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City of Valdivia, Chile, Tourist Places

City of Valdivia, Chile.
The city of Valdivia, located 854 km south of Santiago, with a population of about 150,000 people is the capital of the Region de Los Rios (Region of Rivers). Founded in 1552, it is the fourth city of Chile in order of antiquity. Its main feature are precisely the beautiful rivers that cross and surround it, not for nothing sometimes Valdivia has been compared to the city of Venice. 

Throughout this zone of Southern Chile, there is a great influence of the German colonization, in the architecture as well as in different areas of the production: agriculture, livestock, development of the dairy industry, brewery, sausages and cold cut meats, etc.

Seeing today's Valdivia, characterized by its tranquility and beautiful river landscapes, it's hard to imagine that in May 1960 the city suffered the ravages of
the greatest earthquake ever instrumentally recorded, of magnitude 9.5 on the Richter scale, with an approximate duration of 10 minutes. The mega-earthquake and subsequent Tsunami affected much of southern Chile and its effects were perceived in places as far away as Hawaii and Japan. However "The City of Rivers" stood up again and today is one of the most touristic destinations in Chile, supported by its fascinating natural environment. In addition to tourism, the economic activity also shows a development in the areas of shipbuilding, cellulose, wood processing, brewing and food industry.

Places to visit in Valdivia

Mercado Municipal and Feria Fluvial

Valdivia's marketplace.

In the heart of Arturo Prat Waterfront. The Municipal Market stands out for its solid architecture and active trade, here there are seafood, fruits, vegetables and local crafts. In front of the Mercado Municipal, bordering the river, is located the Feria Fluvial, these 2 markets, for the movement they represent and for the natural environment, are one of the main tourist attractions of Valdivia. Attractive protagonists of the surroundings are also the Sea Wolves, waiting expectantly that the stall owners throw the leftovers for them to feed.

Muelle Schuster (Schuster Dock)    

Located on one side of the Feria Fluvial (River Market), this is an important place for trade and tourism because here arrive the boats bringing the seafood and agricultural products that are offered in the markets. Also from this terminal depart the tourism boats that make various excursions through the rivers of the region.

Museo Mauricio van de Maele  

Museum in Valdivia, Chile
The Maurice van de Maele Historical and Anthropologic Museum, also known as Casa Carlos Anwandter, is a House- Museum located at Isla Teja, run by the Universidad Austral de Valdivia. The house was built by the German settler Karl Anwandter back in the 1860s. Founded in 1956, the museum's name remembers to the Belgian university teacher who dedicated long decades to the protection of the regional heritage. In October 1981, it was declared a National Historic Monument. The tour through its valuable collections allows to know the history of a society from 12,000 years ago to the modern era, including the Hispanic presence from the time of the Conquistadors to the post-independence of Chile and all the influence of the German colonization since 1850.

Guided tour of the O'Brien submarine

The O'Brien Submarine Tour is a unique experience that allows you to explore the inside of a real submarine. The vessel in question, a warship built in Scotland in 1971 for the Chilean Navy, was purchased brand-new from the United Kingdom. It was decommissioned in 2001 and then it was bought by the city of Valdivia, where it is now open to the public. 

During the tour, visitors have the opportunity to visit the different sections of the submarine, learn about its history and experience life aboard this impressive vessel. It is a very interesting activity for those who enjoy naval history and military technology.

Jardin Botanico Universidad Austral de Chile

Located in the Campus of the main University of Valdivia at Teja Island. The Botanical Garden is a place of leisure for all nature lovers and outdoor laboratory for the University. With more than 950 species, its collections of living plants are arranged with scientific criteria, individually classified. Currently the Botanic Garden is in a master plan that will position it as a World-Class Park and great tourist attraction.

Parque Saval

Image: Revista Temporada de Valdivia
Adjacent to the Botanic Garden of Isla Teja is located Parque Saval, nowadays the most important green, outdoor recreational area of the city. Here are held many massive events such as concerts and "La Fiesta de la Cerveza" (Valdivia's Beer Fest). The park has several attractions such as lagoons with Lotus flowers, a Rodeo "Half Moon", Playgrounds, Equestrian facility, recreational trails, "Quinchos" (grill and roast sheds), picnic areas, Canopy during the high season.

Parque Oncol   

Parque Oncol is a Private Nature Reserve belonging to the Arauco Forestry Company, a place privileged by nature located 28 Km. from Valdivia. The Reserve seeks to protect the Valdivian Temperate Rainforest, an ecosystem developed under very special geographic and climatic conditions, unique in Latin America and very rare to find a similar one in the rest of the planet. A wonderful excursion with trails, viewpoints and a route that ascends to the top of Oncol Hill, from where you can see the Pacific to the W and, if the weather is good, to the E volcanoes of the Andes on the horizon.

Fuerte de Niebla - Museo de Sitio Castillo de Niebla   

Located in the bay of Corral, 18 km from the city of Valdivia, was part of the colonial fort system. The "Casa del Castellano", stone reconstruction from 1991-1992, houses the permanent exhibition, the fortification consisted of thick walls, castles and cannon artillery. Among other structures are also the ruins of the chapel, chaplain's house, warehouse and ammunitions dump.  The Niebla Museum has become a tourist attraction and one of the most visited museums in the country. 

Museo de la Cerveza de Cerveceria Kunstmann (Kunstmann Beer Museum)   

As a land of German pioneers, there are several small breweries, included in the local tourist circuits. A must- see in the city is the Kunstmann Brewery an the visit to the adjacent Beer Museum. The gallery shows the history of the brewing company, based on the German Beer Purity Law (Reinheitsgebot) of 1516, decreed by William IV Duke of Bavaria, and under the precepts of elaboration of Carl Anwandter, who founded the former Anwandter Brewery in 1851.

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