Puerto Montt (pop. 155,000) was founded in 1863 and settled by German immigrants and is a major port for export of farm raised salmon and mussels. It is also the gateway to the Lake District of Chile.
We were offered two tours out of Puerto Montt and we chose the ten hour trip to visit Puerto Varas, the Petrohue Rapids, and a short boat trip on Lago Todos los Santos in the shadow of the beautiful Osorno Volcano. Unfortunately, the rain obscured our view of the volcano and washed out the road to the lake. After many phone calls to the tour office our convoy was turned around to retreat towards Puerto Varas and an early lunch.
The lunch spot was the Yan Kee Way Lodge on Lago Llanquihue (nice play on words there) which is owned and operated by an American. On a clear day one has a nice view over the lake with Volcán Osorno looming in the background, but not today. It soon became a running joke with the guide that there really was no volcano, only talk of one! Because we had time to spare, we lingered over lunch then had a leisurely stop to wander around Puerto Varas. Before returning to the ship we visited the local market in Puerto Montt.
Of course, some of the passengers started to gripe about the couple of sighs that we had missed and at dinner many were still talking about it. When we returned to our cabin after dinner, there was a letter from the shore excursions manager informing us that we would receive a 40% refund on the abbreviated tour!! It spoke volumes to us as to what kind of service is provided by Compagnie du Ponant.
|Yan Kee Way Lodge|
|Motorcycle art in the lodge|
|Flora at the lodge|
|Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in Puerto Varas--the outside is covered in sheets of corrugated steel|
|Puerto Montt market|
|Many varieties of potatoes|
|Palafitos in Castro|
|San Francisco Church|
|Even the columns are made of wood!|
|The exterior of the church is painted galvanized iron|
|The wooden church of San Antonio de Padua in Villupulli|
|Iglesia San Carlos de Chonchi|
|interesting window treatment on home in Chonchi|
|Street art in Chonchi|
|Let sleeping dogs lie!|