Puerto Montt, Chile
The snow-capped Osorno volcano stands sentry at the gateway to Chile's Lake District, casting its gaze across the emerald waters of Lago Todos los Santos. Unspoiled scenery paired with architectural details inherited from early German settlers lends this popular Chilean resort an Alpine sensibility. Nearby national parks boast ancient alerce trees, cascading waterfalls, and meandering fjords. Just down the road sits sleepy Angelmo, a picturesque fishing cove known for its stilt houses and seafood and handicraft markets. Seek and ye shall find everything from fresh king crab legs to knobby hand-knit sweaters to the rare lapis lazuli, a semi-precious stone.