Santiago Metropolitan Region
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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: Highlights of Valparaiso and Viña del Mar

2. 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.

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.

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

4. 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

5. 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.

Santiago: Cajon del Maipo Hot Springs & Barbecue Experience

6. Santiago: Cajon del Maipo Hot Springs & Barbecue Experience

After pickup, make your way out of Santiago to the surroundings of the city to an area called Cajon del Maipo. You will drive through the city center of the small town of San Jose del Maipo where you will learn the history of the development of the city. You will continue and go inside the Tinoco Tunnel to hear some stories of what happened inside. At the Cajon del Maipo you will make a stop at a beautiful waterfall called Bride's Veil where you can take amazing pictures. From there, head to the main attraction of the day, also known as Valle de Colina hot springs. Take advantage of the outdoor natural pools that have temperatures ranging between 24 and 55 Celsius degrees to take a dip and relax in the mineralized waters that come from the San José volcano. Enjoy your time in the hot waters while admiring the beautiful surrounding landscape and sipping on a cocktail. Before going back to Santiago, visit a traditional mountain village settlement where you will meet the locals and learn more about their daily lives. There will be plenty of time to interact with their animals and enjoy a traditional Chilean BBQ, with Chilean wine and whiskey. Return to Santiago and drop-off at your hotel.

Santiago: Private Half-Day City Tour

7. Santiago: Private Half-Day City Tour

Get to know the Chilean capital of Santiago on a private 3.5-hour tour. Explore the city, taste local food specialties, and learn about the history of indigenous groups and Spanish colonization of Chile. Discover this fascinating city surrounded by the snowy Andes mountains, and experience local life. After pickup at your hotel, your guide will lead you on a tour of this modern city by private vehicle. Admire the cityscape from stunning viewpoints, wander through beautiful parks, and visit museums. See the famous sights as well as hidden local gems, before being dropped off back at your hotel.

Welcome to Santiago: Private Tour with a Local

8. Welcome to Santiago: Private Tour with a Local

Transform the way you travel and make it as much about the people you meet as the places you see. Get a welcome to Santiago from a local host eager to share all the tips and tricks to help you make the most of your stay. You can meet at your hotel or Airbnb accommodation and get familiar with the neighborhood. Learn all the insider tips, such as the best places to eat and buy groceries, and the easiest ways to get around. Alternatively, arrange to meet at a central landmark or intersection to start your walking tour. Benefit from the option of taking public transportation or a taxi to get around, or arrange a private car with advanced notice. Hear about the top things to see and do in the city, customized to your interests. By the end of your tour, you will feel more comfortable navigating the city and confident that you have all the information you need.

Undurraga: Official Winery Tour

9. Undurraga: Official Winery Tour

Back in 1879, Francisco Undurraga Vicuña started bringing plants from France and Germany to plan his winery project, but it was only in 1885 that Viña Undurraga was established - and is now one of the oldest vineyards in Chile. Located in the heart of the Maipo Valley, Undurraga is pioneers in the viticulture of Chile. It was the first Chilean winery to export to the U.S. back in 1903, covering all American states. You will have the chance to understand the production process of the unique wines and visit the wine cellars with more than 130 years of experience. Visit the Parque de la Viña, created by the French landscape architect George Henry Dubois, who also designed the Parque Forestal de Santiago. When visiting the vineyards you will learn about the soils and identify the different grapes that Undurraga cultivates through the various garden. You have a selection of 3 tours around the winery to choose from, all of them, including at least 3 Undurraga wines tastings and a wine glass as a gift. Also, if the option is selected, you will have the chance to know the only Aroma Room in Chile, with more than 40 aromatic scents of wine. Here you will learn the distinctive aromas that wines acquire in their process until bottled.

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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Ignacio is absolutely great. I had the best time. He surely knows how to avoid the tourists crowds so you can have the best experience almost like a private VIP tour. The landscape was out of this world. All the places were fantastic. Breakfast with Claudia is a magical experience and later on the bbq is perfection. I would definitely do it again in the future. Thank you Ignacio for sharing your culture and places with so much devotion and pride.

Daniel was just the BEST guide! