Valdivia; Pearl of the South
Best on Foot

Valdivia is best on foot! There are two Torreóns that once protected the city from the fierce Mapuche. Don’t miss Valdivia’s famous Feria Fluvial (fish market) and watch the sea lions come for breakfast.  Cross the bridge to Isla Teja to discover Valdivia’s museums and its wonderful nature. Take a walk to the botanical garden and Parque Saval with its beautiful forest and lotus pond.

Historic Spanish Forts
Niebla, Corral and Isla Mancera

These three villages at the mouth of the bay house the  relics of the 17th-century forts that once protected Valdivia from intruders. Visit nearby Niebla and take a boat to Corral or Isla Mancera. The area’s first and most powerful fort, the Castillo San Sebastián de la Cruz in Niebla was built in 1645. Corral is a picturesque jumble of brightly painted wooden homes and fishing boats.

Visit idyllic Isla Mancera for an easy stroll and a visit to the fort Castillo de San Pedro de Alcántara. There are no cars on the island and it is possible to walk the circumference of the island and vast tide pools in a short time.

Pacific Ocean, Valdivian Rainforest
Punta Curiñanco

Located on the coast, it is one of the few untouched examples of the Valdivian Rainforest left. The scenic coast is only an hour away. The trail will take you past various types of vegetation until you reach the old growth forest called Bosque Olivillos. This forest located on the coast is thousands of years old. Continue the trail where you will find four fantastic viewpoints where you can rest and contemplate the immense beauty of this and the vast ocean. Among the vast array of flora and fauna of this park is the Darwin Frog which is nearly extinct. It looks like a dry leaf and can only be found in the fall.

Into the Wild
Reserva Costera and Parque Alerce

The Parque Alerce Costero and the Reserva Costera Valdiviana are two steller examples of the Valdivian Rainforest (Valdivian temperate rainforest). These natural treasures, are a refuge of biodiversity that has remained isolated for millions of years, housing unique species of flora and fauna, heirs of ancient lineages that coexisted with dinosaurs.

Nature Sanctuary and Pueblo Punucapa

Visit this area to witness the dramatic landscape flooded after the 1960 earthquake (the largest ever recorded, 9.8 on the Richter scale) where there are still local bird communities, such as taguas and swans of black neck and a rich ecosystem. Additionally, you can access Mapuche food and craft services by disembarking in the towns of Punucapa or Tralcao. The Carlos Anwandter Nature Sanctuary has its natural origin in the 1960 cataclysm, when extensive riverine areas of the Cruces River sank giving rise to a unique wetland of 6 thousand hectares, of which 4,877 ha. are protected as a Nature Sanctuary.

Prost Valdivia!
Craft Beer Capital of Chile

The brewing tradition in Valdivia dates back to the 19th century with the arrival of the first German settlers in this city. In 1851, in the beautiful sector of Isla Teja, the German immigrant Carlos Anwandter founded the Anwandter Brewery, which originally was only to supply family consumption. His success was such that he had no choice but to increase production and expand his business to the delight of the Valdivians. Today, with more than 36 brands of beer brewed in the area, Valdivia is positioned as the national capital of craft beer. At different times of the year, festivals are held for lovers of brew like the Bierfest Kunstmann, the Black Beer Festival and the Craft Beer Festival.