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Santiago: Highlights Bike Tour

1. Santiago: Highlights Bike Tour

A biking tour to head into the green spaces and historical highlights of downtown Santiago. Shady parks, hip barrios, and insights into Santiago local culture will make for a memorable afternoon. You will be lead first through the parks in Santiago, before visiting the Gabriela Mistral Cultural Center and La Moneda where you’ll get into Chile’s political history and how it shapes society today. Following this, you will hit the streets with your bike, venturing to the historical GAM cultural center. Here you will be able to further hear about Chile's history, with your guide talking you through the background of each monument and figure that you encounter. Downtown’s afternoon highlights of big trees, skyscrapers are for the urban adventurers. You will ride through beautiful parks, see unique architecture and witness profound monuments, all within the heart of Santiago.

Santiago: Cajon del Maipo Small-Group Tour

2. Santiago: Cajon del Maipo Small-Group Tour

Escape the hustle and bustle of Santiago city, and enjoy a day to remember as you embrace the magic of the Andes Mountains on a small-group tour for no more than 16 people. Be picked up at your accommodation and travel in a comfortable, air-conditioned minivan on a scenic drive to Cajon del Maipo. Once there, connect with nature in a peaceful environment of fresh, clean mountain air. Visit the enchanting village of San José del Maipo to admire the colonial-style architecture, and see the church and main Plaza de Armas, where fans of adventure travel often gather. From there, continue the drive following the Maipo river.  Make your way to discover the amazing lagoon at Embalse El Yeso Dam. Take amazing pictures and a relaxing walk, and savor a delicious picnic with wine or juice. Head back toward Santiago at around 3 PM and get dropped off at your hotel or in the city center at approximately 6 PM. In the winter season from June to September we make a stop at the snowwear rental store before and after the tour depending on the weather condition.

Bahá'i Temple and Cousiño Macul Vineyard

3. Bahá'i Temple and Cousiño Macul Vineyard

History, architecture and wine. A combination that you cannot miss! We start our day in the direction of Viña Cousiño Macul, founded in 1856 and being one of the oldest vineyards in the Maipo Valley. The architecture of this place has a beautiful French style with a stone base and brick vaults glued with mortar (a mixture of lime, sand and egg white). Here you can enjoy a tour, learn about the history and taste its exquisite varieties of wine. Then, we will visit the Bahá`i House of Worship, the first in South America. An imposing place that stands out for its architecture and lighting, here you can connect with yourself in a calm and serene environment. Located in the foothills of the Andes, it also gives you a spectacular panoramic view of Santiago.

Santiago: Full-Day Bike Sightseeing Tour

4. Santiago: Full-Day Bike Sightseeing Tour

Enjoy this ultimate city bike tour to discover the whole of Santiago in one fun packed day. On this adventure ride, you will find out about the culture behind the boho streets of Bellavista, followed by the taste and colors of Santiago’s renowned food markets (all 3 of them). You can visit the former house of famed Chilean poet, Pablo Neruda, in between your weaving bicycle tour of Santiago's streets and parkland. You will be shown the favorite places to grab a classic Chilean meal, and once your meal is fully enjoyed you will hit the wonders of Santiago that put this city in the history and travel books. You will be able to discuss important recent history about the Pinochet regime outside La Moneda. All this whilst still allowing time to see the main sites of downtown and enjoying the park life. These tours are designed to be a cultural cruise without overbearing you with information, dates and irrelevant facts.

Santiago: Viña Del Mar, Valparaiso, Casablanca & Reñaca Tour

5. Santiago: Viña Del Mar, Valparaiso, Casablanca & Reñaca Tour

Head out from Santiago to some of the most emblematic destinations within Chile, like Valparíso and Viña del Mar, as well as stopping by one of the best wine markets in Casablanca on your way and a visit to the famous Reñaca beach. Marvel at the towering Andean mountains that flank the road to your full-day tour outside of Santiago. You will stop at Río Tinto in the town of Casablanca, a wine market in the middle of Chilean wine country, for a complimentary glass of wine and an olive oil tasting. Afterward, visit Valparaíso and its city center which was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Its charming and picturesque houses include La Sebastiana, one of the houses of Nobel Prize winner Pablo Neruda. Your next stop is Viña del Mar, famed for its music scene and its numerous parks and gardens, which have earned it the nickname of the Garden City. Head along the coastline northwards to visit Reñaca, the most popular beach area in the region.

