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It´s really worth a visit!
Nearby to Puerto Montt is Lahuen Nadi Park, home of the Alerce tree, the second longest living plant on earth. The Alerce is an indigenous conifer that can live several thousand years and thrives in moist climates. An understatement is this moist-love. When we visited the park as part of an excursion from our cruise ship, we viewed a 4,000 year-old...more
Puerto Montt, established in 1853, was originally settled by German families who provided services to families going to the lake resorts. Settlers bring stuff, and a Chilean has made it a life's vocation and avocation to rescue everyday stuff. This includes farm equipment, cooking things, washers, clocks, musical instruments and other stuff....more
The last lake in the crossing is Lago Nahuel Huapi which gives its name to the first national park in Argentina. You leave from Puerto Blest and travel along one arm of this huge lake to Puerto Pañuelos where another bus takes you to San Carlos Bariloche.The lake is much bigger and the scenery quite different. Unfortunately when I saw it the snow...more
Lago Frias is the smallest of the three lakes in the lakes crossing. The ferry also is the smallest because people travelling this leg are crossing from Chile to Argentina or vice versa and not the day trippers that enjoy the return trip on the other two lakes.It is from this lake that you get the best view of Volcan Tronador.The journey ends at...more
One of the best ways to cross into Argentina is by the famous Lakes Crossing. The trip starts in either Puerto Montt or Puerto Varas and goes through Vicente Perez Rosales National Park to Petrohue where a short visit to the falls is included. The fisrt leg is a boat trip to Puella across Lago Todos los Santos also known as the Emerald Lake because...more
Part two of this amazing trip takes place on land and is where you actually cross the border. Stops are made to view Cascada las Mellizas and Volcan Tronador before arriving at Puerto Frias where you go through the border formalities.At the border you also leave Vicente Perez Rosales National Park and enter Nahuel Huapi National Park.At Puerto...more
The hotel gives you a warm feeling as you enter the stately lodge like atmosphere with large open...more
Hotel La Península Resort & Spa Puerto Montt is rated as 5 star. While the accommodations are...more
Calle Klenner 195, Puerto Varas, Lake District, Chile
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Club Aleman is the best german restaurant in the area around of Puerto Montt. Just take a closer look at my photographs, it even looks like an average restaurant in Bavaria and it also smells the same. Take a look at my 3rd pic it shows the small "safes" for the personal beer-steins of the members of the Club, mostly descendants of the early...more
La comida no es lo mejor del barco , pero se puede "sobrevivir" los cuatro días .Como el barco estaba lleno se hacían dos turnos para las comidas Estos días comimos : Crema de choclo , espaguetis , lasaña , salmón...Además hay un bar , con sala para jugar cartas , leer..., donde casi todo el día te venden café , cervezas ,snacks...The food is not...more
Almost all of the guidebooks I've seen about Puerto Montt leave out any nightlife activity. And if they do include some tips, like Lonely Planet does, it's flat-out wrong (I discovered this one Friday night).
The only disco in Puerto Montt proper is located on the Plaza de Armas, close to the cathedral. To get to all of the other clubs (and there are a few) you should go to the collectivo stand near the Plaze de Armas and ask for a ride to the discos. The drivers will know what you mean, and you'll probably share a car with someone else going to the same place.
The drive is about 5 minutes, and is somehwere around 1500 pesos, if I remember correctly.
