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Santiago: Sky Costanera Level 61 and 62 Entry Ticket

1. Santiago: Sky Costanera Level 61 and 62 Entry Ticket

Take an elevator into the clouds as you ascend Santiago's iconic Sky Costanera skyscraper. Holding the title of Latin America's tallest building, a ride up to the 61st floor is a must for all visitors to Santiago. Look out over miles of Chilean landscapes from the observation deck — a heart-stopping moment not to be forgotten. Dominating the skyline, the Sky Costanera structure towers over the financial district at a staggering 980 feet. Feel the world at your feet and enjoy a bird’s eye view of the surrounding Andes mountains with breathtaking 360-degree panoramas at your disposal. By day or by night, the experience is picture-perfect. Take the time to look at the maps and through the deck's telescopes to find Santiago's major landmarks. If you have the time, watch the sun set behind the mountains for an extra dose of the awe-inspiring and jaw-dropping.

From Santiago: Vina Del Mar, Valparaiso, Casablanca, Reñaca

2. From Santiago: Vina Del Mar, Valparaiso, Casablanca, Reñaca

Head down Route 68 from Santiago, passing through the Curacavi Valley on this full-day tour. Stop in Casablanca for a courtesy wine and olive oil tasting. Continue to Valparaiso on the Pacific coast. UNESCO declared the city’s historic center a Cultural Patrimony of Humanity. Admire its colorful houses, including La Sebastiana, one of the homes of poet and Nobel Laureate Pablo Neruda. Next is a visit to the popular seaside resort of Vina del Mar, where you can choose to have lunch at a restaurant. The town is known as the Garden City for its numerous parks and beautiful flowers. Enjoy all the coast until Reñaca the most popular beach area of the region. On the return drive, you’ll visit Via Las Palmas, a unique place with palm trees on its hills.

Cajon del Maipo Full-Day Small Group Tour with Picnic

3. Cajon del Maipo Full-Day Small Group Tour with Picnic

Admire the stunning massifs, estuaries and rivers of the Andes Mountains on a full-day tour of the Cajon del Maipo. Depart Santiago and journey to San Jose de Maipo as you hear the folklore of the area from your English-speaking guide. Head towards the volcano and see small towns such as Las Vertientes, El Canelo, El Manzano, El Melocoton and San Alfonso. Learn the history of the Tinoco Tunnel as you make your way along a dirt road to the large lake of Embalse del Yeso. Stop at the reservoir to enjoy a picnic style snack with cheese, olives, salami, juice, wine and more.  Start back towards Santiago at around 3:00 PM and get dropped off at your hotel or in the city center at approximately 6:00 PM.

From Santiago: Highlights of Valparaiso and Viña del Mar

4. From Santiago: Highlights of Valparaiso and Viña del Mar

Start your day with pickup from your accommodation in Santiago and travel 120 km towards the Pacific Ocean to discover the cities of Valparaiso and Viña del Mar. Spend your day in two of the most famous cities in Chile with their very different in characteristics. First, stop at the multicolored port city of Valparaíso, where you will learn its history and discover why it is considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Walk among the valleys and discover the poetic, artistic, and historic characteristics of the city. Stop at some lookouts, squares, and have the chance to take a couple pictures of the sea lions at the port. From there, the tour will continue to Viña del Mar - a more sophisticated town with resorts, casinos and luxurious neighborhoods. Here, you will have the chance to eat lunch and visit the main sights of the city, such as the beach, the flower clock, and a Moai brought from Easter Island. At the end of the tour, you will be dropped back at your hotel in Santiago.

Wine, Neruda Museum, Valparaíso and Viña del Mar

5. Wine, Neruda Museum, Valparaíso and Viña del Mar

The main attractions of the central region in just one day! Visit two of the most important cities of the central coast, Valparaiso and Viña del Mar, and transport yourself to a world filled with poetry, art, culture, cuisine and Chilean traditions. The experience begins in the Casablanca Valley, famous for its wines, where you will have the opportunity to enjoy a classic tasting in one of its main vineyards. Continuing towards Valparaiso, to one of the main ports in the country, where the great poet Pablo Neruda´s House Museum La Sebastiana is located. The tour is audio guided, so that you may enjoy and learn about all the curios relics, antiquities and maps that are inside the museum. Followed by a guided walking tour where you will enjoy some of the most emblematic sectors of its coastal hills. Finally, the tour will conclude with a panoramic visit of Viña del Mar, visiting the “Reloj de Flores”, a clock made of flowers then ending with a visit to one of the cities beaches.

Santiago: Valparaiso, Viña del Mar, & Casablanca Valley Tour

6. Santiago: Valparaiso, Viña del Mar, & Casablanca Valley Tour

Your tour will begin as you are collected from your accommodation, from where you will board a coach destined for the coastal towns of Valparaiso and Viña del Mar. Once in Valparaiso, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, you will embark on a panoramic tour of the port and Plaza Sotomayor (Sotomayor Square). Following your tour, you will ascend to the summit of the Concepción and Alegre Hills using traditional elevators. You will then take a break for lunch, during which time you can enjoy some Chilean cuisine at your own expense. Your next stop will be to Viña del Mar, which is known as the "Garden City" for its plethora of greenery. Towards the end of your tour, you will visit a coastal area to observe some sea lions, before traveling to your final stop, the Casablanca Valley. There, you can sample wines at the Indomita Vineyard, before returning to Santiago in the early evening.

Santiago: Cousiño Macul Official Winery Tour with Tasting

7. Santiago: Cousiño Macul Official Winery Tour with Tasting

Explore the vineyards and the wine cellars of the renowned winery of Cousiño Macul. Discover the Chilean wine-making tradition as you get acquainted with the history of the winery and wine production. At the end of your tour, taste some of the delicious wines produced here.  The tour begins in the outdoor area where the winery guide will explain the grapes that produce the best wines - Finis Terrae and Lota. Learn about the quality of the vineyard and the concept about how smaller the amount of grape clusters, the greater the concentration of its compounds. Continue through the winery with the largest barrels in Chile and in the world, made with Chilean oak and with a capacity for 30,000 liters, though no longer used are still a part of history. See many more elements and old pieces that were used for wine production and get to understand the differences between the old and modern-day production processes. Walk among the huge stainless steel barrels where the wine is processed today and visit the cellars that were built in the 19th century to see how and where the wine is stored. Before the end of the tour, you will partake in a tasting of some of Cousino Macul wines with some guidance on what to see, taste, and smell.

Big Bus tour through Santiago

8. Big Bus tour through Santiago

Get to know some of the most iconic places in Downtown Santiago, on the only Hop On- Hop Off in Chile This special post Covid version will allow you to discover the city in one of our London style buses trough two circuits, the routes converge in the number 1 spot to visit, according to Trip Advisor, The Cerro San Cristobal- which is the largest urban park in Latin America. Here you will be able to visit the various attractions that the park has, such as Santiago Teleferico, riding a cable car and enjoying panoramic views from the air or taking a Panoramic Bus arriving at the summit of Cerro San Cristóbal. We begin our trip on the 'Santiago Patrimonial' route, which will take you on 4 stops so that you may get to know the capital city´s historic center, which you can explore on your own: the Metropolitan Cathedral, the Central Post Office, the Casa Colorada and the Museum of Santiago, the former National Congress, the Royal House of Customs and the Pre-Columbian Museum, the Courts of Justice, the National Historical Museum, the Government Palace, the Cerro Santa Lucía and much more. We continue the experience in the eastern sector of the capital, on the 'Modern Santiago' route. We will visit different gastronomic hubs, as well as various residential and commercial neighborhoods, where you will be able to walk around getting to know on your own time, in any of the 5 stops. During this route you will visit the Parque Bicentenario, one of the main green areas of the city, there are two lagoons where black-necked swans, flamingos, herons and fish coexist, trails to walk across the park, and an amphitheater. In addition, we will visit the most luxurious shopping center in Chile, the Parque Arauco Mall, here you will find some of the best brands and a diverse variety in products and souvenirs. With an entertainment hub that includes an open-air boulevard with some of the finest cuisine, a cinema, theater and the Turistik Info center (located at the Boulevard entrance). The 4 stops on the Hop On-Hop Off for the 'Santiago Patrimonial' route are: - Funicular (connection with the 'Modern Santiago' route) - Plaza de Armas - Plaza de la Constitución - Santa Lucía The 5 stops on the 'Modern Santiago' route are: - Funicular (connection with the 'Santiago Patrimonial' route) - Costanera Center - Isidora Goyenechea - Parque Arauco - Parque Bicentenario You can get on and off the bus as many times as you want along the route, between 10:00 AM and 6:00 PM. Take the time to visit the places that interest you the most and continue the route by boarding any of the following buses that pass approximately every 60 minutes. In order for your tour to be the most profitable, we recommend you take these considerations: Start with what is closest to you. You can get on and off as many times as you want during the day, on either of the two routes. Enjoy your experience, dedicate the appropriate time to discover each place calmy, and make the most out of your visit.

San Cristobal Hill Night Tour with Dinner Show

9. San Cristobal Hill Night Tour with Dinner Show

Experience nighttime views of Santiago from the most popular viewpoints of the city, including San Cristobal Hill. Enjoy traditional Chilean cuisine at one of the most innovative culinary centers in the city, along with a folklore show. This 4.5-hour tour is the perfect way to end a busy day of sightseeing. Head to the top of San Cristobal Hill and then to the Civic Center, where you’ll see La Moneda Palace, Plaza de la Constitución, the Municipal Theater, and Mercado Central. Afterwards, head to the upper town, where you’ll find the city’s top restaurants. Enjoy dinner and a show at El Apero.

Private-Tour of Chilean Wine Country: Colchagua

10. Private-Tour of Chilean Wine Country: Colchagua

Visit one of the country’s most famous wine regions, the Colchagua Valley, set in the heart of the Central Valley, 100-miles (160 kilometers) from Santiago, is the epicenter of wine production in Chile. Production started here shortly after the Spanish conquest in the mid-16th-century with the introduction of vineyards by Jesuit missionaries. The mining boom of the late 19th-century brought wealth and noble grapes of French origin. The area is known for its award-winning Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot, Syrah and, Carmenere. After a three-hour drive to Santa Cruz, the region’s capital, first stop at Viña Santa Cruz. Here, see the place where the body connects with the soul. Begin your tour by conquering the body in the garden of varieties and learn how to differentiate their strains. Then get to know the soul by using the cable car to enjoy the most amazing views on your way to Cerro El Chaman. There, learn firsthand how the Aymara culture, Mapuche and Rapa Nui lived in harmony with nature and their environment through their rituals and beliefs. But especially, meet their guides Machi and Chaman, the inspiration behind their wines. Next, stop for lunch at a countryside restaurant. In the afternoon, visit Viu Manent Vineyard, a model for wine tourism in Chile. Climb aboard a horse-drawn carriage for a remarkable experience visiting the historic Malbec Hall, gardens, and wine cellars. Explore the wine shop and handicraft emporium. The visit ends with a tasting of the vineyard’s best wines. Internationally renowned for the quality of its wines, Viu Manent is particularly famous for its Malbec.

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What people are saying about Santiago

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 358 reviews

It was so fast and very well comminication after we fixed our trip. They called us and pick us up from location on time. Our guide Helen and driver was so good. It is worth to arrange it. Thank you for all

It was a magical trip, our guide Gabriel made sure everything was perfect and shared interesting information with us in an entertaining way. I loved!!!

Good experience, the bus was ‘cosy’ (full tour). Overall enjoyed the day out.

Muy atento el personal! Muy agradable el ambiente y la cafetería excelente.

It was a very pleasant experience , definitely recommend it