Things to do in Santiago Metropolitan Region

Our most recommended things to do in Santiago Metropolitan Region

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: Cajon del Maipo & El Yeso Dam Day Trip with Picnic

2. Santiago: Cajon del Maipo & El Yeso Dam Day Trip with Picnic

Discover the magnificent Andes Mountains on a guided day trip from Santiago. Pass by the Tinoco Tunnel, admire the picturesque Cajón del Maipo gorge, and enjoy a picnic lunch overlooking the El Yeso Dam. Start your tour early in the morning with a convenient pickup directly from your accommodation. Hop into the air-conditioned van and set out towards the Maipo Canyon. As you travel, admire the wonderful views of this natural landscape full of high mountain passes, lakes, and forests. Hear about the area's traditions and listen to folktales told by your guide. Along the way, you'll pass the Tinoco Tunnel, a dark disused train tunnel that runs along the Camino Al Volcán, a remnant from the region's railway days. Listen as your guide tells you about the history of this unusual attraction and the tragic story behind the shrines located at the tunnel's entrance and exit. Not far from here, you'll reach the El Yeso Dam. This large reservoir was created in 1964 by damming the Yeso River and now serves as one of the major sources of water for Santiago. Stop here to enjoy a picnic-style lunch served with a glass of wine and some juice. Then, sit back and relax as you set out on your return journey to Santiago, where your driver will drop you off directly at your accommodation.

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

3. 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.

Santiago: Cajon del Maipo and Termas Colina Trip with Picnic

4. Santiago: Cajon del Maipo and Termas Colina Trip with Picnic

Discover the magnificent Andes Mountains on a guided day trip from Santiago. Pass by the Tinoco Tunnel, admire the picturesque Cajón del Maipo gorge, and enjoy a picnic lunch overlooking the Termas Colinas Hot Springs. Start your tour early in the morning with a convenient pickup directly from your accommodation. Hop into the air-conditioned van and set out towards the Maipo Canyon. As you travel, admire the wonderful views of this natural landscape full of high mountain passes, lakes, and forests. Hear about the area's traditions and listen to folktales told by your guide. Along the way, pass the Tinoco Tunnel, a dark, disused train tunnel that runs along the Camino Al Volcán, a remnant from the region's railway days. Listen as your guide tells you about the history of this unusual attraction and the tragic story behind the shrines located at the tunnel's entrance and exit. Not far from here, you'll reach the Termas Colinas Hot Springs. Relax in any of the seven pools with temperatures ranging from 130ºF to 86ºF, heated by the nearby volcano. Stop here to enjoy a picnic-style lunch served with a glass of wine and some juice. Then, sit back and relax as you set out on your return journey to Santiago, where your driver will drop you off directly at your accommodation.

Santiago: Concha y Toro Vineyard Tour w/ Transfer & Tasting

5. Santiago: Concha y Toro Vineyard Tour w/ Transfer & Tasting

We will visit the major vineyard of Chile and the second in the world Concha y Toro and be getting Pirque town after 40 minutes , the pickup point is your hotel. Visitors will gladly be received in Don Melchor Square by a Guide inviting you to enjoy the panoramic view accompanied by a glass of wine, with it in the hand the visitors walk through the old park, going back in time by appreciating the Pirque Casona (Big house) ,Concha y Toro Family´s residence. Remarkable place where the mayor wine company ,in our country, emerged more than 100 years ago. In the Pirque vineyards you´ll be informed on vides, technological and cultural management which stand for a first quality industrial output. Concha y Toro invites you a glass of Cabernet Sauvignon, while you´re witnessing the old legend inside the old facilities. Once the tour is finished, we go back to your hotel.

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

6. 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.

Santiago: Cajon del Maipo Small-Group Tour

7. 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, clean 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 picnic with wine or juice. Head back toward Santiago at around 3 PM and get dropped off at your hotel or in the city center at approximately 6 PM. In the winter season from June to September we make a stop at the snowwear rental store before and after the tour depending on the weather condition.

From Santiago: Maipo Valley Vineyards Tour

8. From Santiago: Maipo Valley Vineyards Tour

Departing between 8:00 - 8:30 AM, head towards the wine-producing region of the Maipo Valley. In under an hour, you will arrive at the town of Isla de Maipo where you will make your first stop at the Tarapaca Vineyard. From there, observe the beautiful surroundings and take some fantastic photographs. See the Maipo River, which is so important to Central Chile, and learn about the flora and fauna of the area. Following this, explore the town of Isla de Maipo and get to know its customs, architecture, and distinctive character. The next part of the experience starts with a visit to either De Martino, Santa Ema or Undurraga Vineyard. See the gardens, vineyards, and storage cellar at one of these traditional vineyards, ending with a wine tasting. Next, enjoy a wine and cheese tasting as you visit a small family vineyard that has been producing wines and spirits for 3 generations.  finish the tour, you're invited to the local partner's facilities, located in a beautiful agricultural field nestled between some hills. Since it's lunchtime, you'll sample the best food and drinks that local producers have to offer. Enjoy some local recipes and flavours to end this unique tour.  If you wish to be dropped in Santiago, the arrival time will be around 05:00 PM. It is possible to be dropped at your hotel in Santiago or at the airport. You may also choose to be dropped at San Antonio. If you choose the latter, the drop-off time will be 3 PM.

Santiago: Concha y Toro and Undurraga Vineyards Tour

9. Santiago: Concha y Toro and Undurraga Vineyards Tour

This wine tour in the Maipo Valley will visit 2 vineyards. The traditional, Concha y Toro and Viña Undurraga. Your driver will collect you at 8:00AM and take you to Viña Undurraga. At the Vineyard, the tour lasts approximately one hour and 15 minutes and includes a comprehensive tour of all aspects of the winery and tasting of 3 reserve wines (according to availability) and a gift glass. After you're finished at Viña Undurraga, you'll take a lunch break for approximately an hour and a half. The visit to Concha y Toro begins at Don Melchor square, where you'll be greeted by a guide who will take you to enjoy a panoramic view of the Pirque vineyard accompanied by a glass of wine. With a glass in your hand, walk through the old park and appreciate the Casona de Pirque, the historic residence of the Concha y Toro family. This is the place where the largest viticultural company in the country was born more than 100 years ago. In the vineyards of Pirque, you'll learn all about the technological management that is required for high-quality viticulture. Viña Concha y Toro will also offer you a glass of Cabernet Sauvignon before the tour finishes. You will return to your hotel between 5:30-6:00 PM. 

From Santiago: Highlights of Valparaiso and Viña del Mar

10. 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, and squares, and have the chance to take some 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.

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A truly fantastic tour. Jaime was our guide and was incredibly friendly and welcoming. This is by far the best tour your can do of Maipo hot springs - with a lovely breakfast, and barbecue lunch at El Morado. The barbecue lunch really brought everyone together in the group, and we left with many more friends than we started the day with! A truly memorable and enjoyable experience. Highly recommended!

Yamin was a fantastic guide. There were a decent amount of stops so it never felt like we were in the van too long. The views were spectacular, and we had enough time to explore each stop. Make sure that you bring layers— during different parts of the day, I had on just a T-shirt, a hoodie and jacket, or just a light jacket.

The trip was awesome! The tour guide was very helpful and welcoming. I was the only person who didn’t speak spanish on a trip and both the guide and the trip-mates did an awesome job in making me feel welcome and excited!

Guide was great and spoke great English, the day was well planned out and worth the money. Glad I done the tour instead of doing this trip by bus myself

This is definitely a great filler activity. So peaceful and beautiful views above a very busy city below