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Puerto Montt is a fast growing city in the south of Chile, just north of Chiloé Island. It boasts great views of the ocean and towering peaks of the andes, and is a centre for travellers heading further south along the Carretera Austral, or east to Argentina.

Get in

By plane

There are flights north to Santiago (1 hour 40 minutes) and south to Punta Arenas (2 hours).

Puerto Montt City

By bus

Buses pull in at the large and bustling terminal in the middle of town close to the harbour (Diego Portales & Lillo). Many departures to cities in the north, as well as services to Chiloé Island. Cruz del Sur are the fastest, since they own many of the ferries crossing the strait and the bus bypasses the waiting line. Buses to Bariloche in Argentina takes around 7 hours.

By ferry

Navimag has boats to and from Puerto Natales and Puerto Chacabuco. The latter costs Ch$ 38000 pp, Ch$ 100000 for a car. To Puerto Natales it will cost you between USD 350 (on the older ferry "Amedeo I") and USD 450 (or more, on the newer ferry "Eden"). The passage takes four days, and includes chances of viewing narrow straits, open sea and wildlife. Meals are included, beer (Ch$ 2500) and wine (Ch$ 5000 per bottle) can be bought on board. It is sometimes possible to arrange a short visit to the very remote Puerto Eden, which has this ferry as it's only link to the rest of the world (Ch$ 5000 extra).

Other companies whose name and routes change frequently have ferries to Chaiten on the carretera austral. Many departures in summer, but often only one per week in winter. The ferry to Chiloé Island leaves about 50 km south west of town, takes 30 min and cost Ch$ 1000 pp and Ch$ 8300 for a car.

Naviera Austral connects Puerto Montt with Chaiten. Ferry leaves at midnight and journey takes 10-12 hours. Simple seat costs Ch$19100, berths are two times more expensive. Check the Naviera Austral website for current schedule:

Kémelbus now has a service called "ruta bimodal" which takes passengers to Chaitén by bus and ship in a daily, 10-hour scenic trip through the fjords south of Puerton Montt.

Get around

The thousands of taxis and colectivos that bounce like ping pong balls across and along the streets are a fast and usually cheap way of travelling across town. Although you'll find that your feet will take you to most places. If walking, take extra care when crossing streets in this city. Colectivos appear out of nowhere!


The area along the beach near the bus station is pleasant for a walk with things along the way to entertain you. Walking east you'll get great views, especially at sunset, from the hills there.



  • Ripley Department Store
  • Santa Isabel or Unimarc, 2 big supermarkets just opposite the bus terminal


A good place to have some seafood is at the fishing community of Angelmó. Along with the seafood market there are some restaurants. There are also a lot of options for shopping Mapuche craftworks.

  • Shop local no.2, an excellent choice and the prices of its dishes are very reasonable. Its soup is incredibly delicious and the portion of the curanto (steamed seafood with some other kinds of meat) is huge. Curanto and paila marina (seafood soup) just cost $4000 each.



There is a multitude of cheap hospedaje in Puerto Montt, so don't despair if your travel guide only shows a few expensive ones.

  • Hospedaje La Nave, Ancud 107. Downtown and close to the bus terminal. Nothing special about this hospedaje other than it had a room when we were looking for one. Many options around the bus station to choose from, so don't panic if you arrive late. No breakfast but a huge bathroom and fantastic high pressure hot water shower makes for a recommendation. 14,000 pesos for two people.
  • Colectivo Bellavista, German Vargas Poblete, Fortuoso 9, Phone (65) 251730, Cell (09) 0912073, a friendly and quiet place, not so near to the city centre, free pickup and dropoff, incl breakfast from $4000/bed.
  • Hotel Central, Juan Jose Mira 1092, Phone (65) 257516, a very comfortable and affordable place, just a less than 10-minute walk to the bus terminal, nice and helpful staff, with a choice of standard room or cabana room, stable 24-hour hot water for shower, a heater and tv in every room, able to speak English, breakfast included from $35000 for 2 people per night. website: email: [email protected]

Get out

  • Puerto Varas, catch a micro ($800) opposite the bus terminal and you can reach there in about 20 minutes.
  • Calbuco, catch a micro ($1200) opposite the bus terminal and you can reach a small but lovely town in an hour. There are a handful of small restaurants which offer simple snacks and meals. A stroll along the waterfront is very pleasant.
  • Frutillar
  • Ancud
  • Castro
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