A 2-day trip to Santiago offers the chance to fully explore the cosmopolitan capital of Chile, visit a nearby winery, and delve deeper into the local culture. From visiting historic landmarks and bustling food markets to soaking up the vibrant nightlife, here’s how to spend two days in Santiago.
Day 1: The City by Night and Day
Morning: Spend your first hours in Santiago getting your bearings and doing some sightseeing. A bus or walking tour is a great way to familiarize yourself with the city and hit the highlights, while hop-on hop-off bus tours offer the flexibility of being able to customize your stops.
Afternoon: Spend the afternoon exploring one of the several wineries within easy reach of Santiago. Guided wine tours generally include transfers from your Santiago hotel and take you through vineyards and into wine cellars, and typically finish with an included glass of wine.
Night: Hit up the lively Bellavista neighborhood and spend your night drinking, dining, and dancing. A great way to get an insider’s perspective is by joining a small-group nightlife tour that hops between the best bars, nightclubs, and live music venues and includes drinks and snacks.
Day 2: Delve Deeper into Local Culture
Morning: Kick off your second day in Santiago by delving into its food culture. Joining a food walking tour allows you to eat your way around the city and immerse yourself in local life as you browse food markets, refuelling along the way with tastings of typical local dishes and pisco sours. Food tours typically end with lunch at a restaurant.
Afternoon: Visit the Santiago home of the beloved Chilean poet and Nobel laureate, Pablo Neruda. On the slopes of San Cristobal, La Chascona is filled with Neruda’s belongings, offering a fascinating insight into his life and legacy. As you stroll through the house your audio guide fills in the details.
Night: Round out your visit by immersing yourself in Chilean culture with a folklore and dinner show. Tours typically include a 3-course meal, which you enjoy while listening to folk songs and watching colorful traditional dances, which have originated from various different regions of Chile. Round-trip hotel transfers are generally included.