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Santiago: Cajon del Maipo Hot Springs & Barbecue Experience

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

Discover Cajón del Maipo on an afternoon trip from Santiago escaping from the crowds and heat. Relax in the medicinal hot springs, see the stunning Veil of the Bride waterfall and enjoy a traditional Chilean barbecue while stargazing. Meet at one of several pickup points in Santiago at 3 PM and head into the Andes to see a majestic valley called Cajón del Maipo. Cross the old train line and the Maipo river to enter Cajón del Maipo. Drive past picturesque towns before stopping at the roaring Veil of the Bride waterfall. Continue through the hills to several viewpoints and enjoy panoramic views of the volcano and mountains, before heading to the natural hot springs of Termas Valle de Colina. Relax in any of the 7 pools with temperatures ranging from 130ºF to 86ºF (55ºC to 30ºC), heated by the nearby volcano. Head back to the lounge in order to enjoy a Chilean barbecue. As you eat, drink wines from central and southern Chile, beers, juices, or hot beverages. Vegetarian and vegan options are available. Once you've finished eating, lay down at the lounges around the campfire while stargazing. Afterward, relax on the return journey to Santiago with drop-off at your hotel. We go back around 1 AM.

Santiago: Highlights Bike Tour

2. Santiago: Highlights Bike Tour

A biking tour to head into the green spaces and historical highlights of downtown Santiago. Shady parks, hip barrios, and insights into Santiago local culture will make for a memorable afternoon. You will be lead first through the parks in Santiago, before visiting the Gabriela Mistral Cultural Center and La Moneda where you’ll get into Chile’s political history and how it shapes society today. Following this, you will hit the streets with your bike, venturing to the historical GAM cultural center. Here you will be able to further hear about Chile's history, with your guide talking you through the background of each monument and figure that you encounter. Downtown’s afternoon highlights of big trees, skyscrapers are for the urban adventurers. You will ride through beautiful parks, see unique architecture and witness profound monuments, all within the heart of Santiago.

Welcome to Santiago: Private Tour with a Local

3. Welcome to Santiago: Private Tour with a Local

Transform the way you travel and make it as much about the people you meet as the places you see. Get a welcome to Santiago from a local host eager to share all the tips and tricks to help you make the most of your stay. You can meet at your hotel or Airbnb accommodation and get familiar with the neighborhood. Learn all the insider tips, such as the best places to eat and buy groceries, and the easiest ways to get around. Alternatively, arrange to meet at a central landmark or intersection to start your walking tour. Benefit from the option of taking public transportation or a taxi to get around, or arrange a private car with advanced notice. Hear about the top things to see and do in the city, customized to your interests. By the end of your tour, you will feel more comfortable navigating the city and confident that you have all the information you need.

Santiago: Markets Bike Tour

4. Santiago: Markets Bike Tour

Your tour will begin with you pedaling your way through a colorful bohemian Bellavista neighborhood to learn about street art and the nocturnal life. Learn more about the famous Nobel Prize poet, Pablo Neruda at his renowned Santiago property, La Chascona. Following this you will visit the vibrant markets of Santiago to discuss Chilean traditional foods and culture from your expert guide. Receive some great local dish recommendations and your guide’s favourite’s, which are must-tries, while in Santiago. Afterwards, head over the Mapocho River to the Mercado Central Seafood Market, a necessary stop when in a country with over 6,000 kilometers of coastline. Chileans love to share the country’s local food and customs.

From Santiago: Isla Negra, Pablo Neruda Museum & Winery Tour

5. From Santiago: Isla Negra, Pablo Neruda Museum & Winery Tour

Start with pickup early in the morning and travel towards Isla Negra, west of Santiago. Travel through the beautiful green valleys used for growing a variety of fruits and vegetables.  Arrive at the small town of Isla Negra and visit the former home of famed poet Pablo Neruda. Today, the house is a museum dedicated to his life and work. Visit his gravesite which is located on the grounds surrounding the house. Afterwards, continue to the village of Pomaire where you can browse for some traditional Chilean craftwork, and have lunch at your own expense. Next, visit a local winery at a beautiful hacienda located in the Maipo Valley. Take a tour of the vineyard and learn about the history of the family who has been producing wine here since the 18th century. Taste some fantastic wine, and have the opportunity to purchase some bottles after the tour. Finally, return to Santiago, with drop-off at your hotel.

Santiago: Guided Full-Day Walking Tour with a Chilean Lunch

6. Santiago: Guided Full-Day Walking Tour with a Chilean Lunch

Discover the secrets to Santiago on a private, full-day walking tour. Enjoy the flexibility of a fully-customizable itinerary. Follow your guide thorugh downtown Santiago, ride the funicular to the top of Cerro San Cristobal, and tuck into a typical Chilean lunch at the Central Market. Meet your guide at your accommodation and head out on foot. Get around authentically by using the public metro and bus. Get the inside scoop on Santiago’s best shops, museums, and street foods. Ride the cable car to Cerro San Cristobal for stunning views of the city.  Find out how to shop like a local at the Central Market. Savor local flavors as you dig into a meal comprised of three dishes and accompanied with a glass of wine. Soak up the vibe in the city’s colorful neighborhoods and stop by local haunts like Café con Piernas and La Piojera. Return to your accommodation accompanied by your guide at the end of your tour. 

Pacific Treasures: Valparaiso and Viña del Mar Private Tour

7. Pacific Treasures: Valparaiso and Viña del Mar Private Tour

No trip to Chile is complete without visiting the colorful coastal cities of Valparaiso and Viña del Mar. Your tour begins with hotel pickup followed by an hour and a half drive to the Chilean coastline. Start the drive along the coast in Concón, known for its seaside restaurants and surf shops. Pass by the impressive Concón Sand Dunes with their panoramic views of Valparaiso Harbor. The tour continues past the popular beach town of Reñaca, where you can usually spot sea lions lying on the coastal rocks. Then, drive through Viña del Mar, Chile’s “Garden City,” where you will see the city’s landmarks, including the Flower Clock and Casino, a “Moai” statue from Easter Island, as well as the city’s pristine beaches. Afterward, reach your main destination, Plaza Sotomayor, the heart of Valparaiso. Then, take an old funicular up to Concepcion and Alegre Hills. Bohemian and colorful, Valparaiso’s maze of hills has long inspired poets and writers. YDiscover something new at every turn – a gem of a building, a remarkable art gallery, or a little gastronomic ‘find.’ Revel in the architecture of this UNESCO World Heritage City. Stroll along its narrow streets, climb its endless staircases, and enjoy panoramic views from its many lofty lookout points.

Santiago: Private Full-Day City Tour with Wine

8. Santiago: Private Full-Day City Tour with Wine

Meet your local guide and start the tour in a comfortable private vehicle. The first stop will be at San Cristobal Hill. Take a cable car to the summit and enjoy the most amazing panoramic views of the entire city and Andes Mountains. Afterward, drive through the bohemian neighborhood of Bellavista before arriving in the historic city center. Visit the landmarks of downtown such as the Florestal Park, the Museum of Fine Arts, Plaza de Armas (Santiago’s main square), the Cathedral, City Hall, Historic Post Office, Old Congress Building, Palacio La Moneda (The Government House), National Theater, and Santa Lucía Hill. Then, pass by Costanera Center, South America’s tallest building. Also, visit the upscale neighborhood of Las Condes and stop at El Pueblito de Los Dominicos, a beautiful handicraft market with local artisans. After sightseeing, relax at Cousiño Macul Vineyard. Enjoy a tour and a wine tasting of world-class wines of the Maipo Valley. Founded in 1856, Cousiño Macul is the only winery in Chile among those established in the 19th century that continues in the hands of the original founding family.

Santiago: Main Chilean Wineries Private Half-Day Tours

9. Santiago: Main Chilean Wineries Private Half-Day Tours

Following an early pickup from your hotel in Santiago, begin your private tour of Chile's fantastic wine industry. During the day, find out about wine history in Santiago with your guide, and after a tour in the winery of your choice, savor a typical lunch in a local restaurant. The tour concludes with drop-off at your hotel. There are 4 wineries to choose from, all with wine tasting included: • Santa Rita — Discover over 135 years of winemaking tradition at Santa Rita Winery, one of the top wineries in the Maipo Valley. Take a guided tour through the grape variety garden and the vineyards. Learn about the process of winemaking, including the cellaring and bottling of the wines. • Undurraga — Explore wine cellars with more than 130 years of experience and have the chance to understand the production process of their unique wines. Visit the Parque de la Viña, created by the French landscape architect George Henry Dubois, who also designed the Parque Forestal de Santiago. When visiting the vineyards, learn about the soils and identify the different grapes that Undurraga cultivates in the various gardens. • Concha y Toro — Take the chance to walk through the beautiful gardens and the park of what used to be the summer residence of the Concha y Toro family towards the end of the 19th century. Find out where Concha y Toro wines come from in the Grape Variety Garden, where you'll discover around 26 varieties of wine grapes and a panoramic view of Maipo Valley. Visit the Old Pirque vineyard and the wine cellars, including the centenarian Casillero del Diablo, the birthplace of the wine legend. • Cousiño Macul — Visit the traditional winery of Cousiño Macul, which holds true to a more than 100-year-old tradition of grape growing, and is recognized as one of the oldest wineries in the country. The cellar is made of Cal y Canto — a mixture of lime, sand, and egg white — and is one of the most beautiful examples of this style in Chile. Explore the winemaking process and learn about the huge contrast in equipment used in old wineries such as these, and the newer equipment most modern wineries now use.

