When we approached Puerto Montt on February 22nd it started raining. Supposedly it rains there most of the times and the climate supposedly is similar to the Pacific Northwest. Puerto Montt is the hub of the largest salmon aquaculture industry in the world, closely followed by Norway. There is no pier therefore the cruise ship used tenders which made it a drawn out procedure to get ashore. Inside the port building is a Wi-Fi hotspot. There is also a McDonalds in town and there are several Internet places. When you turn left coming out of the port you get to an art and crafts and a fish market and some restaurants. Turn to the right and you get to the city center which is about a mile to walk. Local busses run frequently and the fare is cheap. There are also taxis waiting to take you on sight-seeing tours. Their prices are negotiable.
The city was founded by Germans in 1852. We started our city tour with a visit of the German club where we had half a liter of ‘Kunstmann’ beer from the tap. There are no significant old buildings and many shops in the city were closed. That may be caused by a big shopping mall in the center. Close to the church in the town center is sculpture of German immigrants. There is another sculpture on the sea promenade. Walking back to the port we found more crafts stalls but all in all we didn’t find the city very impressive.