Valdivia Estuary – The Castles at the End of the World

A few kilometers from Valdivia amid an imposing landscape dominated by coves and river outflows, this route has a clear historic meaning and is divided into three circuits that invite you to get to know a series of fortresses.

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Location: Municipality of Valdivia, Los Rios Region.

Distance: 2 km.

Travel time: 1 day.

Travel Mode: Hiking and navigation.

Season: Year round.

Landmarks: 50.

Main attractions: A few kilometers from Valdivia amid an imposing landscape dominated by coves and river outflows, this route has a clear historic meaning and is divided into three circuits that invite you to get to know a series of fortresses comprised of the Niebla Castle, San Pedro de Alcantara on Mancera Island, and San Sebastián de la Cruz in Corral, built in the South Pacific by the Spanish Crown in the 17th century to defend against the pirate and freebooter attacks that used to plague these seas and to exercise territorial control over an area under Mapuche dominion.

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