The city of Puerto Montt is the
gateway to the southern part of Patagonia and the stepping
off point to the Chilean Lake District and the ‘Emerald
Island’ of Chiloe. It is a seaport for commerce and
fishing boats. It is both busy and colorful and the
restaurants have great seafood! From here one can set off
in all directions for a variety of activities.
To the east
and north is the scenic Lake District. Along the spine of
the cordillera are snowcapped volcanoes that form the
border with Argentina, the Volcano Osorno being the most
predominant. There are numerous lakes dotted with
destination resorts and it is a favorite international
vacation area due to its postcard beauty.
immigrants settled the Lake District in the late 1800’s
and the towns reflect their influence in the architecture of their buildings. Towns
are tidy, have good restaurants and the gardens are full
of roses. To get into the backcountry is only a hop and
daily trips for hiking, fly fishing (see Petrohue River and
surrounding waters) and birding are easy to undertake with
a return to comfortable accommodations come evening. There
are lovely lodges and good services for any outdoor
activity that one might desire!
To the west and south of Puerto
Montt is the island of Chiloe. It is like another world
from Chile as it is physically separated from it by the
Gulf of Corcovado. The culture on Chiloe developed for
over 400 years isolated from the influence of the
mainland. It is fascinating and allows the visitor to step
back in time to a simpler way of life.
The Humbolt Current, rich in
marine life, flows along its western coast. The island is
abundant in bird life and has its own unique ecosystem.
Day trips can be arranged on the island for hiking and
exploring and the birding is worth the visit!
South of Puerto Montt are the impenetrable forests of
Patagonia. Here, unlike the rest of Chile, the Andes fall
directly to the sea. It is a wild land full of great trout
streams. The only road is that of the Carretera Austral
(and even that is limited in length), but charter flights
and boats allow the visitor access to this zone of beauty.
As one moves towards the east and the border of Argentina
the great river system of the Futaleufu is found which has
a multitude of fishing possibilities. The trout
fishing is good in these parts and we represent
several great outfits. Contact Guided Connections and let us use our hard
earned knowledge and experience to help arrange your next
fly fishing adventure to the incredible, unspoiled country
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exclusive we have chosen not to list all of our destinations.
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