The skilled Chilote textile workers fed the success of the 1947 German carpet factory, still weaving high-end handmade rugs. They are sold online, but…
- Fábrica de Alfombras
- Barrio El Puerto
In the west of El Plan, Barrio El Puerto (the port neighborhood) has the twin honors of being the oldest part of Valparaíso and the most run-down…
- Museo Histórico y de Armas
Atop Morro de Arica, this museum recounts a key battle that took place on this hillside in 1880 during the War of the Pacific. There'a a collection of…
- Papa Vaka Petroglyphs
About 100m off the coastal road (look for the sign), you'll find a couple of massive basaltic slabs decorated with carvings featuring a tuna, a shark, an…
- Parque Saval
Parque Saval on Isla Teja has a riverside beach and a pleasant trail that follows the shoreline of Laguna de los Lotos, covered with lily pads. It's a…
- Museo Intercultural Trawupeyüm
A sparse but informative museum of Mapuche culture housed in a modern interpretation of a mountain ruka, a traditional circular Mapuche dwelling oriented…
- Centro Cultural Augustín Ross
This three-story cultural center is housed in a gorgeous building that used to be the town's casino. Rotating art exhibits make a welcome break from beach…
- Yelcho Replica
Near the entrance to the military quarters is a replica of the original bow of the ship that rescued Ernest Shackleton’s Antarctic expedition from…
- Museo Histórico
Worth a quick visit, this is a crash course in local history, with archaeological artifacts, a Yaghan canoe, Tehuelche bolas (throwing weapon) and…
- Iglesia del Sagrado Corazón
The imposing and colorful 1915 Iglesia del Sagrado Corazón, overlooking downtown from a promontory, is based on the Marienkirche of the Black Forest,…
- Museo Arqueológico
The small Museo Arqueológico contains some interesting pre-Columbian pottery displayed in dusty exhibit cases. Much of it comes from the Aconcagua Valley.
- Playa Pea
For a little dip, the tiny beach at Playa Pea, on the south side of Caleta Hanga Roa, fits the bill (though it's more of a rocky cove than a sandy oasis).
- Calluqueo Glacier
This glacier descending from the southeast flanks of Monte San Lorenzo has only recently become a tourist attraction. It requires boat access and a guide.
- Shell Holes & Dresden Plaque
Commemorating the battle between the British naval vessels Glasgow, Kent and Orama, and the German cruiser Dresden.
- Museo Histórico Arqueológico Municipal
Mapuche artifacts (including jewelry, musical instruments and rough-hewn wooden masks) are the focus of this small museum behind the tourist office.
- Catedral de Puerto Montt
Built entirely of alerce in 1856, this church, located on the Plaza de Armas, is the town's oldest building and one of its few attractive ones.
- Mercado Puerto
Long defunct (and home to a pack of street cats), El Puerto's beautifully restored food market should be open again by the time you read this.
- Iglesia La Matriz
Classically inspired church, allegedly sacked by Sir Francis Drake in the 16th century. The fourth construction is the one you see today.
- Terraza Bellavista
Near the top of the funicular is the Terraza Bellavista, where there are a few snack stands and extraordinary views across the city.
- Iglesia Catedral
The handsome neoclassical Iglesia Catedral dates from 1844; it also has a sobering museum of religious art.