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Valdivia, Chile

How much does it cost to travel to Valdivia?

You should plan to spend around $68 (CL$65,496) per day on your vacation in Valdivia. This is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors.

Past travelers have spent, on average for one day:

  • $21 (CL$20,308) on meals
  • $7.95 (CL$7,714) on local transportation
  • $79 (CL$76,431) on hotels

A one week trip to Valdivia for two people costs, on average, $945 (CL$916,949). This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

All of these average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

  • Average Daily Cost Per person, per day
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  • 2 Weeks Per person
  • One Month Per person
  • One Week For a couple
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How much does a one week, two week, or one month trip to Valdivia cost?

A one week trip to Valdivia usually costs around $473 (CL$458,474) for one person and $945 (CL$916,949) for two people. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

A two week trip to Valdivia on average costs around $945 (CL$916,949) for one person and $1,891 (CL$1,833,898) for two people. This cost includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

Please note, prices can vary based on your travel style, speed, and other variables. If you're traveling as a family of three or four people, the price per person often goes down because kid's tickets are cheaper and hotel rooms can be shared. If you travel slower over a longer period of time then your daily budget will also go down. Two people traveling together for one month in Valdivia will often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

A one month trip to Valdivia on average costs around $2,026 (CL$1,964,890) for one person and $4,052 (CL$3,929,781) for two people. The more places you visit, the higher the daily price will become due to increased transportation costs.

Independent Travel

Traveling Independently to Valdivia has many benefits including affordabilty, freedom, flexibility, and the opportunity to control your own experiences.

All of the travel costs below are based on the experiences of other independent travelers.

Is Valdivia expensive to visit?

Valdivia is a reasonably affordable place to visit. Located in Chile, which is a moderately priced country, visitors will appreciate the relatively low cost of this destination. It is in the top 10% of cities in the country for its affordability. If you're traveling on a budget, then this is a good destination with affordable accommodation, food, and transportation.

Within South America, Valdivia is a moderately priced destination compared to other places. The overall cost of travel here is fair for the region and comparable to Colonia del Sacramento or Foz do Iguacu.

For more details, and to find out if it's within your travel budget, see Is Valdivia Expensive?

How much money do I need for a trip to Valdivia?

The average Valdivia trip cost is broken down by category here for independent travelers. All of these Valdivia travel prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers.

Category Cost
Accommodation 1 (Double Occupancy) CL$76,431 ($79)
Local Transportation 1 CL$7,714 ($8)
Food 2 CL$20,308 ($21)
Entertainment 1 CL$12,465 ($13)
Alcohol 2 CL$2,286 - 6,857 ($2 - 7)
Accommodation Budget in Valdivia
Average Daily Costs

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The average price paid for one person for accommodation in Valdivia is $39 (CL$38,215). For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price paid for a hotel room in Valdivia is $79 (CL$76,431). This cost is from the reported spending of actual travelers.

  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room

Hotel Prices in Valdivia

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Actual Hotel Prices
The average hotel room price in Valdivia based on data provided by Kayak for actual hotel rooms is $87. (Prices in U.S. Dollars, before taxes & fees.)

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Transportation Budget in Valdivia
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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Valdivia is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $7.95 (CL$7,714) per person, per day, on local transportation in Valdivia.

  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.

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Rental Cars in Valdivia
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Food Budget in Valdivia
Average Daily Costs

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  • While meal prices in Valdivia can vary, the average cost of food in Valdivia is $21 (CL$20,308) per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Valdivia should cost around $8.37 (CL$8,123) per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Valdivia is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

  • Food2 Meals for one day

Entertainment Budget in Valdivia
Average Daily Costs

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  • Entertainment and activities in Valdivia typically cost an average of $13 (CL$12,465) per person, per day based on the spending of previous travelers. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.

  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.

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Alcohol Budget in Valdivia
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  • The average person spends about $4.71 (CL$4,572) on alcoholic beverages in Valdivia per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day

Valdivia On a Budget
Valdivia Valdivia, Chile
Valdivia is a vibrant university city situated in southern Chile. It sits at the meeting point of three rivers in the aptly named Region de Los Rios (The Rivers Region) and is approximately 200 kilometers from both Temuco and Puerto Montt. Due to a large student population, Valdivia boasts a youthful and energetic vibe that is visible in its many bars, cafes and restaurants. The city is also known for having one of Chile's best craft beer cultures, which had its early beginnings when German settlers arrived in the 1840s. The rivers, nearby Pacific coastline and wetlands offer plenty for lovers of the outdoors, too.
Start your tour of Valdivia with a leisurely stroll around the picturesque historic center, which spreads back from the southern shores of Calle-Calle River. There's many free sights to see in the area. Plaza de la Republic, overlooked by the modern Catedral de Valdivia, is the main square and a social gathering point for locals. Snap photos of Torreon de los Canelos and Torreon del Barro, two defensive towers that date back to 1600s and 1700s respectively. Iglesia San Francisco de Valdivia is the city's oldest surviving monument and has amazingly resisted three earthquakes since building started in 1586. For something different, the Museo Naval Submarino O'Brien presents the chance to step aboard a military submarine. It's open from Tuesday to Sunday and the admission fee is about US$5. Another place worth checking out is the free Centro Cultural El Austral, set inside an historic house. The lower floor is set up to represent how the house looked in the 19th century and the upper floor has traveling art exhibitions.

