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Plaza de Armas Tours

Plaza de Armas
The site on which the city was founded back in 1541, Plaza de Armas is both the heart of Santiago de Chile’s historic district and the epicenter of the modern city. The leafy, palm-fringed plaza is surrounded by grand monuments and architectural landmarks, and it’s abuzz with activity at all hours of the day and night. 

The Basics
Whether you choose to explore the capital on a walking tour, cycle between the sights on a bike tour, or customize your own itinerary on a private tour, a Santiago city tour isn’t complete without a stop at the Plaza de Armas. Santiago tours often combine a half-day tour of the historic center with a cable car ride to the top of San Cristóbal Hill, a tour of the atmospheric Bellavista neighborhood, or wine tasting in the nearby Maipo Valley. If you prefer to explore at your own pace, hop-on hop-off bus tours also connect the Plaza de Armas with other Santiago attractions. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Plaza de Armas is a must for all first-time visitors to Santiago.
  • There are a number of cafés and restaurants around the square, but for budget options, try the surrounding streets.
  • As in all large cities, keep an eye on your belongings—pickpockets are common around the square.
  • The Plaza de Armas hosts various festivals, events, and markets throughout the year, including Santiago’s Independence Day celebrations.
  • Santiago’s main tourist office is located at the north end of the square.

How to Get to There
Most of Santiago’s central attractions and hotels are within walking distance of the Plaza de Armas, and the towering spires of the plaza’s Metropolitan Cathedral of Santiago (Catedral Metropolitana de Santiago) are hard to miss. Numerous buses stop on and around the square, while the closest metro station is Plaza de Armas on the L5 green line.

When to Get There
The Plaza de Armas is busy at any time of day or night, and if you’re staying in the city, you’ll likely pass through at several times during your stay. For crowd-free photos of the square’s buildings, an early morning visit is the best chance, while weekend afternoons are the liveliest time, with live musicians and street performers providing entertainment. 

Plaza de Armas Landmarks
The magnificent 18th-century Metropolitan Cathedral of Santiago stands proud at the northwestern edge of the square, opposite which is the Central Post Office (Edificio del Correo Central), housed in the stunning former Presidential Palace. Next door is another national monument, the neoclassical Town Hall, while just off the main square, the colonnaded facade of the 20th-century Palace of Justice (Palacio de los Tribunales de Justicia de Santiago) is another photo-worthy sight. 
Address: Plaza de Armas, Santiago Centro, Santiago de Chile, Chile
Admission: Free
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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
  • Taking safety measures
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US$46.90
Price varies by group size
From
US$46.90
Price varies by group size
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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
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$66.67
Price varies by group size
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US$66.67
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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
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$50.00
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US$50.00
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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
  • Taking safety measures
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US$64.00
Price varies by group size
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US$64.00
Price varies by group size
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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
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$105.00
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US$105.00
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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
  • Taking safety measures
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US$115.00
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US$115.00
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San Antonio Cruise Port - CityTour and Wine Tour in Maipo Valley from Santiago

San Antonio Cruise Port - CityTour and Wine Tour in Maipo Valley from Santiago

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Discover Chile’s cosmopolitan capital and tour a celebrated winery on this 8-hour excursion. Trace the events of Santiago’s past as you visit the city’s colonial center and contemporary financial district. Visit monuments and admire panoramic views from Santa Lucía Hill. Head to Undurraga Winery to taste premium wines and explore the gardens, cellars, and a museum on Andean culture before concluding your tour in San Antonio.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$109.00
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US$109.00
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Private Tour: Half-Day Santiago Discovery

Private Tour: Half-Day Santiago Discovery

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Gain a sense of all Santiago has to offer on this 5-hour guided tour. Learn about the military coup at la Moneda, see the catch of the day at the central fish market, tour the Fine Arts Museum, and ride a cable car to San Cristobal Hill. Further highlights include the colorful Bellavista neighborhood, colonial buildings in the historic center, and legendary bar La Piojera.
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  • 5 hours
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US$149.34
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US$149.34

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
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$50.00
Price varies by group size
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US$50.00
Price varies by group size
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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
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$26.90
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US$26.90
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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
  • Free Cancellation
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US$130.00
Price varies by group size
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US$130.00
Price varies by group size

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
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$95.00
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US$95.00
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Santiago city experience: Walking tour, Market visit, Lunch & Coffee included

Santiago city experience: Walking tour, Market visit, Lunch & Coffee included

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Experience Santiago like a local on this private 7-hour tour, including hotel pick-up, and enjoy the flexibility of a fully customisable itinerary. Follow your guide on a walking tour of downtown Santiago; ride the funicular to the top of Cerro San Cristobal; and tuck into a typical Chilean lunch (included) at the Central Market. Get the inside scoop on Santiago’s best shops, museums and street foods as you explore the city’s colorful neighborhoods, and stop by local haunts like Cafe con Piernas and La Piojera.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$120.00
Price varies by group size
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US$120.00
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Private half day city tour

