Engulfed in scenic surroundings at the deepest part of Reloncaví Bay, Puerto Montt is a beautiful city of rolling green mountains, distant peaks capped with snow all year round, and sparkling water reflecting it all.
The city itself is a pleasant spot known for its German architecture and character, including a charming wooden cathedral, a colorful fishing pier and very fresh seafood. In addition, Puerto Montt is a very modern, comfortable base for exploring the surrounding wilderness, such as truly untamed spots such as Alerce Andino National Park, to more relaxed natural attractions including the Puyuhuapi Hot Springs Thermal Resort and Petrohé Waterfalls. This is also the place to book boats out into Chile's rugged, glacier strewn coastline.
Review by Benoit G, February 2013
Doing what: 4-Day Chilean Lakes Region Tour: Puerto Montt, Puerto Varas and Chiloe Island
The city of Puerto Varas is wonderfully quaint and worth in itself the visit.
Puerto Montt is a major city, and sprawls across the northern shore of scenic Reloncaví Bay, one of Chile's only excellent ports. It is a regional transportation hub, and even boasts small El Tepual International Airport (PMC), with regular flights to Santiago de Chile and Punta Arenas.
Regular ferries leave for pleasure cruises around the fjords, and destinations up and down the coast, from the waterfront harbor, also home to the bus terminal, with connections around the country and region.
Though the city is spread out, most services for tourists and interesting sites are near the waterfront and city center. While Puerto Montt is a fine strolling city, be sure to dress for the usually rainy weather.