Algarrobo, Pablo Neruda Museum and Casablanca Valley Winery

6. Algarrobo, Pablo Neruda Museum and Casablanca Valley Winery

Experience the best of Chile’s Pacific coast, countryside, and wine vineyards on this day trip from Santiago. See the colorful seaside town of Isla Negra and the museum that was once home to Nobel Prize-winning poet, Pablo Neruda. Gain a fascinating insight into Neruda's eccentric life and works as you walk through his house. Continue your drive along the coastline to the resort town of Algarrobo. Have lunch and then go on to the San Alfonso Resort to see Chile's biggest artificial lagoon. Visit the Casablanca Valley and stop at the organic Casas del Bosque Vineyard for a tour and wine tasting. Relax in the outdoor lounge area after an informative tour.

Baha'i Temple & Haras de Pirque: Wine & Reflection Tour

7. Baha'i Temple & Haras de Pirque: Wine & Reflection Tour

Take a day to relax and enjoy the peace that can be found so close to Santiago on this inspirational tour to the Baha’i Temple and Haras de Pirque Vineyard in the Maipo Valley. After your hotel pick up, we will visit the Baha’i Temple for some peace and reflection. Located at the foothills of the Andes, the Temple opened its doors in 2016. It welcomes visitors from all over the world to enjoy its serene environment. The site also offers spectacular views of Santiago and the Andes. All Baha’i Houses of Worship are circular and nine-sided. Accordingly, the Santiago temple is ringed by nine entrances, nine pathways, and nine fountains, and the structure is composed of nine arching “sails.” These have also been described as nine “petals” and the temple’s shape as “floral”; the “petals” are separated by glass which allows light to illuminate the temple’s interior. The exterior of the “petals” is made from cast glass while the interior is made from Portuguese marble. The sides of the temple are held up on the inside by a steel and aluminum superstructure. The temple can seat 600 people and it is 30 meters (164 feet) high and 30 meters (98 feet) in diameter. The Baha’i Faith teaches that a House of Worship should be a space for people of all religions to gather, reflect, and worship. After visiting the Baha’i Temple, our tour continues to the boutique Haras de Pirque Vineyard, an oasis in the upper Maipo Valley. Discover the union of two passions, horses and wine, in a unique place where the breeding of thoroughbred horses and the production of fine wines come together to see the birth of Premium and excellent wines that today give life to this exclusive and award-winning vineyard. We will begin with a tour of the winery’s facilities, in the shape of a horseshoe, and finish with a tasting of the exclusive wines of the vineyard. Afterwards, you will be treated to a charcuterie of fine cheeses and meats and more wine as you enjoy the marvelous views of the vineyard and Andes Mountains. Come join us on this special tour and enjoy a perfect day of peace and harmony so close to Santiago!

Private Isla Negra & Pomaire Cultural Day Trip

8. Private Isla Negra & Pomaire Cultural Day Trip

Begin your journey of Chile by being picked up at your hotel, where you will be greeted by your guide who will take care of you throughout the day. Head straight to the colorful seaside town of Isla Negra, one of Chile’s and South America’s most famous poets, Pablo Neruda’s home, now a museum, whereupon arrival your guide will take you on a walking tour. Explore the Nobel Prize winner’s eccentric home, including his collection of bottles, masks, antique shoes, and smoking pipes. Originally called Las Gaviotas, the town was renamed Isla Negra by Neruda. Next, head to the traditional town of Pomaire, famous for its clay pottery and Chilean handicrafts. The town is also known as the home of the largest “empanadas” in Chile – which you have the chance to taste. Along your private tour, your local guide with share insightful historical and cultural stories.

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based on 358 reviews

Die Tour war sehr gut organisiert. Hat alles reibungslos funktioniert. Gabriel, der Guide war sehr sympathisch und angenehm. Er hat kompetent über die Gegend und Chile informiert. Insgesamt ein gelungener Trip!

A super nice experience! We were picked up from our Airb&b on time, had a dynamic and funny guide who made this excursion unique for us.

A very nice experience, the guide Yuri and the driver do it much better, good treatment and they explain everything to you.

A very special part of the world. Breakfast and lunch were great, the road is bumpy bring a pillow

an excellent day. Salvador was great. scenery was superb