The capital city of Chile, Santiago with it's imposing backdrop of the Andes mountains, is a vibrant and culturally diverse city. Santiago combines the rich traditional heritage of Chile with modern world conveniences. Santiago’s art galleries, museums and historical architecture are second to none. Combine this with the American style shopping centres and first class cultural dining experiences and what more could you need. Engage with its mix of old and modern architecture and take advantage of the surrounding areas. Just outside the city are the vineyards of the central region, skiing in the Andes and with the Pacific beaches and coastline only one hour away - it is a perfect holiday destination.
Hotels and Accommodation
Accommodation in Santiago can range from a luxurious 5 * hotel and Boutique hotels to 3* hotels you can find something in every budget. Please refer to our hotel links at the bottom of this page.
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Santiago - City, Mountains & Coast Tour : 8 days / 7 nights
Day 1: Arrival at Santiago Airport, transfer to your hotel with English speaking guide.
Day 2: Half day city tour including Santa Lucia Hill
Departure from your hotel in Santiago to begin your journey towards the city center, where you will see the main attractions. First, you will visit Santa Lucia Hill, where the city of Santiago was founded in 1541. Then you will continue to the Plaza de Armas, where you can see the Cathedral of Santiago, the Municipality, the Post Office Building and National History Museum. Your journey will continue along the Government Palace and where you will have the opportunity to walk through some of the most traditional streets and neighborhoods The experience continues uptown along the Costanera Highway until reaching the elegant Vitacura neighborhood and the Alonso de Córdova Avenue, arriving at the FABA handicraft shop, specializing in lapis lazuli jewelry - a semi-precious stone found only in Chile and Afghanistan. We will be able to enjoy a 'Pisco Sour' drink while appreciating beautiful pieces of lapis lazuli. The tour continues with a transfer to your hotel in Santiago.
Day 3: Viña del Mar and Valparaiso
You will be collected from your hotel in the morning, from there you will start your 110 kilometer tour enjoying the diverse scenery and vegetation. Arriving first in Valparaiso where you will enjoy the spectacular view of the houses perched on the hillside that offer shelter to the principal commercial port of Chile; this was once one of the main ports of the Pacific during the last century. A complete tour of the city will include the Parque Italiano (Italian Park), the Victorian Plaza and the cathedral, then you will carry on to the Barrio Chino (Chinese District) and the indigenous area of the city. You will also see the Monument to the heroes of Iquique, the historic elevators (Funicular railways) the customs house and El Mebrillo Bay. Continuing the journey down the coastal road to Viña del Mar, the tourism capital of Chile. Viña del Mar is called the garden city because of its parks, walks and beautiful buildings, also well known for its Casino. On a tour of the beaches you will come to Renaca, the main spa, which includes prestigious restaurants and modern buildings. Mid afternoon you will make you way back long the coastal route towards Agua Santa and finally Santiago.
Day 4: Concha y Toro Winery
You will leave Santiago and head one and a half hours south to Pirque where the Concha y Toro vineyards are located, the largest winery in Chile. You will start the tour at the main house taking in the lake and beautiful park. After a short walk around the grounds you will move on to the vineyards which hold the main ingredients for making these internationally known wines. After a short break you will go to the cellars to see where the wines are stored and matured, including the Casillero Diablo. At the end of the tour you will visit the Wine Shop where you can buy all the different wines that are produced at this vineyard.
Day 5: Day at Leisure
A free day to explore this fantastic city, there is plenty to see and do. In the evening a trip to the Bali Hai Folk Show Dinner. Here you can enjoy a menu offering typical Chilean dishes such as seafood and fish. This is accompanied by a folkloric show demonstrating some of the traditional dances from North, South and Central Chile. You will also see a display by the Hai-Luau Group who shows off the ancestral dances of Easter Island and Polynesia.
Day 6: Trekking La Campana National Park
Departure from Santiago, towards Aconcagua Valley. On the way, with good weather conditions and no clouds, it is possible to see the top of Aconcagua, the highest mountain in South America that almost reaches 7,000m. Within it, there is a smaller valley in which the imposing La Campana Mountain guards a natural sanctuary; this place is also known as “Palmas de Ocoa”. At the foot of the mountain is La Campana National Park, which has three microclimates, a “Chilean Palm” reserve, and a beautiful assortment of flora and fauna. This was studied by Charles Darwin in his visit to Chile. This park has many trails to choose from, with different degrees of difficulty and sights. On the way, it is possible to see many different species of birds such as woodpeckers, hummingbirds, shiny cowbirds, eagles, and animals such as foxes, degus, lizards, butterflies, and harmless snakes, and much more... In the afternoon, return to the hotel in Santiago.
Day 7: Rafting in the Maipo River
Depart Santiago in the morning and head towards the Maipo Valley, framed by the majestic Andes. Arrival at the Maipo Canyon, where experienced guides will provide you with basic information and equipment for this adventure, that consists of a helmet, wetsuit, paddles, and life jacket, and a small rafting introduction explaining the main techniques before getting on the rafts. The rapids in Maipo River are rated class III in winter and class IV in summer. The rafting adventure lasts for approximately one hour. After this exciting excursion, the tour continues to Las Animas cascade, to enjoy a well-deserved lunch. Then it is leisure time to swim in the pool in summer, or to enjoy the sauna in the winter. In the afternoon return to your hotel in Santiago.
Day 8: Transfer from your hotel to Santiago Airport with an English speaking guide.