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article imageFrom earliest human settlement in the Americas to modern city Special

By Igor I. Solar     Aug 22, 2014 in Travel
Puerto Montt - Puerto Montt is a port city in southern Chile that thrives on salmon farming, trade and tourism. It is a port of call for international cruise ships and departure of vessels to Chiloé Island and the Patagonian Fjords in the far south of the continent.
The southern Chilean city of Puerto Montt faces the calm waters of Reloncaví Sound. It is inhabited by friendly and enterprising people who endure a cold and rainy climate, but endeavor to live in harmony with an imposingly beautiful environment.
The port is home to about 220,000 people and is the capital of “Region de los Lagos” (Spanish for Region of The Lakes). Historically, it has been home of seafarers and fishermen living among towering snow-capped volcanoes covered by ancient forests of millenarian gigantic larch trees, among the oldest trees in the world. Puerto Montt holds a precious heritage which is reflected in the identity of its people, their customs, and their relationship with the land and the sea.
The originall name of Puerto Montt was  Melipulli  which means “Four Hills”  in the Mapuche lang...
The originall name of Puerto Montt was "Melipulli" which means “Four Hills” in the Mapuche language. The site is surrounded by volcanoes and it was covered by a thick forest. This picture shows modern buildings on the hills of P. Montt
The Cathedral of Puerto Montt is totally built of larch wood. The tower is covered with copper sheet...
The Cathedral of Puerto Montt is totally built of larch wood. The tower is covered with copper sheets.
Based on evidence found in the archaeological site of Monte Verde, located just 23 kilometres from the city center, the area has been occupied by man since nearly 15,000 years, which makes this place the earliest human settlement in the Americas. In more recent times, during the Spanish conquest, the site was known by the natives as Melipulli (meaning “Four Hills” in Mapuche language) and it was covered by a thick forest. The city proper was founded in 1853 by Vicente Pérez Rosales, a politician, traveller, miner and diplomat that organized the colonization of the region by German and Chilean settlers.
Statue of Vicente Perez Rosales  the founder of the city of Puerto Montt. Perez Rosales promoted the...
Statue of Vicente Perez Rosales, the founder of the city of Puerto Montt. Perez Rosales promoted the colonization of The Lakes Region in the mid-19th Century through the immigration of German settlers.
Monument to the German settlers near the P. Montt waterfront. It shows an immigrant German family re...
Monument to the German settlers near the P. Montt waterfront. It shows an immigrant German family receiving directions from a local inhabitant.
Today, the city has grown and shows the progress of many years of achievement of German entrepreneurs working in conjunction with the striving native population. Puerto Montt has developed as the main business center of southern Chile. The range of services offered by the city is geared to tourism, fisheries and aquaculture, transport and telecommunications, agriculture and livestock.
Many handicraft shops in Puerto Montt sell wicker baskets  wool garments and colourful yarns made by...
Many handicraft shops in Puerto Montt sell wicker baskets, wool garments and colourful yarns made by the people from the islands.
 Angelmó  Fish Market in Puerto Montt. The city is well known for its ample offer of fish and shell...
"Angelmó" Fish Market in Puerto Montt. The city is well known for its ample offer of fish and shellfish.
The region of Puerto Montt is one of the world's leading centers for the farming and harvesting of marine products. Here are located the headquarters of most of the major salmon farming companies. The neighboring islands of the archipelago of Chiloé boast an active production and harvesting of marine algae and bivalve shellfish including mussels, clams and oysters.
The city has a dynamic cultural life. For many years it has been considered a city of poets and painters. Among the cultural facilities, there are four universities, the House of Art Diego Rivera, The John Paul II Municipal Museum and the Monte Verde Stone Museum. The city offers modern tourist infrastructure and services, including ample retail commerce, restaurants and hotels offering high quality standards for tourism and the arrangement of conferences and conventions.
A view  of   El Tepual   Puerto Montt s International Airport. El Tepual is Chile s fourth busiest a...
A view of "El Tepual", Puerto Montt's International Airport. El Tepual is Chile's fourth busiest airport. Notice the forests and volcanoes in the background.
The volcanoes Puntiagudo (2 493 m) and Osorno (2 652 m) are part of the Andes Mountains. These snow-...
The volcanoes Puntiagudo (2,493 m) and Osorno (2,652 m) are part of the Andes Mountains. These snow-capped strato-volcanoes are near and next to Llanquihue Lake, located right behind the city of Puerto Montt.
Puerto Montt is located about 1,000 kilometres south of Santiago de Chile. Air travel to P. Montt's "El Tepual" Airport from Santiago de Chile takes about two hours.
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