Santiago Suggested Itineraries

By Viator, March 2016

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Despite its location in South America, Santiago has a distinctly European feel, from its neoclassical architecture to its efficient metro system, Santiago is one of South America’s most sophisticated cities and a must-see if you are visiting Chile, even for a short while.

A great way to get acquainted with Santiago is to take a city tour. Cruising through the city streets, you’ll notice the varied architectural designs—Santiago’s buildings and monuments are a cavalcade of European styles, especially the Parque Forestal, which is based upon Paris’ Champs-Elysees. The tour finishes up at Los Graneros del Alba, a handicraft village located near the famous church of Los Dominicos. Here you can browse handmade sundries and souvenirs as well as sample Chilean cuisine. As the tour is about 3 ½ hours long, the village is a great stop for a late lunch or early dinner. Either way, you’ll have plenty of time to enjoy the Chilean capitol’s sights.

On your second day, experience another side of Chile with a private tour of the Cousino Macul and Concha y Toro wineries. Here, you’ll get to sample some of the top vintages from two of Chile’s most famous producers against the serene backdrop of Chile’s rural countryside. This day trip is a wonderful and relaxing outing, especially after exploring and sightseeing the day before.

However, if you should happen to visit Santiago during the ski season (June through August), on your second day, skip the wineries and hit the slopes.  Portillo is one of the top ski resorts in Chile and short trek from Santiago. If you book a tour, you’ll learn the history of the mountain, as well as that of the adventurers and explorers who climbed the Andes and explored the region. Ski rentals are available at the resort.

Your last day in Santiago should include a trip to the Valle Nevado Ski Resort. June through August, Valle Nevado offers some of the best runs in the southern hemisphere, and during the rest of the year, the mountain scenery makes for great backpacking. The trip to the resort from Santiago takes you past a number of quaint mountain villages, and the views of the Andes are bar none.

Of course, mountain villages and racing through fresh powder are not for everyone; if you fall under this category, then spend the third day of your trip taking a tour of Isla Negra, the former home of Nobel Prize winning author Pablo Neruda. This charming beach-side village features eccentric architecture and a museum to Neruda’s life and works, and the tour makes a stop at the village of Pomaire, known for its fantastic clay pottery.

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Cajón del Maipo Day Trip from Santiago

4.5 star rating: Recommended 48 Reviews

Discover Cajón del Maipo — an oasis just outside of Santiago — and connect with nature, a sense of tranquility and fresh mountain air. On ...  Read more

Location: Santiago, Chile
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $109.99

Santiago City Sightseeing Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 104 Reviews

See the very best of Santiago on a comprehensive introductory tour of Chile's capital city. Perfect for first-time visitors, this morning or afternoon ...  Read more

Location: Santiago, Chile
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $58.89
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Chilean Folklore Show and Dinner with Transport

4 star rating: Recommended 41 Reviews

Experience Chile like the locals do! When you come to Santiago, you simply have to enjoy a tasty Chilean meal. Whilst having your dinner, you'll be entertained ...  Read more

Location: Santiago, Chile
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $127.99

Small-Group El Morado Trek and Hot Springs Day Trip from Santiago

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 21 Reviews

A hike with views of snow-drizzled peaks, followed by soaks in thermal pools — can you picture a more perfect day? On this small-group tour led by an ...  Read more

Location: Santiago, Chile
Duration: 14 hours (approx.)

From USD $119.99

Experience Santiago: Private Food Markets Tour with Cooking Demo and Homemade Lunch

Get a taste of Chile’s culinary culture and cuisine on this private tour of Santiago’s food markets, plus a hands-on cooking demonstration and seasonal meal in ...  Read more

Location: Santiago, Chile
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $242.99

Santiago Like a Local: Private Walking Tour with Coffee, Markets, Street Food and San Cristobal Hill

4 star rating: Recommended 11 Reviews

On this private walking tour, experience Santiago like a true local -- a Santiaguiño -- as you explore boutique shops, food markets and diverse ...  Read more

Location: Santiago, Chile
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $125.39
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Santiago Super Saver: 2-Day City Sightseeing plus Viña del Mar and Valparaiso

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 10 Reviews

Save by booking two popular tours together: Hit the top attractions of Santiago on an introductory tour and explore two gems along Chile’s central ...  Read more

Location: Santiago, Chile
Duration: 11 hours in 2 days

From USD $188.99
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Mountain Horseback Riding Tour from Santiago

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 6 Reviews

Go off the beaten track on a horseback-riding tour through the mountains of the Santiago area. With an expert guide, you’ll follow local ...  Read more

Location: Santiago, Chile
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $160.00

Private Tour: Santiago City Sightseeing

4.5 star rating: Recommended 53 Reviews

Ideal for first-time visitors to Santiago, this private guided tour is a well-rounded introduction to Santiago's famous sights. With a choice of a morning or ...  Read more

Location: Santiago, Chile
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $38.94
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Small-Group Santiago Food and Market Tour Including Mercado Central

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 14 Reviews

Experience Santiago's vibrant street food scene, including the popular and well-known Mercado Central (Central Market), on this food-filled walking tour! ...  Read more

Location: Santiago, Chile
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $117.99

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