Puerto Montt is a city in the south of Chile, just north of Chiloé Island.
Terminal de Buses Puerto MonttCentral bus station by harbour, 10-15 minutes walk from city centre. 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 to Chiloé island, and their buses bypass the waiting line; they take 2 hours and cost CLP$6,000. Buses to Bariloche in Argentina take around 7 hours for CLP$13,000.
address: Diego Portales 2000 - near Puerto Montt bus stationNavimag has boats to Puerto Natales (Fridays), Punta Arenas and Puerto Chacabuco. The latter costs CLP$38,000 pp, CLP$100,000 for a car. Tickets bought in office in Puerto Montt often cheaper than bought online.
Kémelbus takes passengers to Chaitén by bus and ship in a daily, 10-hour scenic trip through the fjords south, "ruta bimodal" leaving 7am from bus station. Buy tickets in advance.
Ferries all the way to Chaitén have many departures in summer, but often only one per week in winter.
Naviera Austral connects Puerto Montt with Chaitén. Ferry leaves at midnight and journey takes 10-12 hours. Simple seat costs CLP$19,000, berths are twice as expensive. Check their website for current schedule and pricing, as both vary with tides and seasons. If you just arrived by bus, walk west along the waterfront for a few hundred meters to reach their office.
The ferry to Chiloé Island leaves about 50 km south west of town, takes 30 min and costs CLP$1,000 pp and CLP$8,300 for a car. See entry for Cruz del Sur above.
Your feet will take you most places, but plentiful taxis and colectivos.
Alerce Andino National ParkAfter many of Chile's forests have been cut down and converted into efficient eucalyptus forests for industrial use, the remaining beautiful ones with still some interesting trees left have been converted into pricey and touristy national parks. Unfortunately, the park can only be visited during opening hours and camping in the park is not possible, which makes it unattractive for most keen hikers.
El Fogon de Cotelephone: +56 65-227-8000address: Av. Juan Soler Manfredini at Playa de PellucoThe best beef in the south of Chile, grilled before your eyes. Excellent wines. Host Jeremy Law is a charmer.
Hain Puerto Montt Hostelphone: +56 9 5375 5311 (WhatsApp)address: Vial 839New hostel open in 2019. Wifi, lockers, central heating. Real fire in cosy sitting room, kitchen. Free coffee in the mornings. Residential district, but restaurants and bars two minutes walk away, Lider supermarket and city centre 5 min away, bus station 15 min walk (1 km). Multiple power sockets on lower bunks only. Local Chilean, Carolina speaks English and is a helpful host. Call/text for seasonal discounts.
Hospedaje La Naveaddress: Ancud 107Downtown and close to the bus terminal. Nothing special about this hospedaje. 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.
Colectivo Bellavistaphone: +56 65 251730, +56 9 0912073 (cell)address: German Vargas Poblete, Fortuoso 9A friendly and quiet place, not so near to the city centre, free pickup and dropoff, breakfast included.