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Day 19 - Puerto Montt

semi-overcast 18 °C

Puerto Montt is known as the gateway to the Andes mountains and the Patagonian fjords.

We walked along the seafront towards the central square and picked up a map from the tourist information centre. As usual the main square has a Cathedral (built from redwood in 1856 - but nowhere near as showy inside as the other ports we've visited). Near the square was a statue to welcome the first German settlers.

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We continued along the seafront, enjoying the views and wildlife. As we moved away from the town, the houses were a bit more colourful.

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After a while we turned back and walked up to the viewpoint.

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On the way back down, we passed a large supermarket (Jumbo) and stopped for empanadas (Merken Carne and Pollo Pino) - we knew meat and chicken but had to take a risk with the other two words as we thought pino meant pine tree and that didn't make much sense. It turned out that merken is a smoked chili pepper (so fine for Rob) and pino translates to pine (or spruce) as we'd thought but that refers to the empanada filling (a mix of onions, raisins, black olives and a hard-boiled egg). It sounds quite an odd mix but they were very tasty.

We walked back past where the boat was docked to visit the Angelmo bay and the handicraft market. The stalls were full of knitted products claiming to be llama wool and the usual tourist souvenirs. As we walked along the seafront, I just happened to look over the railings and see 3 sea-lions playing in the shallow water.

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As the last tender was 4:30, we had to get back to the ship.
Rob decided to join the circuits class on the boat, but after 25,000 steps walking around the town I decided to put my feet up.

Posted by JenBuckley 14:29 Archived in Chile

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