Internet with the Navimag company
The departure is on Mondays about three o'clock and it takes three nights and three days to reach Puerto Natale , with an scale of short time in Puerto Edén
There are several types of cabins , all are quite well and the life and food in the boat is quite well
The boat is a ferry that takes trucks and passengers , and the priority for the schedules are the loads
Water taxis to nearby islands
Puerto Montt has plenty of public transportation. However, if you don't speak Spanish it may be very difficult to take advantage of it. They have buses, collectivos ( similar to taxis but take people to select locations, drop off and pick up points, as a group in a car), and of course taxis. The also have some ferries and water taxis to nearby islands.
Navimag ships offers over night ferry service to some southern Chilean destinations and Skorpios Cruises offers Chilean fjord cruises both leaving from Puerto Montt.
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Puerto Montt - Puerto Varas and back
If you want to get from Puerto Varas to Puerto Montt the bus is fast and very cheap. Only $500. The bus stop is near the water in Puerto Montt and easy to find in Puerto Varas.
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