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Puerto Montt, Chile

Puerto Montt is a port city and commune in southern Chile, located at the northern end of the Reloncaví Sound in the Llanquihue Province, Los Lagos Region, 1,055 km to the south of the capital, Santiago. The commune spans an area of 1,673 km2 (646 sq mi). It is bounded by the communes of Puerto Varas to the north, Cochamó to the east and southeast, Calbuco to the southwest and Maullín and Los Muermos to the west.

Founded as late as 1853 during the German colonization of southern Chile, Puerto Montt soon outgrew older neighboring cities due to its strategic position at the southern end of the Chilean Central Valley being a gateway city into Chiloé Archipelago, Llanquihue and Nahuel Huapi lakes and Western Patagonia.

Puerto Montt has gained renown and grown significantly due to the rise of Chile as the second largest salmon producer in the world during the 1990s and 2000s. However, the Chilean... Read more

Puerto Montt, Chile

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Puerto Montt is a port city and commune in southern Chile, located at the northern end of the Reloncaví Sound in the Llanquihue Province, Los Lagos Region, 1,055 km to the south of the capital, Santiago. The commune spans an area of 1,673 km2 (646 sq mi). It is bounded by the communes of Puerto Varas to the north, Cochamó to the east and southeast, Calbuco to the southwest and Maullín and Los Muermos to the west.

Founded as late as 1853 during the German colonization of southern Chile, Puerto Montt soon outgrew older neighboring cities due to its strategic position at the southern end of the Chilean Central Valley being a gateway city into Chiloé Archipelago, Llanquihue and Nahuel Huapi lakes and Western Patagonia.

Puerto Montt has gained renown and grown significantly due to the rise of Chile as the second largest salmon producer in the world during the 1990s and 2000s. However, the Chilean salmon aquaculture crisis of the late 2000s resulted at least temporarily in severe unemployment and exposed weaknesses in the local economy. The city's cultural heritage mixes elements of Chiloé culture with German heritage although the city has attracted a significant number of newcomers from all over Chile in the last 30 years due to employment opportunities.

Climate

Puerto Montt has a wet oceanic climate (Köppen: Cfb) with heavy rainfall throughout the year but a drying trend in the summer. Although temperatures are consistently below 25 °C (77 °F), frosts are very rare and occur only a couple of times per month in the winter. For the 41st parallel south, closer to the equator than to the south pole, Puerto Montt is much cooler than areas further inland in terms of summer temperatures, due to cool ocean currents nearby. This is compounded by the lack of a sizeable landmass on those parallels in the southern hemisphere (see also Wellington, New Zealand, which is also at a similar latitude). That means that Puerto Montt has much cooler summers than areas at similar distances from the equator in the northern hemisphere, with the only exception being the Northern California coastline, also being affected by cool Pacific currents.

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Puerto Montt, Chile: Port Information


Usually, cruise ships dock at the piet situated just 20 minutes walk from the town center.
Larger vessels anchor offshore and passengers are transported ashore by tenders to the same pier.

Get around Puerto Montt, Chile


The thousands of taxis and colectivos that bounce like ping pong balls across and along the streets are a fast and usually cheap way of traveling across town, although you will find that your feet will take you to most places. If walking, take extra care when crossing streets in this city. Colectivos tend to appear from out of nowhere! 

What to see in Puerto Montt, Chile


The area along the beach near the bus station is pleasant for a walk with things along the way to entertain you. Walking east you will get great views, especially at sunset, from the hills there.

What to do in Puerto Montt, Chile


  • Alerce Andino National Park (the park has two entrances to the east of Puerto Montt). 09:00-15:00. After many of Chiles forests have been cut down and converted into efficient eucalyptus forests for industrial use, the remaining beautiful ones with still some interesting trees left have been converted into pricey and touristy national parks. Unfortunately, the park can only be visited during opening hours and camping in the park is not possible, which makes it unattractive for most keen hikers.

What to eat and drink in Puerto Montt, Chile


A good place to have some seafood is at the fishing community of Angelmó. Along with the seafood market, there are some restaurants. There are also a lot of options for shopping Mapuche craftworks.

  •   El Fogon de Cotele (Cotele), Av. Juan Soler Manfredini at Playa de Pelluco (Go south along the waterfront from town center), ☎ +56 65-227-8000. Lunch from 1 PM. The best beef in the south of Chile, grilled before your eyes. Excellent wines. Host Jeremy Law is a charmer. Reasonable prices.

Shopping in Puerto Montt, Chile


  • Ripley Department Store
  • Santa Isabel or Unimarc, 2 big supermarkets just opposite the bus terminal

Safety in Puerto Montt, Chile


Emergency Numbers
131 Ambulance
132 Firefighters
133 Carabineros(Police)

Always use your common sense. Don't wear expensive jewelry, watches - don't show your wealth. Avoid crowded places since pickpockets are possible. Well, just like anywhere else in the world.
Tap water is safe to drink.

Language spoken in Puerto Montt, Chile


Spanish is the main language. English is widely understood in tourist places.

LOCAL TIME

8:48 pm
September 21, 2019
America/Santiago

CURRENT WEATHER

7 °C / 44.6 °F
few clouds
Sun

8.55 °C/47 °F
scattered clouds
Mon

10.1 °C/50 °F
few clouds
Tue

10.91 °C/52 °F
overcast clouds
Wed

11.01 °C/52 °F
scattered clouds

LOCAL CURRENCY

CLP

1 USD = 0 CLP
1 EUR = 0 CLP
1 GBP = 0 CLP
1 AUD = 0 CLP
1 CAD = 0 CLP

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