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Santa Lucia Hill (Cerro Santa Lucia) Tours

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Santa Lucia Hill (Cerro Santa Lucia)
Santa Lucia Hill (Cerro Santa Lucia) is one of two hills that overlook Santiago, where in 1541 Pedro de Valdivia founded the city long before Chile existed as an independent country. At the time, the hill was called Huelén by the indigenous people; a nearby street (by metro Salvador) still bears that name. 

The hill rises about 230 feet over the surrounding part of the city, and there are excellent views of downtown from several terraces up there. Cerro Santa Lucia has three main constructions: the main entrance on the Alameda, with its wide, curving staircase, fronted by a fountain and backed by a yellow mansion; the fort at the top from which the best views of downtown can be seen; and the Castillo Hidalgo, which often hosts large international events.

There are also gardens and the Pedro de Valdivia Plaza, which has its own fountains and colorful tiled benches with Moorish influence. The top of the hill can be reached via the main entrance, as well as by way of the pedestrian access at the corner of José Miguel de la Barra and Victoria Subercaseaux, up a flight of stairs. There is also an elevator on the west side of the hill, where the pedestrian street Huerfanos ends, but this route only takes visitors halfway to the top.

Visitors to the hill would be hard-pressed to miss the cannon-firing, which takes place every day at noon and can be heard throughout many parts of downtown. This activity was suspended for several months after the 2010 earthquake, but it is back, routinely surprising those wandering the area.

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The two metro stations closest to Cerro Santa Lucia are Santa Lucia and Bellas Artes. Visitors can easily walk over the hill by going up the main entrance from the Santa Lucia side and exiting down on the Bellas Artes side, or vice versa. Many people opt to tack on a trip up the hill to their time spent in the Lastarria neighborhood, Parque Forestal or both. Good shoes are recommended, as some of the upper staircases are uneven and most of the hill is cobblestoned.
Address: Santiago, Chile
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Private Tour: Santiago City Sightseeing

Private Tour: Santiago City Sightseeing

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Explore Santiago’s most significant sights on a comprehensive private guided tour of the city. Visit legendary landmarks and impressive monuments in stylish transportation with a knowledgeable guide, discovering the bohemian neighborhood of Bellavista and the neoclassical splendor of Moneda Palace. Choose between a morning or afternoon tour and continue to explore the sparkling city independently after your tour concludes.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$64.00
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$64.00
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Private Santiago City Half Day Tour

Private Santiago City Half Day Tour

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Explore Santiago on a private vehicle tour that introduces you to some of the city's main sights. Pass by a variety of landmarks, see colonial architecture, and visit Mercado Central. When booking, you have the option to select a morning or afternoon departure time, plus choose to visit either Santa Lucia Hill (Cerro Santa Lucia), San Cristobal Hill (Cerro San Cristobal), or both.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$46.90
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City Tour and Wine Tour Concha y Toro or Santa Rita

City Tour and Wine Tour Concha y Toro or Santa Rita

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Be seduced by the bohemian spirit of Santiago on a full-day tour of the Chilean capital including a winery visit. Alongside your guide, you’ll gain fascinating insight into the history of the city as you visit prominent landmarks like Santiago Cathedral, La Moneda Palace and Central Market. Absorb the charm of colorful neighborhood, Bellavista; admire the metropolitan grandeur of the financial district, ‘Sanhattan’, and visit a winery of your choice for a vineyard tour and tasting session. Winery choices include Undurruga, Concha y Toro or Santa Rita.  
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  • 8 hours
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$105.00
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City Tour of Santiago de Chile

City Tour of Santiago de Chile

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Get acquainted with the treasured landmarks of the Chilean capital on a 4-hour tour of Santiago by luxury coach. From your guide, you’ll receive an interesting introduction to Santiago as you visit landmarks such as Metropolitan Cathedral of Santiago, Cerro Santa Lucia and La Moneda palace. Absorb the bohemian charm of Bellavista neighborhood and opt to explore the city’s financial district, nicknamed ‘Sanhattan’, due to its plethora of skyscrapers. Hotel pickup and drop-off is included in this tour.
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  • 4 hours
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$50.00
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Half-Day Small-Group Panoramic Santiago Tour

Half-Day Small-Group Panoramic Santiago Tour

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Step inside the political, cultural, economic heart of Chilean culture thanks to this 4-hour, small-group, Santiago sightseeing excursion. Marvel at the architecture of days gone by at sites like the elegant Club Hípico de Santiago (Equestrian Club), and then check out the city’s trendy side at hip eateries and boutiques of the Bellavista area before finishing at the Central Market, plus much more.
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  • 4 hours
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Half Day Santiago City Tour