Across the river from the city center is Teja Island, where you'll find Parque Prochelle. A walking trail runs along the park's riverfront and then weaves inland to a wetland area called Laguna de Lotos. Glimpse into the multi-ethnic heritage of the Valdivia region at the Museo Historico y Antropologico Mauricio Van de Maele (US$2.50/adults and US$0.50/children). The museum has exhibits from pre-Colombian times and highlights everything from the Mapuche tribespeople to German immigration. Adjacent to here is the Museo de Arte Contemporaneo (US$2.50/adults and US$0.50/children). It puts on rotating exhibitions of works by South and Central American artists such as Mario Carreno and Nemesio Antunez.

Partake in a traditional city pastime by going for a relaxed walk along the waterfront promenade Costanera Arturo Prat. Here it's common to see a colony of sea lions basking on the banks and boat jetties. To get an alternative perspective of the city you can take a ferry cruise from the piers. Some tours take in the city sights while others continue on the Valdivia River to the pretty fort town of Corral. Back on the dry land, the Jardin Botanico UACh is another great free activity. Visitors of all ages will have fun walking amid tall trees in an arboretum and spotting collections of brightly colored exotic plants.

Beer enthusiasts should definitely set aside time for a guided tour of the Kunstmann Brewery. There's two tours to choose from and both include samples of beers brewed onsite. The Experiencia Kunstmann (US$17, 50 minutes) retraces the brewery's German history and evolution. The Experiencia Elaboracion (US$25, 90 minutes) follows every step of the brewing process from fermentation to drinking. In September the brewery sponsors the Bierfest (from US$7.50/day), a celebration of beer, food and German culture. This is just one of many annual events in Valdivia. Also in February is La Noche Valdiviana, a free event with riverboat parades, firework displays and street performers. The parades are a particular highlight as you can observe fishing boats and passenger ferries decorated flamboyantly by the owners. If music is your thing then you can attend performances by national and international acts at November's Fluvial music festival. FICValdivia is an international film festival held in October and regarded among the most important of its kind in Latin America.
Food and Dining
Restaurants ranging from fine dining options to family-friendly fast food joints abound in the city center and on the Costanera Arturo Prat. The city's riverside setting means that fish dishes dominate the menus. Don't miss the bustling fresh produce market called Feria Fluvial. Market vendors set up stalls every day with fruits and vegetables, meats and copious amounts of fish and seafood to create a sensory overload. Within the market are food stands that serve bowls of ceviche to go at affordable prices. A typical dish of the city is a German-Chilean fusion called crudo. It is raw beef (similar to the French steak tartare) served on bread and topped with lemon juice, onion and a mayonnaise-type dressing. You'll find it on the menu of almost every cafe and restaurant. Wash it all down with a locally-brewed Kunstmann beer or brews from other cervecerias such as Calle-Calle, Cuello Negro and Valtor. Staying on the drinking theme, many places serve chicha, a fermented alcoholic beverage made from maize. The Valdivian version - chicha de manzana - originates in the nearby town of Punucapa and is blended with apples to produce a cider-style drink. It's common to drink chicha during September's Fiestas Patrias festival of Chilean independence.

Aerodromo Pichoy is the city's main airport and is located 32 kilometers to the north. Direct flights connect on a daily basis with Santiago via JetSmart, Latam Airlines and Sky Airline. For other destinations, including Punta Arenas and Puerto Montt, you need to fly via Santiago. Shuttle buses travel regularly between the city and airport for around US$10. An alternate way to get here from Santiago is to take a 10-hour bus ride for US$23. If you ride on the overnight service then you can save yourself the cost of one night at a hotel. The buses have reclining seats, toilet facilities and serve drinks, snacks and meals. There's also an overnight service to San Carlos de Bariloche, in Argentina. Getting here by car is relatively easy as the route follows a section of the Pan-American Highway (Ruta 5) through central Chile. Those with a car can travel the well-maintain roads out of the city to the beach towns of Niebla and Pilolcura plus the Reserva Costera Valdiviana.

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1 Categories averaged on a per-item basis.
2 Categories averaged on a per-day basis.
For example, the Food2 daily average is for all meals for an entire day, while Entertainment1 is for each individual purchase. Thus, the overall daily average cost is not a summation of the individual categories.