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Public transportation

Public transportation is abundant and frequent in Valdivia.


There are four types of public transport: Bus (Large buses for long distance travel), Micros (smaller city buses), Taxis and Collectivos (shared taxis).


Transfer to the Airport:  Let us know if you need transport to Pichoy Airport and we will schedule pick up or call 22 5533. Price $3500 pesos.


You can also take Buses Pirehueco to the entrance of the airport for $1200 pesos or catch a commuter bus for $1000 that will take you to the entrance of the airport.  


Valdivia Terminal: 56-63.200498. Anfion Muñoz 360. A big well organized teminal and serving numerous cities :


        To Pucón : lot of bus between 7:15 am to 7:30 pm.


        To Puerto Montt and Osorno : Buses almost all day long.


        Concepción : very regular departures with numerous companies.


        To Santiago : departures between 7 am and 11 am or at 8:30 pm.


        To Mendoza, Bariloche, Buenos Aires : several buses a week.


        To Riñihue via Los Lagos : seven times a day (two on Sundays)


Micros: In the city, cost $400 pesos and run until around 9:30 pm. They circulate on most routes every 15 to 20 minutes.


If you and to go to Niebla, the bus 20 will cost $500 and to Curiñanco $1200.


Collectivos:  are $450 pesos until the evening when the price goes up to 500 pesos. They usually circulate until midnight. While collectivos look like taxis, they travel established circuits and will not drop you at your doorstep unless it is on their route.


Taxis: are abundant and relatively cheap. Rates vary depending on the line. Check the front windshield for minimum rates. Make sure the driver uses the “taximetro” when you get in or you will be overcharged. If they tell you it is out of order, be wary. Taxi metros are the law and it is unlikely that it is broken. Tipping is not customary.

Solar Water Taxis:  Valdivia is the only city in Latin America to offer a TFS (Transporte Fluvial Sustentable).  Sustainable transport system.  This network of solar powered water taxis is just beginning but has gained national attention.  More docks are being constructed but you can enjoy a ride on the river or a crossing to the musuem from the Muelle Schuester for 500 pesos.   More info on the program at this link.



Changing money

There are several places to change money in Valdivia. Most banks will change dollars and are open until 2 pm. Additionally, there are the following places to change money:

Cambio de Monedas : La Reconquista - Carampangue #325 - (63) 2 21 3305 - 9am – 8 pm

Casa de cambio “Arauco” – Arauco 331 - (63) 2 21 2177

Borex - Caupolican 360 Local 13 - (63) 2 23 0741 - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Basic needs


Please do not wash your clothes in the sinks or tub of the hostel.
If your clothes are wet, please hang them outside and be considerate of your roommates. Here are
the best op-tions for clean clothes:

Lavaseco LAVERAP located inside the Unimarc Store

Tu Lavadero – Aníbal Pinto #802 Local 1 near Beauchef
more economical but takes longer.

Blanco y limpio – Carampangue 445 - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. – (63) 2 2 6272
same day service.

Hair cuts and treatments:

Yesy, who works in the mornings,  is a hairdresser.  Make an appointment with her if you need a cut or capillary treatment. (Prices range between 3,000 to 5,000 depending on treatment)



Valdivia has a variety of Farmer's Markets where you can buy very affordable fruits, vegetables and other things.  The markets open around 9am and run until 2 or 3 in the afternoon.  The following is a list :

* Tuesday:  Baquedano - Take the micro 1, 2 or 7 to General Lagos and Baquedano.  Walk one block up Baquedano to the feria.

* Wednesday:  Bernando O'Higgins take micro 11 o micro 3

* Saturday: Avenida Francia con San Luis.  Micro 14 or 5. This is the biggest market of the week. It is a little bit out of town but worth a visit.

* Sunday:  Avenida Argentina.  Micro 5 o 6

La ManZana – Co-op – Perez Rosales 787 - (63) 2 23 0647
Local co-op which features organic products, local produce and those hard to find products like
quinoa. Open from Monday to Friday: 11.00 to 14.00 – 16.00 to 20.00 and Saturday: 11.00 to 14.00.

Late night shopping – if you need something late at night, across from the bus terminal is a small
store that’s open until late.

El Torreón: Liquor store close to La Última Frontera. They sell local craft beer and are open until
1AM from Tuesday to Saturday.



PatagoniaNet - Walter Schmidt 501 – (63) 2 29 1421
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Internet and printing - Open from 11:00 to 20:00.

Tupel: Avenida Ramón Picarte 505 – International phone calls, internet and printing.
Monday to Friday from 9:00 to 20:45 / Saturday: 11:00 to 20:45

Travel Links

Hostel World: An international network of hostels


City of Valdivia Official Site: Links to places of interest in Valdivia This new rideshare website lets you post and read about rideshare opportunities. You must register to participate.



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Tel: +56 63 222 2202

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