Things to do in Puerto Montt

Our most recommended things to do in Puerto Montt

Puerto Varas: Osorno Volcano & Petrohué Waterfalls Day Trip

1. Puerto Varas: Osorno Volcano & Petrohué Waterfalls Day Trip

Discover both a lake originating from a glacier and an active volcano famous for its perfectly-shaped crater with this package. Choose to depart from Puerto Varas or Puerto Montt. After pickup from selected hotels in Puerto Varas and Puerto Montt, head to the southern shores of the Llanquihue Lake, where you'll learn about the German settlers and agriculture in the region. Once in the Vicente Pérez Rosales National Park, admire the imposing Petrohué Waterfalls, which stun visitors with their turquoise waters. From there, make your way to the origin of the Petrohué River, Todos los Santos Lake, and visit some of its sleepy beaches. By then, you'll be at the foot of the Osorno Volcano to enjoy a stop for lunch in the village of Ensenada (lunch not included), before continuing up to the ski resort on the volcano. En route, take in stunning panoramic views of the Petrohué River Valley and the beautiful Llanquihue Lake.

From Puerto Varas or Puerto Montt: Chiloé Island Tour

2. From Puerto Varas or Puerto Montt: Chiloé Island Tour

Depart from Puerto Varas or Puerto Montt, depending on the option selected. Begin your day by taking a boat down the Chacao canal for 30 minutes, where you spot a wide variety of birds, before arriving at the village of Chacao to visit its square and church. Continue to Castro to stop for lunch at your own expense. Visit the typical stilted houses in the Gamboa district, the main square, and the Nercón Church which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Originally constructed around 1890, the church is considered a national monument. Travel onwards towards Dalcahue, where you will stop on the waterfront to take in the wonderful natural landscape and visit the local artisan market, museum, and the Church of Our Lady of Sorrows, also a UNESCO World Heritage Site and national monument.

Chiloe Island: Ancud, Castro and Dalcahue

3. Chiloe Island: Ancud, Castro and Dalcahue

Begin the tour on a ferry to the Chacao Channel, separating the continent of Chiloe Island. During the sail, you might see native seals, pelicans and sea birds. The ferry berths at Chacao pier, where you will take the route to Ancud city, where you can see the San Antonio Fort; this historic place is located in the highest part of the city as one of the last Spanish fortifications. Continue the trip to Dalcahue’s market, where you can find traditional gastronomy. This market is special, this construction is named Palafito, because it is built over the water with a spectacular view. Visit the market and visit the local church, a World Heritage Site. Later, continue the trip to Castro, the capital of Chiloé Island, taking pictures at Manuel Montt palafitos. Visit the San Francisco Church in front of the main square and visit the biggest artisan market of the island.

From Puerto Montt or Puerto Varas: Frutillar Tour

4. From Puerto Montt or Puerto Varas: Frutillar Tour

Discover the charming lakeside destination of Frutillar, which delights visitors with its beauty all year round. Choose to depart from Puerto Varas or Puerto Montt, then admire a landscape formed by the Llanquihue Lake and several stunning volcanoes. After pickup from selected hotels in Puerto Varas or Puerto Montt, make your way to Frutillar on the eastern bank of Llanquihue Lake. Feel the influence of the German settlers in the spectacular old cottages, many converted into guest houses. If you want, sample the delicious Bavarian gastronomy, such as kuchen and apple strudel sweets, as well. On this tour, you'll take a rural road used by the local farmers, where you can see the agriculture and the cattle so common in the region. You'll also discover another reason to fall in love with Frutillar – the Teatro del Lago.

Puerto Montt: Osorno Volcano and Petrohué Falls Guided Tour

5. Puerto Montt: Osorno Volcano and Petrohué Falls Guided Tour

Explore the Chilean Lake District on this guided day tour to the Osorno volcano and Petrohué falls in the Vicente Perez Rosales National Park. Climb the imposing volcano and enjoy panoramic views over the region. Walk through lush forest and admire the cascading turquoise waters at Petrohué. After pickup in Puerto Montt, travel along the shore of lake Llanquihue to the conical Osorno volcano. Drive up through verdant forest with amazing views over the lake and the Calbuco volcano as you ascend Osorno.  Reach the Ski and Mountain Center, located at 1,240 meters, where you can take photos of the stunning landscape views and look up to the glaciers at the volcano’s summit. Optionally, pause for a coffee and a snack at the cafe, or ride the chairlift to the glacier station. Descend the volcano to the Vicente Perez Rosales National Park. Enjoy a walk through the evergreen forest and along the Petrohué River to the falls. Watch the river water jump over great masses of lava from Osorno which have been polished and crystallized over centuries of erosion. After some time taking pictures and admiring the sparkling river water, travel back to Puerto Montt to be dropped off.

Puerto Montt and Puerto Varas: Panoramic City Tour

6. Puerto Montt and Puerto Varas: Panoramic City Tour

After pickup in either Puerto Varas or Puerto Montt, begin the tour in the lovely city of Puerto Varas, also known as “The City of Roses.” Stop on the lakeshore road to appreciate the view of the city from the bay and the “Aurora” sculpture with Llanquihue Lake in the background. Then, explore the city's main attractions, such as the Old Neighborhood and the Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, built from 1915 to 1918. Admire the Baroque style of a church that is an exact replica of one in the Black Forest, Germany, where some of the first settlers came in 1852.   After that, go to the downtown by the shore of the beautiful Llanquihue Lake. Depending on the weather, catch a glimpse of the Osorno Volcano, whose melting ice enhances the water level of the Llanquihue Lake. Continue along the Route of Settlers, passing by the village of Alerce, and access Puerto Montt. Visit the highest place in the city for fantastic views of Puerto Montt, the ocean, and Tenglo Island. From there, head to the German Monument located in the main square, the waterfront pier, and the cathedral. Enjoy the German-influence in the architecture of the houses, gardens, and buildings, and the mix of two cultures in the city. Later, make your way to Angelmó, famous in Chile because of its many handicraft and gift shops. Discover the City Central Market, where you can see how one of the principal economic activities of the area – fishing and seafood – arrives fresh from the boats to the buyers. Also, find plenty of typical cooking places here where you can savor seafood, fish, and other delicious specialties of Chilean cuisine.

Puerto Varas: Osorno Volcano Day Trip by Air-conditioned Van

7. Puerto Varas: Osorno Volcano Day Trip by Air-conditioned Van

Enjoy the volcanic landscapes of the Osorno volcano on this guided day trip with hotel pickup and drop-off in Puerto Varas. Reach the Osorno Volcano Ski and Mountain Center, located at an altitude of 1,240 meters above sea level. Travel in comfort aboard a climate-controlled van.  Choose from a group tour or the intimacy and flexibility of a private experience. Be picked up from the comfort of your hotel and settle in for the scenic drive through the countryside to the rural town of Ensenada. Begin your ascent of the volcano and climb until you reach the Osorno Volcano Ski and Mountain Center. Have about an hour of free time to take pictures and appreciate the incomparable view of the Calbuco volcano with its eternal glaciers, Lake Llanquihue, the Pacific Ocean, and the Andes.  Purchase a lift ticket to go to a height of 1,450 meters at the Spring Station or to 1,750 meters at the Glacier Station. Visit the coffee shop where you can get cozy by buying a warm drink and a sandwich before returning to your hotel in Puerto Varas.

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What people are saying about Puerto Montt

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4.6 / 5

based on 81 reviews

Excellent service, they took us to each of the places indicated in the Tour, wonderful landscapes, they gave us time for souvenir photos, the fantastic tour guide, 100% recommended