Half Day Santiago City Tour

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Orient yourself around Santiago’s major attractions on a half-day guided sightseeing tour of the city in a comfortable minivan. Gain local insight into historical and modern sites alike on a small-group excursion to Santiago's must-see spots like Plaza de Armas, Santa Lucia Metropolitan Park, and La Moneda.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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$50.00
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Small Group Santiago City Tour

Small Group Santiago City Tour

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Experience Santiago with this small-group, guided, multi-stop, full-day tour that includes transportation in an air-conditioned vehicle between stops. Learn about the city’s origin story, the military coup of 1973, and modern-day life. Visit places like the Metropolitan Cathedral of Santiago, La Moneda, and Plaza de Armas. Wander in modern and bohemian neighbourhoods and stop at an equestrian club.
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  • 5 hours
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$66.67
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Santiago City Tour

Santiago City Tour

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Experience the best of cosmopolitan Santiago. This tour blends the modern with the traditional, taking you to charming buildings in the historic city center and glass skyscrapers in the financial district. You’ll visit landmarks like the Plaza de Armas, the Cathedral, the Moneda Palace, the Central Post Office, and the scenic Santa Lucía hill. Learn all about the history and culture of Santiago on this comprehensive city tour.
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  • 4 hours
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 Santiago city and Wine Tour in a Small Group

Santiago city and Wine Tour in a Small Group

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Discover the story of Spanish conqueror, Don Pedro de Valdivia and the history of Santiago during this full-day, guided city sightseeing tour that includes a wine tasting and tour at a Chilean winery. Walk among the plazas, cathedrals, and the historic La Moneda Palace before visiting modern and colorful neighborhoods like Bellevista. Wrap your day with a winery tour and tasting in the district of your choosing.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$115.00
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Private Santiago City Tour including Cerro San Cristobal

Private Santiago City Tour including Cerro San Cristobal

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When you prefer our guide and the driver (or only driver/guide) will pick you up at your hotel to start our City Tour Santiago, to visit the main attractions of our city, such as Cerro San Cristobal, Cerro Santa Lucia, Barrio Civico, Historic Santiago, La Moneda Palace, the Municipality of Santiago, national Historical Museum, Cathedral of Santiago and in these stories differently advances a conservative society, revealing and the most important milestones in our national history and the great relevance for us. Later, we will go by the financial sector in the upper area of our city. Stop, stop in one of the most prestigious craft shops sampling to finish our tour, leave passengers in your hotel
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  • 4 hours
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$110.00
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Santiago: Half Day tradicional city Tour

Santiago: Half Day tradicional city Tour

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First time in Santiago? Enjoy a comprehensive introduction to the Chilean capital on this 4-hour sightseeing tour, including hotel pick-up. Admire architectural landmarks like La Moneda Palace and Santiago Cathedral; learn more about Chile’s history as you tour the city’s colonial center and shop for traditional handicrafts and souvenirs. Finally, toast the end of your tour with a typical Pisco Sour cocktail, Chile’s national drink.
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  • 4 hours
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$36.00
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Santiago Stopover City Tour

Santiago Stopover City Tour

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When you’re in between flights at Santiago International Airport (SCL), spend your time discovering the Chilean capital instead of waiting around at the airport. See a fascinating mix of ancient and modern while sightseeing with a knowledgeable personal guide. You’ll view the Plaza de Armas, La Moneda, the Santiago Metropolitan Cathedral, Cerro San Cristobal and more during 3.5 hours of sightseeing. This private layover tour includes airport pickup and drop-off.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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Santiago City Experience

Santiago City Experience

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Enjoy learning about the city of Santiago in a 4 hours customized experience. Your personal guide and your driver will pick you up at your hotel to start the day. You will visit the city's main attractions, such us , Santa Lucia Hill, Santiago's historic center, La Moneda Palace, Plaza de Armas city sq, the Cathedral of Santiago, Bellavista neighborhood, San Cristobal hill and more. During the experience your expert guide will explain everything about its progress and society, whilst revealing the most important milestones in the history and national development of Chile. Trust our specialized guides that will take you through Santiago City Experience.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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Santiago City Tour

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  • 4 hours
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$80.00
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4-hour city tour around Santiago (small groups of up to 7 tourists per car)

4-hour city tour around Santiago (small groups of up to 7 tourists per car)

