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I,ll be in Puerto Montt on Feb 3 for 8 hours.
I'm hesitating between:
- osorno volcano and petrohue falls
-puerto varas, frutillar and a view of osorno and lake lianquihue
-petrohue falls and the lake district
- save some time to visit the city
I'm interested with the volcano, but considering that if I choose this tour I won't have time to do anything else, is it a good choice?
if instead I choose to go to Chiloe, would it be feasible to do it in the time frame available?
Chiloe is unique with its colourful wooden churches and stilt houses, and is a great day trip from Puerto Montt - but I would not risk it if I had to be back in time on a cruise ship. To Castro (the colourful little capital) it is about 150 km by bus, ferry and bus again (3 hours one way), so transportation takes up your whole time. I think we came back to Puerto Montt late at night...
The other trip to the volcano Osorno and Puerto Varas etc. is more feasible. We travelled in this region by public bus from Puerto Montt. Depending on how fast you get around, you can always take the next bus back to Puerto Montt. Puerto Varas, for example, is only 30 minutes by bus. We once visited all those places you listed in a day - again I do not remember when we came back to Puerto Montt - but you will be able to visit some places. From Lago Todos los Santos you can walk to the Petrohue Falls, views of volcano and Lago Llanique from Puerto Varas (and many other places).
Puerto Montt itself does not have a lot of attractions but the port of Angelmó (walking distance) is lovely. Do not miss to eat Curanto at the simple market restaurants - this is a veeery heavy and exciting local dish, things combined you would never combine when cooking yourself LOL
do you think you can wait to see how the weather is? if it is overcast and socked in, you won't be able to see the volcano from far away, i.e. the other side of the lake llanquihue. you might be able to see it up closer. i bet that if you are on this cruise you don't have to decide right away.
puerto varas as a town isn't entirely that interesting, but it's kind of unique.
do they have an excursion to the hot springs?