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Valdivia, one of the oldest cities in the southern hemisphere, stands at the confluence of three large rivers. It was founded by the Spanish as a fort in 1552, invaded by Dutch corsairs and later colonized by German immigrants.

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It also endured the earthquake and tsunami of 1960, the most devastating ever recorded on the planet. Today, the city is yours to enjoy as you stroll around, taste local dishes and take in city life, especially at night.

It rains here year-round, but when the sun comes out, take a boat ride along the Calle Calle River or visit the riverside market, where you can find fresh seafood each morning and enjoy the playful antics of sea lions beside Prat Shoreline Avenue. If you are looking for good food, sample the local beer, wild boar, steak tartar and handmade chocolates.

If history interests you, Valdivia has several museums on Isla Teja. The former house of Carlos Anwanter beside the Calle Calle River is home to the Van de Maele History Museum, which has exhibits on the area’s indigenous peoples and the colonization process.

The Museo de Arte Contemporáneo (MAC) is a modern construction that stands on the ruins of the Anwanter Brewery. It will amaze you with its excellent programs and riverside setting. This is a beautiful place to watch the sun set.

Huilo Huilo

This reserve is famous for its exuberant waterfalls of over 50 meters in height and its rainforest, home to a large variety of flora and fauna, unique around the world. Discover the more than 250 km of paths that surround lakes, rivers and virgin beaches.
Rest and relax looking out at the green landscape or enjoy one of the many activities such as cable rides, trekking, horseback riding, water sports and sport fishing. And, if you are coming to Chile in the winter, you can also enjoy the fun activities in the ice and the snow.

Valdivia Riverside Market

Here, in Valdivia’s main market, you can find different types of seafood brought directly by the boats, which come down the river with fresh goods.
In the Riverside Market you’ll also find arts and crafts, restaurants and all kinds of local products that make it unique and are the reason it was named a Chilean National Monument.

The Coast road of Calle Calle river

The most important river of Valdivia maintains to its side a promenade to walk and to admire the boats sailing.

German neighborhood

Along with navigating the rivers, it is one of the two best ways to enter the soul of Valdivia. Walking along General Lagos Street you can see the great houses of German inspiration that remained of the era of industrial and commercial prosperity of the late Nineteenth and early twentieth century.

Valdivia as a City

Valdivia City is located at the confluence of three large rivers. At the Calle Calle River we have the oldest southern City in the world.
Valdivia was founded by the Spaniards as a fortress in 1552, invaded by Dutch corsairs and inhabited by German settlers.
This city is excellent to walk, appreciate and enjoy it, with its university culture, cultural and gastronomic heritage, mainly between German steak tartare and local and bohemian beers.

Valdivian jungle

Come and visit one of the oldest forests on the planet. 2 million years ago, during the last glaciation, the Costal mountain range was the main refuge of the South American temperate forests, harboring species of endemic flora and fauna, without the existence of dangerous animals or poisonous species.
On the coast, the jungle of Valdivia has tourist circuits that involve the main parks and reserves of rainforest from Valdivia.
There are also complementary services such as accommodation, gastronomy, sailing, custom parties and entertainment, everything you need so that you only dedicate to enjoy.

Forts Circuit

Valdivia‘s historic architecture, rivers and forests will enchant you. During the 17th and 18th centuries, the area was home to forts that served as the main system for defense against the pirate raids that were a constant on the Pacific coast. They also were used by the Spanish conquistadors to stave off attacks by indigenous groups.
The largest and best preserved is Corral Fort, where you can see the bastion of San Sebastián de la Cruz and a number of cannons. Amargos Fort, which is about half an hour away, overlooks a small fishing village.


(Surrounded by rivers - in Native language called Mapudungun - is a town)

Do not forget to pass through Máfil, rural commune of countryside landscapes.
You can choose to take the way to Valdivia or Los Lagos to enjoy kayaking on Lake Riñihue and for fishing lovers can visit the San Pedro River.

Visit the Town of Lanco

Lanco Town is an unforgettable stop to taste exquisite sandwiches made with tortillas baked in ember. You can reach the fishing cove of Mehuín, where you can also visit several lonely beaches, tasting local cuisine or buying handicrafts.


Mehuín is a wonderful place, with six kilometers of beaches and capes, beach break bottoms and tubular waves that exceed two meters.
You can surf throughout the year, in addition to enjoying its local cuisine and crafts. Lanco is renowned for its exquisite sandwich made with tortillas baked in ember. It is a must for visitors.

Visit the Kunstmann Brewery

After a walk and know its production process, you can taste the different types of beers presented by this brand. Finally, the restaurant awaits diners who want to taste exquisite cuts of meat or fish.


There are many shops of this type in Valdivia. If you make the route of the crafts is a good starting point can be the "Municipal Market", could be followed by the "Handicraft MarketPeguen", to finish in "The Artisan Gallery".

Chocolate factory Entrelagos

No one can pass through Valdivia and non-stop at least; enter this chocolate factory, a classic of Valdivia. We recommend the Bars of marzipan with chocolate.

The Valdivia’s Week

Every February 9th Valdivia’s Week begins, to mark the anniversary of the city. Undoubtedly, the best moment of this occurs in the Valdivia Night, when some boats are illuminated in the light of the fireworks.