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, in Chile's "German Villages" like Frutillar and in Puerto Montt's gabled homes with elaborate balconies.

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 its waterfront road lined with tempting artisan's stalls and small cafés.

Note: Puerto Montt is an anchorage port. Transportation from the ship to shore will be via the ship's tender service.

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Points of Interest

  • Petrohue River
  • Frutillar & German Settlers Museum
  • Osorno Volcano
  • Puerto Varas
  • Lake Esmeralda
  • Fundo Olguita
  • Outdoor Adventure
  • Río Maullín
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  • Petrohue River

    Located in the Lake District, the river is known for its excellent recreational fishing, and outdoor activities like whitewater rafting, kayaking and horseback riding.

  • Frutillar & German Settlers Museum

    Founded in 1856 by German settlers, this charming hamlet boasts the German Museum that displays how the early founders lived and worked.

  • Osorno Volcano

    Often called the "Fujiyama of South America," this iconic snow-capped landmark rises over 8,700 feet and is one of the most active volcanoes in the southern Chilean Andes.

  • Puerto Varas

    Nicknamed the "City of Roses," for its many rose-lined streets. The village was built by German immigrants over 150 years ago and proudly boasts its Bavarian charms.

  • Lake Esmeralda

    Tucked in Vicente Pérez Rosales National Park, this magnificent natural wonder is renowned for its brilliant emerald green waters.

  • Fundo Olguita

    This traditional ranch boasts Chilean horses and los huasos who are similar to America's cowboy or Argentina's gaucho. A visit to the ranch offers a rodeo, a barbeque and a folkloric show.

  • Outdoor Adventure

    From rafting in the Petrohue River to walking through the Lahuen Ñadi Forest, there are a number of outdoor activities in and around Puerto Montt worth exploring.

  • Río Maullín

    Discovered by Spanish solider Garcia Hurtado de Mendoza in 1558, the 53-mile-long Río Maullín offers the experienced, as well as the novice fisherman a fun day out on the water in the great outdoors of Northern Patagonia.

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Alerce Forest Eco-Walk & German Museum

4 hours | Puerto Montt | PMC-380
  • Osorno Volcano
  • Puerto Varas
  • Outdoor Adventure

Your half-day excursion begins at the pier as you board your transportation bound for the Lahuen Ñadi Forest. Once you reach your destination, you'll join a guide for a one-hour walk through this stunning woodland. Have your cameras ready - skunks, rabbits and a mountain monkey may make an appearance. At the end of your trek you'll rejoin your transportation and head north to Nueva Braunau, a German-style village founded in 1877 by Austrian settlers. To learn more about the town's history you'll tour the Colonization Museum before leaving for another Bavarian-inspired town, Puerto Varas. Resting on the shores of Llanquihue Lake, Puerto Varas was founded by German immigrants over 150 years ago. During your tour you'll have a chance to visit a handicraft market where you can shop for local artwork, craftwork and souvenirs. After your tour, board your transportation for the return trip to Puerto Montt.

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Frutillar & German Settlers Museum

4 hours | Puerto Montt | PMC-200
  • Osorno Volcano
  • Puerto Varas
  • Frutillar & German Settlers Museum

Discover the German history of Puerto Montt and its surrounding villages on this leisurely four-hour excursion. After a tour through downtown Puerto Montt you'll head north for a photo stop at Puerto Varas. Resting on the shores of shimmering Lake Llanquihue, Puerto Varas is known as the "City of Roses" for its beautiful rose-encircled plaza. Then, you'll head to Frutillar, another small hamlet that embraces its Germanic heritage. After you arrive, you'll tour the German Colonial Museum, which resembles a small Swiss chalet. Here, you can see how the town's early settlers lived as you stroll through the garden, mill, grain house, blacksmith shop and house. At the end of your visit you'll return to your ship in Puerto Montt.

