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.
Flora and Fauna of Puerto Montt
Various species of animals inhabit the city of Puerto Montt, due to the diversity of ecosystems. In the mountain areas there are pumas, foxes, weasels, and huemules, a type of native deer that is endangered. In the coastal areas it is possible to sight dolphins, sea lions, and blue whales, the world’s largest mammal. The vegetation in this area is abundant, and there are ancient trees including the alerce and the araucaria. The Coigüe or Coihue (Nothofagus Betulloides or dombeyii) live for only about 300 years.