Sea to the left and red and whit light house standing on cliffs and grass to the right.

Highlights of Valdivia

We will drive from the quay in Niebla toward Valdivia, one of the prettiest cities in Chile and one with a very interesting history. This is a university town on the waterfront of a winding delta. The city is energetic and full of life. It is also very tenacious, having suffered attacks, floods, fires, and the disastrous earthquake of 1960 (the strongest ever recorded) that almost sank the city.

Included in your cruise
  • Discover Valdivia, one of the prettiest and historic towns in Chile.
  • Learn about the German immigration to southern Chile.
  • Difficulty level

    Level 2: Easy

  • Duration

    3h

  • Max. passengers

    480

  • Booking Code

    INCL-NBL1

  • Notices

    We recommend wearing warm comfortable clothing and a waterproof windbreaker to fully enjoy the visit.

We will drive from the quay in Niebla toward Valdivia, one of the prettiest cities in Chile and one with a very interesting history. This is a university town on the waterfront of a winding delta. The city is energetic and full of life. It is also very tenacious, having suffered attacks, floods, fires, and the disastrous earthquake of 1960 (the strongest ever recorded) that almost sank the city.

Valdivia is divided by a series of narrow rivers, notably the Río Valdivia and the Río Calle Calle, which wrap around the city’s downtown. These rivers have produced some of the world’s top rowers. Many mornings, you can see these spidery figures gliding along the glassy water.

While driving through the city, learn about German immigration to the area through the stately, historic homes that dot the street. The houses were built between 1840 and 1930 and belonged to affluent families. Many have been restored and maintained, despite various earthquakes and other natural disasters that have beset them since their construction.

Stop for a visit at the Maurice Van der Maele Historical and Anthropological Museum, housing a large collection of Mapuche artifacts and jewelry, as well as important pieces from the Spanish and German periods. The German influence permeates every corner of the city.

Afterwards, we will continue to the Valdivia downtown area. Leave your bus and enjoy a pleasant walk around the area. We will visit the bustling Mercado Fluvial, where dozens of fishermen hawk fresh conger eel, hake, and king crabs in front of colorful fruit and vegetable stands. Pelicans lurk and sea lions awaiting handouts behind the fish stands. Transfer back to Niebla to re-join the ship.

Practical information:

  • Language: English.

  • Remarks/requirements: We recommend wearing warm comfortable clothing and a waterproof windbreaker to fully enjoy the visit.

  • Walking information: Walking is at the discretion of each guest. Most surfaces are flat, with some slight inclination and few steps. Downtown Valdivia is surfaced in cobblestone. Otherwise, it is paved flat terrain.

  • Wheelchair accessible: No.