See the spectacular sights of Santiago from the unique perspective of an open-top double-decker bus on this hop-on hop-off tour of the Chilean capital. Enjoy the freedom and flexibility of this comprehensive tour and disembark the bus whenever an attraction captures your attention. Listen to informative audio commentary as you approach legendary landmarks like Plaza de Armas, Mercado Central and Bellas Artes and enjoy a regular service from each stop you embark at.
Santiago Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
Hop on or hop off your distinctive red double-decker bus at 12 different stops scattered throughout the city of Santiago. Use the intriguing commentary and excellent vantage point to select the attractions you want to explore in more depth and disembark the bus as many times as you like during a period between 9.30am and 6pm. Buses depart from each stop every 30 minutes and the entire city loop lasts 2 hours, allowing you plenty of time to appreciate each of the capital’s most significant structures.
Cool down on the air-conditioned lower deck and gain fascinating insight into the city’s rich history with audio commentary. Glide past legendary landmarks like Mercado Central and Bellas Artes; sail through the bohemian neighborhood of Bella Vista; and absorb the botanical beauty of Parque Arauco during your ride.
Please see the Itinerary section below for detailed information on each stop serviced.
Plaza de Armas:
The Plaza de Armas represents the real heart of Santiago. From the Plaza de Armas stop (Monjitas Street across from #821) you'll be able to visit and see some of the city’s most relevant historic buildings which include the Metropolitan Cathedral, the Santiago City Hall, the Central Post Office, the Casa Colorada and Santiago Museum, the former National Congress, the Royal House of Customs and Precolombian museum, the Judicial Palace, and the Palacio de la Real Audiencia and National Historic Museum.
Mercado Central (Central Market):
Originally built to house exhibiotions of local artist, the Central Market was converted to a marketplace in 1872. Today this picturesque premise acts as a food-supply market and is a greatly visited showcase of Chilean seafood. Typical dishes off the Chilean table are prepared in the heart of the market, including the famous Conger eel broths and seafood cauldrons.From the Mercado Central stop (Puente Street across from #889) you'll be able to see and visit buildings and places of interest which include the Estacion Mapocho, the monument to Chile’s Naval Glories, and “La Piojera”.
Plaza de la Constitucion:
Here you will find the famous Moneda Palaca which acts as the seat of the Presidency of the Chilean government. Its construction was undertaken between 1784 and 1805 according to the project of the Italian architect Joaquin Toesca, and its original purpose was to be the Royal Mint house, the reason for its name. In 1846 President Manuel Bulnes used an area of the building as the Presidents’ residence, being the first president to live there; and later, President Carlos Ibanez del Campo, the last one there in 1958. From the Plaza de la Constitucion stop (Teatinos Street across from #254) you'll be able to see and visit buildings and places of interest which include the Constitution Square, the Moneda Palace, the Palacio de la Moneda Cultural Center, the Metropolitan Government building, the Santiago Stock exchange, the Union Club, the Bulnes boulevard, and the Dieciocho neighborhood.
The Santa Lucia hill constitutes a good image of the lifestyle of Santiago’s high society of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The Santa Lucia hill has been one of the most relevant places in Santiago since the city was founded by Pedro de Valdivia on the 12th of February of 1541. The hill’s monumental neoclassical entrance was completed in 1902, and harmonizes around a sculpture of the god Neptune an architectonic unit with curved stairways, fountains, and a spacious terrace with a triumphant arch crowned by a dome. From the Santa Lucia stop (Libertador Bernardo O’Higgins avenue across from #406) you'll be able to see and visit buildings and places of interest which include the Santa Lucia hill, the National Library, the Paris-Londres neighborhood, the main building of the Universidad Catolica de Chile, and the Lastarria neighborhood which has a strong cultural character where you will be able to find art galleries, restaurants, and cultural centers.
The history of Providencia dates back to 1897 and is directly related the sisters of the Divine Providence who arrived to Chile from Canada in 1853. The amusing part is that their landing here was due to the fact that their original destination, which was Oregon in the U.S.A., was flooded, and not knowing how to return to their home country, they met the captain of a Chilean ship who brought them to this remote corner of the world. Providencia is an important area of the city’s commerce and gastronomy. In its surroundings you'll find the Schacht Palace and the Providencia Cultural Center; the traditional Pedro de Valdivia and Ricardo Lyon avenues; and many fun shops, cafes, and restaurants. The Providencia Stop is located on the Lota street across from #2229.
