Puerto Montt, Chile

Friday, December 22nd

Puerto Montt, Chile with Emerald Princess in the harbor

Even though the seas were rough, Tim and I slept for twelve hours. We were both exhausted and it was wonderful to just escape into dreamland.

The ship is anchored in the port town of Puerto Montt and tenders are required to go ashore. We grabbed a late breakfast and eventually headed to shore with enough time that allowed us to wander around for about an hour before boarding our bus for our 1:30 tour called “Frutillar and German Settlement Museum”.

We eventually had settled on this last minute booking since rain was in the forecast, we figured that being inside a museum might at least give us some local flavor and history without worrying about the elements.

First stop was in the small town of Puerto Varas, also known as the “City of Roses”. Our guide explained that with the heavy downpour the night before, that many of the roses had been damaged. The little town is situated right on Lake Llanquihue, has a one block square that had been half-heartedly decorated for Christmas. Our 45-minute stopover allowed us time to see a couple views of the lake, walk along the boardwalk, explore the park, and grab a nice pastry and delicious coffee from a corner bakery.

Puerto Varas

We also found some beautiful roses that had survived.

In the “City of Roses”

Back on the bus, we headed toward Frutillar and the museum. Just as we arrived, the heavens opened up and the rain came down in buckets. It was about this time that our guide mentioned that this was an outdoor open air museum…

No one moved off of the bus…

Thankfully after a few uncomfortable minutes, the rain eased up and we slowly disembarked.

The sun even tried to come out.

The outdoor museum consisted of four buildings that contained artifacts from the late 1800’s and the 1900’s of the German settlers who helped colonize this region. There is a mill, the main house, a smaller house that included a blacksmith shop and a round building where farm equipment was displayed.

To get to the main house, a fairly steep hill needs to be climbed. I do not recommend this tour for anyone with mobility challenges. I fact, I don’t think I would recommend it to anyone. Not that it was bad – it just wasn’t good. Our guide was personable, and did provide some solid facts about the area, but the sites themselves were in my opinion not worthy of paying $69.95 per person for the four hours, half of which was spent on a bus.

Kitchen of main house

Main house

Bowling Alley ??? in main house

The gardens were overgrown, but we still enjoyed snapping a few pictures of flowers and perched “Gus” up in an enormous azalea tree for his official Chile portrait. Hopefully we will find something better before the cruise ends.

Gus hidden in a huge azalea bush/tree

Upsy Daisy

Playing with portrait setting on new iPhone

Egg yolk daisy

By the way, the third item listed on the tour description sheet was to see Osorno Volcano. There was a subnote that mentioned it was subject to weather. In our case, it was completely obscured.

The tour returned to the pier about 5:15. There also happened to be a Seaborn ship in port, so the combined lines to get cleared and back on a tender took an hour and a half. By the time we finally got on board, we quickly left our rain gear in the cabin and proceeded to the dining room, it was by then almost 7:00pm – well past our assigned dinner slot. We were asked to go to a different dining room, where we joined a table of 8.

We had a refreshing conversation with a gentleman and his wife who had served as a diplomat in Russia. We still don’t know if or who our assigned table mates are.

The suspense is building…

CHILE FACTS: We found out that the three main products from Chile include copper, fruit and salmon. On our excursion, we traveled on the Trans-America Highway, which runs all the way from the southern end of South America to the northern end of North America ~ Chile to Alaska.

GRATITUDE MOMENT: Today we are grateful that some alternative excursions could be found, that the sun did eventually come out, and that it is still possible to have intelligent, meaningful table conversation. Oh, yeah, we are also thankful that we missed the earthquake that occurred in our departure port of San Antonio. It happened AFTER our ship sailed. It is our understanding that it was only around a 4.5 on the Rictor scale which is small by Chilean standards.

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Hi and welcome! We are Tim and Joanne Joseph and we have just embarked on our latest adventure. We hope you will join us!
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17 Responses to Puerto Montt, Chile

  1. Leah says:

    Never having cruised, I’m enjoying this virtual introduction.

    I truly appreciate reading an honest account of the good and bad. Not that I relish in your less than wonderful tour, or the weather being uncooperative! LOL


  2. joylennick says:

    Some tours certainly eat up the dollars, eh!! A mixed-bag it seems. Here’s to better and cheaper tours and times. Onwards and upwards. Wishing you a healthy, happy and better New Year.


  3. Wonderful photos and so interesting! Enjoy!


  4. Terry says:

    Man go down south and the earthquakes are following you. You will make the best of this and it will bring back good memories and some fun stories to tell after it is done.


  5. For the most part, I prefer skipping the tours and just heading out on my own unless there are places I want to see that are too far away or expensive to get to in the time allotted. I do admit that that good guides can make a significant difference. Glad to see that Gus is along enjoying the experience. Some great flower shots. –Curt


    • Curt, we too like doing things on our own, but when in a city for the first time, especially with only a few hours in port, we try to maximize out time. A good guide can often be the key ingredient in getting around to the highlights in time. Sadly though that also equates to quick looks, flyby stops, and rarely enough time to really soak up the place. Ideally, we can use these quickie tours for an overview and can in some cases return on our own to see more in depth.


  6. Widdershins says:

    So, this whole trip is getting better, right? 🙂


  7. joliesattic says:

    The flowers are beautiful and the homes reminiscent of some I remember in the south, like the inside of grandpas old log cabin.

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  8. Amy Pantone says:

    I must admit I have never been in a cruise or had the desire to go on one. After reading about some of the problems you have run into it makes me happy with that decision. I’m sure cruises have their high points but for me personally I would not like how so much is scheduled. We love to come and go as we please so I’m not sure it’s something we would enjoy. But I an enjoying reading about your experiences. Here’s to hoping the remainder of your trip escapes additional problems.


    • Amy, the plus side of cruising is that you can be as active or relaxed as you want. If you like to tour the highlights, or historical sites, you can. But if you prefer sitting by the pool, or shopping or just reading and relaxing, that is fine as well. You can usually tailor your day to be whatever makes you happy.


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