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Private Santiago City Half Day Tour

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icon4 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English and 2 more
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Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Face masks provided for travelers
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Overview

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.
  • Half-day private Santiago city tour
  • See Santiago de Compostela Cathedral and La Moneda Palace
  • Visit Mercado Central
  • Great way to get an overview of the city
  • Choice of morning or afternoon departure
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Professional bilingual guide
Live commentary on board
Hotel or address pickup and drop-off
Private Tour
Food and drinks, unless specified
Gratuities

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Departure Point: Your Santiago accommodations in the districts of Providencia, Las Condes (hotels area), Vitacura (hotels area) , or Santiago Centro, or at another meeting point in those districts

Dates: Daily

Return point: Returns to original departure point

Your tour starts with hotel pickup for the drive through one of the city's old, wealthy neighborhoods where you can admire the architecture and hear about some of the people who live here.

Then head toward the city's civic center to see sights such as the parade ground, Santiago de Compostela Cathedral, La Moneda Palace, and the post office. Next, depending on your option selected when booking, head up to Santa Lucia Hill or San Cristobal Hill for photo ops, and then check out a traditional craft shop.

Your last stop is Mercado Central (Central Market), where you can look around and have lunch, if you wish (own expense). Your tour then ends with return to your pickup point.
Itinerary
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Central Market (Mercado Central)
The Central Market in Santiago, Chile, has been named as one of National Geographic’s top ten food markets worldwide. Taken from National Geographic’s book Journeys of a Lifetime, the list runs through the best markets in the world for offering fresh local produce alongside a slice of local life.
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Plaza de Armas
Paseo Ahumada is four-block-long street in downtown Santiago. It extends in a north–south direction from Plaza de Armas to the Avenida Libertador General Bernardo O'Higgins and is lined by buildings housing retail establishments at their lower levels. At its northern terminus is Plaza de Armas metro station, whereas that at its southern end is Universidad de Chile metro station.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
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Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana)
Is the seat of the Archbishop of Santiago de Chile, currently Celestino Aós Braco, and the center of the archdiocese of Santiago de Chile. Construction of the neoclassical cathedral began in 1753 and ended in 1799. The architect was the Italian Gioacchino Toesca. Further alterations ordered at the end of the 19th century give it its present appearance.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
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La Moneda
La Moneda, is the seat of the President of the Republic of Chile. It also houses the offices of three cabinet ministers: Interior, General Secretariat of the Presidency and General Secretariat of the Government. It occupies an entire block in downtown Santiago
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
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Central Post Office (Museo Postal)
The Central Post Office Building is a historic post office building on the northern edge of the Plaza de Armas, in Santiago, Chile. It is adjacent to the Palacio de la Real Audiencia de Santiago and is located on what was the land lot originally owned by Pedro de Valdivia and where he built his house.
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
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Ex Congreso Nacional
Is the former home of the Chilean Congress. Congress met in this building in central Santiago until Salvador Allende's socialist government was overthrown by Augusto Pinochet's military coup d'état on September 11, 1973. During the Pinochet dictatorship, Congress was moved to new premises in Valparaíso; the old building was declared a national monument in 1976 and between 1990 and 2006 housed the ministry of foreign affairs. The Senate moved its offices in Santiago to this building in December 2000
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Castillo Hidalgo
On top of the Santa Lucia hill, in the historic center of the city of Santiago, is El Castillo Hidalgo, a building built in 1816 during the Reconquest by order of the last Spanish Governor of Santiago, Casimiro Marco del Pont. It is one of the most important buildings in the history of the city.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
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Cerro San Cristobal
+++ If Option Selected +++ Although it’s probably on all of the Top 5 tourist sites of Santiago, Cerro San Cristóbal is not overrated in the least. This big hill in the middle of the city affords one of the most incredible Santiago panoramas available. Every time I head up, my knowledge of the city has increased, and thus I am able to point out more landmarks, distinguish different sectors, etc. For those unfamiliar to Santiago, the view from up here will let you orient the city in its surroundings: the Andes Mountains and the Cordillera de la Costa.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
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Cerro Santa Lucia
+++ If Option Selected +++ This hill is actually quite the historical locale. First off, It is the remnant of a 15 million year old volcano. Secondly, the conquistadors used it as a lookout point when they were conquering Chile. It was atop this hill that Pedro de Valdivia declared the founding of Santiago in 1541. In 1872, governer Benjamin Vickuna Mackenna decided to turn the hill into a park to commemorate its significance in the city’s history. Since then, it has undergone many renovations. Today, it comprises 65,300 square meters, replete with bronze gates, metal stairways, and various fountains and statue
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
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Sanhattan
This is the financial sector in the upper area of our city
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Plaza de La Constitucion
Is a plaza occupying a full square block in the heart of the civic district of Santiago, Chile. It is located in front of the northern facade of the Palacio de la Moneda and is surrounded by other government buildings such as those housing the Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Justice, Banco Central de Chile and the Intendencia de Santiago
