Norwegian Dream Docked in Puerto Montt
Language and Currency
What is Puerto Montt Like?
What is the Weather Like?
Where Does the Ship Dock?
Where is the Shopping?
What is There to Buy?
What is There To Do?
Is There Anything of a “Don’t Miss Quality?
Are There Any Great Restaurants or Bars?
The official language is Spanish, but Chilean Spanish is full of Chilenismos, a form of national slang which varies by region. Currency is the Chilean peso.
Puerto Mont is the capital of what is known as Region X in Chile. It is located on the northern tip of Relocanvi Inlet, in a bay protected on the west by Tenglo Island. It is a main port and gateway into the Chilean lake and volcano district. This small provincial city has undergone significant growth fueled by salmon farms, forestry, the fishing industry and service related companies. The original German settlers left their mark, as the city and surrounding areas still have a very distinctive European flavor. Just outside of the city of Puerto Montt, lies the Lake District, home to the Puerto Montt wealthy and privileged. City streets are lined with beautiful rose arbors and dotted with small cafes and trendy restaurants.
Lake District Countryside
Puerto Montt has a temperate climate. Average summer time highs range from 60 - 78°F, with lows in the upper 40’s and low 50’s. This area also receives higher than average rainfall.
Most ships dock at the Public Pier inside of Canal Tenglo. Very large ships, however, must tender to the same pier. The Public Pier is 9 blocks away from the center of town. There is an abundant availability of taxis at the pier. The cost of a trip to the center of town ranges from $6 -10. Taxis are metered, but can also be hired by the hour. (In any case, it is wise to settle on a price before traveling).
Less than a 5 minute walk, the Feria Artesanal (Crafts Market) is located to the right of the pier on Coast Road. This extensive craft market offers an excellent selection, as well as some of the very best prices in Chile.
Baskets, hand-spun and hand-dyed wool sweaters, blankets, Chilote ponchos, hand-made boots, leather goods, carved wood figurines, jewelry and alpaca rugs are all offered at the craft market. Bartering is expected.
If it’s sunny, head to Pelluco, the quaint oceanside beach village about 2 miles east of Puerto Montt. Take a scenic trip, through the Lake District, to Petrohue Falls about an hour outside of Puerto Montt. As you travel along the western shore of Lake Llanquihue, you can visit the upscale resort town of Puerto Varas, or the German colonial village of Frutillar. Petrohue Falls lies at the foot of Volcano Orsono in Vincente Perez Rosales National Park.
Petrohue Falls in Puerto Montt's Lake District
On a clear day, views of the volcano from Petrohue are awesome. A catamaran cruise around Lake Esmeralda is a pleasant way to spend an hour. If you are interested in a more adventurous activity, Petrohue River rafting provides an exhilarating class 3 adventure. Salmon or trout fishing is another way to experience the lake region of Chile. Staying close to port and wandering Costadera (Coast Road) provides a pleasant journey through the Craft Market, to the Caleta Angelmo, Puerto Montt’s fishing cove. From her you will get a great view of Tenglo Island and can enjoy the local water traffic. Sample the variety of fresh seafood at the fish market or one of the local restaurants.
Yes, even if you are not a shopper, take some time to browse the Craft Market. The offerings are plentiful and some of the items quite unique.
We accidentally wandered into one of the greatest “finds” of our trip at this port. Just beyond the Craft Market on Coast Road, across from the Angelmo fishing cove, is a small establishment that served the best fresh scallops and clams I have enjoyed in a long time. Angelmo Tipico not only has a marvelous selection of fresh seafood, but serves a great Pisco Sour. If you have not tried this Chilean beverage made with grape brandy, lemon juice, egg whites and powdered sugar this is the place for a sample.