Welcome to Puerto Montt, the beautiful port city that is the gate of the south of Chile. Directly located on the Pacific Bay you can already smell the fresh Patagonian air. Travellers that want to go a little further to Patagonia or Tierra del Fuego can travel there from Puerto Montt by boat, aeroplane or bus. Although Puerto Montt has around 110,000 inhabitants, it still has the comfort and the charm of a small town. The city belongs to the Province of Llanquihue and is in addition the administrative centre of the Region de los Lagos. A trip to Santiago de Chile with car hire is also recommended for those who love the challenge of road trips - 400 miles of pure adventure!
The city was founded in 1853 by Vicente Perez Rosales together with German immigrants. The scenery around Puerto Montt is breath-taking- you can discover its beauty in your car hire and in every direction you turn. In the distance you can see a snow covered volcano, The Calbuco Volcano, with a height of 2004m, situated 30km (19 miles) east of the city. Puerto Montt is located about 1000km (621 miles) south of the capital of Santiago and invites you to meander along its coastal promenade. You will be pushed to discover all the sights that Puerto Montt has to offer with car hire!
In the port area of Angelmo when you look into one of the restaurants, you will see a fresh fish dish. The small restaurants look so cosy, almost like the living room of a fishmonger’s family and here you will be dished up with delicious seafood and fresh fish. If you would like to experience more local, Chilean life then you should definitely go to the Fish Market. You should also not neglect the port area of Angelmo. The bright colours in the so called marisquerias should also not be missed! At the market there is fish of every shape and size and you will get a little morsel from the vendors to try. Don’t forget to try the traditional dishes of cancatos and curanto in the cast-iron pots. On the Caleta Angelmo there are a selection of restaurants that are not as quaint, never the less they offer tasty meals. From this location you can travel across by boat to the island opposite- Isla Tenglo.
Drive your car hire close to the bus station and find some of the small fruit and vegetable markets. Should you get the urge to visit a museum then you should visit the Museo Juan Pablo II. The city museum is definitely worth a visit if you are interested in the history and the flora and fauna of Puerto Montt. The museum presents the area in a genuine way.
You can also take walk in the park along the Costanera of Puerto Montt, a path you will find directly on the Bay. It is also pleasant on the old pier. You are the most independent in Chile with your car hire and you can discover Puerto Montt on your own initiative. It’s worth it for example to plan a trip from Puerto Montt to the island of Chiloe. A further popular excursion destination that you will reach more comfortably in your car hire is the huge Llanquihue-Lake. You will definitely enjoy yourself discovering the wonderful scenery and the region of Puerto Montt.
CarDelMar wishes you a pleasant journey with car hire in Puerto Montt.