The heart of Valdivia’s story is its geography. The city has seen dramatic changes to its landscape due to events like the earthquake of 1960 (the biggest in South America and possibly the world). Plus, it’s the gateway to Patagonia’s rainforests, which is why it boasts such natural wonders as the clearest water in the world. On this Valdivia food tour, you’ll taste the flavours of the area’s pristine landscape.
The first stop on our tour will be one of Valdivia’s most popular attractions for both locals and visitors: the Mercado Fluvial, or fish market. With plenty of regional food and handicrafts on offer, it’s the best place to stop to taste what the season has to offer — and do a spot of shopping should you desire. You’ll learn about the local products and get to hear, smell, see, and even taste real local life.
We will stroll a bit further down the road to some of the shops that dominate this part of Valdivia, stopping to taste some delicious Chilean chocolate on the way and maybe some homemade cookies or honey if we are lucky. You’ll discover the deep connection these treats carry between the neighbouring forest and the local people of Valdivia.
We will next make our way to the Austral University of Chile, home to one of the most southerly botanical gardens in the world, where we will learn more about the indigenous people, the Mapuche, who used to roam these lands. We’ll walk through the beautiful gardens, which feature a whopping 950 native and exotic species of plant. To quench our thirst during our stroll around the gardens, we will stop to try a famous local drink called mistelas, made from local berries and aguardiente, or “fire water.” This traditional concoction of the Mapuche will make you feel like you’re tasting the ancient forest of the gardens. Plus, knocking one of these back will definitely get us in the mood for our next and final activity of the day.
Valdivia is famous for having the purest water in the world, and Valdivians just love to make beer with it! Try five spectacular local brews at our favourite microbrewery. We will also pick up a traditional Chilean snack to enjoy alongside our beers, such as ceviche or valdiviano or a simple bucket of fries if that’s what your taste buds desire.
After making some new friends and getting our beer buzz on, we’ll say goodbye. But don’t forget to ask your guide for more tips on how to get the most out of your trip to Valdivia and the rest of Chile.
Inclusions: Local English-speaking guide, samples at the local market (products will vary depending on the season), chocolate and/or cookie tasting, 1 local drink, beer tasting with 5 different beers, generous snack (varies with what’s available and what the group prefers, but could be fries or ceviche).
Exclusions: Additional food and drinks, souvenirs and personal shopping, tips/gratuities for your guide. Please note that in many locations throughout Chile, you need to pay for the use of public toilets.
Dress standard: Please wear comfortable shoes for walking and bring a rain jacket in case of rain.
Your Trip: For your Urban Adventures you will be in a small group of maximum of 12 people
Confirmation of booking: If you have your voucher, your booking is confirmed. We'll see you at the start point. Get in touch if you have any concerns or require more information via the email address or phone number (business hours only) on your voucher.
Closure of sites: Depending on weather, local festivities, and supplies of local businesses, some spots on the tour may be closed unexpectedly. In such a case, we’ll take you to an alternate but equally awesome spot.
Child Policy: This is a child-friendly tour. Children between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour at the rate listed above. Please select ‘child’ above when booking. Children under the age of 6 are permitted to join this tour free of charge. Please inform us at the time of booking if you’ll be bringing a child under the age of 6. You can do so in the special request box on the checkout page.