Osorno was founded in 1553 to be later abandoned in 1604 due to the harassment of the Mapuche who whipped the area to the south of the river Bio Bio during four years.
After settling peace with the Mapuche, in 1972 the remains of the city were found, and it was refounded in 1796.
In 1793 the fort Reina María Luisa was built in homage to the wife of King Charles V of Spain, by an order of Don Ambrosio O´Higgins, who used it as his personal residence until 1976, and then don Juan Mackena during repopulation.
Today some 95.000 inhabitants live in this city, with a central part of typical buildings with exterior arcades, characteristic of the area.
The museums of Chile are protagonists in each of the regions that make up Welcome Chile. Visitors to the website will be able to choose those with which they feel most identified according to their theme or else those that lie in the city they are about to visit. This section tours around these venues offering the articles put together by our staff as well as showing history and the most outstanding photographs taken at each of them.
Adventure travel and extreme sports -in their different disciplines- tend to increase the number of followers all round the world. Chile is an ideal scene for lovers of adventure willing to receive a good dose of adrenaline. Here they will find circuits featuring various degrees of difficulty that will let them share tours with the family as well as enjoy activities in which experience and risk should be endured personally.