Top 10 Things To Do In Puerto Montt, Chile

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Puerto Montt is a quaint port city in Chile, which still has that age-old charm to it. Everything happens at its own place. It does not only feature years of history, but it also showcases rustic houses, beautiful landscapes, pastures, lakes, and a picturesque view of the sea. The city is still quite unpopular among tourists, which is why most of the attractions are hidden from the bustling crowds. It is a perfect place to visit if you’re looking forward to a relaxing vacation. The serenity and the peaceful environment will make you want to prolong your stay. Ready to explore this port city? Check out our list of the top things to do in Puerto Montt, Chile.

1. Spend some quality time at Plaza de Armas de Puerto Montt

Plaza de Armas
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Have you ever fantasized being at the seaside, or at a wooden promenade with benches and railings warm from the evening sun and the water, the sky, and statues in the background turn orange-golden as you sit and sip on a cup of coffee? Downright glorious, wouldn’t it be? Plaza de Armas de Puerto Montt is a dreamy, picturesque place, where you can spend memorable evenings with your family, spouse, friends, or kids. It offers a pleasant view of the sea and has a fountain, public seating, some marvelous statues, and vendors selling traditional wares. Almost always, there is cheery music played by local artists which adds to the delight. Adjacent to the plaza are several restaurants and other attractions that are worth checking out, as well.

Plaza de Armas de Puerto Montt

Address: Puerto Montt, Los Lagos, Chile

Opening hours: 24 hours

2. Enjoy panoramic views of the city from Mirador "Manuel Montt"

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Let us admit that sometimes all of us have this desire to get on top of the world and just dissolve into that cool, blue air. Mirador “Manuel Montt” is where one can have the experience of all their five senses registering the thrill of being at the highest level of elevation in the city. One gets a beautiful view of the entire city from up there. You can click pictures and spend time taking in the sights. Over the years, Mirador “Manuel Montt” has undergone modifications, owing to which things like lighting, etc. have been made better, which makes the attraction more visitable. The cleanliness of the place is well-maintained and there is good parking space. There is also a bus stop nearby, which makes the place even more accessible.

Mirador "Manuel Montt"

Address: Felipe Barría 214, Puerto Montt, Los Lagos, Chile

Opening hours: 24 hours

3. Enjoy the seaview at Escultura Sentados Frente al Mar

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This tourist attraction is one of the most intriguing landmarks in Puerto Montt. It features the statue of a couple sitting and facing the sea. This statue is an incarnation of a traditional song about lovers sitting and facing the sea, which is an allusion to some historical aspect of Puerto Montt. So, all this makes it an ideal tourist spot for lovebirds. The waterscape, the statue, and everything else add to the romantic aura about the place that makes it perfect for strolling and clicking photos.

Escultura Sentados Frente al Mar

Address: Puerto Montt, Los Lagos, Chile

Opening hours: 24 hours

4. Indulge in some shopping at Pueblito de Melipulli

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If you are looking forward to some shopping, you should add Pueblito de Millipulli to your itinerary. From knick-knacks to delicious food, this shopping spot has it all. You may explore the mall and discover shops selling crafts, fish, eggs, seafood, dairy products, smoked salmon, and various local products, too. There are shops that have cute handicrafts on offer. One may even haggle with the owners for lower prices. Also, you can savor the delicious traditional cuisine here.

Pueblito de Melipulli

Address: Porvenir 57, Puerto Montt, Los Lagos, Chile

Opening hours: 9:30am - 9pm (daily)

5. Look at the interesting artifacts at Puerto Montt Historical Museum Juan Pablo II

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A visit to Juan Pablo museum is recommended to tourists of all ages. The building has two floors, both of which educate the people about the history of Puerto Montt, and Chile, and the German colonization. It has interesting artifacts and specimens put on display, such as fossils, models demonstrating the formation of glaciers, beautiful drawings, rock samples, weapons, and many more intriguing curios, the most remarkable of them being the mammoth which is exactly the real size. Everything inside the museum is worth photographing. The entry to the museum is free, and at a stone’s throw is a bus terminal, so reaching there is no trouble at all.

