Depart from your hotel in Santiago alongside your interesting and insightful guide. Stroll to the local metro station then disembark at Universidad de Chile to admire the glittering murals that depict significant events from Chilean history.
Next, immerse yourself in the charismatic crowds of Santiago’s downtown district to discover the colonial majesty of the area. Admire attractive architecture before experiencing the cultural tradition of café con piernas (coffee with legs) in a traditional coffee shop; sip steaming coffee served by scantily clad waitresses wearing alluring outfits.
Then, browse the bespoke boutiques of Paseo Ahumada, an immensely popular street filled with sophisticated shops. Absorb the atmosphere of Plaza de Armas, a gathering spot for Chilean immigrants, and sample some of the authentic offerings from street food stalls; try classic sopaipilla, a delicious pastry made from deep-fried pumpkin dough, before admiring the ecclesiastical elegance of the Santiago Cathedral.
Pass the stylish shoe stores of Puente Street until you reach the legendary Mercado Central; awaken your senses to the unique sights, sounds and smells as you admire wonderful wrought-iron architecture and the fresh and exotic produce of the stalls. Indulge in a sublime seafood speciality at one of the rustic restaurants within, trying zesty ceviche, razor clams or freshly baked fish fillets.
Refuelled, meander to Mapocho River to La Vega Central, a market brimming with seasonal produce like figs, quince, persimmons and chirimoyas (custard apples). Stroll to the beautifully bohemian neighbourhood of Bellavista, an artistic enclave in which decorate street art adorns the walls and bespoke boutiques brim with artisan treasures. Gain insight into the artists and poets who have resided there before visiting a local bar for some regional specialities.
Pleasure your palate with the sweet and sublime taste of a terremoto, a typical beverage whose name translates as earthquake. Enjoy the taste of pineapple ice cream combined with sweet fermented wine before returning to your hotel in a comfortable and air-conditioned minivan.