|The sights and smells of the river market|
|Some hopeful sea lions|
We enjoyed a river cruise around Isla Teja, where we saw some fancy houses overlooking the rivers and some black-necked swans. We also learnt about the city's history. Valdivia was an important location for the Spanish, who guarded it with military forts for over 200 years, until the War of Independence. Later on we visited a dinky 17th-century guard tower of the city.
|Río Calle Calle: in the three-rivers system of Valdivia|
|A cosy "cabin" on the river front|
|Torreón del Los Canelos|
Valdivia was a lovely second stop on our journey south.