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
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San Francisco Church
The church, along with the adjacent convent, is one of the oldest colonial-era buildings in the country. The church was consecrated in 1622.
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Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda y Plaza de la Ciudadania
The Centro Cultural Palacio La Moneda beneath Plaza de la Ciudadanía. A glass-slab roof floods the vaultlike space with natural light, and ramps wind down through the central atrium past the Cineteca Nacional, a state-run art-house movie theater, to two large temporary exhibition spaces that house some of the biggest touring shows to visit Santiago.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
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Barrio Bellavista
Is an area that lies between the Mapocho River and San Cristóbal Hill in Santiago, Chile. It is known as Santiago's bohemian quarter, with numerous restaurants, boutiques, avant-garde galleries, bars and clubs. Many of the city's intellectuals and artists live in Bellavista, and Pablo Neruda's house in Santiago, La Chascona
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Parque Metropolitano de Santiago - Parquemet
+++ If Option Selected +++ The park was created in April 1966, when incorporating the Chilean National Zoo and the services of San Cristóbal Hill, and is managed by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development
Duration: 25 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
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Biblioteca Nacional (National Library)
The Biblioteca Nacional is, together with the Instituto Nacional and a small number of institutions, one of the first institutions created by the newly formed Republic of Chile in the Patria Vieja period. In the newspaper El Monitor Araucano, a Proclama de Fundación ("Proclamation of Foundation") of the Biblioteca Nacional was published on August 19, 1813. With this vision, a call was made to all the citizens to submit their books for the formation of one great public library
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Palacio de Tribunales de Justicia
The building housing the Supreme Court of Chile, the Court of Appeals of Santiago, and the Court-martial Court of the Chilean Army, Chilean Air Force and Carabineros de Chile. It occupies a full block-front of Compañía Street between Bandera and Morandé Streets
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Centro Cultural Gabriela Mistral GAM
Chile’s most famous poet, Gabriela Mistral (1889 – 1957), significantly inspired the work of this cultural centre for her love of words, her democratic conviction and her dedication to education. Born as Lucila Godoy Alcayaga in the small town of Vicuña in north-central Chile, she started writing and working as a teacher and at the age of 15. At 25 she published her first mayor work, “Sonetos de la muerte”, which brought her the Chilean literary award in 1912
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Costanera Center
The Torre Costanera, was designed by architect César Pelli and is 300 metres (980 ft) tall, making it the tallest building in Latin America and the second tallest in the Southern Hemisphere
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Parque Forestal
Parque Forestal is a large, narrow park dotted with numerous must-see locations in downtown Santiago. It borders the Mapocho River from Plaza Baquedano, also known as Plaza Italia, all the way to Estación Mapocho, a historical building and cultural center near the Puente Cal y Canto metro station. Mercado Central, La Vega, and the Bellas Artes museum are some of the other major destinations located in or adjacent to Parque Forestal.
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Patio Bellavista
This open-air complex of bars, restaurants, and shops, located on the corner of Pio Nono and Constitución, is a relatively recent addition to the culinary, nightlife, and cultural landscape of the city.
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Chilean National Museum of Fine Arts
The Chilean National Museum of Fine Arts is one of the major centers for Chilean art and for broader South American art. Established in 1880 (making it the oldest in South America) The current building, the "Palace of the Fine Arts" dates to 1910 and commemorates the first centennial of the Independence of Chile. It was designed by the Chilean architect Emile Jéquier in a full-blown Beaux-arts style and is situated in the Parque Forestal of Santiago.
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Parque Bicentenario
Bicentenario Park (Parque Bicentenario) is a nature park set on one side of the capital’s financial district, better known as “Sanhattan”. Discover this modern and well-tended park and enjoy walking across its extensive lawns. Watch the swans and other birds in its two artificial lagoons and have fun in its themed spaces for leisure activities and on walks with family or friends.
Duration: 25 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
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Parque De Las Esculturas
Nestled between the Mapocho River and Avenida Santa María, you’ll find Santiago’s Sculpture Park (Parque de las Esculturas). Opened in 1982, this park is a type of open-air art museum that was initially created to beautify an area of the city damaged by a flood of the Mapocho River. The park features impressive sculptures by different Chilean and international artists. In the summer months it’s not.
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Santiago
Departure from Santiago city
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • pickup from your Santiago accommodations in the districts of Providencia, Las Condes, Vitacura, or Santiago Centro if your hotel is outside the pick up area recharge will be applied
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY MTO Tour Chile

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Private Santiago City Half Day Tour?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
See all safety measures taken by Private Santiago City Half Day Tour.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Private Santiago City Half Day Tour?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Private Santiago City Half Day Tour.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Private Santiago City Half Day Tour?
A:
The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Private Santiago City Half Day Tour.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Private Santiago City Half Day Tour?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Private Santiago City Half Day Tour.

