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Science & Culture

Valdivia is a student city and the cultural hub of the south. Discover here what you can do in the city.
Keep in mind that on Mondays all parks (except the botanical garden) and museums are closed.

Mercado Fluvial
Where fishmongers peddle their catch of the day and pelicans, cormorants, and fat sea lions wait for
scraps. The market is a delight, and you can find several opportunities to boat around the city's delta.
Prices varies from boat to boat and in each season, so we recommend you ask first for different prices
and river tours be-fore choosing a tour.

Barrio Flotante and TFS
Within the project Sustainable Transport Fluvial- TFS (Sustainable River Transport) comes a new concept
of us-ing the river as a station for boats and other activities. Best of all, it works 100% on solar energy.
There is a nice cafe open on Sundays and a worthy view of Valdivia from this project. (63) 2 23 0076 In
summer, there are various Solar Powered River Taxis operating.

Teatro Lord Cochrane - Independencia 455 - (63) 2 28 8600
Most of Valdivia’s cultural events take place in this theatre. Ask for the programming at the tourist
information.

MAC – Museum of Conteporary Art – Los Laureles - (63) 2 22 1968
The modern art museum (MAC) is located in the ruins of an old brewery destroyed in the 1960 mega
earthquake. Exhibitions are displayed in the old brick tunnels that once served as beer cellars. Closed on
Mondays.

Historical Museum Mauricio van de Maele of Valdivia – Los Laureles - (63) 221 2872
Next door to the MAC, overlooking the privileged, waterfront site of the Calle Calle River, and
surrounded by a park you find the Historical Museum Mauricio van de Maele of Valdivia.
This museum houses exhibits of the three main groups which form the regional identity; Indigenous
people, Spanish and German settlers.

Museo Rudolph Philipi – Los Laureles - (63) 229 3723
A traditional German house historically known as "Schüler House" was dismantled, moved and later on
rebuilt for its conservation. Today it is known as the Rudolph Amandus Philippi Exploration Museum.Directed by the University Austral of Chile, this museum shows the amazing collection of this naturalist
who dedicated his life to the study of nature. There is a cool coffee shop in the is museum too!
All three museums are open from 10h - 13h and 14h - 18h daily. All museums and parks are closed on
Mon-days. The MAC is a little irregular so check before going. Those artists are so spontaneous... A ticket
to 1 muse-um costs $1.500 CLP and combi-ticket costs $2.500 CLP.

Torreón del Barro – Picarte 1236-1298
Torreon del Barro also called Torreón Picarte, was built in 1741 and was used in the defensive system of
the city.

Naval Museum – Av. Prat 2-20 - (63) 236906
Visits include the facilities for crew members, the equipment used and the managing of the torpedoes.

CECS – Centro de Estudios Científicos. Arturo Prat 514 - (63) 2 23 4500.
This think tank is world famous for its research in climate change and glaciology. The Science Tent is the
out-reach area of this group and hosts events year-round. Near the fish market you can find the
Péndulo de Fou-cault, it shows the perpetual movement of the earth. http://www.cecs.cl

Universidad Austral de Chile – Isla Teja
One of the top research universities in Chile. You can visit the university and find out about academic
pro-grams or visit the cinema, Cine Club. There is also a world class concert hall, the Aula Magna that
hosts cultural events.
Cine Club : http://www.uach.cl/extension/cineclub/cartelera.php

Conservatory of Music – General Lagos 1107
The music lovers can inquire about the possible concerts of young Chilean talents there. The Music
school is very famous in Chile because the Famous Master Roberto Bravo dispenses his knowledge. If
there is nothing on the program, you can walk and at the same time take advantage of the view on the
river. There is also an affordable cafe in the basement that serves lunch daily. -
http://www.uach.cl/conservatorio/•
Feria Costumbrista Niebla – high season: daily – low season: weekends
A great place to try local food is the Feria Costumbrista in Niebla. There are numerous little shops selling
typi-cal Chilean dishes like pullmay, chupe de jaibas, sopaipillas, cazuelas... and only a busride away.

