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    Walk to a waterfall

    by patagoniapaul Updated Mar 2, 2010

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    The Rio Blanco waterfall is a nice 20 minute walk for the ones that want to experience the outdoors but are not looking for a strenuous hike. Just the drive out there is worth the effort! There are stunning views of volcano Calbuco as one gets closer.

    Directions: From Puerto Montt, take the Carretera Austral. Turn left just before the bridge in Chamiza about 10km from Pto Montt. Continue for 30km to Corentosso then veer left at split. About 5km on, just after cresting a hill, turn left at Rio Blanco sign.

    Salto Rio Blanco Vn Calbuco Not the way to the waterfall, its to the left Along the way Vn Calbuco
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    Visit Isla Tenglo

    by patagoniapaul Updated Mar 4, 2010

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    Isla Tenglo is the island across from the harbour in Puerto Montt. It is easily recognised as it has a huge white cross on top.

    Going there requires crossing the canal between the island and the mainland. The jetty from where the boats leave is between the bus station and the harbour right next to the harbour. Just go down to the jetty and get on the next boat to cross. The cost is CLP300 - hardly US50c. The boat leaves you on another jetty at the other side.

    From there ons has to walk to the right around a little bay and along the seashore untill you get to a large white building. This is Restaurant Hoffman. This is a good place for a beer but first climb up to the cross!

    The path leads up directly after the restaurant and zig-zag up the fairly steep hill. The view from the top of the hill over Puerto Montt is very pretty with volcanoes Osorno and Calbuco quite close. To the east is Volcan Yate across the Reloncaví sound.

    Unfortunately there is not a great deal more up there than the view. There are no other places of interest, so best to return back the same way.

    The return leg can be made a little more interesting (after a beer at Restaurant Hoffman) by taking a rowing boat across to Angemo. This is where I met Juan (On the photo below). He rows his boat across the harbour roughly 20 times a day and has been doing it for 31 years. He says he prefers the sunny days...

    Address: Between bus station and harbour, Pto Montt

    Directions: Between the bus station and the harbour or alternatively from the main entrance to Angelmo

    Just hop on - the water taxi to Tenglo View of Vn Osorno across Pto Montt Cruise ship in front of Vn Calbuco The road going up the hill Juan waiting for the next load of passengers
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    Take a hike! Go to Lago Triangulo.

    by patagoniapaul Updated Mar 2, 2010

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    The national park of Alerce Andino is only 40km from Puerto Montt and offers the adventurous some lovely hikes. The hike to Lago Triangulo is one of the longer ones but it is very pretty. You walk amongst huge trees and ferns that tower above your head past a lovely waterfall and the still lake Chaiquenes to get to Lago Triangulo high up in the mountains.

    There are camping facilities about 2,5km from the park entrance. You have to carry everything there, no cars beyond the entrance. No other camping is allowed in the park.

    The hike starts along the old logging roads and the first 3 km up to the Rio Cahicas waterfall is quite easy and pleasant. From the waterfall some stairs leads upwards like Jacob's ladder. Just above is a huge alerce tree that is now a monument. This tree is about 2000 years old.

    From here the path gets a little more difficult with a river crossing where the bridge was destroyed. Lago Chaiquenes is nice but the views across the lake are limited by the dense forest.

    From Chaiquenes to Triangulo the path deteriorates into a muddy slog after rains. Rain happens often here with over 4000mm falling every year. It is about 4km to go still, so allow plenty time!

    Address: PN Alerce Andino, Lenca.

    Directions: From Puerto Montt, take the Carretera Austral and turn left in the town of Lenca just before crossing the Rio Chaicas.

    Lago Triangulo Easy walking in the beginning Lovely rainforest Ferns and wild rhubarb Salto Rio Chaicas
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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.

    Directions: Driving to Osorno and the National Park will take around 30 minutes from Puerto Montt.

    the Osorno is on the left !
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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.

    Address: Lagunitas, Pto Montt

    Directions: On the road to the airport, 7km from the city, take a right just after passing a small lake on the right. Carry on down a dirt road and keep right at the first junction. Thereafter follow the (small) signs.

