With a privileged view to the waters of the Sound of Reloncaví, Puerto Montt welcomes its tourists with its sea life charm. Thanks to its strategic location, the capital of the Los Lagos Region joins the Chiloé archipelago and Chile’s southernmost cities, such as Coyhaique, Puerto Aysén, Puerto Natales or Punta Arenas. This city amazes its visitors with its traditions, crafts, and historical architecture. In addition, its important fishing activity allows developing a wide variety of culinary highlights, capable of captivating those with a discerning palate. Among fishers, sailors, and thousand-year-old larches, the most valuable heritage of Puerto Montt is shown in its inhabitants and their simple, kind, and enterprising ways, who have maintained their culture in perfect harmony with the land and the sea.
Unmissable sights in Puerto Montt
Caleta de Angelmó
This is an unmissable destination for all those who visit Puerto Montt. This cove, known as Caleta de Angelmó, is one of the city’s most attractive spots. Tourists can find an open-air market where all imaginable sea products are sold - right after being extracted from the Pacific - such as salmon, mussels, and abalones.
Gastronomy and Culture
In the surroundings, delicious dishes such as curantos, pailas marinas, sea urchins, and shellfish can be enjoyed in many different preparations. The sea lions, pelicans, and seagulls are the best companions during this tour, where you can also discover the Chilote culture in the craft shops located along the coastline. We can’t forget about culture and entertainment, so visiting the Diego Rivera House of Art is another unmissable activity in the city. It features paintings exhibitions, poetry readings, and concerts.
Just beside the Plaza de Armas square you can find the Parroquia Señora del Carmen, the city’s cathedral. This is Puerto Montt’s oldest building. The facade covered in larch wood, its copper dome, and columns inspired by The Parthenon, catch the eye of every tourist.
History in Puerto Montt
In addition, the wooden Casa Pauly, declared Historical Monument, houses a museum and introduces visitors to the architectural heritage of German settlers.
Other unmissables sights
Tips for your trip
Summer marks the beginning of the beach season in Puerto Montt; tourists can enjoy it at the beautiful sea resorts of Chinquihue, Pelluco, Puntilla Tenglo, and Pelluhuin.
The best months to visit Puerto Montt are December through March (during the summer). Choosing these months makes exploring the city and its surroundings easier.
Puerto Montt has a rainy, mild climate, son don’t forget to pack warm clothes and an umbrella or rain cape.
- Trekking or hiking across the Alerce Andino National Park.
- Cruise to the Patagonia.
- Visiting Chiloé archipelago and other cities such as Puerto Varas, Osorno, or Frutillar.
- Exploring the Llanquihue National Reserve, where the Calbuco Volcano is located.
- Puerto Montt is the beginning of the Carretera Austral highway, so it is a good idea to rent a car and discover other destinations.
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