If you’ve got a palate that loves fresh salmon and a desire to visit Chile, there are few cities better suited for you than Puerto Montt. Located in the far south of Chile, Puerto Montt’s intriguing hybridization of Chilean and German culture makes it a gateway to other destinations further southward in Chile and also to the Chilean island diaspora just offshore.
Puerto Montt is served by El Tepual Airport, which is about eight miles away. El Tepual Airport is an airport that’s still under-construction, but it’ll suffice to get you to Puerto Montt.
Airlines That Fly To Puerto Montt
Regional airlines in Chile like LATAM Chile, Latin American Wings, and Sky Airline serve Puerto Montt via El Tepual Airport. To access these regional airlines from outside Chile, you’ll probably need to fly to Santiago first, which is much farther north. Keep an eye out for cheap flights to Santiago and also Puerto Montt using our price alert tool.
When To Book A Flight To Puerto Montt
Puerto Montt tends to be rainy year-round, but is especially rainy in May and June, so ticket prices may be lower then. The summer months of January and February are probably the most enjoyable times to visit Puerto Montt, as temperatures will be in the mid-60s during the day and the high-40s at night. You will probably pay a bit more to visit Puerto Montt during these times.
What To Expect When Arriving At El Tepual Airport
El Tepual is a small airport, but it has plans for expansion. Currently, you can eat and shop at a few locations, go through customs, and get tourism information while at El Tepual.
To get from El Tepual to Puerto Montt itself, you can take a taxi, charter bus, or rental car. The charter bus is cheap but still overpriced. Taking a taxi or renting a car are better options for enjoying Puerto Montt.
What To See And Do In Puerto Montt
As a port city, Puerto Montt is known throughout Chile as the center of the salmon fishing industry, so be sure to check out the local culinary dishes that include fresh salmon. There are a number of restaurants along the Puerto Montt esplanade that offer a beautiful ocean view and serve these local delicacies.
Puerto Montt doesn’t have many museums or historical landmarks, but it is the jumping off point for a number of nature walks along the fjords (the ones that aren’t being utilized by the salmon industry, that is) and other activities like rafting. There aren’t too many trails that are beaten for tourist use, however--wandering too far from the main areas will leave you in the logging industry area, which can be dangerous if you are unaware of the logging machines in operation there.
You can also explore the small islands off the coast of Puerto Montt via chartered tour from the main pier area. These islands aren’t particularly remarkable for their biodiversity, but they are interesting ecosystems that nature lovers may still find interesting.
Puerto Montt also has a vibrant nightlife scene centered around its international schools and universities, fed by a steady supply of Chilean and Argentine wines produced relatively nearby.