Feria Costumbrista Niebla – high season: daily – low season: weekends
A great place to try local food is the Feria Costumbrista in Niebla. There are numerous little shops selling
typi-cal Chilean dishes like pullmay, chupe de jaibas, sopaipillas, cazuelas... and only a busride away.

 

 

Parks near the hostel

Botanical Garden - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Free - Behind the university campus, there is a beautiful botanical garden with species from all around
the world. It’s a wonderful walk in all seasons. And its free! University students give free tours on
request, send an e-mail to ask for availability. On the University Campus, you can also find the Fundo
Teja Norte which offer horseback riding. Call first to make sure they are open. (63) 9 408 4978

Parque Saval - (63) 2 22 0460
$500 – It has a beautiful lotus pond, wood sculpture park and canopy rides.

Parque Harnecker – Pedro Montt 779 - (63) 222 0299
Free – The main park in the city is Harnecker Park, it has various trails and places to picnic.

Parque Urbano El Bosque – Simpson 301 – (63) 2 20 4563
Free? – The park is administered by the Ecological Committee of Lemu Lahuén. It’s a nice park with
explanation about the trees and its use for nature.

 

Cine Culture

Valdivia has a big cine culture. Every year in October, the Festival Interncional de Cine (FIC) is held here
in Val-divia. The first edition was held in 1994 to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the UACh Cine Club,
which up until to-day still exists! This festival is the most important film event in Chile.

Cineplanet
Cineplanet is located in the mall on the 3rd floor and plays mainstream movies. You can find the
schedule on the newspaper “Diario” of the day or online http://www.cineplanet.cl/cines/valdivia/

Cine Club UACh – Campus UACh Isla Teja - (63) 2 22 1209 - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
They show international movies usually around 10.00, 16.00 and 19.00 and for most movies, entrance is
free!

 

 

Cafes & Food

Many restaurants have a set lunch menu called “menu ejecutivo”. A cheap option and you get an en-tree, main course and sometimes a drink. Ask what the menu of the day is. Take a trip to Niebla and eat at the feria costumbrista, they have every Chilean classic! Only open on weekends in low season and every day in high season.

Bars and Picadas

La Ultima Frontera – Mon – Sat / until 2 am - Perez Rosales 787 - (63) 223 5363
Nicely decorated restaurant/bar and great atmosphere. A popular cafe bar with outdoor seating. They offer a good selection of local beers and are known for their big variety of (huge!) sandwiches.

El Bunker – Los Robles 1345 - (63) 224 6644
Another sandwich place, the location is great, on the wetlands of the Isla Teja. A local hangout.

Mercado Municipal – Av Prat and Chacabuco (third floor)
Various restaurants are open for lunch every day and serve all Chilean specialties on the top floor of the Mercado Municipal just across the street from the Feria Fluvial.

Cositas Ricas – Open Sundays. – Yungay 646 - (63) 222 2470

Cute little cafe with a good daily menu. Lots of vegetarian options available as well.

Cafe Moro – Paseo Libertad 174 – 250459
They have a great chupe de jaivas on Wednesdays. Reasonable lunch menu with vegetarian options, beautiful interior.

La Bomba – Arauco con Caupolicán
Traditional Chilean food. Cheap and abundant.

La Contienda Rosales – Pérez Rosales 986 - 09 9854 3716
Cute little café with a lot of artworks and a gallery next door. They have
good empanadas, some sandwiches and a se-lection of pastries.


