This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Valdivia. To help you make friends with Valdivia before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
The colourful university city of Valdivia, Chile, enchants with its rich historical heritage, therefore appealing mostly to the more culture-minded tourists. It is located at the east of Chile and it is also the capital of the Los Ríos region.
Most hostels in Valdivia, Portugal -- and there are not that many -- are located downtown. Prices tend to run a bit higher for those than for the hostels in the suburbs. Cheap does not mean bad. On the contrary, a cheap hostel in Valdivia, Portgual, will offer you the same quality -- maybe even better and with breakfast included -- as can be found elsewhere. You might even prefer the more relaxing nature of a Valdivia, Portugal hostel a bit further away from the busy city center. Keep in mind, however, that this might result in a long walk every day to reach the tourist spots. Also, returning to the hostel after a night out might not be the best idea, as it is advisable to stay on the main streets when it's dark. Most hostels in Valdivia, Portugal, do not impose a curfew as they are aware of the city's appealing nightlife and will make sure you can enter the building any time you want.
The best time to visit Valdivia might arguably be during Valdivia Week, where the city celebrates its existence with a parade of ships, a market, and some fireworks. Nevertheless, the city has a lot to offer all year round. There is the Mercado Municipal, the convent, and the numerous European-style buildings. One of the highlights is undoubtedly the daily fish market, where in the morning sea lions, sea gulls, and cormorants put up a show, begging for the leftovers and scraps that the merchants throw away. In the afternoon, they can be found sunbathing in the river beside the market.
People who prefer a nice walk among nature can visit for free the university's botanical garden on the island of Teja, and the arboretum. One can also take a scenic bus ride along the coast to one of the nearby parks and enjoy a long walk through Valdivia's untouched nature. Undoubtedly your hostel in Valdivia, Portugal, will offer advice and information on how to get there.
Tourists that are only interested in trekking and hiking might not appreciate Valdivia to the fullest, but the vibrant coastal city will charm anyone with its beauty, culture, and history.
Written by local enthusiast for Valdivia hostelsMargaret