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Santiago Central Market (Mercado Central de Santiago)
Santiago Central Market (Mercado Central de Santiago)

Santiago Central Market (Mercado Central de Santiago) Tours and Activities

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The interior, wrought-iron construction of the Mercado Central looks like it could contain a greenhouse, but with the masonry outside, this building houses local eateries, a few fruit and vegetable stands, the occasional roaming musician, and just a sampling of souvenir stands, though in total there are more than 200 locales. The building dates back to 1872, and is consistently named as a must-see in Santiago. In fact, in 2012, National Geographic named it as the 5th best market in the world.

Due to its central location, and the fact that it is often visited by tourists, it has also become a hub for pickup and drop off for a number of different tour services.

Inside the market, there are several restaurants serving local specialties, which mainly revolve around fish. There is the larger-than-life centolla or king crab, which the waiter cracks for you as you wait, or flavorful (raw) sea urchins served with plenty of onion, cilantro, lemon juice and olive oil. Or if you want something hearty, try anything called a budín or chupe, which will be thick, creamy soups and casseroles served in the typical greda (terra cotta) dish. If you’re feeling more austere, try grilled fish with a salad, but don’t pass up on what is probably Chile’s favorite appetizer, machas a la parmesana, which are razor clams served au gratin.

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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
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US$46.90
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US$46.90
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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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US$26.90
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US$26.90

Santiago Markets Small Group Bike Tour

Santiago Markets Small Group Bike Tour

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Get a taste of local life in the capital and learn more about Chile’s gastronomic heritage on this 3-hour bike tour of Santiago. Follow your guide on a 4-mile (6.5km) route, stopping to browse the stalls or sample local delicacies (own expense) at famous markets like the Central Seafood market, La Vega Central or Tirso Molina Market.
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  • 3 hours
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US$42.67
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US$42.67

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
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US$86.67
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US$86.67

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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US$50.00
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US$50.00

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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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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US$105.00
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US$105.00

Pre or Post San Antonio Cruise with Santiago City Tour and optional Vineyard

Pre or Post San Antonio Cruise with Santiago City Tour and optional Vineyard

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Visit Santiago and the Undurraga Winery on this pre- or post-cruise tour from the port of San Antonio. Navigate Chile’s capital city with ease, stopping at sights like the Equestrian Club, Santa Lucía Hill, Cathedral, La Moneda, Fine Arts Museum, and more. Tour the grounds of the Undurraga Winery and taste delicious reserve wines. End your tour with a safe drop-off at the location of your choice.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
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US$94.80
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US$94.80
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Santiago Like a Local: Private Walking Tour with Coffee, Markets, Street Food and San Cristobal Hill

Santiago Like a Local: Private Walking Tour with Coffee, Markets, Street Food and San Cristobal Hill

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Experience the spectacular sights and sounds of Santiago like a true local on a cultural 6-hour private walking tour. Explore bespoke boutiques, vibrant food markets and intriguing neighborhoods as you stroll around the city with a knowledgeable guide. Savor the sublime flavors of freshly made street food and enjoy a national cocktail in an ambient bar, gaining insight into the country’s intriguing history and colorful culture as you wander.
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  • 6 hours
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US$190.66
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US$190.66
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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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Small-Group Night City Tour: San Cristobal Hill and Dinner Show

Small-Group Night City Tour: San Cristobal Hill and Dinner Show

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Experience Santiago after dark during this 4-hour small-group excursion combining nighttime sightseeing, dinner, and ‘Cueca’ dance performance. See the illuminated Chilean capital from the top of San Cristobal Hill, explore the city center after dark, and then dig into a tasty meal at a restaurant accompanied by a performance of Chilean-style ‘Cueca.’
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  • 4 hours
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US$115.90
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US$115.90

Private Full-Day Bike Tour of Santiago Cultural 5-6 hrs

Private Full-Day Bike Tour of Santiago Cultural 5-6 hrs

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Get a street-level view of Santiago’s historic sites, neighborhoods, and parks on a small-group bicycle tour for one to seven people. This full-day Santiago tour follows bike paths, park lanes, and city streets, all equipment, and a visit to the Chilean National Museum of Fine Arts.
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  • 6 hours
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US$149.34
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US$149.34

Pre or Post San Antonio Cruise with Santiago City Tour and optional Vineyard

Pre or Post San Antonio Cruise with Santiago City Tour and optional Vineyard

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Don't let the opportunity to tour Santiago slip away. This guided tour of Chile's capital city makes an easy addition to your pre- or post-cruise plans, offering convenient pickup and drop-off at San Antonio Port or in Santiago. Take a comprehensive city tour that includes Plaza de Armas, the Bellavista neighborhood, and other essential sightseeing, and upgrade to include a winery tour and tasting in the Maipo Valley.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
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US$94.90
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Private Local Life and Markets by Bike

