Valdivia Things to Do

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    Mercado Fluvial

    by spidermiss Updated Aug 24, 2010

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    There is a lively market, Mercado Fluvial, that is known for its big selection of fish. Sundays are the best day for looking and walking through the maket. Across from Mercado Fluvial is the indoor market which is also popular for the wide range of produce and the marisquerias are perfect for having a spot of lunch. Look out for the sea lions!

    Mercado Fluvial Sea Lions on the Rio Valdivia
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    Down the river

    by spidermiss Updated Aug 24, 2010

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    Valdivia's heart is by the riverside and waterfront. From the waterfront you can able to join a ferry tour down the river either to the coastal forts on the Pacific coast.; up to the wetlands; or around Isla Tegra (where I went around in November 2008). On the ferry tour I went on I passed the remaining towers that were built in the late 18th Century, the Torreones del Barro and de los Canelos. You can see various wetlands and mini deltas that were caused from 1960 earthquake. There are wood and paper manufacturing outlets dotted by the river and a number of fisherman boats.

    By Rio Valdivia On the River On the River Fisherman Boats
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    Museo Historic y Anthropological de Valdivia

    by spidermiss Updated Aug 22, 2010

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    This museum is on the other side of the Rio Valdivia and on Isla Teja. It's housed in the Andwandter House, a Chilean National Monument since 1981. The house is a typical German neo-classical architecture built in the 1800s and from local woods. It's a former family residence and brewery of Carl Andwandter Figg. The visitors can learn about the Hispanic conquerors including the founder of Valdivia and the impact of German colonial influences in the city since 1850. The museum's collections also celebrate Chilean historic and cultural identity.

    It cost me 1,300 CLP (November 2008) to visit the museum.

    Museo Historico y Antropologico de Valdivia A sealion outside the museum Colonial Architecture
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    Botanical Gardens

    by barryg23 Updated Oct 27, 2009

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    Our second day in Valdivia was our seventh day altogether in the Lake District, and the first day of sunshine. So we spent most of our time outdoors. We walked across to Isla Teja and down to the University area. Most of the students were on holidays so it was very quiet. The most interesting place here was the Botanical Gardens, at the back of the University. The gardens were quiet and very beautiful - it reminded me of an Oxford college. There were a good number of Arrayanes trees on display, and we spent a good hour walking the various paths.

    In Valdivia's Botanical Gardens In Valdivia's Botanical Gardens

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    Lobos Marinos - Sea Lions

    by kiwigal_1 Written May 9, 2008

    The river wharf of Valdivia is home to a group of very large sea lions. They have inhabited the area because of the abundance of food in the form of scraps tossed out to them by the fish merchants. These sea lions are a tourist attraction but please beware that they are wild animals and don't approach them too closely. You probaby won't want to as they really smell bad!

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    Mercado Fluvial de Valdivia

    by kiwigal_1 Written May 9, 2008

    This is the seafood market on the banks of the Cruces River near the centre of Valdivia. It is the main market for the city and is also a tourist attraction. There are boats nearby to take you on a river trip and the lobos marinos are also sloaching nearby ready to eat the fish scraps that are tossed into the river by the merchants.

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    Historical & Anthropological Museum

    by barryg23 Updated Jan 15, 2008

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    The Historical & Anthropological Museum is a relatively interesting museum on Isla Teja, the island opposite the centre of town. There are displays on the native Mapuche people, as well as the early settlers in the area, and some explanations regarding the history and founding of the town. Some of the exhibits have been translated into English, but the majority are Spanish only. The museum is housed in an old colonial home, and has a nice garden, with a view over the river, across to the town and the fish and fruit market. It's open daily and costs 1300 pesos.

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    Sea Lions

    by barryg23 Written Jan 14, 2008

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    Sealions congregate on the river behind the Mercado Fluvial, where they are fed from the fishmongers' scraps. This is a great change to see these fascinating animals up close. They appear to be very agressive, mostly to each other.

