About Valdivia

Valdivia is the capital of the Los Ríos Region. It is located at the confluence of the Valdivia, Calle-Calle, Cau Cau and Cruces rivers, as well as bordering the Pacific Ocean to the west.

It was the first city founded by the Spanish in Chile. In 1552, the conquistador Pedro de Valdivia called this area Santa María la Blanca de Valdivia, being considered a strategic place in the south of the country, due to its outlet to the Pacific Ocean.

It is a beautiful city. It presents a certain similarity with Venice, due to the large number of canals that cross it. It has a River Fair and the Paseo Costanera, in front of the Calle-Calle river, where you can see the crafts of the area and enjoy the local cuisine. The Municipal Museum is another attraction in the center, due to its architecture and dynamic commerce.

Its attractions include extensive natural areas such as Parque Oncol and the commune of Corral, where the Niebla spa is located, famous for the presence of Spanish forts and castles, built in colonial times.

It has a particular culture, with varied traditions and a deep-rooted identity that corresponds to a mixture of Mapuche customs with a great European influence, due to the Spanish and German immigrants who settled in the area.

Another of its traditions is the production of craft beers.

How to get to Valdivia?

Valdivia is located in the southern half of Chile, 849 km from Santiago.

Flights to Valdivia offer the shortest travel time, but there are also other alternatives such as buses from Santiago.

The flight between the airports of Santiago (SCL) and Valdivia (ZAL) lasts around 1 hour and 30 minutes, after which you must board a transfer to get to the city center.
From the Santiago Bus Terminal (South Terminal) to Valdivia, the estimated time is 10 hours and 30 minutes. Then, you must take a taxi from the terminal to the lodging.


From Santiago to Valdivia, the estimated time is 8 hours and 15 minutes.

Attractions in Valdivia

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