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Things to do in Puerto Montt

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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.

From Puerto Montt or Puerto Varas: Frutillar Tour

3. 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

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

5. 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.

Alerce Andino National Park: Guided Day Hike

6. Alerce Andino National Park: Guided Day Hike

Step into the lush world of the Alerce Andino National Park, located in the Southern Andes. On this guided tour, hike on the scenic Salto Río Chaica trail and see rushing waterfalls, temperate forest, and a variety of indigenous birds. Visit Alerce Milenario, one of the world’s oldest living trees. Begin your tour with a hotel pickup from your accommodations in Puerto Montt or Puerto Varas. Enjoy the views of the renovated Pelluco Waterfront, the Pacific Ocean, and the Lenca sector as you drive to the Alerce Andino National Park. Once there, you'll first register and purchase entrance tickets. Next, learn about the park's trail markings and safety regulations before setting out on the trails. Begin your hike on the Salto Río Chaica Trail, about four kilometers and mostly flat. The Chaica River leads you past brilliant shades of green from the trees, reflected by the crystal-clear waters. Continue your tour and follow the music of the river deeper into the forest. Along the way, you may spot birds, such as the chucao, hummingbirds, or woodpeckers, as well as striking flowers and ferns. Climb a staircase to the Chaica River Falls and gaze in wonder at the waterfalls as you rest. After soaking up the natural beauty of the falls, continue your hike with a brief ascent to the mythical Alerce Milenario. Admire this massive tree, estimated to be at least 5,000 years old, while taking care not to tread too close to its roots. Then, return along the same path to finish your tour.

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What people are saying about Puerto Montt

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 97 reviews

A very nice tour with Jenny, a very nice English speaking companion. At the individual stations we had time to explore the area on our own.

Very good tour. The guide was very experienced and explained in detail. The lunch was excellent!

Excellent experience, Nelly and Javier from the tour very friendly and attentive

Yenni a love person, worried about everything even the photos

Great tour, driver very good, tourist guide very competent