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Puerto Montt Services

The most convenient place to get information is at the municipal tourism office on the southwest corner of the Plaza de Armas (Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-2 p.m.; in summer daily 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Varas 415, Tel: 22-3027, Fax: 26-1808, E-mail: puertomontt.turismo@gmail.com / turismomontt@puertomonttchile.cl, URL: www.puertomonttchile.cl).

Sernatur, the regional tourism office, is an uphill hike from downtown (Monday-Thursday 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Friday 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Avenida X° Región 480, edificio anexo, second floor, Tel.: 25-4580, E-mail: infoloslagos@sernatur.cl, URL: www.sernatur.cl).

 

Other important offices are:

AutomĂłvil Club de Chile (Esmeralda 70, Tel.: 25-4776 / 35-0393)

Carabineros (Gallardo 519, Emergency Tel.: 133)

Conaf (Monday-Thursday 9 a.m.-1 p.m., 2-5:45 p.m., Friday 9 a.m.-1 p.m., 2-4:45 p.m. OchagavĂ­a 464, Tel.: 48-6102, URL: www.conaf.cl)

 

Consulates in Puerto Montt are:

Argentina (Pedro Montt 160, piso 6, Tel.: 25-3996)

Germany (Varas 523, office 306, Tel.: 25-2828)

Italy (Rengifo 916, Tel.: 25-2961)

Poland (O’Higgins 601, dpto. 705, Tel.: 25-3157)

UK (Dione 1030, Lomas de ReloncavĂ­, Tel.: 28-2676)

Uruguay (Madre Paulina 337, Tel.: 25-2153)

 

Puerto Montt’s banks have the usual hours (Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-2 p.m.). ATMs accept MasterCard, Cirrus, Visa and Plus cards, except where noted:

Banco Chile (Urmeneta 464)

Banco del Estado (Urmeneta 444) — ATM: only MasterCard, Cirrus; exchanges U.S. dollars and euros

BBVA (O’Higgins 156)

BCI (Varas 560)

Santander (Varas 501) — ATM: also American Express

Scotiabank (Urmeneta 500) — exchanges U.S. dollars and euros

Exchange bureaus, or casa de cambio, are also located in the center of town. None are open on Sunday.

Afex (Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Avenida Portales 516) — all currencies, American Express travelers checks; MoneyGram agent. Also office at airport

Cambios Boudon (Monday-Saturday 9 a.m.-7p.m. Gallardo 065) — U.S., Australian and Canadian dollars, euros, pound sterling and other currencies; American Express, Citicorp, Thomas Cook and Visa travelers checks.

Inter Giro Express (Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-7:30 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Talca 84, local 7, Mall Paseo Costanera local 107, Tel.: 34-3683 and 51-13909, e-mail puertomontt@interservice.cl, URL: www.crossco.cl9) — U.S. dollars, euros, Argentine pesos, Brazilian real, American Express travelers checks.

Chilexpress is the Western Union agent (Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Varas 180)

 

To post a card before dropping off the face of the earth, stop by Correos Chile (Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Rancagua 126).

When it comes to telecommunications, you’ll feel like you’re beginning to reach the end of the world. Internet averages $1.20-1.40 per hour. Skype is common; several cafés are open on Sunday. Likewise, telephone calls are uniformly expensive, with international service from $0.40 per minute. For both Internet and phone, hunt along Varas. Ciber Fono Market is a cheapie near the bus terminal, charging $0.80 per hour, but it has poor headsets for Skype (Monday-Saturday 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Sunday noon-7 p.m. Varas 953).

 

Hospital Base de Puerto Montt is the city’s main health facility (Semanario s/n, Tel.: 26-1100). Several pharmacies are on Varas, between Chillán and the Plaza de Armas. They use the de turno system, meaning one of them is assigned to be open overnight.

 

To get the duds clean, try Arco Iris, though at $10 a load, it’s another sign you’re reaching the end of the “civilized” world (San Martín 232).










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