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Puerto MonttChile

Gaze up at the snow-capped Osorno Volcano, which looms over this large port city and discover the settlement’s German origins. 

Visit Puerto Montt, a picturesque port town founded by German settlers in the late 19th century. Its European origins are evident in the intriguing designs of some of the buildings, particularly its cathedral. Wander the busy streets and check out the unique scenery and natural sights on its outskirts.

German immigrants set up this commune during their colonization of southern Chile in 1853. Learn about the cultural heritage of the city, which blends the customs of these early European colonizers with those of the native people.

Among the most interesting landmarks in town is the Puerto Montt Cathedral, which was built entirely from larch wood to withstand earthquakes. Dating back to 1856, the church is the oldest building in the city. Head downtown to see the Colonizacion Alemana Monument, which honors the city’s German roots.

Puerto Montt is renowned for its seafood, and in particular, its salmon. Walk around the Angelmó Fish Market near the port and browse the stalls, which sell everything from mussels to edible sea plants. The city is also known for its first-class restaurants. Try local specialties such as erizo del mar (sea urchin) and cancato, which is a fish stew with chorizo and cheese.

For a change of scenery, explore the region’s parks and lakes. Tour Vicente Pérez Rosales National Park and look for deer and other animals in the forest. Don’t miss the park’s highlight: the Petrohué Falls. Here white cascades flow through a black volcanic rock canyon. Behind them, the white peak of the Osorno Volcano is visible.

The town is in the Los Lagos Region in southern Chile. The best time to go is between October and early March, but expect heavy rainfall and cool temperatures year-round. The nearest city, Puerto Varas, is a 12-mile (19-kilometer) drive north. To get here from Santiago, fly to the nearby El Tepual Airport.

Puerto Montt is the economic and cultural hub of the Chilean Lake District and provides easy access to the stunning natural wonders of the region.

Top Hotels in Puerto Montt

Hotel Cabaña del Lago Puerto Varas
Hotel Cabaña del Lago Puerto Varas
4 out of 5
Luis Wellmann 195, Puerto Varas, Los Lagos
The price is CA $113 per night from Oct 29 to Oct 30

Located in the heart of Puerto Varas, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Puerto Varas Beach and Lake Llanquihue. Parque Philippi and Puerto Varas Casino are ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (584 reviews)

"Beautiful location, cosy room, friendly staff and fab restaurant called Aurelia 50m along the road - best food we had in Argentina but you need to book!"…"

Reviewed on Feb. 9, 2020

Hotel Cabaña del Lago Puerto Varas
Hotel Cumbres Puerto Varas
Hotel Cumbres Puerto Varas
5 out of 5
Imperial 561, Puerto Varas, Los Lagos

Situated near the beach, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Puerto Varas Casino and Lake Llanquihue. Puerto Varas Plaza de Armas and Puerto Varas ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (327 reviews)

"Beautiful view, extremely comfortable hotel. Lovely large fireplace in the lobby with comfy overstuffed furniture perfect for relaxing if the weather is not cooperative. Very good meals at jotel"…"

Reviewed on Mar. 16, 2020

Hotel Cumbres Puerto Varas
Hotel Bellavista
Hotel Bellavista
4 out of 5
The price is CA $105 per night from Oct 23 to Oct 24

Located in the heart of Puerto Varas, this romantic hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Puerto Varas Casino and Lake Llanquihue. Puerto Varas Plaza de Armas and ...

4.4/5Excellent! (250 reviews)

"Lake view combined with excellent view of the snow capped Osorno volcano & the one next to it."…"

Reviewed on Mar. 18, 2020

Hotel Bellavista
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Puerto Montt

Presidente Suites Puerto Montt
Presidente Suites Puerto Montt
3 out of 5
The price is CA $100 per night from Oct 24 to Oct 25

Located in the heart of Puerto Montt, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Paseo del Mar Mall, Plaza de Armas and Colonizacion Alemana Monument. Puerto ...

4.3/5Excellent! (146 reviews)

"The location was a bit rundown and the hotel is dated, but the staff were friendly."…"

Reviewed on Jun. 9, 2019

Presidente Suites Puerto Montt
Cala Melí
Cala Melí
3.5 out of 5

Situated on the beach, this cabin is within 25 mi (40 km) of Petrohue Falls, Vicente Perez Rosales National Park and Osorno Volcano Peak. Lake Todos los Santos ...

5/5Exceptional! (8 reviews)

"Our stay was perfect in every way. The cabin is fabulous, beautifully designed, on the lake shore and the views across the lake are amazing. The young couple who own the property couldn’t do enough to ensure our stay was an exceptional experience. Thumbs up to their customer care ethos and business ..."…"

Reviewed on Oct. 19, 2019

Cala Melí
Cabañas Anulen Puerto Varas
Cabañas Anulen Puerto Varas
3.5 out of 5
The price is CA $79 per night from Oct 27 to Oct 28

Situated in Puerto Varas, this holiday home is 1.4 mi (2.2 km) from Lake Llanquihue, and within 25 mi (40 km) of Petrohue Falls and Vicente Perez Rosales National ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (18 reviews)

"We stayed in the yurt, which was clean and very fun. Wood stove kept us warm until it went out in the middle of the night, but that was my fault. Out of the way, secluded location. Lots of fun"…"

Reviewed on Oct. 10, 2019

Cabañas Anulen Puerto Varas
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Popular places to visit in Puerto Montt

Petrohue Falls
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Petrohue Falls

4.5/5(2 reviews)

Rushing water cascades over volcanic rock at this stunning natural site in Chile’s oldest national park.

Puerto Varas Plaza de Armas
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Puerto Varas Plaza de Armas

4/5(6 reviews)

Enjoy the serene ambiance or attend a concert or social event amid the trees and flowers in the town’s central plaza.

Church of the Sacred Heart
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Church of the Sacred Heart

4.5/5(3 reviews)

Feel like you are in a quaint village in Europe at this red and white church which sends music echoing through the streets.

Top things to do in Puerto Montt

Andean Lakes Crossing Trip to Puerto Varas from Bariloche
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Andean Lakes Crossing Trip to Puerto Varas from Bariloche

CA $389
Per adult
76% of travellers recommend
Andean Lakes Crossing Trip to Bariloche from Puerto Varas
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Andean Lakes Crossing Trip to Bariloche from Puerto Varas

CA $389
Per adult
Osorno Volcano & Petrohue Waterfalls from Puerto Varas
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Osorno Volcano & Petrohue Waterfalls from Puerto Varas

CA $71
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Half Day Puerto Varas & Puerto Montt City Tour - Chile
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Half Day Puerto Varas & Puerto Montt City Tour - Chile

CA $92
Per adult
Full-Day Chiloé Island: Visit to Ancud City & Caulin Beach
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Full-Day Chiloé Island: Visit to Ancud City & Caulin Beach

CA $164
Per adult
Transfer from Puerto Montt Airport to Puerto Varas
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Transfer from Puerto Montt Airport to Puerto Varas

CA $42
Per adult

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Les autorites de la ville devraient se hater de reparer les degats causes par les emeutiers car plus le temps s'ecoule plus les emeutiers sont stimules par ce laisser-aller.

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Peulla

Church of the Sacred Heart which includes religious elements, a statue or sculpture and heritage elements

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Cochamo

Petrohue Falls featuring café lifestyle and forests

Petrohue