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In our City tour of Santiago de Chile you will understand how history and time speak through the city and the ways it receives. Therefore, we will start by Cerro Santa Lucía and the Plaza de Armas, so that the childhood of colonial Chilean Santiago can say its first words. These, in turn, will later become a Republican corner in the monumental Palacio de la Moneda. You will continue to follow the steps of history when you discover how Santiago de Chile becomes its inhabitants in the traditional Paris-London neighborhood and the delightful architecture of the Museo de Bellas Artes, ending in iconic places of progress and cultural mix of the capital: El Barrio Sanhattan and the Bicentennial Park. You will be visiting Santiago de Chile for four hours and in this period you will be able to see, feel and breathe the whole history of the city, from its infancy to modern times, and how life in this city changes over time and space.
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  • 4 hours
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$35.00
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Half Day Tour Santiago Highlights

Half Day Tour Santiago Highlights

We invite you to discover Santiago, a cosmopolitan city which has become one of South America’s most modern hubs.Described by the international media as a surprising destination, Santiago stands out for being a cosmopolitan and modern city that perfectly combines its traditions with a modern outlook.
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  • 3 hours
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$44.00
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Authentic Walking Tour Santiago, Chile – Full Day

Authentic Walking Tour Santiago, Chile – Full Day

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Our local guide will pick you up at the place you are staying and from there, we will only use public transportation and our own feet, in order to discover and immerge as deeply as possible into the city’s culture. You will learn how the city works and visit historical buildings, museums, hills and markets such as the fruit, vegetable, fish and flower market, among other stunning places that we consider to have transcendental importance in the development of the city. After the tour, our guide will leave you again safely at your place of accommodation.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
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$130.00
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Santiago: 2 days program, City tour with wine taste & Sea cities.

Santiago: 2 days program, City tour with wine taste & Sea cities.

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Do not spend more, with this multi day tour, you save and you know We will visit the most important points of Santiago, Valparaiso and Viña del Mar We will visit the Concha y Toro vineyard, which is the second largest in the world
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  • 2 days
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Instagrameable Photography in Santiago

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I will take you through the most emblematic places of Santiago Centro. I will take unique photos of your visit in Santiago. You can tour the sector as a local learning from the culture. You will have unique photos ready to share on your social networks.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Small-Group Tour: Night City Tour with Santa Lucia Hill and Dinner Show

Small-Group Tour: Night City Tour with Santa Lucia Hill and Dinner Show

Enjoy a night out in Santiago on this 4-hour experience that includes city sights, dinner, and a show. You'll enjoy a meal of Chilean cuisine and be entertained by a folklore performance featuring Chilean dancing or traditions from Easter Island. When booking, you have the option to include drop-off at the end of the night or not.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$115.90
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Santiago City Tour SCL & Santa Lucía Hill

Santiago City Tour SCL & Santa Lucía Hill

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Discover Santiago, Chile’s capital, nestled in the central valley, right below the imposing Andes. Walk its streets, see its museums, engage with its architecture and become a part of it. Historical and contemporary features combined in the heart of Chile.Walk its streets, visit its museums, engage with its architecture and become a part of it.Visit Santa Lucía Hill a true urban oasis in the middle of the city center.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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City tour Santiago + Viña Santa Rita (in small groups)

City tour Santiago + Viña Santa Rita (in small groups)

This tour brings together two inseparable stories: Santiago de Chile and Chile's wineries. In the morning, a full four-hour city tour that will take us through the most important places of national identity. We will take part of Chile's body through a Santiago City Tour to end the day in the Maipo Valley, making a toast to the soul in the house that bears the legend of the 120, the Santa Rita vineyard.
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  • 9 hours
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Private Santiago Full-Day Layover Tour

Private Santiago Full-Day Layover Tour

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If you have a long layover at the Santiago airport, book this 9-hour private sightseeing tour for a convenient way to kill time and explore the city. You'll visit the financial district, check out the city's two major hills—Santa Lucia and San Cristobol—and visit a local winery for wine tastings. A 3-course lunch is also included.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$285.00
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$285.00
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Private Full-Day Santiago Experience with Lunch

Private Full-Day Santiago Experience with Lunch

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See the best of Santiago on this 10-hour sightseeing tour that introduces you to different neighborhoods, landmarks, and characteristics. You'll visit the financial district, check out the city's two major hills—Santa Lucia and San Cristobol—go to the top of the tallest building in Latin America, and visit a local winery for wine tastings. A 3-course lunch is also included. Select your preferred winery to visit when booking.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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