Day 1: Puerto Montt and Puerto Varas

We decided to go to Puerto Montt for the weekend because one of Pablo’s best friends, who he met while studying abroad in San Diego, is visiting from Mexico and had driven down from Santiago earlier last week with another Chilean study abroad friend. So we flew down Friday to meet up with them. We got in around 5pm, had lunch in Puerto Montt, then headed to Puerto Varas, which is about a 20 minute drive. Puerto Montt is the more dingy port town while Puerto Varas, which is on a lake, not the ocean, is a smaller, German influenced, touristy little town with views of two different volcanoes. It was a bit cooler than I would have liked, but I’m picky like that and love 85+ degree heat. We stopped at an outlook to take some photos and I sat there looking at this huge lake with perfectly glassy water wondering why everyone wasn’t out there wake boarding!  I didn’t see any ski boats at all. Maybe it’s illegal or just super expensive here. After walking around Puerto Varas, we went gambling at the casino, which thankfully had a craps table and then headed home early since we had a tour to the island of Chiloe the next day.

Puerto Montt



Puerto Montt



The house we stayed at

Volcano Osoro view from Puerto Varas

Volcano Calbuco view from Puerto Varas





Puerto Varas. I would have loved to go kayaking if we had not arrived so late and had more time.



The water must not have been that cold



Yes, I have turned Pablo in to a dog lover and this stray wanted to play!

A California license plate in a bar in Puerto Varas


At sunset on Lake Llanquihue

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February 1, 2011 - 4:23 pm

Patty - Loved that boat picture with the volcano in the back drop. :)

February 1, 2011 - 4:38 pm

Angie - I love the photos! Did Pablo’s friend really drive all the way from Mexico to Puerto Montt??!!

February 1, 2011 - 4:41 pm

LanaRenee - Haha! No Angie.. they drove from Santiago to Puerto Montt.. he flew here to Santiago to visit for 2 weeks. It kinda sounds like that huh? I’ll edit that!

February 1, 2011 - 5:54 pm

Glocal Girl - I’m so jealous of the SUN! What pretty ocean shots you took… Enjoy!

Hugs from CHILLY Amsterdam,

February 1, 2011 - 6:05 pm

LanaRenee - Thanks! Except none of them were ocean shots.. all were the lake.. pretty huge eh?

February 1, 2011 - 6:57 pm

Cristina - que bueno que puedas conocer el sur de Chile, si aun estas en Puerto Varas, te recominedo una excelente restaurant, La OLLA, que queda en la Ruta 225, KM 1, Camino a Ensenada…
Además trata de visitar Ensenada, Puyehue, Los Saltos de Petrohue, El Lago Todos los Santos, y como la verdad no estas lejos, quizás puedas aprovechar de conocer Chiloe…Buena suerte en tu viaje!!

February 1, 2011 - 7:06 pm

LanaRenee - Fui a Ensenada y los Saltos de Petrohue…. voy a escribir sobre ellos en otro post!

February 1, 2011 - 10:57 pm

Abby - Great photos, Lana! Love the last one especially.

February 2, 2011 - 9:56 pm

Alessandra Castillo - loving these

April 4, 2011 - 4:26 am

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