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Puerto Montt is a port city and commune in southern Chile, located at the northern end of the Reloncaví Sound in the Llanquihue Province, Los Lagos Region. The commune spans an area of 1,673 km2 (646 sq mi) and had a 2002 population of 175,938. It forms part of Chilean Patagonia.

Region: Los Lagos
Province: Llanquihue
Founded as: Melipulli
Area: 1,673 km2
Population: 175,938
Area code: +56
Website: www.puertomonttchile.cl

Key informations
Puerto Montt is a city in southern Chile, capital of the Province of Llanquihue and the X Region of Los Lagos. The town of Puerto Montt has a population of 175,847 inhabitants (census 2002) and an area of 1,673 km ². Estimates by the National Statistics Institute (INE) for the year 2010 the district would have approximately 236,000 inhabitants. Currently the district is home to 27% (approximate) of the total population of the Lakes Region, 11.39% which corresponds to 88.61% rural population to urban population.

Is located opposite the Reloncaví Bay, has a sheltered bay on its west side of the island Tenglo. It is thus a link with the southern regions of General Carlos Ibáñez del Campo (Region XI) and Magallanes (Region XII). For its strategic location, this city is the starting point for travel to places and tourist attractions in southern Chile, and its important sea port connects to the rest of the country to the southernmost regions, in addition to its international airport The Air Base Tepual, second largest in the country, with major air terminals of Chile.



We found traces of human presence 14,800 years ago hunter-gatherer groups in the area of Monte Verde. At Blue Stone, located in the Bay of Chamiza were installed more than 6000 years ago.

In 1852 came the first German settlers, pioneers of southern colonization process. Vicente Perez Rosales, Governor of Chiloé Commander Jose Ramirez, The Commander Buenaventura Martínez, pastor of Chiloé Miguel Sevilla and Santiago Foltz Weisbeck German took the initiative to establish, on the banks of the Bay of Melipulli (in Mapudungun language means "Four Hills"), on February 12, 1853 the city of Puerto Montt in honor of the president at the time, Don Manuel Montt Torres.


Replicated erected in 1977 to commemorate the 125 years since the arrival of the first two hundred German settlers who came to these shores in late 1852. The monument depicts an immigrant family and a local Germans in the area, which symbolizes the effort and drive of the colonizers.


Puerto Montt's climate is oceanic, with mild temperatures, low annual and daily oscillation, and abundant precipitation and constant. The city lacks a dry season, because although the months of November and March rainfall decreases, exceeding 90 mm, well above the level of evapotranspiration. In winter, minimum temperatures are 2 to 7 ° C and even lower than 0 ° C and maximum of 9 to 11 ° C, meanwhile, in the summer are not as low minimum around 11 ° C and maximum temperate of 20 ° C to 25 ° C even at times exceed 30 ° C.

Must See in Puerto Montt

Shopping center
In the central area of the city is the Mall Paseo del Mar and the coastal area is located on Mall Paseo Costanera both concentrated around one and half million visitors each month.

Completely made of larch wood, the Cathedral was built in 1856, inspired by the Parthenon in Athens. In one of its pillars is the cornerstone of Puerto Montt. Its interior, decorated with colorful ribbons, Vicente Perez Rosales in 1853 placed the minutes of the enactment of the city. Attached to the Cathedral is the Chapel of St. Francis de Sales, Gothic-style structure has beautiful murals.

Casa del Arte Diego Rivera/House of Art Diego Rivera
Better known as the Palace of Art, is the main center of cultural and artistic events. Various activities are performed annually, highlighting the Temporary International Theatre performed in winter. This building was built between 1960 and 1963, thanks to a fraternal cooperation agreement between Chile and Mexico, is a sign of international aid after the terrible earthquake that struck southern Chile.



Angelmo (handcraft)
The cove and market seafood Angelmó is widely known for the variety of dishes offered in the attached cooking places and the renowned handicraft stalls. Angelmó is near the island of Tenglo, which can be circumnavigated in fishing boats that are addressed in the same cove. Angelmó was immortalized in the work of the famous Chilean painter Arturo Pacheco Altamirano.

Getting there
Getting to Puerto Montt is not difficult; what is difficult though, in almost every case, is tearing oneself away from this cozily inviting city, located 1,044 km south of Santiago, Chile's capital. One can get to the Lake Region Capital by air, land or sea, so there is no possible excuse for not visiting it. It's just a matter of choosing the mode of travel that suits you best and starting off on the adventure.

By air
Flights from Santiago arrive daily at the El Tepual airport, located 16 km from the center of Puerto Montt. The trip lasts less than two hours. This route is covered by Lan Chile and Sky airlines. There are also regional itineraries to the north and south of the country.

By land
From Santiago along Panamericana Route 5 South highway, ending up in the city of Quellon, province of Chiloe. The trip lasts about 12 hours. On the way there are places of interest, such as Puerto Varas, Frutillar, Lago Todos, Los Santos, Saltos del Rio Petrohue and others.

Buses arrive every day from Santiago and other regional capitals. Fares range according to quality levels. The land terminus of Puerto Montt is located on Juan Soler Manfredini street (no number). One can also get there from Argentina (Bariloche and Mendoza) through the Cardenal Antonio Zamore International Pass on Route 215 Puyehue and then on 109 southwards (288 km in all); you can also go through the Los Libertadores Pass.



Photo: www.franciscozepeda.cl


Name: Arena Puerto Montt
Capacity: 5.500
Address: Avenida Egaña 1151, Puerto Montt
Phone: 56 (65) 261900
Website: www.arenapuertomontt.cl
Contact: contacto@arenapuertomontt.cl


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