PUERTO MONTT, CHILE
This is one of Chile’s most important ports. The city, situated at the head of the Seno de Reloncaví (Reloncavi Sound) is notable for the interesting architecture that overlooks the bay and for its picturesque surroundings which include lakes, rugged coastlines, islands, and forests. The city of Puerto Montt is the capital of Llanquihue Province in Chile´s Tenth Region, Los Lagos. Almost 27% of the region’s population live in this city, which is home to over 200,000 inhabitants. In and around Puerto Montt you can find forests and lakes, fjords and islands, and, of course, volcanoes.
Activities in Puerto Montt
The city of Puerto Montt and the surrounding area have a number of attractions for visiting tourists. With a mixture of cultural and natural heritage, this is one of the most beautiful areas of southern Chile.
· The nearby Lagos Llanquihue and Todos los Santos are two of area’s biggest natural attractions. These lakes are ideal for fly fishing, shore fishing and trolling, and also for rafting, windsurfing, and kayaking.
· Visit the Cathedral Church of Puerto Montt; the historic German colony is an obvious influence in its architecture. It is notable for its architectural design which evokes comparison with the colossal Parthenon in Athens. It was built entirely with alerce wood in 1856, making it the oldest building in Puerto Montt.
Inside, you can find the original act of foundation of the city along with the foundation stone, which gives a special historical significance to this stronghold of faith.
· Visit the fishing harbour of Angelmó located just two kilometers from Puerto Montt’s Plaza de Armas. First built in the late nineteenth century, it is now full of tourist attractions, a must see in the itinerary of any traveller.
· Cross over to the island of Tenglo in a fishing boat from Puerto Montt harbor. With any luck you will be accompanied by playful toninas (small dolphins with a black back and white belly) that often follow the boats.