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Santiago Like a Local: Private Walking Tour with Coffee, Markets, Street Food and San Cristobal Hill

Chile, Chile
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Experience the spectacular sights and sounds of Santiago like a true local on a cultural 6-hour private walking tour. Explore bespoke boutiques, vibrant food markets and intriguing neighborhoods as you stroll around the city with a knowledgeable guide. Savor the sublime flavors of freshly made street food and enjoy a national cocktail in an ambient bar, gaining insight into the country’s intriguing history and colorful culture as you wander.
  • 6-hour private insider walking tour of Santiago
  • Experience the city like a local with a private guide!
  • Ride the metro to downtown art murals and visit two bustling food markets, including La Vega Central
  • Stroll along shop-lined streets, through Plaza de Armas and across the Mapocho River
  • Enjoy lunch at a seafood restaurant as well as local street food, such as sopaipilla
  • Try a Torremoto, a popular Chilean drink, at a bar in Santiago’s Bohemian district, and have a cup of coffee at a popular café
Depart from your hotel in Santiago alongside your interesting and insightful guide. Stroll to the local metro station then disembark at Universidad de Chile to admire the glittering murals that depict significant events from Chilean history. 

Next, immerse yourself in the charismatic crowds of Santiago’s downtown district to discover the colonial majesty of the area. Admire attractive architecture before experiencing the cultural tradition of café con piernas (coffee with legs) in a traditional coffee shop; sip steaming coffee served by scantily clad waitresses wearing alluring outfits. 

Then, browse the bespoke boutiques of Paseo Ahumada, an immensely popular street filled with sophisticated shops. Absorb the atmosphere of Plaza de Armas, a gathering spot for Chilean immigrants, and sample some of the authentic offerings from street food stalls; try classic sopaipilla, a delicious pastry made from deep-fried pumpkin dough, before admiring the ecclesiastical elegance of the Santiago Cathedral. 

Pass the stylish shoe stores of Puente Street until you reach the legendary Mercado Central; awaken your senses to the unique sights, sounds and smells as you admire wonderful wrought-iron architecture and the fresh and exotic produce of the stalls. Indulge in a sublime seafood speciality at one of the rustic restaurants within, trying zesty ceviche, razor clams or freshly baked fish fillets.  

Refuelled, meander to Mapocho River to La Vega Central, a market brimming with seasonal produce like figs, quince, persimmons and chirimoyas (custard apples). Stroll to the beautifully bohemian neighbourhood of Bellavista, an artistic enclave in which decorate street art adorns the walls and bespoke boutiques brim with artisan treasures. Gain insight into the artists and poets who have resided there before visiting a local bar for some regional specialities. 

Pleasure your palate with the sweet and sublime taste of a terremoto, a typical beverage whose name translates as earthquake. Enjoy the taste of pineapple ice cream combined with sweet fermented wine before returning to your hotel in a comfortable and air-conditioned minivan.

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A great way to see the city and to...
Peter K
, Feb 2018
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.
Very pleasant and enjoyable...
John T
, Jan 2018
Very pleasant and enjoyable day--greatly enjoyed walking around Santiago and seeing the sights. Particularly enjoyed the coffee and street food.
Our guide Claudio was excellent but...
John L
, Dec 2017
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...
, Feb 2017
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...
Natalee R
, Dec 2016
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.
Great tour - my guide was very...
Dave K
, Oct 2016
Great tour - my guide was very knowledgable and showed me a lot of Santiago's history and interesting locations
I was there on a religious holiday...
William B
, Dec 2015
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...
Carolyn R
, Jul 2015
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...
Brenda L
, Mar 2015
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.
Didn't go because of disappointing tour...
Stuart E
, Jun 2013
Didn't go because of disappointing tour the previous day

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