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Punucapa - Other Activity Valdivia - Chile

Up the Río Cruces from Valdivia is the small village of Punucapa, which had been founded as a Jesuit mission. Every February 2 faithful followers make a pilgrimage both on foot and by boat to the Santuario de la Virgen de la Candelaria, a 19th-Century wooden church. Punucapa is also famous for its apple sidra, or chicha de manzana, a slightly alcoholic drink. The apple liqueur isn’t the only thing brewing in this hamlet, though. Cuello Negro (named for the resident black-necked swans) is also made here. Horseback riding and remo (rowing) are ways to enjoy the natural beauty surrounding this hamlet. Punucapa is a popular stop on river tours departing from Valdivia.


(Altitude: 406 meters / 1319.5 feet, Population: 1150, Phone Code: 063)

Near Valdivia, Valdivia, Chile

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Getting There
A road does lead the way to Punucapa. Take the Camino a Niebla. After crossing Puente Cruces is the turn-off heading north across the peninsula. From that route another eastward road heads to Punucapa. The easiest way, however, is by boat tour ($8).

Relative price: Budget

Travel Skills: None

Visit the history, anthropology, arts and science museums; catch a concert or movie; spend an afternoon strolling through the Jardín Botánico and Parque Saval on Isla Teja; take a boat tour to the Spanish fortresses; sample the beer at Cervecería Kunstmann; explore the beaches and fortalezas of Niebla, Corral and Isla Mancera; visit Parque Oncol and other nature reserves. Further afield, go kayaking or fishing in the Seven Lakes Region.

Currencies accepted
Chilean Peso

Here are other activities in and around Near Valdivia that may be of interest: Isla de Mancera, Corral and Niebla.

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