Why I love Chile
“I've worked in Chile as a hiking guide and returned to spend part of each year in the Lakes District. For me, Chile has always meant nature as it should be, in so many places a tangled and vast wilderness not yet marred by human intervention. The more I travel, the more I realize that precious few of these places remain on the planet and yet we need them desperately. It's a practical matter, beyond the dollar value...” Read More
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Santiago Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
There are 12 stops along the city route, each one with a different point of interest and in close range of a renowned Santiago attraction. You can hop on and off as many times as you like along the circuit between the hours of 9:30am and 6pm. The loop lasts about 2 hours and buses pass by each stop approximately every 30 minutes. Whether you're a first time or repeat visitor, the Santiago Hop-on Hop-off bus tour offers unlimited value over one day. Air-conditioned and equipped with audio commentary, customize your travel with the flexibility to jump on and off at various locations throughout the city at your leisure.List of stops include: Plaza de ArmasMercado Central (Central Market)Plaza de la ConstitucionSanta LuciaProvidenciaEl Golf - SanhattanEl Golf - Isidora GoyenecheaParque AraucoHotel Sheraton and Lo ContadorAlonso de CordovaBellavistaBellas ArtesPlease see the itinerary field below for a detailed list of stops.
Santiago City Sightseeing Tour
Your group tour takes you through the main streets of Santiago's civic center with its many different architectural styles. You'll pass the neoclassical Moneda Palace, built in the 18th century and current seat of Government; the Plaza de Armas, or main square, with its cathedral; the Museum of National History; and the Central Post Office.Your tour continues to the Parque Forestal, based on Paris' Champs-Elysees and Santa Lucia Hill, where the city of Santiago was founded in 1541. You'll continue to the bohemian area of Bellavista and climb the Saint Lucia hill for a panoramic view of Santiago with the Andes mountains in the background.
Cajon del Maipo Day Trip from Santiago
After morning pickup from your Santiago hotel, travel with your guide southeast of the city on a winding road that climbs upward alongside the Maipo River. As you travel through Cajón del Maipo, a canyon and river valley carved into the Andes mountains by the river, enjoy a range of hypnotizing landscapes. Admire lush vineyards and orchards, catch sight of the occasional roadside stall selling homemade goods, and then find yourself amid barren mountainsides and jagged snow-drizzled peaks. During the ride, listen to tales of folklore unique to these lands. Disembark at Embalse el Yeso, a large lake reservoir enveloped by mountains, located about 9,843 feet (3,000 meters) above sea level. Snap shots of its emerald-colored sheen and, following your guide on a flat trail, learn more about the reservoir and local geology. During the hour you spend here, breathe in crisp mountain air and drink a cup of steaming hot chocolate.Back in the vehicle, continue along the mountain road to San José de Maipo, the charming and rustic capital of the region founded in 1792. As your guide walks you through the picturesque main square lined with tiny shops and cafes, note its laid-back atmosphere and learn about the town’s history and adobe-style architecture. Enjoy free time to search for those special souvenirs in the nearby artisan markets. We will have a delicious picinic-cocktail with wine before or after visiting San José. Your guide, familiar with the best restaurants in the Cajón area, can accommodate your group’s preference and take you to a place serving delicious, authentic Andean cuisine.After your day of tranquility amid Andean scenery, you’ll be taken back to your hotel in Santiago.Please note: A minimum of two people per booking is required.
Vina Del Mar and Valparaiso Day Trip from Santiago
Depart for the central coast traveling through the valleys of Curacavi and Casablanca. The latter is known for its recent success as a wine producing area. Continue to the coast and visit the beach area of Renaca and the town of Vina del Mar, known as the Garden City for its pretty parks and flower lined streets. Visit the Gaming Casino and the coastal road. In the afternoon continue to the picturesque port of Valparaiso built in the 16th-century on a total of 43 hills which are reached by narrow windy streets, staircases and a series of lifts (funiculars). This area has been declared by UNESCO as patrimony of humanity due to its eclectic architecture and urban development. You may wish to visit the Pablo Neruda Museum which contains some of the poets collections, specifically related to the sea. The Museum is situated on one of the hills overlooking the bay offering fantastic sea views. At the end of the day you have the choice to return to Santiago with the group, or stay in Valparaiso for a little longer making your own way back to the city at your leisure.
Andes Day Trip from Mendoza Including Aconcagua, Uspallata and Puente del Inca
Your day trip to the Andes starts with pickup at your Mendoza hotel by comfy, air-conditioned coach. With your guide, head west from the city via Route 7, part of the Pan-American Highway, toward the Chilean border, approximately 130 miles (200 km) away.Gaze out the window and watch the landscape change from urban sprawl to rolling vineyards to mountain peaks as you make your way along the highway, stopping at several points of interest. Stop first in Potrerillos, on the dammed lake of Embalse de Potrerillos. Here you can stretch your legs, grab some breakfast or a snack if you wish (own expense) and admire the snow-capped mountaintops you’re nearing!Your next stop is Uspallata, a small mountain town that boasts more scenic alpine views. Get something to eat here (own expense) if you didn’t before – or if you’re still hungry! – and get ready to witness the highway scenery become more and more dramatic as you keep going west. Continue about an hour to Puente del Inca, a natural rock bridge over the Vacas River, a Mendoza River tributary. The natural wonder, once visited by Charles Darwin, makes for some fantastic photos with its swirl of colored rock, so this is a good time to break out the camera! You’ll also visit the small community nearby to have lunch (own expense) and browse some local handmade goods if you’re interested. Back on the coach, keep heading west toward Las Cuevas, on the border with Chile, and then turn off the highway for Aconcagua, the tallest mountain in the Americas at approximately 22,840 feet (6,960 meters). Your driver will take you to a prime lookout location so you can snap photos and enjoy the spectacular view. Your last point of interest is Picheuta, a site of ruins by the indigenous Huarpe people, who lived in this part of Argentina from the 5th century BC. The trip back to Mendoza is the same way you came, so relax as you admire the view from the other direction. You’ll be back at your hotel between 6:30 and 7pm.
Private Tour: Santiago City Sightseeing
Your tour takes you through the main streets of Santiago's civic center with its many different architectural styles. You'll pass the neoclassical Moneda Palace, built in the 18th century and current seat of Government; the Plaza de Armas, or main square, with its cathedral and the Central Post Office. Your tour continues to the Parque Forestal, based on Paris' Champs-Elysees and Santa Lucia Hill, where the city of Santiago was founded in 1541. You'll continue to the bohemian area of Bellavista and climb the San Cristobal hill for a panoramic view of Santiago with the Andes mountains in the background. Your tour concludes with a visit to the handicraft village of Los Graneros del Alba. This attraction is closed on Mondays, when an alternative attraction is substituted.