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About Puerto Montt

Despite a population of more than 130,000, Puerto Montt retains the feel of a small town. For a simple introduction to the city, walk along the waterfront road to the fishing port of Angelmo, discovering its shore lined with tempting artisan's stalls and a collection of small cafés. Accessible from the seaport town of Puerto Montt, Chile's Lake District is an enchanted realm of emerald waterways and snow-capped volcanoes.

 

Shore excursions in Puerto Montt

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

Nature Lovers Trek

Activity highRefreshments included

Duration: 6¼ hours

Experience the natural beauty of Alerce Andino National Park on a guided trek.

Journey towards the Andeans range and the Lenca area, where a narrow winding road leads you to the UNESCO Alerce Andino National Park.

More than half of the park is completely covered by dense forest, featuring a number of different species of ancient trees including the unique Alerce tree (Chilean redwood tree), which grows only in northern Patagonia.

Your guided trek through this lush, native forest follows a route bordering the Chaicas River. Listen carefully as your guide points out Alerce and the other species of tree that grow alongside these green giants. As you proceed along the trail, you’ll capture spectacular scenery and unmatched views of Lake Chapo and the Chaicas and Lenca River Valleys. You may also be lucky enough to see some of the park's residents, which include the elusive Pudú; a small Chilean deer, and the adorable Monitos del Monte; little mountain monkeys, native to southern Chile.

Sit back and relax after your trek with a well deserved boxed lunch.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. Children are not permitted to participate on this tour. The trek takes approximately 3 hours over uneven terrain with inclines and some steps, therefore passengers must be in a good physical condition. It is mandatory to wear enclosed footwear suitable for trekking over rough, uneven and wet ground. Please carry bottled water to prevent dehydration and wear sunscreen and a hat.

Petrohue Falls and Esmeralda Lake

Activity mediumMeal includedShopping

Duration: 8 hours

Visit one of the most spectacular areas in Chile to view snow-capped mountains, imposing lakes and quaint villages.

Your tour begins by heading towards Llanquihue Lake, South America’s 3rd largest natural lake, dominated by the impressive snow-capped Osorno Volcano. Drive along the southern shores of the lake through Ensenada into Vicente Perez Rosales National Park.

Lake Todos los Santos is known as the Emerald Lake because of its clear light green water. Enjoy a 45-minute boat ride on the lake, followed by a short bus ride to visit the Petrohue Falls to experience stunning views. A short walk leads to the falls where you will be rewarded with the sight of dashing and gleaming azure-blue rapids set against a fabulous backdrop of mountains to the east.

A stop in the ‘City of Roses’, Puerto Varas, in front of Llanquihue Lake, for lunch accompanied with wine at a lakeside restaurant will allow you time to photograph the lake with the snow-covered Osorno and Calbuco Volcanoes in the background. There will also be an opportunity to visit the handicraft market.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach, motor vessel and on foot. There is a short walk to reach the entrance to the falls and then 30 steps to negotiate, before a crossing a board walk. The paths are rocky and can be slippery when wet. The Vicente Perez Rosales National Park is a protected area and must be preserved, therefore please do not litter. Coaches are not air-conditioned and the order of highlights may vary.

Petrohue Falls and Frutillar

Activity highMeal included

Duration: 7½ hours

Take in views of the blue-green rivers, majestic lakes and snow-covered volcanoes and visit one of the ‘German Villages’

Travel north to Chile’s famous Lake District en route to Petrohue Falls to admire the magnificent view of the snow-capped Volcano Osorno before pausing at Petrohue. To reach the falls a short walk is required crossing catwalks before negotiating up and down a short flight of steps. Once there you can enjoy the sight of dashing and gleaming azure-blue rapids set against a fabulous backdrop of mountains to the east.

Stop in the resort community of Puerto Varas, located on the shores of Lake Llanquihue. Here, you will have time to browse the small handicraft market before enjoying a delicious salmon lunch, as well as being able to sample the national drink of Chile, the Pisco Sour. Wine, coffee and tea are also included.

After lunch, continue on to the town of Frutillar. This summer resort is noted for its alpine and traditional German-style architecture. Explore this charming city and visit the Museum with its displays of old farming machinery and household artefacts.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is a short walk to reach the entrance to the falls and then 30 steps to negotiate, before a crossing a board walk. The paths are rocky and can be slippery when wet.The Vicente Perez Rosales National Park is a protected area and must be preserved, therefore please do not litter. At the Museum there is an uphill walk and 10 steps involved. Coaches are not air-conditioned.

Puerto Montt and Frutillar

Activity medium

Duration: 3½ hours

From Puerto Varas to Frutillar the small towns and villages that surround Lake Llanquihue are picture-postcard material.

Enjoy a pleasant panoramic tour of Puerto Montt, founded in 1853 by German settlers, before travelling north to Lake Llanquihue. It is Chile's largest lake in a beautiful setting with snow-covered volcanoes reflecting in the clear waters. Pass through beautiful countryside dotted with weathered clapboard barns and churches, before making a photo stop in Puerto Varas.

Visit the charming village of Frutillar, situated on the west side of Lake Llanquihue. Drive through the old district of the town filled with houses that have a distinct similarity to those found in the German Black Forest.

Complete your tour with a visit to the interesting German Colonial Museum, which provides an insight into the life of the German settlers who colonised the area.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. The amount of walking on this tour is at your discretion depending on how much of the museum you wish to visit. There is an uphill walk and a total of 50 steps at the museum. Coaches are not air-conditioned. The tour highlights may operate in reverse due to traffic conditions.

Puerto Varas and Ranch Visit

Activity lowMeal included

Duration: 6½ hours

Take in the sights of Puerto Montt, Puerto Varas and visit a ranch to meet the huasos’ and enjoy their hospitality.

During a panoramic drive of Puerto Montt, you’ll pass by the Main Square, or Plaza de Armas, pausing for a panoramic view from the lookout located on one of the hills of this port city. Leaving Puerto Montt the route will take you north to Lake Llanquihue, Chile's largest lake set in a beautiful setting with snow-covered volcanoes reflecting in the clear waters.

At Puerto Varas capture a magnificent view of Lake Llanquihue, as well as a superb panoramic view of this charming German style village. Enjoy a stop at the main square to browse the handicraft market.

Chile has developed a long countryside-based culture since it was discovered by the Spaniards which is reflected in the importance that agriculture has in the economy of Chile. Visit a typical Chilean ranch to learn and appreciate some of the important cultural elements of the typical countryman, the ‘huaso’. They will offer you a warm welcome to the farm with empanadas, and wine. Become introduced to the Chilean horse, a pure breed, before watching a horse skills show.

Lunch will be a barbecue where the best of traditional Chilean cuisine will be served, accompanied by some of the finest wines of the country. During lunch, enjoy a folkloric show including a performance of the national dance, the Cueca.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately 800 metres of walking on this tour with some rough and gravel ground at the ranch.

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