    Alerces Alerce Alerce - 1500 years young Alerce - these are around 1000 years old
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    Shopping in Angelmo

    by patagoniapaul Updated Mar 13, 2010

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    Angelmo is probably the best crafts market in Chile. There are many islands in the Reloncavi Sound around Puerto Montt. People on the islands rear sheep and use the wool to produce very warm jerseys and ponchos. Maybe not always fashion wear, but good quality.

    Several stalls sell lapis lazuli, a semi-precious stone found only in Chile and Afganistan.

    There are many restaurants that sell fresh seafood from the local salmon to shellfish. The prices are reasonable and the helpings generous even if the atmosphere is a little, well, not upmarket. I would be wary of cervichi, a shushi type fish dish as it is uncooked.

    In Angelmo there is also a freh produce market with fresh fish and shellfish. The fish will be cleaned and cut to your requirements.

    From Angelmo you can take a boat trip in the canal between the mainland and the island of Tenglo. There are restaurants on the island which will ferry you across for no extra charge.

    Address: Av Diego Portales

    Directions: From the bus station or the port, turn left when exiting the bailding. From the bus station it is about 500m, from the harbour about 200m.

    Puerto Montt... Angelmo Handmade leather items Lapis Lazuli How to be warm and cool at the same time!
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    See a volcano up close

    by patagoniapaul Updated Mar 2, 2010

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    Volcano Calbuco is a very active volcano close to Puerto Montt. In 1893 it exploded and blew it's top away in the largest volcanic eruption in Chile in living memory. It still erupts every now and then. It is a beautiful mountain located in the Parque Nacional Llanquihue. A 40km drive will take you to the beginning of a footpath that ultimately goes all the way to the top of the mountan. Do not attempt this without a local guide!

    The trip to the lookout, though, is a nice hike and requires no guide. It does require a moderate level of fitness as one has to scramble up some steep rocks along the way but it is not very difficult or dangerous.

    The view from the lookout point (Esp=Mirador) is lovely and worth every drop of sweat!

    From the mirador the footpath goes into the forest and there are no views of the volcano. It also deteriorates into a muddy wet path. I recommend that this part be avoided.

    It takes about one and a half to two hours to reach the mirador.

    Address: PN Llanquihue, Pto Montt

    Directions: From Pto Montt, turn left at Chamiza, veer left in Corentosso. Turn left to Rio Blanco. Leave car in parking lot and walk through park entrance. Take right at T junction in footpath. (Left to Rio Blanco waterfall)

    The aim: Vn Calbuco The path across the river One of several river crossings Scramble up this rock and the worst is over! The volcano
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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....

    german settlers-monument in Puerto Montt german settlers-monument in Puerto Montt german settlers-monument in Puerto Montt german settlers-monument in Puerto Montt german settlers-monument in Puerto Montt
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    Angelmo

    by perfectly_zen Updated Jun 14, 2005

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    This part of the city is very interesting..located amongst the piers, it has a great market of seafood (huuuuuuge "monster" oisters!!!! centollas...) and all sorts of things...it has, as well, a market of craftwork called Feria Artesanal. They are open everyday. All you have to do is to walk along the avenue that contours the bay or take a cab...it´s a very known place. There are some restaurants as well. When you arrive in Puerto Montt, ask someone about the time the market closes....At night it´s not a good idea to get there on foot since the avenue near algelmo gets completely empty and very dark.

    Angelmo at night
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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 !

    Directions: These lovely houses are just about 200 meters from the docking-station of your cruiseship, walk towards the town and you will pass by it !

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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.

    Address: Plaza de Armas

    Directions: The cathedral is at Plaza de Armas, in the very centre of town, close to the monument fo the german settlers.

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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!

    Directions: From Puerto Montt, take Carretera Austral to Caleta Arena where you take the ferry.

    Caleta Arena Vn Yate and the Reloncav�� The Reloncav�� fjord Vn Yate and the Rio Puelo The church in Cochamo
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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 !

    Directions: Club Aleman is opposite of the monument for the german settlers !

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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"

    Directions: The giant couple is sitting on a bench along the coastline, in the centre of Puerto Montt.

    The giant couple in Puerto Montt The giant couple in Puerto Montt
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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.

    Directions: Downtown of Puerto Montt is in walking distance of about 10-15 minutes from the docks.

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