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  • Santiago: Cajon del Maipo Small-Group Tour

    1. Santiago: Cajon del Maipo Small-Group Tour

    Escape the hustle and bustle of Santiago city, and enjoy a day to remember as you embrace the magic of the Andes Mountains on a small-group tour for no more than 16 people. Be picked up at your accommodation and travel in a comfortable, air-conditioned minivan on a scenic drive to Cajon del Maipo. Once there, connect with nature in a peaceful environment of fresh, clear mountain air. Visit the enchanting village of San José del Maipo to admire the colonial-style architecture, and see the church and main Plaza de Armas, where fans of adventure travel often gather. From there, continue the drive following the Maipo river.  Make your way to discover the amazing lagoon at Embalse El Yeso Dam. Take amazing pictures and a relaxing walk, and savor a delicious glass of wine or juice. Head back toward Santiago at around 3 PM and get dropped off at your hotel or in the city center at approximate...

    Excellent experience! Gorgeous scenery on a gorgeous day! Alejandro (and Francisco behind the wheel) were great — very knowledgeable and personable!

  • From Santiago: Cajón del Maipo and Volcán San José Hike 8K

    2. From Santiago: Cajón del Maipo and Volcán San José Hike 8K

    Get back to nature and go for a hike in the Andes mountains. Learn why the region is one of the most active in the world for volcanoes and get up close to one just 100 kilometers from Santiago. Travel to the town of San Jose de Maipo and marvel at the beautiful waterfalls. Head to the refuge of El Cabrerio for the start of your hike in the Engorda Valley and get stunning views of the gorge of Cajón del Maipo and its rock formations. Encounter a breathtaking view of the Volcán San José on the Chile-Argentina border.                                                                                             

    Cajon del Maipo is a great hike with beautiful scenery. Our guide, May, was informative and caring. We really enjoyed our day. The only small negative was, that at 12.5 hours, rather than the advertised 10 hours, it was a bit long.

  • Cajon del Maipo Full-Day Small Group Tour with Picnic

    3. Cajon del Maipo Full-Day Small Group Tour with Picnic

    Admire the stunning massifs, estuaries and rivers of the Andes Mountains on a full-day tour of the Cajon del Maipo. Depart Santiago and journey to San Jose de Maipo as you hear the folklore of the area from your English-speaking guide. Head towards the volcano and see small towns such as 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 get dropped off at your hotel or in the city center at approximately 6:00 PM.

    The tour guide was very engaging and funny, and the driver was careful and courteous—we didn’t feel the ride and had a great time. We were two adult sisters traveling with their dad. Try to do this tour if you are visiting Chile, you won’t regret it.

  • From Santiago: Valparaiso and Viña del Mar Private Tour

    4. From Santiago: 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, Valpara...

  • From Santiago: Private Maipo Valley Wine Tour

    5. From Santiago: Private Maipo Valley Wine Tour

    Enjoy a private tour of the boutique wineries of Aquitania and Haras de Pirque located at the foothills of the Andes Mountains in the Maipo River Valley. Relax in their gardens, enjoy their wine, the wonderful flowers, and marvelous views.   First stop, Haras de Pirque. The visit starts on the main terrace of the wine cellar where the beautiful valley of Pirque and the majestic Andes Mountains can be appreciated. Moving inside the horse-shoe shaped cellar, visitors get to know the winemaking and barrel aging process, followed by a tasting of three wines – Albaclara Sauvignon Blanc, Reserva de Propiedad and Hussonet Cabernet Sauvignon Gran Reserva in their memorable tasting room. Next, visit Aquitania, also located at the foot of the Andes. They focus on producing high-quality wines in limited quantities. Visitors have the opportunity to observe the entire process of wine production, wh...

  • From Santiago: Casablanca Valley Private Wine Tour

    6. From Santiago: Casablanca Valley Private Wine Tour

    Experience the real essence of the Chilean countryside, the innovative new vineyards in the Casablanca Valley. First stop, Attilio & Mochi Vineyard, a small boutique winery where you will enjoy a personalized tour by the vineyard’s owners followed by a tasting of their premium wines. The second vineyard, Matetic, is beautifully located in the Rosario Valley, between native and exotic forests, with sheep and alpacas grazing on the hillsides. Matetic has become an innovative addition to Chilean winemakers since 1999, by introducing organic and biodynamic methods to their process. After the wine tasting, continue the journey to Pomaire, famed for its interesting clay pottery and other handicrafts. Here you can browse small shops bursting with artisan treasures, observe local artists, find the best buys for souvenirs, including ponchos, sombreros, and beautiful handmade lapiz lazuli jewelry...

  • Chilean Treasures: Penguins and Alpacas Private Tour

    7. Chilean Treasures: Penguins and Alpacas Private Tour

    After your hotel pick up, venture towards the Pacific Coast. You will visit the largest privately-owned alpaca farm in the world where you can interact with these beautiful animals up close. See the entire alpaca wool production process and enjoy a broad selection of exclusive creations and handmade art crafts. Afterwards, you will continue up the coastline on the Ruta del Pacifico to the town of Cachagua, a stone's throw from Penguin Island. Try to catch a glimpse of penguins by the naked eye or using binoculars. Walk along a beautifully carved pathway to a small cove with gorgeous views of the ocean. Afterward, stop for lunch in the quiet seaside resort town of Zapallar. Penguin sightings from the shore are most common during the summer months of November to March. During these months there are several hundred penguins on the island. Between April and October, the penguin population ...

    Super relaxing trip. Agency provides professional services, guides are knowledgable. Definitely recommend the rent the boat and go close to the penguin island.

  • Santiago: Incan Petroglyphs, Alpacas, and Wine Experience

    8. Santiago: Incan Petroglyphs, Alpacas, and Wine Experience

    After being collected from your Santiago accommodation, your tour will begin with a stop at Paidahuén Archaeological Park. Paidahuén is an isolated hill located along the northern bank of the Aconcagua River in the rural town of San Esteban. At the top of Paidahuén, you will be able to appreciate slabs of large rocks adorned with petroglyphs. Full of symbolism and mystery, these rock drawings are work of native populations dating from 450 to 1,000 years ago. From the top of the hill, you may ponder unanswered questions while taking the natural context into consideration. Specifically, the relationship between Paidahuén Hill and other peaks in the valley, the hill’s strategic positioning, and the prevalence of north-facing petroglyphs. Following this, you will visit the San Esteban Winery for a vineyard tour and tasting. San Esteban is a family-owned and operated producer of high quality...

  • Santiago: Markets Bike Tour

    9. 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.

    Fantastic tour! My guide was Karla and she just loved to show off her quarter and city! She can tell you so much about the local history - just ask! :-) I went on a Sunday morning when the streets were really quiet - I found that very good because you can relax and look around and don’t have to worry about running someone over. :-) Can highly recommend it!!

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What people are saying about Santiago

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 22 reviews

Super nice guys who give you interesting and additional information about the city and the history over Chili. To learn the town you have to do this.

Excellent experience! Gorgeous scenery on a gorgeous day! Alejandro (and Francisco behind the wheel) were great — very knowledgeable and personable!

Very nice trip with Yuri ! He explained us a lot about the area, the Andes range and Cajon del Maipo. Very interesting, I highly recommend it !

We had a lot of fun with the guys from Andoandes - really funny and passionate nature lovers!

Our guide Yuri was fantastic! He knows everything about Andes and Canyon. Highly recommended.