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

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

On this private walking tour, experience Santiago like a true local -- a Santiaguiño -- as you explore boutique shops, food markets and diverse neighborhoods with your knowledgeable guide. You’ll sip coffee, sample street food, stop for lunch and have a drink at a local bar, immersing yourself in Chilean culture as you go.


  • 6-hour private insider walking tour of Santiago
  • Experience the city like a local with a private guide!
  • Ride the metro to downtown art murals and visit two bustling food markets, including La Vega Central
  • Stroll along shop-lined streets, through Plaza de Armas and across the Mapocho River
  • Enjoy lunch at a seafood restaurant as well as local street food, such as sopaipilla
  • Try a Torremoto, a popular Chilean drink, at a bar in Santiago’s Bohemian district, and have a cup of coffee at a popular café

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What You Can Expect

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

Mapocho River

After pickup from your hotel in Santiago, your private guide will accompany you on the metro -- just like a local -- to Universidad de Chile station, where you’ll stop to admire Mario Toral’s murals, called ‘Visual Memory of a Nation,’ which record Chilean history.

Then, join Santiago’s bustling downtown and see its vibrant urban culture firsthand. You’ll walk with your guide through a classic, colonial-style building that houses the stock exchange. Afterward, experience a cheeky piece of Santiago culture as you sip a cup of coffee at a café con piernas (coffee with legs), where female servers show off their limbs in high heels and miniskirts, bikinis or lingerie.

Next, meander through the Paseo Ahumada, a 4-block-long pedestrian mall filled with retail shops and shoeshine stands. Follow the promenade to Plaza de Armas, a gathering spot for Chilean immigrants. You’ll visit Chile’s largest cathedral and snack on some classic street food such as sopaipilla (or sopapilla), a pastry made of deep-fried pumpkin dough.

Continue along Puente Street, lined with shoe stores, until you reach the Mercado Central (Central Market), a national monument built in 1872. Watch the fishmongers cut fillets before stopping for lunch at one of the many seafood restaurants frequented by the locals. Here, try tangy ceviche, fish marinade or razor clams!

After a satisfying meal, walk across the Mapocho River to La Vega Central, a market brimming with seasonal produce like figs, quince, persimmons and chirimoyas (custard apples).

Then, walk through Barrio Bellavista, Santiago’s Bohemian district, where famous poet Pablo Neruda lived. Artists and intellectuals still reside here, along with boutiques and galleries housed in old mansions. Your guide will take you to a local bar to try a Terremoto (Earthquake), a typical Chilean drink made of pipeño (sweet fermented wine) paired with pineapple ice cream.

Afterward, you’ll be taken back to your hotel by a comfortable van.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Excellent tour and Carol was a very good guide. She spoke excellent English and explained the history of the city well and the importance of the various areas that we saw. It was Sunday so the city was quiet and easy to walk around and see the buildings. The highlight for us was the market and lunch in one of the restaurants there. The cafe with legs was also an experience - unique to Santiago.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2013

Kudo's to Paola our guide. Came out in unexpectedly cold weather and on time. Had a great day with her - just wasn't long enough!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2013

(see review for Private Walking Tour, Santiago like a Local). Our tour guide was Gladys and she was excellent in every way. Can't recommend this half day tour with her enough - we wish all of our tours this week had been with Gladys, such was her knowledge of the subject matter, country and culture. She had excellent English, was and looked very professional and was fun - she joined in our English humour. Fascinating day, the best tour we did as it gives you a great introduction and background to the city and country you're in. If there's one thing you do in Santiago, do this tour. A very nice lady. Thank you Gladys - you're a credit to your employer.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2013


5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2013

We had a wonderful tour guide, Richard Soto. He took us to all the sites a tourist would appreciate. His English is superb and his knowledge of Chilean history was very good. I am a knitter he found yarn shops for me. I asked him to take us to a "hole in the wall" restaurant....he granted my wish.

United Kingdom

4 star rating: Recommended December 2013

Good tour and the guide was very knowledgeable.

4 star rating: Recommended June 2013

Need to do some walking to get a better understanding of the city. Coffee with legs not to be missed. It was also good to look inside some interesting buildings.

4 star rating: Recommended May 2013

Local took us for the tour. Interesting sites and facts about the city. Excellent lunch. Unfortunately, we were driven up to San Christobel Hill, but we had to pay to get down on the funicular. This was supposed to be part of the fees, so a little disappointing.

1 star rating: I do not recommend this March 2015

This was NOT the tour I thought I'd signed up for. We ended out on a downtown walking tour and I kept saying to the guide - but what about the markets? I kept getting the brush off - she was saying - we will go to the blue stone market. After our walk on San Cristobal Hill she took us to her friend's Lapis Lazuli store - this was NOT appreciated. I wanted to try market food and get a taste of the cuisine.

1 star rating: I do not recommend this June 2013

Didn't go because of disappointing tour the previous day

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