Santiago: Valparaiso, Viña del Mar, & Winery Private Tour

10. Santiago: Valparaiso, Viña del Mar, & Winery Private Tour

Enjoy the comforts of a private tour as you visit the colorful coastal cities of Valparaiso and Viña del Mar and make a stop for wine tasting at a renowned vineyard.  The tour begins with your hotel pick up and then a 1.5-hour journey to the Chilean coastline. Drive along the coast in Concón, known for its seaside restaurants and surf shops.  Pass by the impressive Concón Sand Dunes where we will have panoramic views of Valparaiso Harbor.  The tour continues through the popular beach town of Reñaca where on most days we will spot sea lions lying on the coastal rocks. Afterward, then drive through Viña del Mar, Chile’s “Garden City,” where you will see the city’s landmarks, including the Flower Clock and Casino, a “Moai” statue from Easter Island, as well as the city’s pristine beaches. Finally each the main destination, Plaza Sotomayor, the heart of Valparaiso. Ride up an old funicular to Concepcion and Alegre Hills. Bohemian and colorful, Valparaiso’s maze of hills has long inspired poets and writers. You will discover something new at every turn – a gem of a building, a remarkable art gallery, or some little gastronomic ‘find’.  Revel in the architecture of this UNESCO World Heritage City. Stroll along its narrow streets, climb its endless staircases, and enjoy panoramic views from its many lofty lookout points. After exploring Valparaiso, travel inland to the Casablanca Valley to the Casas del Bosque Vineyard for a tour and wine tasting. Today, Casas del Bosque is one of the most important wineries in Chile. In 1993, a family of Italian descendants established the winery. The large old pine and olive trees, and small white houses of adobe, define the name “Casas del Bosque” (Houses of the Forest).  Currently, the vineyard has 580 acres of planted vines, exclusively dedicated to the production of cool-climate varieties of wine, such as Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Noir, and Syrah. One of Casas del Bosque’s biggest strengths is its soil. In the hills, red clay composites of volcanic origin sit on top of decomposed granite layers formed 110 million years ago beneath the Pacific Ocean. This soil gives their wines the unique characteristic sea salt flavor.  Casas del Bosque has gained great prestige over the years and in 2010 became the Best Vineyard to Visit in Chile. Enjoy an informative tour, browse their gift shop, and relax in their outdoor lounge area before heading back to Santiago

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4.8 / 5

based on 42 reviews

We absolutely loved this tour and cannot recommend it enough. It was our favorite tour of our time in Chile. From the great communication prior to the tour until the drop off at our hotel afterwards, this was a top notch team. First we stopped at a cute chocolate shop, then a waterfall before heading to the hot springs. Afterwards we made a sunset photo stop and then a wonderfully arranged BBQ with a beautiful setting. Although the tour was ten hours long, it went by quickly since we did so much but it never felt rushed either. We were blessed with a beautiful clear night for stargazing which was an added bonus. There is some bumpy terrain around the hot springs area which may be tough for someone with back issues.

To date this has been my best travel experience. It had everything! The drive to the Andes was interesting, the waterfall was beautiful as was the off road experience getting there. Fully enjoyed the springs - something that was unforgettable and then the barbecue under the stars was amazing. The food and wine were plentiful and very good - the beef and the empanadas!! I loved this tour and highly recommend

We had a great bike tour with Valentina. She was very knowledgeable and we learned a lot about the history of Chile and the city. She also gave us a lot of amazing recommendations for Santiago. We would definitely book the tour again with her.

Encouraged to go on market tours when I travel in the future. All thanks to this bike tour! (Felipe was an awesome guide!)

Had the best day! Lots to see and do and the tour guide/host was so hospitable. I would recommend it