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Costanera Walking Tour - City Walk Puerto Montt - Chile

From the bus terminal, a broad malecón hugs the sound’s coast. Westward, it ends at the dock for Isla Tenglo boats. Walking East, the promenade passes many places of interest, before arriving to downtown Puerto Montt.

 

Next to the bus terminal is an ochre-colored building trimmed in brick. This is the ex-Mercado de la Rampa, now the Museo Histórico Juan Pablo II and public library which hosts literary readings, concerts, movies and other cultural events.On its grounds are several old steam locomotives, including El Quepo, the first to arrive to the city in 1906. In front of the new Galería de Arte Independiente, Don Quixote rides Rocinante, confronting a giant metal spider straight out of “Wild Wild West.” This railroad-shack-cum-gallery exhibits sculptures and other art by young local creators.

 

A wall begins zigzagging along the sea. On the beach below, birds feed. Five busts of men instrumental in Chilean and Portomontino history grace tall pedestals. To the south, across the steel-blue waters, snowy mountains rise from the ragged Patagonia coast. To the east looms Volcán Calbuco. At Calle Talcahuano is a circle of blue slabs that are canvasses for graffiti artists. Next to it is a skateboard park.

 

On the scattered green spaces of the malecón, couples and others rest beneath trees. This grassy expanse is studded with glass huts, below which is a parking lot. Between Calles Pedro Montt and Gallardo, a titanic couple embraces, watching the ocean. This statue, a photo op favorite, is called “Sentados Frente al Mar.” From here the park is more manicured. On the other side of Avenida Diego Portales is the Bavarian-chalet-styled Hotel Vicente Rosales, with balconies carved by Nicasio García. At the end of Calle San Martín is a

modern covered pier with many benches. Up San Martín is Puerto Montt’s Plaza de Armas, also called Plaza Buenaventura Martínez. This was the first public Squire in Chile to have Gardens. Benches in its center have mosaics of native fauna and flora. On the west side is a bust of the park’s namesake. The Catedral is on the north edge.

 

Between the costanera park and the Plaza de Armas is a two-block-long green space. A ground-level

fountain is the favorite place for children (and grown-ups) to cool off on hot summer days. Eastward is a bronze statue, Monumento a los Colonos Alemanes, commemorating the arrival of Germans who founded Puerto Montt. Pichi Juan, accompanied by his dog, points the way to a colonist family.

 

Across the street is Casa del Arte Diego Rivera, Puerto Montt’s art museum and cultural center. It was constructed by the Mexican government in solidarity with the Chilean people after the devastating 1960 earthquake. Opposite Illapel is Puerto Montt’s newest mega-shopping center, Mall Costanera, where you can grab a bite to eat and go on a shopping frenzy.

Location:
Puerto Montt, Chile

City Walk Types:
Downtown

Travel Tips: Biblioteca Regional also has computers for public use (Portales 997, Tel.: 25-5488); GalerĂ­a de Arte

Independiente (daily 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Entry: by donation); the Casa del Arte Diego Rivera is presently under renovation (Quillota 126, Tel.: 26-1817).

 

If you want to continue strolling, exploring the city, make a circuit down Antonio Varas to San Felipe, up to Urmeneta, back towards the cathedral and station. Several late 19th to early-20th century historic homes are along here.

Price Description: Free.

Relative price: Budget

Open Hours from:Dawn

Open Hours to:Dusk

Travel Skills: beginner/easy.

Take a walking tour out to the market at AngelmĂł. Visit the Museo de Monte Verde. Make a day trip to Puerto Varas and other villages around Lago Llanquihue, or to villages along the Pacific coast East of Puerto Montt or South along the coast of Seno de RelonavĂ­. Hike in Parque Nacional Vicente PĂ©rez Rosales or Parque Nacional Alerce Andino.

Currencies accepted
Chilean Peso










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