El Growler - Open Sundays - Microbrewery, Bar/Restaurant
El Growler is a microbrewery that opened in 2015. If you’re looking to have a good IPA or an excellent Cider, this is the place to go. Their fish tacos and buckets of homemade fries are an excellent choice should you get hungry after a beer or two.
Open Monday to Sunday from 12:00 - 24:00 (and a bit longer on the weekends)
Saelzer 41, +56 (63) 2 22 95 45

Cositas Ricas - Open Sundays.          
Cute little cafe with a good daily menu. Lots of vegetarian options available as well. Yungay 646 (63) 222 2470

Cafe Moro
They have a great chupe de jaivas on Wednesdays. Reasonable lunch menu with vegetarian options, beautiful interior.. Paseo Libertad #174 - 250459

Zona Cero          
Valdivias favorite late night sandwich joint. Big sandwiches not far from the Ultima Frontera. To save money, eat here and drink at the Frontera.
 

Finer Dining


Don’t know what you want to eat? Wander around Isla Teja, there are a lot of restaurants to choose from!

Escencia Restaurant (Hotel Naguilan)
General Lagos 1927 - 63 2 212851
Affordable Nouveau Chilean Cuisine

Espacio Cocina (american fusion)
Arturo Günther 1641 - (63) 2 20 6634
Very good menu, but they only take cash. Try the “Hamburguesa de carne y cordero” Open on Sundays
during lunch!

Club de Union  (German / Chilean)
Camilo Henriquez 540
(63)-213377 or 09-3596865
Mon-Sun - Typical German food, they have an excellent Pullmay but you have to reserve it 3 hours in
advance. Club de Union has free internet and opened a co-working place.

Puerto Canelos (seafood)
Av. Alemania 636 (63) 2 43 2976 Mon-Sun - New restaurant, good selection of seafood, empanadas and
happy hour until 10pm.

Das Haus (chilean and German)
O’Higgins 394 - +56 63 2 213878
Original Café Haussmann. A Valdivia Tradition known for crudos, kuchen and beer.

Acampao (parilla)
Carlos Anwandter 252 - (63) 222 6606
Barbecue restaurant

Parilla de Thor (parilla)
Arturo Prat 653 - 63 2 270767
Argentinian style Asado

Toro Diablo (parilla)
Los Robles 170
For the meatlovers among us!


Sello de Raza (Chilean + parilla)
Las Encinas 171 – (63) 2 22 6262
Different Chilean- and meat dishes

Sombun (Thai food)
Carlos Andwanter 288B - 9 7657 2055
Small but cosy Thai restaurant.

Sabor de India (Indian)
Located in the bus terminal(parilla)
Los Robles 170
For the meat lovers among us!

Sello de Raza (Chilean + parilla)
Las Encinas 171 – (63) 2 22 6262
Different Chilean- and meat dishes

Sombun (Thai food)
Carlos Andwanter 288B - 9 7657 2055
Small but cosy Thai restaurant.

Sabor de India (Indian)
Located in the bus terminal

Restaurant Shanghai (Chinense)
Carlos Anwandter 898 - (63) 2 12 5778
Voted the best Chinese Restaurant in Chile (try the Fried Banana dessert!!)

Strike Sushi Bar (sushi)
Esmeralda 693 - +56 63 2 203012
Affordable and close!

Di Baron Trattoria e Pizzeria (Italian)
Carlos Anwandter 583 - 63 2 2 225661
Great pizza and Italian food affordably priced.

Subway (sandwiches)
Picarte 473 - open 24/7

 

Micro breweries

Valdivia has a long tradition of beer. Of late the microbrewery boom has resulted in many new breweries. Here are a few we recommend:


Cervecería Kunstmann
– Open every day until midnight -
(63) 2 29 2969
A Valdivian classic. They have a little museum, daily tours in English and Spanish, a restaurant and beer tastings.


El Growler
– Mon – Sun / 12.00 – 24.00 - Saelzer 41 (Isla Teja) - (63) 2 22 95 45
El Growler is a microbrewery bar and restaurant that opened in 2015. If you’re looking to have a good IPA or an excellent Cider, this is the place to go. Their fish tacos and buckets of homemade fries are an excellent
choice should you get hungry after a beer or two.

