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Roaring waters, high mountains, and plenty of open country welcome you in this gateway to Chilean Patagonia. Built at the mouth of the Central Valley and in the shadow of the immense Osorno volcano, Puerto Montt has thrived as a destination for explorers of the Andean Lakes who find themselves in the mode for some spectacle. Surround yourself with natural majesty as you take advantage of the things to do in Puerto Montt and explore some of the grandest landscapes in South America.
Life in Puerto Montt runs along the shores of the Reloncaví Sound, following the coastal highway through the city’s commercial center to the markets and fishing boats in the sheltered cove of Angelmó. A narrow channel separates the city from Tenglo Island to the south, where colorful boats line the piers between quiet beaches and plenty of undisturbed nature.
The giant snow-capped cone of Osorno is visible from almost anywhere in the city, symbolizing the way the landscape defines the area. Just a few miles east of downtown, you can find the valleys and thick forests of Alerce Andino National Park, where plenty of walking paths lead you to the placid lagoons and wildlife. Just to the north, the cascading rapids of Petrohué Falls give you a look at what happens when waters from the region’s lakes run into basaltic lava flows from the volcano.
The lakes and islands that fill the wilderness around the city offer up no shortage of adventure. You can take a boat out to wind along the shores of the immense Chiloé Archipelago and admire the stilt houses and iconic wooden churches that stand on the islands, or head inland for a journey to the slopes of Osorno. If you want a guide to show you the best sights around Petrohué Falls or you have time for an excursion across the Andes to the Argentine lakes around Bariloche, there’s a world of opportunity waiting for you.