Chile's Puerto Montt and the German Lake Villages
Puerto Montt, Chile
- Sightseeing drive: Admire the colorful shingled homes and 19th-century wooden cathedral of Puerto Montt, volcanic peaks from lakeside Puerto Varas, and the traditional German architecture of Frutillar.
- Angelmo Wharf Market: This picturesque fishing port is crammed with stalls selling fresh-caught seafood and Chilean handicrafts, with great places to stop for a snack.
- German Colonial Museum: Explore the original lakeside homes, gardens, workshops, and water mill built by German immigrants who first arrived in 1856.
About This Puerto Montt Tour
You'd think Chile's second-largest lake would be hard to miss, but Llanquihue translates to "hidden place" in the native Mapuche language. Discovered by a Spanish conquistadors in 1552, attempts to colonize the area were abandoned after a Mapuche rebellion – and Lago Llanquihue vanished from history for three centuries.
Rediscovered by German explorer Bernardo Philippi in 1842, a second attempt at colonization began, this time with the blessing of Chilean president Manuel Montt. German families were granted huge tracts of land, and built towns by the lake that resembled their native Deutschland. The once-hidden lake is now a mecca for hikers, climbers, kayakers, and skiers, but the German influence remains in everything from the gingerbread-style cottages and alpine trees to the smells of fresh-baked apple strudel wafting out of bakeries and cafes.
The tiny village the first German settlers built today remains immortalized at the Colonial museum, a replica of the 19th-century estancias German immigrants built when they first settled in Frutillar. The wooden house and old mill serve as an homage to German culture and heritage in a deeply South American town that, even to modern-day visitors from Germany, feels strangely like home.
Angel of the market
The Mapuche Indians had a hard time acclimating to domination by the Chilean government and German settlers in the late 19th century, and the market at the Angelmo Bay wharf is a lasting example. The benevolent Dr. Angel Montt was renowned for his compassion and care, but none of his tribal patients could pronounce his name. They called him "Angelmo," and the name stuck.
Your guide will meet you on your ship's pier. Please look for our GoBe Representative with the displayed logo sign.
Air-conditioned transportation cannot be guaranteed in this destination. Please bring some cash for any purchases you might like to make.
This tour requires a moderate amount of walking over paved and uneven ground. It is not wheelchair accessible.
Cultural, Family Friendly, Walking Tour, Scenic, Bus Tour
Beverage - Water
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated moderate. Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain and/or water activity in a slight current. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.
Suitable for all ages.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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