Most travellers will tell you Puerto Montt is best used as a transit hub and little else. However, consider staying at Camping Las Bandurrias should you find yourself caught short and need a place to stay. Located a short 20 minute drive out of Puerto Montt in the town of La Chamiza.
The few well appointed sites have shelter, running water table and chairs and a fireplace. The showers are hot and there is a large entertaining area where Chilean families often gather.
Facilities were quite good and the small family run campsite gave it a homely feel. Being slightly away from Puerto Montt it felt extremely safe. The Chamiza river running behind the campground added a very mesmerising backdrop to pleasant stay in a part of Chile many never stay to see.
One male stand-up toilet was not connected to the plumbing when we were there, so check the plumbing before going!
As mentioned the fast-flowing river (even faster after recent rainfall) gave the campsite a very serene and peaceful feel.
Camping Las Bandurrias Ratings:
- Overall: 3 stars
- Ambience: 3 stars
- Facilities: 3 stars
- 6,000 CLP per person
- Electricity: Yes
- WiFi: No
- Hot Showers: Yes
- Lighting: Yes
- BBQ: Yes
- Shade/Shelter: Yes