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Purchased this tour the night before and received a quick email response to confirm that Henry, our driver, would collect us from our hotel in the morning. He provided us with interesting commentary on the journey & great conversation (excellent English). Matetic has an organic ethos & a charming situation. Our group was joined at the vineyard by some Spanish speakers but the vineyard'sguide provided information for both audiences. The showcase wine cellar was a clever design! After walking around learning about the process, we moved indoors for tasting. 4 glasses, 2 white & 2 red with bread & water & good explanation on each. We didn't leave without a visit to the shop where some good offers were available. Henry drove us back to Santiago stopping off at a wine warehouse with some additional 'tasting & food options. The day lasted longer than the advertised 5 hrs, more like 6.5 hrs, possibly due to the morning traffic. Well worth it though as we thoroughly enjoyed our day.
When I travel abroad, I usually do sightseeing by myself. This was the only guided tour I had during my 5-day stay in Santiago. I am very pleased with the tour, which let me visit the site of a remarkable project of mural paintings and mosaics on the end walls of 25 apartment buildings in an ordinary neighborhood of the working class. The paintings were powerfully beautiful and amazingly diverse - representing characteristics and a collective message of the residents of each building who chose a painting from bids by artists from around the world. The guide, Juan Paulo, was very knowledgeable and pleasant, and helped me get an insight of Chilean society and fast growing Santiago. It was a fun experience.
Juan a super attentive and careful driver. Pablo a super laid-back, ongoing and attentive guide. They tried at all times to do the best translations into English, they did it in Spanish in a clear and slow way so that everyone could understand it well. They presented the attractions as planned, even though they had an unforeseen event in the city of Valparaiso. The lunch was very good (already suggested menu with several options and fair price). The attractions were varied and with good walks on the edge of Viña del Mar and enough time to take photos, make videos, etc. The return was on schedule combined with all. I highly recommend the tour and the company.
The tour is well organize and the driver was nice. As aspected, is an organized tour, so you have to wait for "group times" and visit something you'll probably won't like to visit (e.g. wine shop). The only complain was to be "obligated" to eat at "Castillo del Mar", a bit overpriced restaurant but with a beautiful view (actually you're not obligated, but the restaurant is set in a position that doesn't allow you make other choises), and to spend not enough time in Valparaíso, wich was my target. Anyway, for whom like me who have a few time to spend, this tour is a good choise.
We enjoyed the comfortable car and safe driving. The tour was given in good and knowledgeable english with all questions answered. The winery has a long and interesting history with a bonus Mapuche museum collection from the founders. We really enjoyed ourselves on this tour.