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Santiago: Sky Costanera Level 61 and 62 Entry Ticket

1. Santiago: Sky Costanera Level 61 and 62 Entry Ticket

Take an elevator into the clouds as you ascend Santiago's iconic Sky Costanera skyscraper. Holding the title of Latin America's tallest building, a ride up to the 61st floor is a must for all visitors to Santiago. Look out over miles of Chilean landscapes from the observation deck — a heart-stopping moment not to be forgotten. Dominating the skyline, the Sky Costanera structure towers over the financial district at a staggering 980 feet. Feel the world at your feet and enjoy a bird’s eye view of the surrounding Andes mountains with breathtaking 360-degree panoramas at your disposal. By day or by night, the experience is picture-perfect. Take the time to look at the maps and through the deck's telescopes to find Santiago's major landmarks. If you have the time, watch the sun set behind the mountains for an extra dose of the awe-inspiring and jaw-dropping.

Santiago: Vina Del Mar, Valparaiso, Casablanca & Reñaca Tour

2. Santiago: Vina Del Mar, Valparaiso, Casablanca & Reñaca Tour

Head down Route 68 from Santiago, passing through the Curacavi Valley on this full-day tour. Stop in Casablanca for a courtesy wine and olive oil tasting. Continue to Valparaiso on the Pacific coast. UNESCO declared the city’s historic center a Cultural Patrimony of Humanity. Admire its colorful houses, including La Sebastiana, one of the homes of poet and Nobel Laureate Pablo Neruda. Next is a visit to the popular seaside resort of Vina del Mar, where you can choose to have lunch at a restaurant. The town is known as the Garden City for its numerous parks and beautiful flowers. Enjoy all the coast until Reñaca the most popular beach area of the region. On the return drive, you’ll visit Via Las Palmas, a unique place with palm trees on its hills.

From Santiago: Highlights of Valparaiso and Viña del Mar

3. From Santiago: Highlights of Valparaiso and Viña del Mar

Start your day with pickup from your accommodation in Santiago and travel 120 km towards the Pacific Ocean to discover the cities of Valparaiso and Viña del Mar. Spend your day in two of the most famous cities in Chile with their very different in characteristics. First, stop at the multicolored port city of Valparaíso, where you will learn its history and discover why it is considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Walk among the valleys and discover the poetic, artistic, and historic characteristics of the city. Stop at some lookouts, squares, and have the chance to take a couple pictures of the sea lions at the port. From there, the tour will continue to Viña del Mar - a more sophisticated town with resorts, casinos and luxurious neighborhoods. Here, you will have the chance to eat lunch and visit the main sights of the city, such as the beach, the flower clock, and a Moai brought from Easter Island. At the end of the tour, you will be dropped back at your hotel in Santiago.

From Santiago: Cajon del Maipo Full-Day Tour with Picnic

4. From Santiago: Cajon del Maipo Full-Day Tour with Picnic

Admire the stunning massifs, estuaries and rivers of the Andes Mountains on a full-day trip to the Cajon del Maipo on this van tour. Enjoy a delicious picnic in a stunning natural setting along the way. See sights like the Tinoco Tunnel and pass by charming, traditional towns.  Depart Santiago and journey to San Jose de Maipo in a spacious and air-conditioned van. Listen as your guide tells you about the folklore of the area. Head towards the volcano and see small towns like Las Vertientes, El Canelo, El Manzano, El Melocoton and San Alfonso.  Learn the history of the Tinoco Tunnel as you make your way along a dirt road to the large lake of Embalse del Yeso. Stop at the reservoir to enjoy a picnic style snack with cheese, olives, salami, juice, wine and more.  Start back towards Santiago at around 3:00 PM and be dropped off at your hotel or in the city center at approximately 6:00 PM.

