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Top Choice Craft Beer in Valdivia

El Growler

Sur Chico's best craft-beer destination, El Growler is a collaboration between an Oregonian brewer and his Chilean partner. There are 15 taps, more or less split evenly between house-brewed IPAs, red ales, stouts, p…
Nature Reserve in Los Ríos

Huilo-Huilo Biological Reserve

This conservation project, begun in 2000, encompasses 1000 sq km of private land that has been developed for low-impact ecotourism and falls within a much larger Unesco biosphere reserve. There is a wealth of excurs…
Museum in Huilo-Huilo Biological Reserve

Museo de Volcanes

The stone-domed Museo de Volcanes is Sur Chico's most impressive archeological museum, covering Chilean indigenous cultures, including one of the best Mapuche ornament collections in existence, an impressive lantern…
Beer in Valdivia


Kunstmann-organized suds festival.
Brewery in Valdivia

Cervecería Kunstmann

On Isla Teja at Km5 on the road to Niebla, you'll find the south's best large-scale brewery. Standard 45-minute tours leave hourly from 12:15pm to 8pm (CH$8000) and include a takeaway glass mug and a 300mL sampling …
Nature Reserve in Around Valdivia

Parque Punta Curiñanco

The 80-hectare Parque Punta Curiñanco, 35km northwest of Valdivia in Curiñanco, is a unique piece of Valdivian rainforest featuring four types of subforest within its boundaries. It's great for hiking and there are …
Museum in Valdivia

Museo Histórico y Antropológico

Housed in a fine riverfront mansion on Isla Teja, this museum is one of Chile's finest. It features a large, well-labeled collection from pre-Columbian times to the present, with particularly fine displays of Mapuch…
Cafe in Valdivia


This classic salón de té (teahouse) is where Valdivians talk about you behind your back over delicious café cortados (espresso with milk, always served with properly carbonated water), cakes and sandwiches. Toasted …
Sandwiches in Valdivia

La Última Frontera

You'll find one-stop traveler nirvana at this restobar with a distinctly bohemian vibe. Hidden quietly away in a restored mansion, it has a load of outside-the-box sandwiches, fresh juices and local craft beer – 15 …
Market in Valdivia

Feria Fluvial

A lively riverside market south of the Valdivia bridge, where vendors sell fresh fish, meat and produce. Waterfront sea lions have discovered the Promised Land here – a place where they can float around all day and …