Puerto Montt, Chile
Puerto Montt is your gateway to Chile's magnificent Lake District. Here, snow-capped volcanoes gaze down on alpine valleys nestled among low hills. Glaciers carved out this terrain, leaving the jewel-like lakes in their wake. The Lake District was a magnet for German immigrants, and their legacy can be seen today in the manicured rose gardens of Puerto Varas, the "German Villages" like Frutillar, and the gabled homes with elaborate balconies of Puerto Montt.
Despite a population of more than 130,000, Puerto Montt retains the feel of a small town. For a simple introduction to the city, walk along the waterfront road to the fishing port of Angelmo and browse the local artisans' stalls, then tuck into a snack in one of the small cafés along the way.
Owing to its near perfect symmetry, this mountain is one of Chile's most famous volcanoes.
Established in 1854, Puerto Varas is hailed as the "City of Roses."
Sculpted from volcanic rock over thousands of years, the river's greenish-blue water swiftly flows to form impressive rapids and small waterfalls.
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