The two weeks we lived in Valdivia were exceptional, its weather, its wines and its people are unforgettable, but the tourism of this city is both extravagant and impressive and though we, in our stay we visited places like Chaihuin or Niebla, today we brought to you a guide to enjoy the touristic sites of this city in less than a day and for little money, I’d like to say that I consider the whole city attractive to the eye and the best you can do is to walk on its streets before taking a cab or the bus, so open your Google Maps and come and meet Valdivia with us.
With this guide we’ll visit the Costanera, The Fluvial Market, the Botanic Garden, the Saval Park and the Valdivian Museums.
It’s worthy to distinguish that you can do the tour the other way around.S
To start this adventure we’ll use as a starting point the Buses Terminal of Valdivia, already at it you should go down the street until you meet the Calle Calle river, is just a block away and you’ll have to cross the Arturo Prat Avenue, with this we’ll be already at the Costanera and we must turn to the left by the walk.
The Costanera is a walk that goes beside the Calle Calle river, it’s excellent to jog, to bike, to walk or just to sit and watch the river run, during our walk we’ll reach a really attractive point where we’ll find a platform over the river and really close to the walk and above it you will see the great Sea Lions up close, most of the time they seem to discuss with each other to sleep.
A few steps more after watching the sea lions we’ll found with the Fluvial Market of Valdivia.
The Fluvial Market of Valdivia is one of the biggest touristic attractions and one of its iconic points, here you’ll find a great variety of fruits, vegetables and really fresh fish at really absurd prices for putting it nicely, also you’ll find local craft and one or another kind of products, at the edge of the river you’ll see the presence of sea lions that in many cases the fishermen throw to them fish and on other instances if they don’t like it they return it to its respective owner.
To continue our way we must get out of the market by the same way we entered it and took the bridge that is in front of us called Pedro de Valdivia Bridge, this will allow us to cross the Calle Calle river to go to Isla Teja.
At Isla Teja we’ll walk until the first intersection with a traffic light that connects the Los Robles street with Los Laureles, here we must take right to the Los Laureles street.
Walking straight to Los Laureles and passing the street that is surrounded by trees that would lead us in front of the Austral University of Chile, and we have to go inside.
In the university we should have close a box where we can ask how to get to the Botanical Garden, that is part of the university, so probably anyone would tell you how to get there easily.
Welcome to the Botanical Garden of the Austral University of Chile, some 12 hectares of spectacular nature, actually and for reasons it’s for diverse studies because of the amount of plants in it and it doesn’t stop being a tourism attractive even to Valdivians that wish to spend the day away of the city, to see it is really simple and you can feel a totally different energy at it.
Once we finish the walk by the Botanical Garden we must get out of the university by going to Los Lingues street, when we get to it we have in front of us the Saval Park.
The Park has a cost of 500 chilean pesos by person (0.6$) and the schedule on high season is from 8:00 to 22:00 and on low season from 8:00 to 18:00 both from monday to sunday. After you pay the ticket you have a long way of walking through the trees.
The Saval Park: here we can make lots of activities because it has an infrastructure that allows it to be completely attractive to families, we’ll find from a picnic area, games for the kids and even canopy, there are about 30 hectares of nature and it shows a very impressive set of trees that had to be there before Valdivia received its name, also it’s famous because of the Lotus Lagoon in the middle of the park.
After enjoying a walk between the oak-trees we have to go to the museums, for this once we are outside the park we should take our right to descend by Los Lingues until we get to the intersection that goes to the Los Robles street, the way is really nice around the town.
Once in the Los Robles street we should go down to our left, this way should get us to the same intersection that got us to the Austral University after crossing the Puente de Valdivia Bridge.
At the intersection that connects again to Los Laureles street we take to our left and go to the opposite way of the university, a few steps more we’ll notice to our left the entry to a ground which is the Culture and Arts campus of the university and here is where we go.
In the campus we will find the Exploration Museum, the Historic and Antrophologic Museum and the Museum of Modern Art.
If we want we can ask how to get to the first of them that has to be the Exploration Museum or simply walk and explore the ground and realize that you can watch the museum by just walking a few steps inside the campus.
Adult: 1500 PCL, Elderly: 1000 PCL, Kids 300 PCL and Students of every country: Free.
1º de enero cerrado
2 al 4 de enero entre 10.00 a 13.00 hrs / 14.00 a 18.00 hrs.
5 de enero al 28 de febrero
Lunes a Domingo entre 10.00 a 20.00 horario continuado.
1º de marzo a 31 de diciembre
Martes a Domingo entre 10.00 a 13.00 hrs / 14.00 a 18.00 hrs
The Exploration Museum exposes the work of Rudoplh Amandus Phillippi, illustrating the importance of naturalists in the rise of the science in Chile.
After the exploration of the first museum we’ll walk a few steps more to the big and yellow colonial house very easy to see from where we are, this house is the Historic and Anthropological Museum also known as the Carlos Anwandter House.
The Historic and Anthropological Museum considered national monument since 1981, has different and valuable collections that serve to know the history of the regional and national multiethnic society.
Walking a few more steps we should found the MAC (Museum of Modern Art) if we go to the entry of the Campus is just a straight line across it and going down and we’ll have in front of us a big metal structure with a tiny access, the museum.
The MAC doesn’t have a cost, ironically is the biggest of the tree museums and the hardest to find, to the naked eye it looks completely abandoned and we stumble upon some closed doors before we got to the entry, the structure is an ex Andwanter Brewery built in 1851 and inside of it we’ll find different artistic expressions national and international.
After the MAC we have to go outside the campus and take to our right at Los Laureles street until we get to the intersection that connects to Los Robles, here we decide between go rest or search for our next adventure in Valdivia.