Puerto Montt is the final city on the mainland of Chile, nestled between the Reloncavi Sound and Chilean Patagonia. Puerto Montt’s city centre is lined with excellent museums and coffee shops, while the surrounding region reveals national parks, glacial lakes and towering volcanoes.
Things to do in Puerto Montt
Stroll through the city’s main square, Plaza de Armas, then admire the beautiful Our Lady of Mount Carmel Cathedral with its four Doric columns resembling the Parthenon. Sitting on the water’s edge, the central plaza offers beautiful sunset views and fresh coffee at charming outdoor cafes.
Learn about Puerto Montt’s past at the Puerto Montt Historical Museum Juan Pablo II. The museum showcases a range of ancient artefacts and historical exhibits. There’s also an entire floor dedicated to the visit of Pope John Paul and the earthquake of 1960.
Puerto Montt offers easy access to Alerce Andino National Park, a perfect destination for outdoor adventures. Here you can walk along scenic trails to admire towering trees covered in green moss, cascading waterfalls, picturesque lakes and enormous ferns.
If you’re up for a hiking challenge, visit the 2,652-metre-tall Osorno Volcano. The snow-capped peak towers over the horizon and offers postcard-perfect views from its base. For a different perspective, drive 20 kilometres to Puerto Varas to discover a quaint town with a colourful cathedral and the volcano as its backdrop.
Getting around Puerto Montt
The city’s compact streets can be explored on foot, while buses and taxis are also available. You can access Puerto Montt by flying into El Tepual International Airport, which is 18 kilometres away. Ferries also travel to Punta Arenas, Puerto Natales and Chiloe Island.