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.
How to get to Puerto Montt
Puerto Montt lies 1,116 kilometers to the south of Santiago. Built on the edge of the Reloncaví Sound, this beautiful southern city is located at a strategic crossroads, since the bay connects the bulk of the country to the north with the Carlos Ibáñez del Campo and Magallanes Regions to the south.
By sea, you can get to Puerto Montt from Patagonia, or to be more precise, from Puerto Natales and Puerto Chacabuco by travelling on Navimag ferries. You can also make the trip to those same cities from Puerto Montt.
By land, you can access the city via Route 5 (the Panamerican Highway), which connects Chile from Arica to Puerto Montt. You can arrive by private car or by taking a bus with any one of a number of companies such as: Cruz del sur, Cóndor Bus, Buses Jac and Pullman Bus.
By air, you arrive at Puerto Montt’s “El Tepual” AIrport. There are several daily flights from Santiago. Flights take approximately two hours. The airport is just 16 km from the city center.