Watch vendors holler and shoppers bargain in the bustling markets of Mercado Central and La Vega during this 4-hour food-and-market walking tour of Santiago. An in-the-know guide takes your small group, limited to 12 people, to select stalls to sample treats like ‘empanada de mariscos,’ ‘humitas’ and homemade ice cream. Enjoy neoclassical architecture along the way, and soak up the city skyline from the top of Cerro San Cristóbal. Wrap it up with lunch at a restaurant in the trendy neighborhood of Bellevista.
Meet your guide at La Moneda Palace in the Plaza de la Constitución to kick off your 4-hour tour of Santiago that pairs sumptuous food tastings with incredible city views. You’ll travel by foot and take the metro to visit markets and historic neighborhoods. In La Alameda, pass by the Iglesia San Francisco and Teatro Municipal. Stroll through Plaza de Armas and admire the Metropolitan Cathedral and Correo Central, the old post office.Wander through the wrought-iron fish market of Mercado Central, a popular spot to grab lunch on-the-go. Sample four types of typical Chilean cuisine, both savory and sweet, like seafood empanadas and corn pie, and wash it down with a pisco sour. Next, walk to La Vega Central, a crowded and chaotic market known for the fresh produce that thrives in Chile’s mild climate and varied terrain. Pass by peaches, raspberries and custard apples, as well as healing potions and household items; all kinds of goods can be found here. In Metropolitan Park, take a cable car ride up to the top of Cerro San Cristóbal for sweeping city views. Snap shots of the skyline and then head down to the hilly and hipster district of Bellavista. Enjoy a delicious Chilean lunch at a local-favorite restaurant before heading back to your departure point, where your tour ends. Sample tastings:
Empanada de mariscos (seafood pie) with a glass of pisco sour
Homemade bread with pebre (sauce made with parsley, tomato and garlic)
Humitas (corn pie)
Mote con huesillo (traditional beverage made from wheat and peaches)
Chilean homemade ice cream