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Science & Culture


Valdivia is the cultural hub of the south with lots of activity. Here are a few of the institutions to choose from.


* CECS - Centro de Estudios Científicos. Arturo Prat 514, Valdivia, Chile. (56)(63) 234500. This thinktank is world famous for its research in climate change and glaciology.


* Universidad Austral de Chile - Isla Teja - One the top research universities in Chile.


You can go to it to consult the programs of the academy or the cinema, Cine Club. This last one often organizes cycles which will change you from the american production which monopolize the Chilean screens.

Cine Club:


It is possible to visit the adjacent botanical garden, which shelters an amazing collection of sorts of the native fauna. A beautiful bucolic stroll up to the banks of the river to see swans in the black swan there.


Then you can continue towards the Saval Park($400pesos), vaster and more magnificent.

*  Arboretum UACh -   
This little known place has a virtual museum of plants. Entrance is free so you can wander on your own. Also, tours are available by filling out the request on the above website. $2.000 per person. Available Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 am - 16:00 pm, 11:30 am


* Conservatorio de Música / Conservatory of Music - Calle Vicente Perez Rosales

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.


* Museo Arte Contemporáneo  - Isla teja - Los Laureles 47

Open from tuesday to saturday between 10am to 13pm and to 15pm to 18pm

It teaches us that the museum was built in the warehouses of the old brewery Andwanter, destroyed by a fire in 1912. Premises were bought in 1916 by the brewery CCU which worked up to the earthquake of 1960.

The space of exhibition is aerated thanks to the immense plate glass window ith a view on the port of Valdivia. The director also preserved the rust of the metallic beams. The museum has two halls among which paintings and sculptures change at the rate of the exhibitions.


* Historical and Anthropological Museum - Isla teja - Los Laureles 47

Open from tuesday to sunday between 10am to 13pm and to 14pm to 20pm

Entrance : $1300pesos

The visit of this museum allows you to discover the Mapuche culture and to make you an image of the life for Valdivia after the conquest Spanish.


*  Cineplanet Valdivia - Mainstream Movies, in the Mall 3rd floor - You can also see the schedule on the newspaper “Diario” of the day.

*  Teatro Lord Cochrane, Independencia #455
Ask for the programming at the tourist information office

*  Bookstores:

Libros de Chiloe Calle Caupolicán 410

Librería & Cafetería Donceles Garcia Reyes 684
Nice little cafe with a bookshop with a cozy atmosphere – what more could you want, especially on a rainy day.  Open in the afternoon only, very near!

Qué Leo  Los Laureles 075   
Nice bookstore on the Isla Teja.  Closed on Sundays.

Cafes & Food

Cafes, Food:

La Ultima Frontera - Bar/Restaurant
Nicely decorated 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. 235 363 Pérez Rosales 787 - 235363.
Open Monday to Saturday all day. Food served until 2 am.

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:

Santo Pecado    
International cuisine by the river    
Yungay 745 +56 63 2 239122

Escencia Restaurant (Hotel Naguilan)     
Affordable Nouveau Chilean Cuisine
General Lagos 1927 +56 63 2 212851

La Calesa
Peruvian Cuisine
O'Higgins 160 +56 63 2 213712

Parilla de Thor
Argentinian style Asado in walking distance
Arturo Prat 653 +56 63 2 270767

Restaurant  Shanghai
Voted the best Chinese Restaurant in Chile (try the Fried Banana dessert!!) Carlos Anwandter 898 +56 63 2125778

Strike Sushi Bar
Affordable and within walking distance of our hostel
Esmeralda 693 +56     63 2 203012

Cafe Haussmann
A Valdivia Tradition famous for its crudos, kuchen and beer.
Libertador Bernardo O'Higgins 394, +56     63 2 213878

Di Baron Trattoria e Pizzeria
Great  pizza and Italian food affordably priced.
Carlos Anwandter 583 +56 63 2 2 225661

Espacio Cocina
Very good menu, but they only take cash.Try the “Hamburguesa de carne y cordero” Open on Sundays during lunch!

Arturo Günther 1641 +56 9 63 2206634

Puerto Canelo
New restaurant, good selection of seafood, empanadas and happy hour until 10pm.
Avenida Alemania 636 +56 63 2 432976


Telepizza Avenida Los Robles 86, Isla Teja
Phone number : 600 600 6000

Los vecinos Irlanda 1901 (locales de Huachocopihue)
Phone number : (63)220 0074 - Sandwiches, Open Monday to Saturday between 12:30 to 00:30


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:

Cerveceria Kunstmann
A Valdivian classic, open Sundays, Brewery tours daily. Please note that they have been bought by CCU, which is owned by Coca Cola.  Open from 12 to midnight everyday. Take bus number 20 toward Niebla to get there.     

El Duende
Camino Niebla in front of Cutipay River. The best beer in our opinion. A real microbrewery but is little more than a tasting room.

Calle Calle Brewery
Salida Sur km 2 Valdivia.


With over 14,000 university students in Valdivia, the night life is lively and diverse.
For one stop shopping, visit Calle Esmeralda, just three blocks from the hostel which has a variety of nightclubs, restaurants and bars. They have a different event every night to entertain EVERYONE.

Carre Social Club -  Esmeralda #677 - (63) 223 9288
It is an ultramodern and comfortable place. It offers 3 environments frontal terrace, pub & discotheque. You can find Happy Hours and special promotions.

Clover Irish Pub - Esmeralda #691
Irish Pub on Esmeralda. If you want to watch a soccer game and have a Draft Torobayo from Kunstmann, this is the place to go.

KlanDestino - Open on Sundays Maipu 137
Very comfy dive bar that’s open until 3AM during the week and 4AM on weekends. One of the few places that serves J. Bello beer. Highly recommended if you like Rock/Metal music but still want a nice inviting atmosphere.

El Bunker Avenida Los Robles.
Good bar with a great sandwiches

KV Restobar Chacabuco 358
Cheap dive Bar close to the hostel. They also have punk concerts from time to time.

Rio Music Bar Av. Alemania 290
University Bar.

Bar Independencia
Bar with electronic music and live concerts, check out their facebook for events. Independencia 543

XS Disco          
Discotheque in Valdivia, it seems to be the best place to dance on Fridays.
Casino Dreams (near the bridge)

GazGaz Club
Nightclub with Student parties all week long. They have 2 dancefloors and usually there’s good concerts as well.
Camilo Henriquez #436 (second floor)

VS - Versus Pub
The current openly Gay Bar, Calle Beauchef just before Calle Esmeralda.

Casino Dreams
If you're feeling lucky and want to gamble, this is the spot.
Carampangue 190

Lio Bar
Isla Teja, Calle Saelzer - Trendy hot spot with a great patio and decoration. They have very good cocktails!


Sports and Well Being

Along the riverfront of the Calle-Calle river, you'll find numerous exercising machines to exercise.

Puelche Climbing Calle Cochrane 351
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
Heated swimming pool, sauna and jacuzzi run by the City of Valdivia. Closed Mondays
Opening 9 am - 22 pm - micro 9 o 3 or colectivo 45 or 450
+56 63 2 220311

La Rueda del Chucao Camino a Niebla, Km 10, Niebla (Ruta T 350).
Heated hot tubs with spectacular views of the Valdivian forest
+56 63 228 2013

Yoga Salud
They have daily yoga classes available on a walk-in basis. Beachef 742, just down the street from the hostel.

Bowling Center
If you feel the need to bowl, dude.
Errázuriz #1040 - Nivel 1, local 10

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