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Los Ríos, the Rivers Region of southern Chile has not only rivers but also lakes, mountains, volcanoes, virgin forests, ecological parks and ocean beaches.


Map of Los Ríos
  • 1 Valdivia — called the “Pearl of the South” because of its public spaces, order and cleanliness, and the “Beer Capital of Chile"
  • 2 La Unión La Unión, Chile on Wikipedia — 30,000 inhabitants, in the south of the region in the central valley
  • 3 Panguipuilli Panguipulli on Wikipedia — 15,000 inhabitants, thermal baths in the northeast of the region
  • 4 Futrono Futrono on Wikipedia — 15,000 inhabitants, near the large lake Lago Ranco

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There are many national parks and reserves in this part of the country, especially in the Andean region and the coastal cordillera.

  • 1 Alerce Costero National Park — south of Valdivia
  • 2 Puyuhue National Park Puyehue National Park on Wikipedia — volcanic region in the Andes, in the Los Lagos Region
  • 3 Southern part of the Villarica National Park Villarrica National Park on Wikipedia
  • 4 Mocho-Choshuenco National Reserve Mocho-Choshuenco National Reserve on Wikipedia — a small protected area in the volcanic region in the Andes
  • 5 Huilo-Huilo Biological Reserve — a private nature reserve with unique lodgings
  • 6 Costera Valdiviana Reserve Valdivian Coastal Reserve on Wikipedia — south of Valdivia



The capital of the Region is Valdivia, one of Chile's most beautiful cities lying on the Calle River 17 km up river from the bay area. The bay is unexceptionally beautiful as well as historic. The presence of 3 important Spanish forts dating from the 1600s are restored and well maintained. The Spanish lost the forts to the Chilean revolutionary forces without firing a single cannon.

Hired by the Chileans Lord Cochrane led his ships into the bay area only to realize that the forts were invulnerable (except for one element.) Cochrane took his ships further down the coast and disembarked the men. Realizing the major fort of Corral had no rear wall protection from infantry, the naval commander organized his sailors into ground troops attacking the fort from the rear and easily took the fort.

Valdivia is likewise the site of the world´s worst recorded earthquake which occurred on May 20, 1960. A resulting tsunami took even more lives as the giant wave came in at an estimated 42 feet high, likewise causing destruction and death in Hawaii and Japan.

The city has excellent hotels, restaurants and a casino. Close to the city are national forests and wonderful ocean beaches. Boat tours are quite popular as well are boat and jet ski rentals. Further inland are several lakes with options such as fishing, bed and breakfasts, hostels, hotels, camping and during the summer many local folklore festivals.

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