After Curacautín the others had to go back to Santiago and I took a short trip over to Valdivia, the city of brewery and german roots. I spent to first morning walking around the city and visiting the center and some nice houses there. The famous Valdivian fish and vegetables market that makes your eyes hurt because of the colors of its roof which shad a weird light on everything: I also visited the Museo Histórico y Antropológico, where you can see how Germans would have lived there in Valdivia back in the day. Here a nice array of storage pots, the first one says “Potato flour”: The view over the center of Validivia, seen from the Isla Teja (under the colorful roof again is the fish and vegetable market): In the afternoon I went to visit some small breweries around Valdivia. The one on the picture below is actually the one I liked best and also the only one where I bought some beer, its called “Cervecería Calle Calle” and is located to the south of Validivia, I got to try some of their beer and after a little negotiation they even gave me a very nice cranberry juice to go for free 🙂 I also went to three other which are all on the street between Validivia and Niebla:
- Cervecería El Duende: The guy there was quite unfriendly, didn’t want to let me try any beers neither explain or show me anything. He said all I can do is buy some bottles of beer nothing else, so I left.
- Cervecería Salzburg: Very friendly people there, showed me around and explained me a bit about their beer and also let me try they ones they had at that moment.
- Cervecería Kunstmann: A very profit-oriented brewery (apparently owned by Coca-Cola), tours and food is quite expensive there, so nothing much to do for a traveler on a budget.
At nighttime I walked around a bit in the city centre to take some pictures, here a photo of the Museo Histórico y Antropológico from the city center side of the river:
The central square of Validivia in the fog: