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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.
Great tour - my guide was very knowledgable and showed me a lot of Santiago's history and interesting locations
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.
Kudo's to Paola our guide. Came out in unexpectedly cold weather and on time. Had a great day with her - just wasn't long enough!
(see review for Private Walking Tour, Santiago like a Local). Our tour guide was Gladys and she was excellent in every way. Can't recommend this half day tour with her enough - we wish all of our tours this week had been with Gladys, such was her knowledge of the subject matter, country and culture. She had excellent English, was and looked very professional and was fun - she joined in our English humour. Fascinating day, the best tour we did as it gives you a great introduction and background to the city and country you're in. If there's one thing you do in Santiago, do this tour. A very nice lady. Thank you Gladys - you're a credit to your employer.
We had a wonderful tour guide, Richard Soto. He took us to all the sites a tourist would appreciate. His English is superb and his knowledge of Chilean history was very good. I am a knitter he found yarn shops for me. I asked him to take us to a "hole in the wall" restaurant....he granted my wish.
Need to do some walking to get a better understanding of the city. Coffee with legs not to be missed. It was also good to look inside some interesting buildings.
Local took us for the tour. Interesting sites and facts about the city. Excellent lunch. Unfortunately, we were driven up to San Christobel Hill, but we had to pay to get down on the funicular. This was supposed to be part of the fees, so a little disappointing.
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.
If you are a history or architecture buff, this might be the thing for you. We learnt a lot but didn and #39;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.
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.
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