Concha y Toro: Guided Wine and Cheese Tasting

5. Concha y Toro: Guided Wine and Cheese Tasting

You will get to know the exclusive and innovative Marqués de Casa Concha line. This experience will take you to the Pirque rural zone with its picturesque surroundings, located just 1 hour away from Santiago, where one of the most important vineyards in the world is located, Viña Concha y Toro. In this famous vineyard, known for its exquisite wines, you will have the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful gardens and landscape that date back to the end of the 19th century, part of the old summer Estate belonging to the family. You will visit the varieties garden where you will find 24 different strains of wine grapes, learn about the growth of the vines and have the opportunity to visit the old cellars including the “Casillero del Diablo” known for its history and famed legend. Lastly, you will enjoy a tasting of 7 wines. Three traditional wines during the tour and four premium Marqués Casa Concha led by a sommelier paired with a fine selection of cheeses. You will receive your glass as a gift.

Santiago: Hop-On-Hop-Off Tour

6. Santiago: Hop-On-Hop-Off Tour

Discover some of the most iconic places in Downtown Santiago on this Hop-On-Hop-Off bus tour. Explore the Santiago Patrimonial route and the Modern Santiago route to discover the many faces of the city. The routes converge at the famous Cerro San Cristobal, the largest urban park in Latin America. Here, you can visit the various attractions that the park has to offer, such as the Santiago Teleferico cable car. Enjoy panoramic views from the air or take a panoramic bus ride to arrive at the summit of Cerro San Cristóbal. Along the Santiago Patrimonial route, explore the capital city's historic center. Hop off to explore sites like, the Metropolitan Cathedral, the Casa Colorada, the Museum of Santiago, the National Historical Museum, the Cerro Santa Lucía, and more. On the Modern Santiago route, visit gastronomic hubs and various residential and commercial neighborhoods. Stop by the Parque Bicentenario, one of the main green areas of the city. Discover the most luxurious shopping center in Chile, the Parque Arauco Mall. The 4 stops on the Santiago Patrimonial route are: - Funicular (connection with the Modern Santiago route) - Plaza de Armas - Plaza de la Constitución - Santa Lucía The 5 stops on the Modern Santiago route are: - Funicular (connection with the Santiago Patrimonial route) - Costanera Center - Isidora Goyenechea - Parque Arauco - Parque Bicentenario

Santiago: Cajon del Maipo Hot Springs & Barbecue Experience

7. Santiago: Cajon del Maipo Hot Springs & Barbecue Experience

Discover Cajón del Maipo on a day trip from Santiago. Relax in the medicinal hot springs, enjoy a traditional Chilean barbecue, and see the stunning Veil of the Bride waterfall. Leave Santiago early morning, and head into the Andes to see a majestic sunrise. Cross the old train line and the Maipo river to enter Cajón del Maipo. Drive past picturesque towns before stopping at a restaurant for a delicious buffet breakfast. As you eat, marvel at a view of the volcano. After breakfast, continue through the hills in a safari style Jeep to the natural hot springs of Termas Valle de Colina. Relax in any of the 7 pools with temperatures ranging from 130ºF to 86ºF, heated by the nearby volcano. When you're ready, continue to several viewpoints and enjoy panoramic vistas of the volcano and mountains. Head back to the restaurant to enjoy a Chilean barbecue or empanadas, depending on the season and weather. As you eat, drink wines from central and southern Chile. Once you've finished eating, drive to the roaring Veil of the Bride waterfall, fed by the water from a nearby glacier. Return to Santiago in the afternoon.