    Sea Lions in Valdivia Sea Lions in Valdivia Sea Lions in Valdivia

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    Osorno

    by elpariente Updated Mar 24, 2007

    A Osorno fuimos de paso para tomar el Autobús , pero tuvimos tiempo de dar un buen paseo. No vimos una ciudad muy bonita , pero si nos pareció agradable y bulliciosa
    Nos fuimos preocupados porque prácticamente no habíamos visto el volcán Osorno , sin saber que luego lo íbamos a ver por todos sus ángulos
    We went to Osorno to take the bus , but we had time to take a good walk.
    We didn´t see a very nice city , but we think that is a busy and nice town
    We were very concerned because at this time we practically didn´t see the Osorno volcano , without knowing that latter on we should see it by all his angles

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    Valdivia -Costanera y Mercado Fluvial -

    by elpariente Updated Mar 24, 2007

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    Un paseo por la Costanera y por el mercado Fluvial , donde puedes comprar recuerdos , pescado , comida ... es agradable y muy interesante
    A walk by the Costanera and the River Market , where you may buy souvenirs , fish , fod ... si nice and very interesting

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    "Flandes Indiano"

    by elpariente Updated Mar 24, 2007

    Debido a la permanente amenaza de guerra tanto de parte de los piratas extranjeros como de los nativos sublevados, al Reino de Chile se le apodó el " Flandes Indiano "y se construyeron fortalezas , similares a las que se hacían en Europa , en sitios estratégicos como la ensenada de Valdivia
    Las baterías de cañones en en las fortalezas de Corral y Niebla , que están una en frente de la otra en la desembocadura del río Valdivia y las de la isla Mancera , defendían la entrada del puerto
    Los nombres de las fortalezas se ponían en honor de Santos Españoles como :
    -Castillo de la Pura y Limpia Concepción de Monforte de Lemos ( Niebla )
    -Castillo de San Pedro de Alcántara ( Isla Mancera )
    -Castillo San Sebastián de la Cruz ( Corral )

    Due to the continuous war threatens from part of the foreign pirates and from the revel natives , the Chilean Kingdom was called the " Flandes Indiano " and they built fortress , similar to those in Europe , in strategical locations like the Valdivia Bay
    The canyons batteries in the Corral and Niebla fortress , that are one in front of the other ,
    in the estuary of the Valdivia river and those in the Mancera Island , they defended the access to the port entry
    The fortress were named in honor of Spanish Saints as :
    -Castillo de la Pura y Limpia Concepción de Monforte de Lemos ( Niebla )
    -Castillo de San Pedro de Alcántara ( Isla Mancera )
    -Castillo San Sebastián de la Cruz ( Corral )

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    Ver,oir,oler leonesmarinos-See,listen,smell SeaLio

    by elpariente Updated Mar 23, 2007

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    Los leones marinos o lobos marinos se afincaron en el muelle fluvial de Valdivia y allí viven estupendamente alimentándose de los restos del mercado de pescado y la gente local les conoce a todos por su nombre
    Aquí puedes verlos , oirlos y olerlos en su estado natural
    The sea lions or sea wolfs decided to live in the Valdivia river docks and they live very well there , eating the leftovers of the fish market and the local people knows all of them by their name
    Here you may see , listen and smell them in their natural status

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    Taking pictures of Sea Wolf near the Pier

    by Prinsalsita Updated Sep 18, 2004

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    If you are into taking close ups of sea wolfes this is your chance

    Si estas en la onda de tomar fotos de cerca de lobos marinos aqui esta tu oportunidad

    Seawolf getting close for a snack
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    Lobos marinos near the pier

    by Prinsalsita Written Sep 18, 2004

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    Don't miss the Sea Wolfs in the downtown pier in Valdivia. It is a special view. If you are a bit more daring you could practically feed them and pat them.

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