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

More about Puerto Montt, Chile Points of Interest

  • 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 | P M C - 3 8 0
  • Osorno Volcano
  • Puerto Varas
  • Outdoor Adventure

Explore a woodland of giant endangered alerce trees on a guided walk through the Lahuen Ñadi Forest. Then, visit Nueva Braunau and Puerto Varas, two charming villages that reflect their 150-year-old German heritage.

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Frutillar & German Settlers Museum

4 hours | Puerto Montt | P M C - 2 0 0
  • Osorno Volcano
  • Puerto Varas
  • Frutillar & German Settlers Museum

Learn how this area of Chile was the center of German colonization during the 19th century on a tour of Frutillar, a charming town on the western shores of Lake Llanquihue. See how the town's early settlers lived with a visit to the museum and later, visit Puerto Varas.

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Río Petrohué, Frutillar y Museo de los Colonos Alemanes (Guiado en español)

7.5 hours | Puerto Montt | P M C - 1 0 2
  • Osorno Volcano
  • Petrohue River
  • Frutillar & German Settlers Museum
  • Puerto Varas

Discover the majesty of Puerto Montt's countryside and its cultural treasures on this full day sightseeing tour. Explore spectacular Petrohue Falls; shop for handcrafted souvenirs in Puerto Varas; and learn why Germans settled here with a visit to the Colonial Museum in the charming town of Frutillar.

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Best of Puerto Montt (Guided in German)

7.5 hours | Puerto Montt | P M C - 1 0 3
  • Osorno Volcano
  • Petrohue River
  • Frutillar & German Settlers Museum
  • Puerto Varas

Discover the majesty of Puerto Montt's countryside and its cultural treasures on this full day sightseeing tour. Explore spectacular Petrohue Falls; shop for handcrafted souvenirs in Puerto Varas; and learn why Germans settled here with a visit to the Colonial Museum in the charming town of Frutillar.

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Best of Puerto Montt

7.5 hours | Puerto Montt | P M C - 1 0 0
  • Osorno Volcano
  • Petrohue River
  • Frutillar & German Settlers Museum
  • Puerto Varas

Discover the majesty of Puerto Montt's countryside and its cultural treasures on this full day sightseeing tour. Explore spectacular Petrohue Falls; shop for handcrafted souvenirs in Puerto Varas; and learn why Germans settled here with a visit to the Colonial Museum in the charming town of Frutillar.

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Lake Esmeralda, Petrohue River & Puerto Varas by Boat

7.5 hours | Puerto Montt | P M C - 1 1 5
  • Osorno Volcano
  • Petrohue River
  • Puerto Varas
  • Lake Esmeralda

Take a day and experience the scenic wonders of the Lake District, one of Chile's most spectacular areas. Sail away on beautiful Esmeralda Lake aboard a boat; stroll along the picturesque Petrohue Falls; and shop the handicraft market in Puerto Varas before re-boarding your ship in Puerto Montt.

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Osorno Volcano, Petrohue River & Puerto Varas

7.5 hours | Puerto Montt | P M C - 1 1 0
  • Petrohue River
  • Osorno Volcano
  • Puerto Varas

Take in nature's bounty on this full-day excursion. Witness the Osorno volcano, visible throughout your journey; marvel at the spectacular Petrohue Falls; stroll through the charming German town of Puerto Varas; and get a bird's eye view of Lake Llanquihue with a visit to the ski resort of La Burbuja.

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City Drive, Puerto Varas & Traditional Rancho

6 hours | Puerto Montt | P M C - 1 2 0
  • Osorno Volcano
  • Puerto Varas
  • Fundo Olguita

Experience the scenic highlights of Puerto Montt on a drive through the city. Explore Chile's famous "City of Roses" and look for souvenirs at the handicraft market. Visit a traditional Chilean ranch called a fundo Olguita, and see prized Chilean horses. Later, enjoy a spit-roasted barbeque lunch and entertainment.

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Petrohue River Rafting Adventure

6 hours | Puerto Montt | P M C - 4 2 0
  • Petrohue River

Hold on tight for an exhilarating rafting ride down the Class III-IV rapids of the Petrohué River, one of Chile's most beautiful and exciting glacial rivers. Marvel at the spectacular scenery of old-growth forests, waterfalls and breathtaking views as your river guide maneuvers through the thunderous rapids.

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Lake Esmeralda, Petrohue River & Puerto Varas

7.5 hours | Puerto Montt | P M C - 1 0 5
  • Osorno Volcano
  • Petrohue River
  • Puerto Varas
  • Lake Esmeralda

Take a day and experience the scenic wonders of the Lake District, one of Chile's most spectacular areas. Sail away on beautiful Esmeralda Lake aboard a catamaran; stroll along the picturesque Petrohue Falls; and shop the handicraft market in Puerto Varas before re-boarding your ship in Puerto Montt.

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Fly Fishing on the Maullin River

6 hours | Puerto Montt | P M C - 5 5 0
  • Outdoor Adventure

Get hooked on fly fishing during on all-day excursion to the beautiful Río Maullín. All equipment is provided and guides will help you cast about for brown trout, rainbow trout, and chinook, king and coho salmon. A picnic lunch among the river's flora and fauna adds to the fun.

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