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Written by Robert Raymond Ingledew on 07 Aug, 2007
WHERE TO GO IN PUERTO MONTTThere are many beautiful places near Puerto Montt that I have the chance to visit, and these are some of them: Osorno, Frutillar, Puerto Varas, Petrohue Falls, Lago de Todos los Santos (All Saints Lake), Calbuco, Estuary of Reloncavi, Río…Read More
WHERE TO GO IN PUERTO MONTTThere are many beautiful places near Puerto Montt that I have the chance to visit, and these are some of them: Osorno, Frutillar, Puerto Varas, Petrohue Falls, Lago de Todos los Santos (All Saints Lake), Calbuco, Estuary of Reloncavi, Río Puelo, and Angelmo.OSORNO: The city of Osorno has a very nice nearby fishing area: Lake Rupanco and the Rahue River. This river has some rapids, and requires a certain degree of experience for navigating down the river. There is a stretch of more than ten miles with no road to get out. You need someone to take your boat up to Lake Rupanco and then wait for you at Río Bueno, where the national highway crosses the river.I did this trip and really enjoyed it. It took some fourteen hours, so you need to start off early in the morning. Trout were not large, they weighed an average of 2 pounds, but I hooked nearly thirty trout that day. It was a beautiful fishing experience. Of course, I had a friend in Osorno who had a fishing boat, so there was no cost involved. So I have no idea what the cost of this experience could be for you.FRUTILLAR: This is a delightful small village. The view of the Llanquihue volcano (probably also the Osorno volcano, I am not sure) is just paradisaical. Add the black volcanic sand beaches, the navy blue color of Lake Llanquihue, the beautiful gardens the surround the small cottages, the impressive combination of flowers of different colors, and you have the picture. Frutillar is the home of the Chilean "camping musical" and also has very nice tearooms.PUERTO VARAS: This is the best salmon fishing area I have ever visited. Corcovado in Esquel may be better, but I cannot compare both places because I have never been in Corcovado. What I can tell you is that the average length of the salmon I have fished in Puerto Varas was 60 centimeters, or 24 inches. On street Estación 234 of Puerto Varas you have two excellent fishing guides: Hermanos Quiroz. I have fished at La Poza and also leaving from the port of Puerto Varas. You do not need to go far away. A 3 hour outing should give you rewarding results. Keep in mind that fishing from the shore gives its best results after the water warms up (January and February) and that when the water is cold fishing is better well away from the shore. The Pescado river has some huge fish BUT ONLY WHEN IT CARRIES ENOUGH WATER, because otherwise it becomes a very small stream.PETROHUE FALLS: There is a regular bus service from Puerto Montt and Puerto Varas to the Petrohue Falls and to the All Saints Lake, where you can take a motorboat tour to navigate this lake (the Chilean portion of the "Navigating the Andes" tour The falls run in the midst of volcanic rocks, there are volcanic sand beaches downstream (be careful, because volcanic sand is far looser than white sand, and you could sink down easily, and the river here runs swiftly). I have seen beautiful huge salmon fished here, the problem will be if your nylon will be strong enough to pull them out of the water…)LAGO DE TODOS LOS SANTOS (All Saints Lake) is beautiful, but I only scratched the surface. I was interested in fishing, and did not have time for the tour.CALBUCO is another nice village, only about 45 minutes away from Puerto Montt on the bus, but not comparable to Frutillar.The ESTUARY OF RELONCAVI is one of the most fascinating places I have visited in Chile, and is on the road to Río Puelo. It is an estuary of the sea between mountains. Here is the link to a satellite map of the area. The road goes winding along the salt water lake or estuary, and below you will see the salmon farms on barges floating in the lake. Once you arrive at RIO PUELO you have enough time to go up the river in a motorboat. The scenery is beautiful, and you can try some fishing. Some years ago, a 36 pound Pacific salmon was fished in this river. There are motorboat tours in the Estuary of Reloncavi, but if you take one of these (expensive) tours you will be unable to continue on the bus to Rio Puelo, since as far as I know the bus runs only once every day, with a stopover of some 2 or 3 hours at Rio Puelo. Have a look at these links: http://www.interpatagonia.com/paseos/el_secreto_de_cochamo/index_i.htmlHere you will find a good description of the area, with a map and a study of the possible environmental impact of a planned dam and hydroelectric project in this area. http://bolsonweb.com.ar/diariobolson/detalle.php?id_noticia=6308. I will add more references in the next days, and will write Experiences on the Island of Chiloe and other areas.ANCUD is the gateway to the beautiful island of Chiloé, in which CASTRO, CHONCHI and QUELLON are the main tourist destinations. The area just beyond Ancud towards Castro, with its colorful fishing boats and homes in the sea resting on wooden posts (palafitos) is really enjoyable.And finally, ANGELMO is a fishermen’s port, with colorful fishing boats, some typical restaurants and nice beaches where you can sunbathe (if weather is warm enough, remember that sea water in the Pacific ocean is far cooler than water on the Atlantic in Argentina, since the sea is far shallower in Argentina).As you may notice, there is a lot to see in Puerto Montt. And Puerto Montt is only some 6 to 8 hours away by bus from Bariloche, Argentina, another destination you will not want to miss. Close