Private Local Life and Markets by Bike

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Getting off the beaten path to explore Santiago’s hidden gems is best done by bike, where you can see, smell and touch the wealth of the markets and interact with the locals.
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  • 3 hours
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US$96.00
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US$96.00
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Private Night City Tour with San Cristobal Hill And Dinner Show

Private Night City Tour with San Cristobal Hill And Dinner Show

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Experience Santiago after dark during this 4-hour private excursion combining nighttime sightseeing, dinner, and ‘Cueca’ dance performance. See the illuminated Chilean capital from the top of San Cristobal Hill, explore the city center after dark, and then dig into a tasty meal at accompanied by a performance of Chilean-style ‘La Cueca.’
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  • 4 hours
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US$130.90
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US$130.90

Private Tour: Santiago at Night with Dinner and Show

Private Tour: Santiago at Night with Dinner and Show

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Enjoy a night out in Santiago on this 4-hour tour with private transportation. With a guide, see city sights such as Plaza de la Constitucion, and then enjoy dinner and a show. As you dine on Chilean cuisine, you'll be entertained by a traditional dance performance. When booking, you have the option to include drop-off at the end of the night or not.
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  • 4 hours
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US$130.90
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US$130.90

2 great days discovering Santiago, Casablanca, Valparaiso: wine + food& history

2 great days discovering Santiago, Casablanca, Valparaiso: wine + food& history

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In 2 days, you will have the perfect idea of the central part of Chile, you will begin discovering the markets, the food, Santiago, the capital city of Chile. After lunch, you will have a city tour and... the day will finsh in the country side, discovering country customs of Chile, overnight will be in a home hosted B&B. In the second day you will visit Casablanca, a wine valley, named 10th Wine World Capital, to taste the great Chilean wines and in the afternoon you will visit the city of Valparaiso, a World Heritage Site. The selected wineries are boutique wineries, we love to show wines that you will not find in your country. In two days you will have the summary of Chilean central region.
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  • 2 days
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US$470.40
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US$470.40

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
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US$285.00
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US$285.00
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Electric Scooter City Tour ~ City Tour in Electric Scooter

Electric Scooter City Tour ~ City Tour in Electric Scooter

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Taking our electric scooter city tour, we assure you that you will get to know several of the most emblematic places of the old town of Santiago, as well as its stories and curiosities. We carry out city tours, tours and guided visits in downtown Santiago with high quality electric scooters provided by us, with certified and bilingual tour guides that adapt to your needs and requirements.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
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US$37.00
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US$37.00

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
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US$115.00
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US$115.00
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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
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US$274.90
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US$274.90

Discover Santiago by food and foot

Discover Santiago by food and foot

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Is a different way to begin to discover the city of Santiago BY FOOD AND FOOT. "There is no better way to get the heart of any city than through its cuisine. And that means not just eating, but shopping for it, and cooking for it " words of Taylor Holliday at the New York Times. You will learnt to cook authentic Chilena dishes guided by a chef that also explain to you the best pairing of food and wine. After this great lunch is necessary a walk, and we will begin to discover the history of the city by foot, taking the subway to the historical center of Santiago and walk throught it, the best way to discover a city is walking, looking at the details, talking with local people.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
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US$212.27
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US$212.27

PRIVATE TOUR: Pre or Post Cruise San Antonio Port with Santiago Tour and Winery

PRIVATE TOUR: Pre or Post Cruise San Antonio Port with Santiago Tour and Winery

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Explore Chile’s capital city and visit one of the country’s most celebrated vineyards on this pre- or post-cruise tour. Navigate Santiago with ease and see city highlights like La Moneda, the Cathedral, Santa Lucía Hill, and Bellavista. Head to the coast to visit the Undurraga Winery. Learn about the winemaking process and enjoy a delicious wine tasting before your tour concludes.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
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US$207.50
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US$207.50
Price varies by group size

Pre or Post Valparaiso Cruise with Santiago City Tour and optional Vineyard

Pre or Post Valparaiso Cruise with Santiago City Tour and optional Vineyard

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Whether visiting Chile via cruise ship or conventional means, explore the best of both Santiago and Valparaiso during this flexible full-day tour. Throw in a trip to a local winery to sample exclusive vintages, and you're in for a truly unforgettable experience. Part surf, part turf you'll have a chance to explore Chile's cosmopolitan capital as well as its largest (and most colorful) port city.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
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US$94.90
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Should I book Santiago Central Market (Mercado Central de Santiago) tickets in advance?
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Santiago Central Market (Mercado Central de Santiago) can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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How much does it cost to visit Santiago Central Market (Mercado Central de Santiago) 2021?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Santiago Central Market (Mercado Central de Santiago) costs USD 26.90. Guided Santiago Central Market (Mercado Central de Santiago) tours start around USD 26.90 per person.
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