Santiago: Cousiño Macul Official Winery Tour with Tasting

8. Santiago: Cousiño Macul Official Winery Tour with Tasting

Explore the vineyards and the wine cellars of the renowned winery of Cousiño Macul. Discover the Chilean wine-making tradition as you get acquainted with the history of the winery and wine production. At the end of your tour, taste some of the delicious wines produced here.  The tour begins in the outdoor area where the winery guide will explain the grapes that produce the best wines - Finis Terrae and Lota. Learn about the quality of the vineyard and the concept about how smaller the amount of grape clusters, the greater the concentration of its compounds. Continue through the winery with the largest barrels in Chile and in the world, made with Chilean oak and with a capacity for 30,000 liters, though no longer used are still a part of history. See many more elements and old pieces that were used for wine production and get to understand the differences between the old and modern-day production processes. Walk among the huge stainless steel barrels where the wine is processed today and visit the cellars that were built in the 19th century to see how and where the wine is stored. Before the end of the tour, you will partake in a tasting of some of Cousino Macul wines with some guidance on what to see, taste, and smell.

Santiago: Valparaiso, Viña del Mar, & Casablanca Valley Tour

9. Santiago: Valparaiso, Viña del Mar, & Casablanca Valley Tour

Your tour will begin as you are collected from your accommodation, from where you will board a coach destined for the coastal towns of Valparaiso and Viña del Mar. Once in Valparaiso, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, you will embark on a panoramic tour of the port and Plaza Sotomayor (Sotomayor Square). Following your tour, you will ascend to the summit of the Concepción and Alegre Hills using traditional elevators. You will then take a break for lunch, during which time you can enjoy some Chilean cuisine at your own expense. Your next stop will be to Viña del Mar, which is known as the "Garden City" for its plethora of greenery. Towards the end of your tour, you will visit a coastal area to observe some sea lions, before traveling to your final stop, the Casablanca Valley. There, you can sample wines at the Indomita Vineyard, before returning to Santiago in the early evening.

From Santiago: Valparaiso and Viña del Mar Day Tour

10. From Santiago: Valparaiso and Viña del Mar Day Tour

Starting from your hotel in Santiago, meet your guide and travel 120 km to the Pacific Ocean through the Curacavi Valley where you will have the chance to see diverse scenery. On the road, stop in the typical hostelry Millahue for the chance to taste the typical Chilean drink, the "chicha". Arrive in Valparaiso and admire the amazing houses on the hills. Take a sightseeing tour of Victoria Square, Sotomayor Square, the naval heroes monument, and the May 21st Lookout. Take a walk into the hills, using 1 or 2 elevators or explore the bay area. Next stop in Viña del Mar, the city known as the Garden City. Explore some remarkable locations in the resort town including the floral clock, the Casino, and Reñaca beach where you'll have time to stop for lunch at your own expense. After lunch, spend a bit more free time to enjoy relaxing on the beach. Finally, before taking the coast road back to Santiago, stop at the Quinta Vergara, a place known for the international song festival. At the end of the tour, you will be dropped back at your hotel in Santiago.

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What people are saying about Santiago

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 358 reviews

Super good! A tour with a short walking route. More to see the landscapes and take photos, you do not have to be in great physical shape. I do recommend renting the snow clothing that they offer you because it is warmer and gets very dirty in winter. At the end, the Picnic of cheeses, sausages and a great Chilean wine are the finishing touch to the activity. Our guide Isabel was very good and attentive to all the details. I recommend it !!

This was a great excursion out of Santiago. Gabriel our guide was fluent in 3 languages keeping all of his explorers in the know in their native language. He was professional and fun. We had a fabulous lunch at Mediterano, a lovely restaurant with a gorgeous view of the Pacific. Roberto our driver was amazing navigating the narrow streets and busy highways. All in all a great day.

Renzo fue un guía excelente, nos dio mucho tiempo para explorar y hasta nos llevó a un sitio dónde pudimos ver a los lobos marítimos súper cerca, sabe de muchos temas y te explica lo más que pueda sobre el lugar. El autobús es muy cómodo y Renzo es un conductor súper bueno.

Very interesting and fun visit, knowledgeable staff that explains every detail of the history and the winemaking process. The place and cellars are beautiful and the wines are excellent!

Muy buen tour. Informativo. Julio se paso de buena gente. 10/10. Lo recomendare