Bar Bundor
– Los Alerces 31 (Isla Teja) - (63) 229 9633
Bar with a good atmosphere, its own beer, a variety of Belgian beers (with beer glasses!!!) and original sandwiches.

Calle Calle Brewery – (63) 2 22 6925

Salida Sur km 2 Valdivia, A good place at the lake.

 

Nightlife

With over 17,000 university students in Valdivia, the nightlife is lively and diverse. Calle Esmeralda, is
located only three blocks from the hostel and has a variety of nightclubs, restaurants and bars, different
events every night for everyone! Another place you can find various bars, and a lot of restaurants is Isla
Teja.

Sala Murano – Camilo Henriquez 648 - (63) 223 3312
If you feel like dancing! A club with two rooms and sometimes DJ’s performing. Check their Facebook for
events.

Punto de Quiebre – Carampangue 236
The place to go if you want to dance all night!

GazGaz Club – Camilo Henriquez 436 - 9 9088 8598
Student parties all week. They have two rooms and sometimes live music! Check their Facebook page
for events.

Bimba – Independencia 543 – (63) 223 1550
Electronic music and live concerts from time to time. Check out what’s going on on Facebook.

VS – Versus Pub – Calle Beauchef 629
The only gay bar in Valdivia

Clover Irish Pub – Esmeralda 691 - (63) 224 5353
Irish Pub on Esmeralda. This is the place if you’re looking to watch a soccer game and drink a draft
Torobayo.

Lio Bar – Isla Teja, Calle Saelzer 60 - (63) 221 2808
Trendy bar with a great patio and decoration. They have good cocktails!


Etni-co bar lounge – Arturo Prat 425 - 9 8211 9274
Nice bar with food and various cocktails.

El Perro Negro – Esmeralda 675 – 9 9449 7672
Rock bar with live concerts. Find out what band is playing on Facebook. Open Thursday to Saturday.

KlanDestino – Open on Sundays – Maipu 137
Dive bar that’s open until 3AM on week days and 4AM on weekends. Recommended if you like rock/metal music but still want a nice atmosphere

Casino Dreams – Carampangue 190 - (63) 226 7000
If you’re feeling lucky and want to gamble, this is the place to go

Bowling Center – Errázuriz 1040, Nivel 1, local 10 - 15.00 – 22.00 -. (63) 221 2808
If you feel the need to bowl dude

 

Sports and Well Being

 

 

Go for a run along the riverfront of the Calle-Calle river and you’ll come across numerous exercise
machines.

Puelche Climbing – Calle Cochrane 351 - 9 9983 9988
Hours: Monday to Sunday from 11:00 – 13:30 and 15:00 – 21:30
Prices: Entrance $3.000/ Pass 5 uses $12.000 (non transferable) - they also rent equipment.

Piscina Aqua – Holzapfel 665 - (63) 2 22 0311 - 9 am – 22 pm
Heated swimming pool, sauna and jacuzzi. Closed Mondays. Take micro 9 or 3 or colectivo 45 or 450

La Rueda del Chucao  - Camino a Niebla, Km 10, Niebla (Ruta T 350) - (63) 2 28 2013
Heated hot tubs with spectacular views of the Valdivian forest. Reservation 24h beforehand.

Yoga Salud – Beauchef 742
They have daily yoga classes available on a walk-in basis. Located just down the street from the hostel.
https://www.facebook.com/pages/YogaSalud/488428837836219

Hotel Dreams – next to the bridge (63) 2 36 3550
A good indoor option for rainy days. Spend your day enjoying the fitness room, pool, jacuzzi and sauna.
They also offer massages and spa treatments. The cost is 25.000 CLP for the day.

 

Contact Us

 

 

 

Garcia Reyes 550, Valdivia, Chile
Tel: +56 63 222 2202

Cel/Whatsapp: +56 9 5117 2731
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