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Half Day Tour of Santiago,Chile
Joan_M
, Apr 2020
Just before the pandemic took over all parts of the world my friend and I were privileged on Friday, March 13,2020 to have a half day tour of Santiago with Orlando Sanhueza. We were somewhat bleary eyed after an all night flight and little sleep. Orlando was very attentive to our fatigue.He took us to see the downtown area with its lovely buildings,We were taken to a beautiful park with unusual to us swans, to one of of the funicular railways, and did a lovely walk to see the magnificent Madonna statue. Orlando was very good about giving us history of his charming city. Regrettably we did not have time until later in our three days in Santiago to visit a winery. We found Orlando to be very knowledgeable. His English was very good.Sadly we knew little Spanish. We were very grateful to Orlando for his hospitality as our guide. We would highly recommend Orlando.
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star-5
Great guide and driver
Kevin_G
, Mar 2020
Great guide and driver. Both were friendly and knew the city very well. They provided an interesting mix of history, current events, background of what we were seeing and some "little known facts" along with a good sense of humor and personal interaction. A perfect way to get an overview of this beautiful and interesting city.
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see the comment above
Bonifacio_C
, Mar 2020
I do not recommend this supplier. Several calls were made to confirm the pick up but no answer. The tour guide finally came an hour late. The tour guide could speak English but the driver was more knowledgeable, unfortunately could not speak English. All the countries I visited, I used Viator because I was satisfied with the service but this tour is the worst which is very disappointing.
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Private Drive around Santiago
Karen_Burrows
, Mar 2020
We were in Santiago for 3 nights before we left for a cruise. I found a great tour on Viator, who I use around the world. Our driver Patricio Fuentes Rodriguez picked up my mother and I at the specified time in the lobby of our hotel. He was a fantastic guide. He showed us so much of Santiago, great views, different neighborhoods, beautiful parks, downtown. Loved every minute. He had a very nice vehicle and was a great driver. I would recommend Patricio and Viator to anyone who wants a Private tour. Much nicer doing private tours! Thank you!
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star-3
This tour lacks some punch and a better vehicle
Harold_I
, Mar 2020
This tour was conducted by a very nice young lady with pretty good English capability and a very courteous and good driver that spoke no English at all. The driver was obviously a good guide as well as he was frequently reminding the young lady about some things to mention to us. Two English speakers would have definitely helped the tour. The tour started an hour late due to traffic problems in the city which I'm sure were unavoidable. I think the biggest problem in conducting what is mostly a driving tour in a fairly small SUV with limited line of sight. If you are seated on the wrong side the vehicle when passing a described site, you will see very little of what is being described. I guess more stops on the tour would help and possibly sitting both members of the couple on the same side of the vehicle would also help.
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Missed out
Tom
, Mar 2020
Had problems with our cruise travel arrangements for the following day and had to take care of pressing arrangments to return home, unable to cancel with a refund. The tour operator should have considered our plight and made concessions
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star-5
Very interesting tour covering city highlights
Mark_D
, Mar 2020
Janina (guide) and Mauricio (driver) are a husband and wife team who conducted our tour of Santiago. Their van was large, clean and comfortable for the four of us. They were on time and well presented. Janina took us through the city with stops at monuments and lovely old world architecture and buildings. (The cathedral is just beautiful.) We also did walking tours of the two main hills (cerros) overlooking Santiago, both very interesting. We opted to walk up the little one and drove to the summit of the second hill. (Mauricio talked our way past a roadblock to get to the top otherwise we wouldn't have proceeded.) Anyway, they did a terrific job on our tour and are highly recommended.
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star-5
Well worth it.
John_D
, Mar 2020
Great way to see Santiago. Isidro was an excellent guide who went out of his way to make sure we got the most out of the tour.
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Great Introductory Tour
DanS
, Mar 2020
We enjoyed an excellent half day tour with our guide who provided excellent commentary on the sights and locations we visited.
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Teleférico
Alfredo_P
, Mar 2020
Excellent service he went beyond clean car was explaining different places gave extra time maneuver traffic wee
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