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How to Spend 3 Days in Santiago

How to Spend 3 Days in Santiago

Chile’s capital city, Santiago, feels a bit like a piece of Europe that has been dropped into South America. With neoclassical architecture, an efficient metro system, and plenty of nearby mountain resorts and wineries, it is also one of South America’s most glamorous and inviting cities. Here’s how to make the most of a three day visit.

Day 1: Explore the City

Get acquainted with Santiago on a sightseeing tour: Take a hop-on hop-off bus to see the city at your own pace, or opt for a guided tour and see all of the city’s main landmarks, such as the Plaza de Armas, La Moneda Palace, and San Cristóbal Hill, with an expert who can give you historic and cultural information. Alternatively, book a walking tour that takes you through the streets of a few different neighborhoods and into food markets; some tours also include lunch at a local restaurant. 

In the afternoon, make time for a visit to La Chascona, Nobel laureate Pablo Neruda’s Santiago home. The museum is located in the bohemian Bellavista district, so stick around afterward and soak up the local nightlife at the area’s bars, clubs, and music venues. If you don’t want to go it alone, opt for a small-group tour that includes drinks and snacks.

Day 2: Head to Wine Tasting or Skiing—or Both

On your second day, experience another side of Chile with a tour of some of the many wineries situated just outside the city. Sample top vintages from some of Chile’s most famous producers while soaking up the views in Chile’s rural countryside. 

 

If you’re  visiting during ski season (June through August), skip the wineries and hit the slopes. Portillo, one of Chile’s top ski resorts, is just a short trek from Santiago. Book a tour if you want to learn about the history of the mountain and the adventurers and explorers who first climbed the Andes. Ski rentals are available at the resort. Want to make the most out of the day? Join a tour that includes both skiing and wine tasting, and get the best of both experiences. 

Day 3: Head  for the Coast

On your final day, you can head for the coastal cities of Valparaiso and Viña del Mar. In the port city of Valparaiso, explore the rambling hillside streets by foot or funicular and check out the local street art. In the resort town of Viña del Mar, explore the historic buildings, visit the beach, and see the famed flower clock. Full-day guided tours that include both cities generally include round-trip transportation to give you as much time as possible to explore.

 

Alternatively, spend the last day of your trip taking a tour of Isla Negra. This charming beach-side village—the site of another of Neruda’s three Chilean homes—features eccentric architecture and a museum dedicated to Neruda’s life and works. Tours generally also stop at the village of Pomaire, which is known for fantastic pottery, before taking you back to Santiago where you can spend your last night toasting your trip in the city’s restaurants and bars.

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Inca Lagoon in Andes Mountain Range - Visit Local Vineyard with Tasting included
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Inca Lagoon in Andes Mountain Range - Visit Local Vineyard with Tasting included

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Travel to the countryside outside of Santiago on this 9-hour tour of San Esteban Vineyard and Inca Lagoon. Gain insight into Chilean landscape and culture with the help of a guide, and travel through wine country and into the Andes in the comfort of a private vehicle.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$119,00
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US$119,00
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Reopening Edition: Big Bus Tour around Santiago

Reopening Edition: Big Bus Tour around Santiago

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Tour the most outstanding icons of the city aboard the only big Hop-On Hop-Off bus in Chile! Plus Edition, mixes a tour aboard the London big bus with 10 stops, which you can get on and off as many times as you want and a cable car ride. First, the Parque Arauco mall to go to the Bicentennial Park. You will arrive at the Cable Car stop, close to the Metropolitan Park, and you will be able to get on the Santiago Cable Car and enjoy its incredible attractions, which invite you to get to know the San Cristóbal hill with a unique view of the city and capture your best photograph of the city. The cable car ticket is not included in this product. Then you will go to the Historic District (DownTown) and you will see buildings such as the Metropolitan Cathedral, the National Historical Museum, La Moneda Palace, Santa Lucía Hill and much more. You will return to the east of Santiago passing through Barrio El Golf and Costanera Center, and then return to Parque Arauco.
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  • 2 hours
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Small Group Full-Day Tour to Isla Negra, San Alfonso del Mar, and Pomaire
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Small Group Full-Day Tour to Isla Negra, San Alfonso del Mar, and Pomaire

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Explore the landmarks, resorts, and culture of Chile’s central coast on a full-day, small-group tour from Santiago to Isla Negra, San Alfonso del Mar, and Pomaire. Follow in the footsteps of poet Pablo Neruda, take in a glamorous seaside resort, and visit a small community that’s famed for its distinctive pottery. This full-day tour includes pickup and drop-off in centrally-located Santiago hotels, and is limited to eight participants for a small-group, personalized experience.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
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US$83,90
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Concha y Toro Winery Tour from Santiago

Concha y Toro Winery Tour from Santiago

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Enjoy the scenic splendor of one of Chile’s most famous wineries on a half-day tour of Concha y Toro from Santiago. Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, stroll around the verdant vineyards and gain insight into complex manufacturing methods; pleasure your palate with a lavish wine tasting session; and descend to the subterranean depths of an underground cellar. Awaken your senses to the natural beauty and gastronomic prowess of the famous vineyard during this enriching excursion, with which hotel pickup and drop-off is included.
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  • 4 hours
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US$62,00
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Small-Group Tour: Portillo Ski Center, Inca Lagoon plus Premium Wineries in Aconcagua Valley
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Small-Group Tour: Portillo Ski Center, Inca Lagoon plus Premium Wineries in Aconcagua Valley

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Experience some of Chile's top features—wine tasting and Andes scenery—on this 9-hour tour from Santiago. You'll check out the Aconcagua Valley, a popular wine region, as well as Ski Portillo, one of the country's top ski resorts where you can admire Portillo Inca Lagoon (Laguna del Inca). When booking, select the winery you prefer to visit, either San Esteban Winery or Errazuriz Winery. (Please note, any activities at the ski resort are at your own expense.)
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  • 9 hours
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US$134,90
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US$134,90

Colchagua Valley Winery Day Trip from Santiago

Colchagua Valley Winery Day Trip from Santiago

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Discover Chile’s winemaking heritage and sample a variety of local wines on this full-day tour of the Colchagua Valley from Santiago. Journey through the vineyards, stop for lunch in Santa Cruz (optional) and tour two of the region’s famous wineries like Montes and Viu Manent. Learn the secrets of vine cultivation, production and aging as you explore the wineries and taste popular wines like malbec, syrah and carmenere. This small-group tour has a maximum of eight for a personalised experience.
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  • 9 hours
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US$238,00

Private Tour: Portillo Ski Resort Day Trip from Santiago

Private Tour: Portillo Ski Resort Day Trip from Santiago

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Explore the snow-capped peaks and exhilarating elevations of Portillo, one of Chile’s most popular ski resorts, on a full-day tour from Santiago. Appreciate the beauty of spectacular Andean scenery; discover the captivating culture and history of the region with an insightful guide; and explore the surrounds of the shimmering Inca Lake. Convenient hotel pickup and drop-up is included in this tour.
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  • 8 hours
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US$183,00
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From
US$183,00
Price varies by group size


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