Chile (IFMSA-Chile) - Valdivia
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Welcome to Valdivia, home of the chilean beer culture!

 is a city in southern Chile. The city is named after its founder Pedro de Valdivia and is located at the confluence of the Calle-Calle, Valdivia and Cau-Cau Rivers, approximately 15 km east of the coastal towns of Corral and Niebla. Since October 2007, Valdivia has been the capital of Los Ríos Region and is also the capital of Valdivia Province. The city of Valdivia has 154,445 inhabitants (2012) called Valdivianos. The main economic activities include tourism, manufacturing, forestry, metallurgy, and beer production.

The city of Valdivia and the Chiloé island were once the two southernmost enclaves of the Spanish Empire. From 1645 to 1740, the city depended directly on the Viceroyalty of Peru that financed the building of the Valdivian fort system, which turned Valdivia into one of the most fortified cities of the New World. On the second half of 19th century, Valdivia was the port of entry for German immigrants who were given land and settled in the surrounding areas.

The city was severely damaged by the Great Chilean Earthquake of 1960 — the most powerful earthquake ever recorded and destroyed buildings from the earthquake can still be found in the suburban areas — land subsidence and sediments make navigation of the local rivers complex, with some ruined buildings still adjoining the water.


Hospital Regional de Valdivia
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  • Valdivia city tour
  • International dinner
  • Trip to Puerto Montt and Puerto Varas
  • Volcán Osorno ski center (winter months)
  • Trip to Pucón and Villarrica


  • The town has a cool little fish market by the river side where you can feed Sea lions and Pelicans with tidbits or snacks that you can buy from the fishmongers.


  • Loads of tour operators offering boat tours to various ruined 17th Century Spanish forts. The cruises stop and allow you to explore the ruins or walk in the forests. Most tours go to the Pacific Ocean at Corral and stop for a 30 minute visit here. Tour lasts about 5 hours. Ticket price includes a quality meal and indoor seating. Tour guide narration in Spanish only. Beverages not included in the price. The boats depart from the same area as the fish market.


  • Marzipan and german desserts at Chocolateria Entrelagos (downtown-at one block from the central square).


  • During January and February there's a feira at Niebla on the coast. Seafood stalls and folk music and dancing until 11:00pm. Delicious empanadas de mariscos and other asado and seafood. 40 or 50 food stalls and free entry provide a great evening of entertainment. Buses run to and from Valdivia and at closing there are several buses lined up to take people back to Valdivia.
  • This is a large serving of steamed shellfish served with a boiled sausage, boiled chicken leg, and potatoes. It is not always on the menu but try looking for restaurants with a large sign on the sidewalk or in the window that states "HOY CURANTO".
  • Despensa Sureña at the corner between the streets Arauco and Esmeralda serves simple and cheap, but excellent lunch for about 2000 Pesos.
  • Restaurant Yang Cheng is a traditional place about chinese food. This have 20 years of tradition on Valdivia city. Has a menu with more than 50 variety of chinese food.
  • A really nice and secluded place in Niebla. "Parillas", fine wines, fresh fish and a very fair priced "Buffet de Mariscos" (shellfish) on Friday nights. The restaurant is situated in a pleasant garden with Cabañas nearby.
  • Each year Kunstmann organizes the Bierfest Kunstmann Valdivia an event with typical German folk music and dance. Dance groups, music bands and sometimes even yodelers from Germany, Austria, Argentina and Brazil are usually invited to perform in the bierfest in addition to local groups. Students at Valdivia's German school, Instituto Alemán Carlos Anwandter, and personnel from Valdivia's German fire station usually collaborates with the event.


  • There is a place called "Ocio"; it's a chill-out bar and they offer great Pisco sour.
  • Ultima Frontera is an alternative/student bar, always packed, great decoration in a building under very big trees and wide food menu. Located at Pérez Rosales esquina Yerbas Buenas 787.
  • Cervecería Kunstmann, on Isla Teja at Km5 on the road to Niebla, you’ll find the South’s best brewery. Call ahead if you’re interested in a free tour, but we know you’re really just here for the suds. Make sure to try the unfiltered versions of the Toro Bayo and lager at this large brewpub and beer museum – they aren’t available anywhere else. In the evening, the hearty German fare includes lots of pork chops, späetzle, sauerkraut, and apple sauce, which – let’s be frank – is only good if your name is Rolf and you suffer from a debilitating case of homesickness. Bus 20 from Carampague to Isla Teja (CH$300) can drop you off.
  • You find a dozen of places for dance or drink in "Calle Esmeralda", a short street in the downtown.
  • For Gay People there is a Gay Disco named Tequila at isla teja (Fridays).


Many options in the area near the bus terminals. If you get further inland from here, it can get seedy at night.