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...more
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...more
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...more
This shopping-centre is interesting for tourists for 2 reasons :1) it is an excellent collection of unique and special buildings dating back to the times of the first pioneers and settlers from Germany2) From the port you can get there easily within 3 minutes and you can even do so when you have just a few minutes left, when you come back from an...more
This is a row of stalls about 5 minutes walk from the entrance to the cruise-ships tenders dropping off point.Get off your tender, go up the ramps, out the terminal building and when you are in the street turn left (away from the town! ) and walk for about 5 minutes. The stalls are there.The prices here are really cheap compared with Ushuaia, Ponta...more
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The owner of this Lama is living quite well on the $$$ he gets by the tourists, who take a photograph of his Lama, that is mostly wearing a small hat and looks quite funny. It is a pity I saw them too late, when I was queued up already for the tenderboat back to the ship, so I was able to take a photograph just from that large distance...more
I saw this kind of carriage at many places in Chile, even in the centre of Santiago you will see them driving around with their horse-drawn carriage searching for things in the garbage that they might still be able to use. For tourists it is nice to take a photograph of them , but mostly I did it from a wide distance in order to avoid any bad...more
Many of the german settlers of 1852 had been from the Black Forest and so it is no wonder that you will see a lot of buildings reminding you of the special architecture there. On my main picture you will see such a building with a roof made in "Schwarzwald-style" and on my last picture you will see a wooden facade, made of wooden tyles, also made...more
When taking a cruise to Puerto Montt it really makes sense to take a closer look at the size of your cruise-ship: giant ships like the Celebrity Infinity with 90.000 GRT are not able to dock in Puerto Montt and the tender-service will take away about a total of 2 hours of the precious time you could spend ashore.This giant ship with around 2000...more
Cuando haces el viaje entre Puerto montt y Puerto Natale , todo el viaje es bastante tranquilo , menos cuando se llega al Golfo de Penas que es mar abierto y aquí el Pacífico se hace notar de verdad así que es conveniente tomar alguna pastilla como el "Mareamin" o probar otras soluciones como las pulseras para el mareo Este tramo tan sólo dura ocho...more
Chile es una país bastante seguro respecto de algunos otros píses latinoamericanos. Como en todas partes la delincuencia ha aumentado. Te recomiendo nunca mostrar tu dinero. No muestres mucho tus cosas (camaras u otros electronicos). Siempre con bolsillos cerados en bolsos y mochilas. De noche hay bastante actividad en restaurants y pubs o bares....more
When coming to Puerto Montt be aware of the fact that even though it might be the southern summer in December or january, it still might be quite windy and cold. In fact we had some fog every morning in that area, so it makes sense to have some warm clothings with you, when going there. Make sure that your hat has also a string in order to fix it...more
If you take the boat, you can get really sick, above all when the boat sails in the Pacific Ocean. Two pieces of advice : take some Mareamin tablets available in any local Farmacia (be careful, it makes you sleep) and don't eat too much (prefer drinking water).Si vous prenez le bateau, vous pouvez avoir le mal de mer... Deux conseils : prenez...more
There is a small exhibition of all sorts of Army-equipment in the park around of the Navy-headquaters and barraks in Puerto Montt. This is not really "my cup of tea" but it might be of some interest for you and this is why I mention it here.This place is just about 100 meters from the place, where you are leaving the port-area.more
Cruising in the south of Puerto Montt is full of surprises and great and unique landscapes. Just click on my photographs to enlarge them and see the great details of that wonderful landscape. Unfortunatly I did not see any whales, although some of our passengers saw a group of whales coming up to get some fresh air next to the ship and diving...more
Collegio San Francisco Javier is an old church and monastery-school in a sidestreet of Puerto Montt, unfortunately the church was locked, when I had been there, but at least the facade of the blue school-building looked great in the old architecture of the 19th century, when the german settlers started to cultivate the land, and monks helped to...more
I was quite surprised to see this half-pipe right in the centre of Puerto Montt, it might be a great place for your kids, while you are taking a closer look at the ancient steam-locomotives that are just a few meters from this place.
Si sales de Puerto Montt por la carretera Austral, hacia el este, camino costero te encontraras con playas angostas pedregosas, agua muy fria y pequenos villorrios que en verano celebran fiestas gastronomicas a base de mariscos, pescados, carne de cordero, y papas como vegetal principal.If you go out from Puerto Montt by the Austral highway,...more
En esta region los bosque se denominan siempreverde. De aspecto similar a los bosques tropicale sposeen menos variedad de especies. Se supone que coresponden a bosques relictos de la ultima glaciacion que amparados por un clima templado aun sobreviven. Son muy hermosos. Se puede caminar en ellos sin peligro a animales venenosos. Son extremadamente...more