2. Santiago City Sightseeing Tour
Explore the capital city of Santiago, Chile, on an exciting 3 to 4 hour tour. In this brief time, you’ll be able to see panoramic views over the city, exceptional museums, unusual souvenir shops and some of the most important historic landmarks in Santiago.
Begin the adventure by boarding an air-conditioned minivan with a professional guide. The first thing you’ll see is the Moneda Palace, the current seat of the Chilean government and the home to the President of Chile. Next, you’ll approach the incredible Plaza De Armas, a central hub in the city that boasts remarkable structures like the National Cathedral. While you’re here in the Plaza De Armas, you can also explore the Central Post Office and the Museum of National History.
The next stop on the itinerary is the Parque Forest, a green public park that was loosely based on the designs for the Champs-Elysees in Paris, France. Wander through the lush greenery and admire the statues before heading to Bellavista, an artsy, bohemian neighborhood with an abundance of street art. In order to enjoy some breathtaking, panoramic views over the city of Santiago, the tour will take you to the summit of Saint Lucia, a hill that offers vistas of both the city and the surrounding Andes Mountains. The final stop of the tour is the village of Los Graneros de Alba, a destination known for its handicrafts. Before you return back to your hotel in Santiago, spend some time in the village browsing for souvenirs and art that can remind you of your time visiting Chile.
1. Day Trip from Santiago to Valparaiso and Vina Del Mar
As the capital and the financial hub of Chile, Santiago has a lot to offer. If you want to see a different, more relaxed side to Chile, however, then head for the coast. In Valparaiso and Vina Del Mar, you’ll be privy to views over the sea, and the area is filled with cultural attractions, amazing cuisine and a relaxed way of life.
From your hotel in Santiago, board a comfortable, air-conditioned bus and set off for the coast. The journey brings you through the Curacavi and Casablance, two lush green valleys that signal the coming of the vineyards. Then, it’s through wineries and agricultural land, showcasing that you’re getting further from the Chilean capital. Eventually, you’ll arrive at the first of the two major stops of the day: Vina del Mar. In this coastal town, you’ll have the opportunity to dine and explore the city’s popular casino, see an original moai statue from the Easter Islands and stroll through the beautiful central park in the city called La Quinta Vergara. You might see the stunning beaches in the distance, or admire the Castillo Wulf, a famous German castle next to the coast.
Back in the bus, it’s just a 15-minute drive to the neighboring destination of Valparaiso. This is another coastal town, but it also has a rich history and heritage of art. Many of the homes are painted in bright, bold colors, and murals are found on the sides of countless buildings. You can even visit the Pablo Neruda Museum, which is dedicated to his sea-inspired poems of love.
Finally, there is the chance to ride a funicular, which offers magnificent views over Valparaíso as well as the ocean. Then, it is back to the bus and back to the top hotels in the city of Santiago, Chile.