Travel to Chile
Day 12 Puerto Montt - Coyhaique (58 Km.)
Puerto Montt: In the morning we visited the city. Many of its houses are of northern European style, with unpainted shingles, high ceilings and ornate balconies. The great Cathedral of the Plaza Mayor, built in 1956 with larch wood, is the oldest building in the city and one of the most important witnesses of old times. Across the square is a monument to the German Colonization, a bronze sculpture that depicts a family of German immigrants and a villager.
Puerto Montt view
At noon we took a plane from Puerto Montt to Balmaceda (over the Andes mountain range along the whole journey), in the middle of Patagonia, for two days of trips to Laguna San Rafael and Lake Elizalde.
Polux river waterfall
(in 58 Km.) Coyhaique: It is the capital of the region founded in 1929 and is one of the largest cities in the south of Puerto Montt. Is primarily a military and government center and an excellent base for excursions in the surrounding areas. In this city highligths the monument to the shepherd (the dog and sheep against the wind), the Piedra del Indio (rock wall, whose profile seems to be the face of an Indian) and the Plaza de Armas where the craft fair in which sell wood, leather, wool and mollusc shells. This square is also notable for having pentagonal form and entering ten radial streets.
Coyhaique - Monument to the Shepherd