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Disfrute de los servicios de su guía personal en una excursión privada de un día explorando las ciudades costeras de Chile central. Viaje por la región del vino y realice una parada para probarlo antes de adentrarse en la "Ciudad Jardín" de Viña del Mar. Visite la bohemia ciudad de Valparaíso y el Museo Pablo Neruda antes de volver a Santiago después de un día de relajadas visitas turísticas.
A really good day. Very relaxed. Enjoyed the wine tasting who wouldn't and the mine of information that was given. Saw all the interesting parts of Vina de Mar and our lunch venue right on the sea front away from the hustle and bustle, was lovely. Good menu, great service and well priced. Visited lots of different areas of Valparaiso, our guide was very informative and our driver very patient. A really good day which was very much at our own pace.
From the moment I was picked up at the W Hotel in Santiago till my return I had the most enjoyable, informative day. Carol my guide could speak very good English and had a fantastic knowledge of Chilean history. The colourful city of Valparaiso and the resort atmosphere of Vina Del Mar was a great contrast. I will certainly be back to this area and using Carol as my guide.
Rhonda Daly - Australia
Our guide and driver were excellent. The driver, Francisco, always found just the right spot to let us out and pick us up. Our guide, Carolina, was knowledgeable and friendly. Our one complaint was Viator's unwillingness to ask the local partner if they would pick us up at the airport hotel where we were staying in Santiago. We took a taxi to a downtown hotel to meet our guide. As we drove to Valparaiso, we passed very near the airport. At the end of the tour, the driver was very happy to return us to the airport instead of downtown. I am quite sure he would have picked us up there in the morning as well.
Francesca and our driver were on time and very informative. They gave us plenty of time to wine taste and see the sights in Viña Del Mar and Valparaiso. She answered all of our uestions and was a fun person to be around. I recommend this tour as you get to see more of Chile and the coast.
Our day with guide Claudio and driver Marcello was incredible. Both gentlemen were courteous, friendly and helpful. We had requested an English speaking guide and we were not disappointed. Claudio was both passionate and knowledgeable about his country. As a result we came away with a better understanding of the history, politics, customs, food, economy, geography and people of Chile. The tour was marvelous from start to finish. As a result we definitely plan to return to Chile for more adventures. Claudio Millan is an excellent tour guide!
This was an amazing tour probably the best part of my trip. Our tour guide Dario sp? and driver Luis were both great. They were on time for our hotel pick up and provided lots of details about the places we were visiting. They also took there time and did not make us feel rushed at all. It was a really great experience. The only thing I would advise is that you have all the details about what is included in your purchase with you. There was a little confusion around whether or not wine tasting was included it was. Dario called his office to confirm and we were all set from there.
A quick note about the cities:
Valparaiso - is a port city with a fun history, a lot of awesome street art and murals, and amazing views.
Vina Del Mar - is more of a vacation town with awesome beaches.
We had paid the through the Viator web site beforehand without getting any information about our guide. That's not a good thing.
During the tour our guide Ismael gave us hardly any information about what we are going to do and see. He didn't show any interest in us and our preferences either.
Our voucher included a wine tasting, but when we told this to our guide, he said it would take too much time and would not be worth it. Instead we stopped at a big wineshop along the road. Not very interesting.
We clearly told the guide that our main interest in the tour was Valparaiso and that in Vina del Mar we would only like to visit the archeological museum. Despite that he took us for a rather long drive and a couple of stops in Vina del Mar and then let us understand that we should see the museum quickly.
After the museum he told us that he had booked us a lunch now without asking us when we want to have it and that we would continue to Valparaiso after it. We told him we were not hungry yet and wanted to eat only after the tour. He changed the booking accordingly.
When we finally got to Valparaiso, we did a fairly short walk there, but our guide gave us hardly any information about the city, it's history or about the colorful graffitis all around us. He only repeated time after time, that all these houses are painted with different colors - as if we didn't see it.
The most irritating thing on the tour happened when we came to Pablo Neruda's house. Earlier in the car we had clearly told our guide that we had already visited Neruda's house in Santiago and were eager to see his house in Valparaiso also. But now Ismael bluntly told us that we can only have a quick look on the house from outside, because visiting it would take too long time. I told him we want to see the house from the inside too, but he insisted that HE doesn't have time and that HE doesn't even have the money for the museum ticket. Finally we just told him that we are now going to buy the tickets and visit the house, but we'll do it quickly. And so we did.
We find it outrageous that we come from the other side of the world and pay for a private tour just to be told by our guide that HE is too busy to do what we want to do. On a private tour the guide's job is to ask us about our interests and to make his best to give us just that - and preferably something extra as a bonus.
On this tour the only good things were: a nice car, a good driver who during one of our stops asked me more about us in a couple of minutes than the guide during the whole day and an excellent restaurant where we had our lunch. Valparaiso was a lovely city, but we saw way too little of it.