Puerto Montt is the jumping-off point for traveling the Route of Parks of Patagonia and the main city and port town in southern Chile. Located at the northern tip of the Reloncaví Sound, it plays an important role in connecting various geographical areas of the country and is home to 30% of the inhabitants of the Los Lagos Region.

In 1852, the first German settlers began to arrive to the area. A year later, the city was officially founded. But its history goes back much, much earlier: 22 miles south, a course change in the Chinchihuapi Stream revealed a human settlement dating back 14,600 years. The discovery of this settlement, now named Monteverde, caused a radical re-imagining of current theories about prehistoric settlements in the Americas. The area continues to attract the interest of archaeologists and scientists from around the world.

Lodging, Food, and Activities

In downtown Puerto Montt and in the Pelluco sector, you’ll find various options for hotels and cabins, along with restaurants, bars, and nightclubs. Find out more at:

Region

Puerto Montt

Province

Llanquihue

Population

245.902

Climate and Rainfall

Rainy and temperate, 74 inches annually

Nearest National Park(s)

Alerce Andino National Park

Hornopiren National Park

Pumalín Douglas Tompkins National Park

Don’t Miss

  • Explore Alerce Andino National Park.
  • Hike the trails of Lahuen Ñadi National Monument.
  • Visit the Llanquihue National Reserve.
  • Visit the coastal towns along the Reloncaví Sound.
  • Visit the city center to have a look at its architecture and explore the Puerto Ibáñez market.
  • Sail to Tenglo Island.
  • Shop at Angelmó market and get to know the culture and traditions of the port area.

How to get

Puerto Montt is located 649 miles south of Santiago and 12.5 miles south of Puerto Varas. You can reach the city on Route 5.

From Argentina, you can reach Puerto Montt via the Cardenal Antonio Samoré National Pass, located along Route 215, 47 miles from Puyehue.

Various bus routes connect Puerto Montt and Santiago (a journey of 12 hours, approximately), and buses also travel between Puerto Montt and various other towns, including Futaleufú and Chaitén.

El Tepual is the region’s main airport and offers daily flights to Santiago and other cities, including Balmaceda and Punta Arenas.

The La Paloma Aerodrome offers regular flights to various cities in the south of Chile, including Chaitén and Melinka.

LASA Airlines offers direct flights from Puerto Montt to Bariloche.

El Tepual is the region’s main airport and offers daily flights to Santiago and other cities, including Balmaceda and Punta Arenas.

The La Paloma Aerodrome offers regular flights to various cities in the south of Chile, including Chaitén and Melinka.

LASA Airlines offers direct flights from Puerto Montt to Bariloche.

Tips

Basic Services

  • Gas Station
  • ATM
  • Bank
  • Hospital
  • Auto Repair Shop
  • Bike Repair Shop
  • Cell Service
  • Police Station
  • Visitor’s Center
  • Airport
  • Maritime Port
  • Conaf (Park Rangers)

Visitor’s Center

Address

Antonio Varas 415, at the corner of Antonio Varas and San Martín

Phone number

(+56) 65 2223016

Email

infoloslagos@sernatur.cl / Puerto.turismo@gmail.com

Important Dates

La Ruta de las Tradiciones
During January, local communities host the «Route of Traditions,» one of the most important local festival circuits in the south of Chile, which is celebrated on different dates in 28 communities that lie within the Puerto Montt Municipality.

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