El Golf - Sanhattan:
Known as Sanhattan (mix of Santiago and Manhattan), El Golf is the new financial and hotel district in Santiago. The Area of El Golf receives its name due to the exclusive Los Leones Golf Club which is located here, however it also known by some as Sanhattan, name which mixes Manhattan and Santiago. This is the new financial and hotel district in Santiago, and its strong development from the 1990s onwards in part is explained due to the important amount of high level executives which live on the east side of the city which were looking to decrease the travel time to their offices. Here you can find some architectural elements of the 1940s and 1950s which remind of times when this was the most exclusive residential area of Santiago; and a predominance of office buildings, where some represent the best of the modern architecture. The El Golf stop is located on the Vitacura avenue across from #2841.
El Golf - Isidora Goyenechea:
The upper area of El Golf receives its name due to the exclusive private Los Leones Golf Club which is located only a few blocks from the stop. Here you can find some architectural elements of the 1940s and 1950s which remind of times when this was the most exclusive residential area of Santiago combined with modern high rise office buildings. Between the El Golf Sanhattan and Isidora Goyenechea stops, you'll find many restaurants and cafes, as well as the Peru square where a fun antique fair takes place on Sundays. The El Golf Isidora Goyenechea stop is located on the Isidora Goyenechea corner of La Pastora street.
This is Chile’s most important mall and one of the most important in Latin America. Here you'll not only find the best products of the best brands, but also find a center of entertainment, with an open air boulevard with excellent gastronomical alternatives, theaters, bowling and ice skating.
Hotel Sheraton and Lo Contador:
Only a couple of blocks from this stop, you'll find Lo Contador Arts and design campus of the Universidad Catolica which is located in the historic Lo Contador farm house and is a beautiful example of the Spanish influenced architecture of the late 18th century. Also a only a couple of blocks away, you'll find the Providencia Contemporary Sculpture park inaugurated in 1986 and which houses more than 30 large format sculptures of relevant Chilean artists on its 2 hectare ground. The Hotel Sheraton and Lo Contador stop is located right across from the main entrance of the hotel.
Alonso de Cordova:
This area is where you'll find many art galleries, restaurants and cafes. The Alonso de Cordova Avenue is located in one of Santiago’s most exclusive residential areas. The history of this part of the city dates back to the Incas’ arrival, when some of them settled on the eastern bank of the Mapocho River; one of their most important leaders, summoned by Pedro de Valdivia, Santiago’s founder, was Vitacura, whose name means Big Rock. Along the Alonso de Cordova Avenue you'll find many art galleries, restaurants and cafes, in addition to the ECLAC, United Nations Headquarters and the ESO offices, the Bicentennial Park and the civic center of the Vitacura Town Hall. The Alonso de Cordova stop is located on the Alonso de Cordova Avenue across from #3107.
The Bellavista neighborhood is one of Santiago’s cultural centers. Here you'll be able to find the Metropolitan Park with the zoo, the funicular and its wonderful views; la Chascona, the museum-house of Pablo Neruda; an important variety of theaters, cafes, restaurants and pubs; and a significant number of shops which sell items which are based around the Lapislazuli, the semi-precious blue stone which is only extracted from Chile and Afghanistan. The Metropolitan Park with its 722 hectares is the largest urban park in Chile. The San Cristobal hill which forms part of the park has its highest point at 860 meters above sea level, which makes it the best point for viewing Santiago’s remarkable extension. The Bellavista stop is located on the Bellavista avenue across from #112.
The National Fine Arts Museum, one of Chile’s most important museums, has approximately 3000 pieces of art which include paintings, sculptures, and drawings and which extend from the colonial period up to present. This neoclassic building integrates Art Nouveau elements and was designed by Emilio Jecquier. It was built at the beginning of the 20th century along with other public buildings, parks, and monuments for the celebration of the Centennial Anniversary of Chile’s Independence. The museum is open to public Tuesdays through Sundays. From the Bellas Artes stop (Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes entrance) you'll be able to visit and explore buildings and places of interest which include the Forestal Park, the Santa Lucia hill, the Lastarria neighborhood, and the Municipal Theatre.