City of Valdivia
It can always be raining!
PLEASE NOTE: It is a very rainy spring in Valdivia this year, and everything is green and in bloom. Be sure to bring waterproof clothes and shoes, so that you may be comfortable walking in our town and on the field trips.
Rivers and turrets feature prominently in the impressive landscape of Valdivia. It’s the oldest city at these southerly latitudes anywhere in the world, and enjoys a delightfully verdant setting of meadows and woodlands.
Fill your lungs with pure, clean air as you sail down Valdivia’s main river, the Calle-Calle. Enjoy fine seafood at the riverside market and have fun watching sea lions on the promenade.
Experience a festival of flavors as you sample craft beers, wild boar, delicious steak tartare and handmade chocolates. Immerse yourself in the past as you explore the castles and stone fortresses of the Corral peninsula, with its eye-catching landscapes, fascinating history and a rich cultural heritage. Ramble through stunning millennial coastal forests of larch and olivillo.
Visit its attractive beaches and traditional fishing coves, and discover the many activities, which can be enjoyed all year round. Set off along the Ocean Highway to charming spots like the fishing coves of Amargos, San Carlos, Los Liles and Huape.
Museums of the City
During your stay in Valdivia you will have the opportunity to visit four important museums of tourist interest: the Rudolph Amandus Philippi Exploration Museum, the Mauricio Van de Maele Historical and Anthropological Museum, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, all of which are administered by the Universidad Austral de Chile. You can also visit the O’Brien Submarine Naval Museum.
Life Around the River
Towards the downtown three emblematic rivers converge: Calle Calle, Cruces and Valdivia river, and the main point is at the Schuster dock where dozens of tourist boats set sail; so it is convenient to discover Vadivia from the water. There are many options: you can go to the Cruces River, in a navigation that includes visits to sites such as the Carlos Anwandter Nature Sanctuary – whose wetland became the first Ramsar site for bird watching in Chile in 1981 – and the hamlet of Punucapa, a huilliche village that lives from rural tourism, flowers and celebrations in honor of the Virgen de la Candelaria.
Pure waters, millenary forests, navigable rivers, lakes, glaciers and wild landscapes from mountains to the ocean. All this is in the network of parks and nature reserves in the region of Los Rios. Within a radius of only two hours from Valdivia, the regional capital, you can visit centuries-old coastal olive, raulí, oak, alerce or thousand-year-old araucarias forests. Always accompanied by a wonderful universe of undergrowth and microflora with lichens and mosses that green with each rain. Discover information about an infinite number of protected areas, including the Alerce Costero National Park, the Valdivian Coastal Reserve, Oncol Park, Punta Curiñanco Reserve, Mocho Choshuenco Reserve, Huilo Huilo Biological Reserve and the Villarrica National Park (access by Coñaripe).
Cuisine in Valdivia
Valdivia offers a rich and varied cuisine, which is influenced by different cultures such as the Mapuche-Huilliche, native people from the south of Chile, the Spanish and German. That is why we must highlight products such as mazapan, chocolates, beer and sausages, Spanish and German heritage. Typical dishes of this area are the roast in a stick, pork chops smoked Kassler, the rolled pork loin, the “leberwurst” meatloaf baked with roast potatoes, sauerkraut and applesauce, the pullmay or the famous “Valdiviano”. Among the typical Valdivia drinks are the Kunstmann beer of renowned fame and rich liquors.