We left the market behind to reach Chinquihue, a little village of fishermen that live in colorful palafitos (stilt houses) over the surface as a protection against high tides. This is a picturesque housing area which also offers a variety of dishes.
Later, we decided to head eastwards from Puerto Montt for visiting one of the most popular beach resorts known as Punta Pelluco, where hotels and restaurants abound. Here tourists can taste salmons, shellfish and popular curantos de hoyo, traditional dishes from the southern Chile where ingredients are cooked inside a hole in the ground filled with hot rocks and native leaves.
Finally, we were astounded by a 31,800-year-old petrified Patagonian cypress trees that come out of the surface once the tide is low.
The waterfront promenade features several monuments: a brass sculpture depicting a family of German immigrants and a local in honor to the union of cultures in the 1852, the first locomotive, dating from 1906, and a wooden boat which served as a commuter boat for a long time.
To reinforce our archaeological and anthropological background of the area, we visited the John Paul II Municipal Museum, which houses a comprehensive collection of material related to religious themes, typical legends and some weapons. Photographs and written papers give evidence of valuable data of all times.
We were touched by the simplicity of the first Jesuit church, built in 1872. Behind the building stands a bell tower dating from 1894. Near Plaza de Armas we found the cultural center Diego Rivera, which offers important musical events, plays and exhibitions all the year round.
These are the most important spots we visited in Puerto Montt so far, but certainly there are many more activities, nooks and roads that show the spirit of this city.
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Bear in mind the security conditions in the area. Some precautions should be taken during the night. It is recommended to avoid leaving valuable belongings inside a parked car and hanging around alone. In case of touring the harbor area, avoid driving your own car and rent one.