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Petrohue River, Frutillar & German Settlers Museum

7.5 hours | Puerto Montt | PMC-100
  • Osorno Volcano
  • Petrohue River
  • Frutillar & German Settlers Museum
  • Puerto Varas

Spend a day experiencing the breathtaking sights of the Lake District. With the snow-capped Osorno volcano off in the distance your transportation will makes its way to beautiful Petrohue Falls. Have your cameras ready, you may get a glimpse of a deer, gray fox, or little mountain monkey. Your next destination is a handicraft market in the charming town of Puerto Varas. Resting on the shores of Lake Llanquihue, Puerto Varas was founded by German immigrants over 150 years ago. Then, it's time for lunch, which includes Chilean and German favorites such as cheese empanadas, kuchen, and a Pisco sour, a traditional South American cocktail. After lunch you'll travel to Frutillar, another small hamlet that embraces its Germanic heritage. Here, you'll tour the German Colonial Museum and see how the town's early settlers lived. At the end of the day, you'll return to Puerto Montt.

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Petrohue River, Frutillar & German Settlers Museum (Guided in Spanish)

7.5 hours | Puerto Montt | PMC-102
  • Osorno Volcano
  • Petrohue River
  • Frutillar & German Settlers Museum
  • Puerto Varas

Spend a day experiencing the breathtaking sights of the Lake District. With the snow-capped Osorno volcano off in the distance your transportation will makes its way to beautiful Petrohue Falls. Have your cameras ready, you may get a glimpse of a deer, gray fox, or little mountain monkey. Your next destination is a handicraft market in the charming town of Puerto Varas. Resting on the shores of Lake Llanquihue, Puerto Varas was founded by German immigrants over 150 years ago. Then, it's time for lunch, which includes Chilean and German favorites such as cheese empanadas, kuchen, and a Pisco sour, a traditional South American cocktail. After lunch you'll travel to Frutillar, another small hamlet that embraces its Germanic heritage. Here, you'll tour the German Colonial Museum and see how the town's early settlers lived. At the end of the day, you'll return to Puerto Montt.

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Petrohue River, Frutillar & German Settlers Museum (Guided in German)

7.5 hours | Puerto Montt | PMC-103
  • Osorno Volcano
  • Petrohue River
  • Frutillar & German Settlers Museum
  • Puerto Varas

Spend a day experiencing the breathtaking sights of the Lake District. With the snow-capped Osorno volcano off in the distance your transportation will makes its way to beautiful Petrohue Falls. Have your cameras ready, you may get a glimpse of a deer, gray fox, or little mountain monkey. Your next destination is a handicraft market in the charming town of Puerto Varas. Resting on the shores of Lake Llanquihue, Puerto Varas was founded by German immigrants over 150 years ago. Then, it's time for lunch, which includes Chilean and German favorites such as cheese empanadas, kuchen, and a Pisco sour, a traditional South American cocktail. After lunch you'll travel to Frutillar, another small hamlet that embraces its Germanic heritage. Here, you'll tour the German Colonial Museum and see how the town's early settlers lived. At the end of the day, you'll return to Puerto Montt.

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Lake Esmeralda, Petrohue River & Puerto Varas by Boat

7.5 hours | Puerto Montt | PMC-115
  • Osorno Volcano
  • Petrohue River
  • Puerto Varas
  • Lake Esmeralda

Board your transportation and with the magnificent snow-capped Osorno volcano as a backdrop, you'll head into the Vicente Perez Rosales National Park, Chile's oldest national park. Covering over 619,900 acres it's home to Todos los Santos, known as Esmeralda Lake for its brilliant emerald color. When you arrive, you'll board a boat for a leisurely cruise out onto the lake. Sit back, relax and marvel at the glorious view. After 45 minutes on the lake, you'll head to a restaurant for lunch followed by a trip to Petrohue Falls. Perched at the foot of Osorno, the Falls also feature that beautiful turquoise color. Next is a stop in the charming town of Puerto Varas to shop for artwork, craftwork and souvenirs at a handicraft market before re-boarding your ship.