Puerto Montt Historical Museum Juan Pablo II

Address: Avda Diego Portales No.997, Puerto Montt, Los Lagos, Chile

Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 10am - 1pm, 2:30pm - 6pm (closed on Sat & Sun)

6. Click pictures of Monumento a la Colonización Alemana

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This beautiful monument, in all its glory, stands near the seafront. It comprises a group of statues sculpted masterfully in bronze. Monumento a la Colonization Alemana commemorates the German colonization. It depicts a small German family and a Chilean man pointing towards the land the government had allotted to the settlers of those times. This place is well worth the visit. You may walk around the seaside, admire this magnificent work of art, click pictures, and spend a peaceful evening with family.

Monumento a la Colonización Alemana

Address: Puerto Montt, Los Lagos, Chile

7. Rejuvenate amidst lush greenery at Lahuen Ñadi Natural Monument

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Nature lovers roll up! Here comes a place where you can go trekking and get a whiff of the Chilean wildlife. In this nature reserve are two trails — one is meant for those visitors who might be physically challenged, while the other is for those who would want a long and joyful stroll through the woods. You can birdwatch, see animals, and explore the wild flora and fauna in the area. You will be accompanied by a guide, who will inform you about the wildlife and their habitats, and a number of other interesting things about them throughout your journey. The reserve has arrangements for restrooms and places where all your questions and queries will be entertained.

Lahuen Ñadi Natural Monument

Address: Puerto Montt, Los Lagos, Chile

Website: Lahuen Ñadi Natural Monument

Opening hours: 9am - 4pm (daily)

8. Spend some time near the beautiful Puente Rio Sector Correntoso

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If your trip to Puerto Montt happens to be too brief to tour the entire city and you are looking for that one spot that will let you enjoy your trip to the full, you may simply come to Puente Rio Sector Correntoso. Mother Nature has got you covered here! The place has extremely beautiful trekking trails, hiking trails, a tiny beach and pools, and lagoons. It is an ideal place for family picnics, camping, and many other activities like wall climbing. The picnic area is absolutely an amazing place with trees and vegetation all around and is provided with tables, bathrooms, and potable water.

Puente Rio Sector Correntoso

Address: V-657, Puerto Montt, Los Lagos, Chile

Opening hours: 24 hours

9. Explore the history of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Cathedral

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The oldest building in the city, this cathedral is a must visit. Its architecture is mind-blowing. The front of the building has several columns, owing to which it looks like the Parthenon. The cathedral was built with larch wood. Besides, it’s in Plaza de Armas. So, it’s easily accessible and is adjacent to several restaurants and other amazing attractions.

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Cathedral

Address: Benavente 385, Puerto Montt, Los Lagos, Chile

Website: Our Lady of Mount Carmel Cathedral

Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 9am - 1:30pm (closed on Sat & Sun)

10. Take a stroll at Parque Municipal La Paloma

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If you arrive in Puerto Montt with your adorable pet and wish to take your little friend to a fun place, this is where you might want to come. Parque Municipal La Paloma promises its visitors the amusement they can’t find anywhere else. With lovely esplanades, walking trails, and wide, open grounds, you and your pet may either relax or explore the park. It often holds several fests and local artists frequent the park to entertain the crowd. You can also enjoy the best fast foods or the traditional cuisine, such as Milcao, chochoca, fried and baked empanadas, churrascaria, mote con huesillos, cakes and a variety of kuchen, etc. The park has neat restrooms, vehicle parking facilities, and a children’s play area.

Parque Municipal La Paloma

Address: Calle Lago Cucao 2011, Puerto Montt, Los Lagos, Chile

Opening hours: 8am - 9pm (daily)

Make sure to visit Puerto Montt

Puerto Montt is one of those few cities where one can indulge in a great number of fun activities. From adventure activities like trekking, wall climbing and camping to sightseeing, there is a long list of things you can do here, even if you are not traveling alone. The parks, museums, malls, tourist spots are all family-friendly and easily accessible. Then comes the food - something with which Puerto Montt will never let you go home dissatisfied. The city is really very beautiful, like one we always dream of.

Editor’s Note: Due to Covid-19, the business hours of the attractions may differ from the stated timings in this article. Please be sure to check the updated hours from the websites.

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Faraz Khan is a part-time content writer who loves stargazing, cloud-watching and reading poetry and fiction. He's also a Wonder Woman fan.

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