The City of Valdivia, one of the most beautiful cities in Chile with 135,000 inhabitants, is situated in southern Chile, near the mouth of the Valdivia River. It is near the port of Corral on the Pacific Ocean.
The city lies in an area of forests and apple orchards.Founded in 1552 by Pedro de Valdivia, a lieutenant of the Spanish explorer Francisco Pizarro. In 1818 it was the site of a Chilean victory in the wars of independence.
The city has a large German colony founded in the 1850s which put its stamp on the city, transforming it in one of the more important industrial centers in Chile with beer breweries, mills, tanneries, navy (it is a fluvial port), and the first high oven of the country in 1913.
It was desolated by an earthquake in 1960 but has been beautifully rebuilt.
During the 2nd and 3rd week of February the "Valdivia week" takes place (you should reserve a hotel in advance), and beside the Calle Calle river that crosses the city, handicraft fairs and the results of the international painting competition "Valdivia and the river" are presented. This extravaganza ends in the final night next to the river, with a parade of boats and fireworks.
There are several islands which can be explored by taking a riverboat
Valdivia also has a number of nice small beaches for you to stroll
on and enjoy the ocean.
The Valdivia area is great for fly fishing (remember winter holidays
in the northern hemisphere means summer holidays here!)
You can visit 3 historic Spanish forts located in strategic places
near the mouth of the river, one of the forts is only accessable
by boat, the other two by car or riverboat.
Possible accommodation includes country
cabins and farm holidays providing a great starting point for
horse riding and long country walks in the peace and quiet offered
by this woody area or for those that would like to stay closer to
town the Hostal "Entre Rios"
is a great place to stay.
This really is a good place to spend a few days while in Chile.
Petit Hotel Entre Rios,
was designed by its own owners and situated in the
beautiful city of Valdivia close to the central plaza
as well as the local bus terminal. More
info and pictures
Hostel Entre Rios,
Carlos Anwandter 337, Valdivia, Chile, tel/fax: +56 63
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Hello, we are Marcela and Alejandro, a married Chilean
couple that would like to share with you all the natural
jewels of this beautiful area in which we live and
Here you can enjoy the native forests of Valdivia,
the Pacific Ocean, navigable rivers, horseback riding,
fishing, historic monuments and nature.
We offer Hand build log cabins for your convenience.
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