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Osorno Volcano, Petrohue River & Puerto Varas

7.5 hours | Puerto Montt | PMC-110
  • Petrohue River
  • Osorno Volcano
  • Puerto Varas

The Osorno volcano is the world-renowned icon of Puerto Montt. Rising an impressive 8,700 feet it can be seen anywhere within the Puerto Montt and Lake District areas. This all day guided tour takes you all around the stunning sights that surround this celebrated landmark. Your first stop is Petrohue Falls, which offers a tranquil respite and spectacular views. Next, you'll travel to La Burbuja, a ski resort on the edge of Lake Llanquihue. Once you step off your transportation you'll be astounded by the gorgeous views. Then, you'll travel to a nearby restaurant for a delicious lunch featuring many Chilean and German favorites. On your way back to Puerto Montt, you'll stop in the charming town of Puerto Varas. Resting on the shores of Lake Llanquihue, Puerto Varas was founded by German immigrants over 150 years ago and is well known for its German traditions, food and architecture.

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City Drive, Puerto Varas & Traditional Rancho

6 hours | Puerto Montt | PMC-120
  • Osorno Volcano
  • Puerto Varas
  • Fundo Olguita

Learn about the Chilean horse and the huasos (similar to a cowboy) on a visit to a fundo Olguita, a real Chilean ranch. After boarding your transportation you'll tour the scenic sights of downtown Puerto Montt. Then, you'll drive through the Lake District to Puerto Varas and visit the main square and handicraft market. Then it's time to visit the fundo Olguita. Here, you'll learn all about the world of los huasos and watch their skills at work as they show off their Chilean horses in a rodeo. Afterwards, enjoy folk music and dancing while you sit down for a hearty barbeque lunch accompanied by refreshments including Chilean wine. At the end of the day, you'll return to port along the same scenic route with a better appreciation of the acclaimed huaso and the Chilean horse, and their contributions to Chile.

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PETROHUE RIVER RAFTING ADVENTURE

6 hours | Puerto Montt | PMC-420
  • Petrohue River

Grab a paddle and prepare to get splashed on a Class III-IV white water rafting trip down the clear, azure waters of the mighty Petrohué River. Flowing through Rosales National Park, the Petrohué offers crystal clear waves, stunning views, and a wide variety of wildlife. Once you arrive at the site, you'll meet your experienced river guide and receive a full safety briefing. Next, you'll put on your wetsuit, step inside the raft and push off. The first part of your journey travels down a quiet section of the river, where you have the opportunity to practice different paddling techniques before going into action with the first rapid. Then, you'll brave the river's Class III and IV rapids while surrounded by the towering Andes Mountains and wide variety of birds and plant life. Later, a picnic lunch will be served at the lodge or on the riverbank.

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Lake Esmeralda, Petrohue River & Puerto Varas

7.5 hours | Puerto Montt | PMC-105
  • Osorno Volcano
  • Petrohue River
  • Puerto Varas
  • Lake Esmeralda

Board your transportation and with the magnificent snow-capped Osorno volcano as a backdrop, you'll head into the Vicente Perez Rosales National Park, Chile's oldest national park. Covering over 619,900 acres it's home to Todos los Santos, known as Esmeralda Lake for its brilliant emerald color. When you arrive, you'll board a catamaran for a leisurely cruise out onto the lake. Sit back, relax and marvel at the glorious view. After 45 minutes on the lake, you'll head to a restaurant for lunch followed by a trip to Petrohue Falls. Perched at the foot of Osorno, the Falls also feature that beautiful turquoise color. Next is a stop in the charming town of Puerto Varas to shop for artwork, craftwork and souvenirs at a handicraft market before re-boarding your ship.

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FLY FISHING ON THE MAULLIN RIVER

6 hours | Puerto Montt | PMC-550
  • Outdoor Adventure

Bring good luck and your sense of adventure when you fish the nutrient-rich waters of the Río Maullín. The southwesterly route from Puerto Mott includes paved roads and the road leading to the river is bumpy. When you arrive at the banks of the beautiful Río Maullín, you'll disembark and receive your fishing gear plus instructions. The small number of guests ensures that each participant will receive personal attention from their guide. Then, you will board a small boat for an approximately eight-mile ride to the ideal spot. While passing dense and silent forests, you might be lucky enough to catch brown trout, rainbow trout and chinook, king and coho salmon. Note that fish can't be brought back on board the ship, fishing is all catch-and-release. During the day, a picnic lunch will be served. When it's time to call it a day, you'll return to your ship.

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