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Half-Day Small-Group Panoramic Santiago Tour

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icon4 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 2 more
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Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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Gear/equipment sanitized between use
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Overview

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.
  • Explore Santiago during this city sightseeing trip with a small group
  • Admire architectural highlights like the French-inspired 'Club Hípico de Santiago' (Equestrian Club)
  • Choice of visiting either San Cristobal Hill or Santa Lucía Hill
  • Wander past Santiago's best bars and eateries in trendy Bellavisita
  • Choice of afternoon and morning departures
  • Small group trip is limited to a maximum of 8 guests
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Small-group tour
Professional guide
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Live commentary on board
Bilingual guide
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

Receive a morning pickup from your Santiago hotel and transfer by air-conditioned van to your first sightseeing stop at the city’s “Club Hípico de Santiago” (Equestrian Club).

Learn about the inspiration behind this elegant piece of architecture, which was inspired by a similar club in France, and then proceed on an architecture-themed trip through one of Santiago’s oldest and wealthiest areas. You’ll proceed from there to the city center to check out landmarks including the Government Palace (La Moneda), the Post Office Building, and the Parade Ground. You’ll also visit either San Cristobal Hill or Santa Lucía Hill, two of the highest points in the city, depending on which option you’ve pre-selected.

After visiting one of these two scenic overlooks continue to the Fine Arts Museum of Santiago, then on to Bellavista, one of Santiago’s hippest neighborhoods. This bohemian district is home to a range of trendy businesses ranging from art galleries to antique mansions to cutting-edge bars and restaurants. You’ll also learn about famous Chilean poet Pablo Neruda.

Leaving Bellavista, stop by a traditional Chilean craft shop and visit the city’s Central Market. You’ll then be dropped off back at your hotel.
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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Paseo Ahumada
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 Not Included
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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 Included
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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 on regular service
  • A maximum of 15 people per booking
  • Tour departs from the lobby of your hotel or address. Your guide will be asking for your name at the hour of the tour
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
  • OPERATED BY MTO Tour Chile

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

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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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 Half-Day Small-Group Panoramic Santiago 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
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What is the policy on sanitization during Half-Day Small-Group Panoramic Santiago 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
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What is the social distancing policy during Half-Day Small-Group Panoramic Santiago Tour?
A:
The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Half-Day Small-Group Panoramic Santiago 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 Half-Day Small-Group Panoramic Santiago Tour.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Half-Day Small-Group Panoramic Santiago Tour?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers.

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  • "This was a great way to start our time in Santiago as it gave you an idea where everything was so that you could plan the rest of your trip more easily." See review

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Santiago half day
Judson_V
, Mar 2020
Excellent half day we really really enjoyed it great tour guide showed many terrific spots of interest
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From the warm welcome from the hotel pick to Pablo's treat at the end of the tour, this is a worthwhile experience
David_G
, Mar 2020
Our tour guide Pablo was very professional and the level of knowledge he expressed on any topic he was questioned about was second to none. He was very thorough in providing detailed historical events as well as current social and contemporary viewpoints. If any one is to take this tour please make sure you see it through to the end as Pablo as a unique and exceptional way of ending the tour. As an adjunct, Robert our driver provided a smooth and seamless drive through the somewhat chaotic traffic and back streets in a most comfortable and pleasurable tour. Without a doubt I would recommend this tour as great value for money and a very worthwhile and extremely professional company.
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Santiago city tour
Frances_L
, Mar 2020
Under the current political situation of daily rallies and protests, the driver/guide did his best to cover the different areas of the city - parks, historical buildings and cable car ride to St Cristobel hilltop with sweeping panoramic view of Santiago. Traffic is gridlock after 5pm.
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Great Santiago Overview
prylr
, Jan 2020
Tour guide was very informative and gave us a wonderful guide of Santiago hitting the highlights of the city.
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Santiago City Tour
sandybushfield
, Dec 2019
Our guide Patricio made this tour enjoyable even when the two scenic hills in Santiago were closed, he took us to a hill on the outskirts. I saw every thing I wanted to see.
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Fabulous city tour
Karen R
, Nov 2019
My husband and I booked a city tour, we turned out to be the only 2 people and got a private tour. Our guide and driver were fantastic, very knowledgeable. We went to all the major sites. The driver even accompanied us in a couple of locations when we walked around to make sure we were safe (we were there during the protests). We walked to the top of Santa Lucia for incredible views of the city, then we finished with a drive up San Cristobal. We had a marvelous time, Both were very easy to talk to, we felt like we learned a lot about life in Santiago. I highly recommend this tour. We have been to Santiago before and saw the city on our own. This tour put it into perspective. Santiago is a beautiful city and the people are wonderful
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Lovely Guide but not value for money
GGin16
, Mar 2019
Walking around closed parts of the city to look at building facades from a distance sadly isn’t my idea of a ‘tour’ but perhaps it’s my fault for not reading the small print properly. Had a genuinely lovely guide but v expensive for very little substance.
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Not as advertised
Mobile23726601032
, Feb 2019
Our guide Sebastian & pick up was fine. Unfortunately there was at least 22 people on what was supposed to be a maximum of 8 passengers! We were on the 2 hills tour but all we did was drive UP one and AROUND the other with no stops for photo's! Vehicle was very uncomfortable!
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Santiago small group tour
Stan D
, Jan 2019
Tour was billed as no more than 8 and was 25. We were to do both hills. Did just one with no pic stop.
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Our guide was so helpful and...
Jenna W
, Apr 2018
Our guide was so helpful and informative and he had to speak two different languages throughout the whole tour because of the diverse group. He took us to all the political buildings, cathedral, natural History Museum and San Christobal Hill. This was a great way to start our time in Santiago as it gave you an idea where everything was so that you could plan the rest of your trip more easily.
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