Nesta excursão particular a pé, percorra Santiago como um verdadeiro habitante local – ou santiaguiño – enquanto explora boutiques, mercados de alimentos e bairros diversos com o seu guia experiente. Você provará o café e a comida de rua, fará uma parada para o almoço e tomará uma bebida em um bar local, envolvendo-se pela cultura chilena durante o caminho.
A great way to see the city and to taste a few local delicacies and ride the metro. Our guide was brilliant. It was one of the best tours, ever and the walking was at a steady pace with plenty of time to stop, observe and take photos.
Our guide Claudio was excellent but we were given the City tour not the Food tour. No street food or San Cristobal hill. We did get coffee and saw the changing of the guard at the presidential palace. We also got lunch at the very end when it became apparent there was no food. There needs to be better communication between the company and the guides.
We were met in the lobby of our Hotel by Eduardo. He was a little unsure of what the tour entailed as he was only called the night before to do it. As we walked to the nearest Metro Station We discussed this and got things organised. After riding a train to downtown we strolled through the district viewing the historic buildings and the Santiago Cathedral.
When we left Mercado Central we were picked up by a driver and proceeded to go to San Cristobal Hill. This was a unique experience because it was a Sunday. The Funicular to the summit had a wait of at least 45minutes so it was decided to drive up. The road was full of cyclists and runners/walkers and near the top the road to the summit was closed to cars. We didnt get to the top but stopped in a layby to get a view of the city.
Once we descended the hill we went around the Financial area of the city ending up back at Mercado Central where we left our driver and had a seafood lunch which included a Pisco Sour and a glass of wine.
After lunch, we caught the Metro and Eduardo escorted us back to our Hotel.
Eduardo gave a good commentary and his English was very easy to understand. Sometimes some of the questions we asked got lost in the translation but we got there in the end and were able to laugh about it.
If you are a history or architecture buff, this might be the thing for you. We learnt a lot but didn't feel any of the personality of Santiago. The food in the Mercato Centrale for lunch was disappointing to say the least. Given we paid a premium price I expected a premium tour and was disappointed.
I was there on a religious holiday so not everything was open. San Cristobal Hill was deleted from the tour. Paula the tour guide was great. Mostly walking tour. Good lunch and explanation of the capital and culture.
Excellent tour and Carol was a very good guide. She spoke excellent English and explained the history of the city well and the importance of the various areas that we saw. It was Sunday so the city was quiet and easy to walk around and see the buildings. The highlight for us was the market and lunch in one of the restaurants there. The cafe with legs was also an experience - unique to Santiago.
This was NOT the tour I thought I'd signed up for. We ended out on a downtown walking tour and I kept saying to the guide - but what about the markets? I kept getting the brush off - she was saying - we will go to the blue stone market. After our walk on San Cristobal Hill she took us to her friend's Lapis Lazuli store - this was NOT appreciated. I wanted to try market food and get a taste of the cuisine.