About Valdivia & Chile
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The longest and thinnest country in the world runs from the Andes to the Pacific. As well as sharing borders with Argentina, Peru and Bolivia. Chile also has territories in Polynesia and Antarctica, making it a tri-continental nation.
From the high Andean plateau to the untouched southern territories at the end of the world, Chile invites you to live adventures in the middle of the world’s driest desert, in the unique rainy temperate forest of South America, in front of millennial glaciers that are waiting to be discovered or under the watchful eye of the Andes in the middle of the buzz of modern citites like its capital, Santiago.
These cultural and climatic contrasts have left an imprint on the identity of the country and its people. Warm, energetic, approachable and kind, Chileans share the love for their land, which invites you to build relationships beyond boundaries, to live unique experiences and to discover Chile.
Looking at a map of Chile you cannot but feel a touch of amazement: what an exceedingly long, narrow strip of land, stretching along the coast of southern South America. Tucked as it is between the towering Andes mountains and the endless Pacific Ocean, it would not seem to have much room for anything.
Politically, Chile is divided in 12 regions, including the Antarctic territory, plus the metropolitan region.
The official language of Chile is Spanish, and its currency the Chilean peso. Chile is a mestizo country, of mixed European and indigenous extraction, and the indigenous tradition is still visible in several parts of the country. Chile's literacy rate is one of Latin America's highest.
Valdivia and Sorroundings
Rivers and turrets feature prominently in the impressive landscape of Valdivia. It’s the oldest city at these southerly latitudes anywhere in the world, and enjoys a delightfully verdant setting of meadows and woodlands.
Fill your lungs with pure, clean air as you sail down Valdivia’s main river, the Calle-Calle. Enjoy fine seafood at the riverside market and have fun watching sea lions on the promenade. Experience a festival of flavors as you sample craft beers, wild boar, delicious steak tartare and handmade chocolates.
Visit the exciting Museum of Contemporary Art (MAC), built on the site of an historic brewery.
Immerse yourself in the past as you explore the castles and stone fortresses of the Corral peninsula, with its eye-catching landscapes, fascinating history and a rich cultural heritage. Ramble through stunning millennial coastal forests of larch and olivillo. Visit its attractive beaches and traditional fishing coves, and discover the many activities, which can be enjoyed all year round.
Set off along the Ocean Highway to charming spots like the fishing coves of Amargos, San Carlos, Los Liles and Huape.
Travel back into Valdivia’s past by walking around the area’s fortifications. Be amazed by one of the largest fort and castle systems built by the Spaniards in the entire continent. Visit the buildings that are still standing today and prepare to be impressed by this great defense system that protected the area from the threatening pirates of the 17th and 18th centuries.
Visit the Mancera Island, Corral and Niebla forts. Walk around them and go into their museums to learn more about the history of this place and to take pictures of the old canons that are still standing.
Valdivia Riverside Market
Here, in Valdivia’s main market, you can find different types of seafood brought directly by the boats, which come down the river with fresh goods.
In the Riverside Market you’ll also find arts and crafts, restaurants and all kinds of local products that make it unique and are the reason it was named a Chilean National Monument.