Private half day city tour

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Get an insider's look at the Chilean capital on a private 3- to 4-hour tour. Round-trip transportation from your hotel allows you to complete your Santiago bucket list in just half a day. Explore Plaza de Armas, shop like a local at Mercado Central, and view the city from above at San Cristobal Hill. Then take a relaxing panoramic tour through Parque Forestal, Costanera Center, and the Lastarria and Bellavista Barrios.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$124.67
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US$124.67
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Private Walking Tour through Santiago de Chile

Private Walking Tour through Santiago de Chile

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Santiago de Chile is emerging as a key player helping to shape the world today. Learn to navigate this cosmopolitan capital wrapped in a colonial skin and discover its unique charm with help from a local guide. Enjoy an authentic Chilean lunch as part of this full-day tour of the city's highlights.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$115.00
Price varies by group size
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US$115.00
Price varies by group size
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Santiago de Chile private city tour.

Santiago de Chile private city tour.

It is a historical tour, you will also know the real causes of discontent of the Chilean people and the real problems of citizenship throughout the return of democracy.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$160.00
per group
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US$160.00
per group

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
  • Free Cancellation
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US$35.00
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US$35.00

Beautiful city tour in Santiago de Chile

Beautiful city tour in Santiago de Chile

It is a historical tour, you will also know the real causes of discontent of the Chilean people and the real problems of citizenship throughout the return of democracy.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$32.00
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US$32.00

Small group Night City Tour With dinner including wine pairing and National Food

Small group Night City Tour With dinner including wine pairing and National Food

Explore Santiago after dark with this night tour of the Chilean capital. You'll start by taking in the views at the top of the San Cristobal Hill followed by a visit to the La Moneda Palace and Plaza de Armas. You'll then sit down for a dinner focusing on traditional Chilean cuisine served with a variety of local wines.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$129.90
Price varies by group size
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US$129.90
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Santiago Center Cultural Bike Tour

Santiago Center Cultural Bike Tour

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Pedal your way around Santiago on this 3-hour small-group bike tour of the historic capital. Follow your guide past city landmarks like La Moneda Palace, the Palace of Justice and Santiago Cathedral; cruise through the lively Plaza de Armas and peek into the famous Central Market. Learn more about Santiago’s fascinating history as you glide down the Bulnes promenade, then escape the busy city streets for a tranquil ride through the Parque Forestal.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$62.67
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US$62.67

Santiago

Santiago

Transfer to the financial, tourist and commercial sectors of Vitacura and Providencia, such as the Bicentennial Park, Sky Coast, the Sculpture and Aviation Park. Walk through the Barrio Bellavista passing through the house of the famous poet Pablo Neruda "La Chascona" (the entrance to the museum is optional) or in the Cerro San Cristóbal or Metropolitan Park (ascent in optional funicular). Transfer to the city center passing through GAM, Santa Lucia Hill, National Library, La Moneda Palace, Plaza de Armas and Central Market. We are a company of young professionals in the field of tourism; All our guides are enthusiastic and eager to deliver their knowledge. We have one of the best routes through Santiago, created by ourselves. Custom tours, according to the preferences of the passengers Minimun 2 persons
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$62.94
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US$62.94

Santiago Evening Bike Tour

Santiago Evening Bike Tour

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See the Chilean capital at its most atmospheric on this 3-hour evening bike tour of Santiago. Soak up the city nightlife as you follow your guide through Santiago Centro, Providencia and Vitacura districts, and pedal past illuminated landmarks. After gliding around the lamp-lit Forestal Park and admiring the glittering La Moneda Palace, finish by watching the dramatic light show in Plaza de la Aviación.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$86.67
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Small-Group Tour: Open Sky Street Art Museum Including a Chilean Traditional Meal in Santiago

Small-Group Tour: Open Sky Street Art Museum Including a Chilean Traditional Meal in Santiago

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Enjoy an alternative sightseeing experience of Santiago and gain local insight into the recently revolutionized San Miguel neighborhood on this 3.5-hour tour of the Open Sky street art museum in Santiago. Filled with culture and Chilean hospitality, this tour showcases some of the 40 vibrant murals that decorate the walls of San Miguel, and explains the story behind each urban masterpiece. Additionally, you’ll enjoy a traditional Chilean meal of fresh bread, avocados, eggs, and sweet cakes in a local home. Small-group tour limited to 12 people.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$60.96
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US$60.96
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Santiago Nightlife Tour with Food and Drinks

Santiago Nightlife Tour with Food and Drinks

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Experience the electric atmosphere of Santiago after dark on this cocktail-fueled 4.5-hour nightlife tour. Get the inside scoop on the best places to drink, dance and dine as you explore Santiago’s vibrant Bellavista district with a local guide. Hop between bars and nightclubs, where you can master some local moves with a salsa class, sample popular drinks like ‘Piscola’ and munch on typical bar snacks like ‘Sopaipillas con Pebre’. Once the tour is over, stick around to party into the early hours with your newfound drinking buddies!
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$88.87
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US$88.87
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