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Puerto Montt is a port city at the southern end of the Lake District in Chile. Settled originally by German families in the late 1800, Puerto Montt and the lake district offer an unexpected Bavarian feel in South America.
The southern most train station in Chile, Puerto Montt has train service to and from Santiago via Victoria. The train between Puerto Montt and Victoria costs $ 4.500. The train from Victoria to Puerto Montt departs Victoria at 11:30am, and arrives in Puerto Montt at 7:15pm. The train from Puerto Montt to Victoria leaves at 8:40am and arrives at 4:25pm. .
Puerto Montt is the end of the Panamericana Highway.
Puerto Montt's main terminal is at the waterfront, a 10- to 15-minute walk from downtown. There is bus service to and from most major cities, including Santiago. Bus companies include Cruz del Sur (tel. 65/254731), Tur Bus (tel. 65/253329), Tas Choapa (tel. 65/254828), and Bus Norte (tel. 65/252783).
A car can be a good way to see parks and sights in the lake district. Local car-rental agencies in Puerto Montt include:
The city center is small enough to explore on foot.
|Casa Perla||Trigal 312||Guesthouse||86|
|Hospedaje Corina||Francisco Vivar 1157 Los Guindos 329||Guesthouse||81|
|Hospedaje Modelo||Malaquias Concha 866 Población Modelo||Guesthouse||-|
|Hostel Tren del Sur||San Pablo 670 Puerto Montt Sta.Teresa 643 Puerto Montt||Guesthouse||84|
|Hostal Millantú||Illapel #146||Guesthouse||79|
|Hotel Seminario||Seminario 490||Hotel||84|
|Hospedaje Vista al Mar||Francisco Vivar, 1337, Puerto Montt||Guesthouse||90|
|Apart Hotel Lagos al Sur||Covarrubias esq. Psje San Andres||HOTEL||-|
|Parque Domo Andino||Colonia Sargazo, edge Parque Nacional Alerce Andino||Guesthouse||-|
|Hostal Chorrillos||Chorrillos 1379||Guesthouse||-|
|Hostal Lagunitas||Calle Quellón N°9||HOTEL||-|
|Hostal y Residencial Benavente||Manuel Roduiguez 214||HOTEL||86|
|Rocco Casa||Pudeto 233 pur||Guesthouse||88|
|Hostal Peumayen||1558 Pudeto, Buenos Aires||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Hostal & Aparthotel Croacia||Ecuador 1142||HOTEL||-|
|Atma Bosque||Carretera Austral Km 18||HOSTEL||-|
There are cybercafes in every major and midsize city and at all tourist destinations. Some libraries are in a program called Biblioredes, with free computers and Internet. Wifi is getting more and more common. They're usually in metro stations, airports, malls, cafes, public buildings and several public spaces. Check for the ones that say gratis - for free. McDonald's and Starbucks are chains which almost always have free wifi.
See also International Telephone Calls
The country calling code to Chile is: 56. To make an international call from Chile, the code is: 00. Emergency phone numbers include 131 (Ambulance), 132 (Fire) and 133 (Police).
Public phones located on streets are very likely to be tampered or vandalized, so it's better to use a phone located inside a commerce or a station. Prepaid cards for mobile phones and public phones are sold at most newspaper kiosks, supermarkets, gas stations, pharmacies and phone dealers. Mobile GSM networks are ubiquitous in all major cities and most of the territory of central and southern Chile. A basic prepaid cellular phone usually costs about 15,000 pesos, most frequently charged with 10,000 pesos worth of prepaid minutes. No ID is required to buy a prepaid phone. GSM SIM cards from ENTEL, Movistar or Claro are usually available for 5,000 pesos, but without credit, so you'll need to buy some prepaid minutes to be able to call. Money can be charged into a cellphone from some pharmacies (Ahumada, Cruz Verde and Salco Brand) on the counter and in cash, or by using a credit card through an automated service operator, with directions in Spanish or English.
Correos de Chile is the national postal service, and although relatively slow it is reliable with post offices throughout the country. On the website you can find more information about prices to send letters, postcards and parcels, both domestically as well as internationally. Post offices are generally open Monday to Friday from 9:00am to 6:00pm and Saturday until 2:00pm, although there are sometimes longer opening hours in the bigger central post offices and shorter ones in small places. Ask around. If you want to send packages internationally, you might consider companies like DHL, TNT or UPS, which are fast, reliable and usually competitively priced as well.
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