Valdivia lies among rivers, brooks, and the greenness of its trees; it is the oldest southern city of the world, known by its endless rivers and channels that go through it. This is the capital of the Los Ríos Region, famous for its wide tourist offer, its biodiversity, emblematic architecture, and fascinating cultural expressions. This is a city where history, nature, gastronomy, and nightlife coexist perfectly. This is why whoever arrives in Valdivia understands immediately why this place is called “The Pearl of the South”.
The rain is part of everyday life in Valdivia; however, the biggest tourist attractions are the outdoor activities. Among the must-do things in Valdivia are the catamaran rides along its most iconic rivers, such as the Calle Calle, the Cau-Cau, or the Cruces. The sea lions will welcome you to Valdivia’s fish market called Feria Fluvial, declared National Monument, where you can enjoy the freshest fish, seafood, and produce and, at the same time, find fine local crafts. Teja Island can be reached from Valdivia by crossing the Pedro de Valdivia Bridge. There you can find the main campus of the Universidad Austral de Chile university and its 10-hectare botanical garden known by its 950 species of plants. If you are an ecotourism lover, you can visit the city’s surroundings to visit the Valdivian Coastal Reserve, the Alerce Costero National Park, and the Oncol Park.
If you are looking to grasp a deeper knowledge of Valdivia, you can visit some of the museums located in Teja Island or take the tours around the Castles at the End of the World Heritage Route, located a few kilometers from the city. The General Pedro Lagos Street will send you back in time with its old wooden houses, the emblematic Church of San Francisco, or the Torreón Los Canelos historical monument.
Each year different events are held to support the artistic expressions of this region. For example, if you decide to visit Valdivia in February you may coincide with the Valdivian Week, the city’s oldest festival, featuring boat trips along the Valdivia River and fireworks. However, if you prefer to travel in October, you’ll have the chance to enjoy Valdivia’s International Film Festival.
The German heritage is shown in the main dishes available in this city, such as the famous Crudos (steak tartars), wild boar meat, chocolate, and a wide range of beers. Seafood and fish are ubiquitous in the city’s many restaurants. A good choice is to try them at the Municipal Market. Valdivia also boasts a very lively nightlife, where bohemians gather in different pubs, bars, or nightclubs, most of them located in Esmeralda Street.
- Carlos Anwandter Nature Sanctuary
- Corral Bay
- Niebla Beach Resort
- Saval Park
- Craft Beer Route