Rivers, culture, fests, heritage, microclimate, earthquake, tsunami, are concepts that putted together take us to one of the oldest cities in Chile, Valdivia.
In the region of «Los Rios”, that is 800 kilometers from the capital city of Chile to the south , in a three river intersection locates this city, first established as a fort by Spaniards in 1552.
Valdivia was marked by the most intense earthquake ever registered in human history (May the 22nd of 1960) which destroyed almost all the city and which was followed by a tsunami.
In despite of natural disasters the city stand still and more alive than ever before, due to the fact that in every of its corners you will breath culture, art and beauty. Valdivia is the scenery of diverse cultural and artistic events, highlighting among these events «La Semana Valdiviana» or Valdivian week, the Valdivia International Cinema Fest and «la lluvia de teatro» (or «theater rain» in English). For such features as a center of culture and science, Valdivia will be nominated as the American capital of culture in the year 2016.
ADVANTAGES OF THE AREA
The river takes an important role in the location of the city and also in the physical formation of it. The city also has several wetlands in both types riverside and inland. The area has a rainy climate and it is placed in what is call «the green lungs of Chile», the «Valdivian jungle” characterized by having green forest during all the year and multiple stratums. The existence of a geographical relief of considerable high which correspond to Los Andes mountain chain in an area where the oceanic climate influences the temperate climate, provokes an increase in rainfalls and a relatively climate stability with fresh temperatures during all the year favouring vegetation growth and all types of seed farming.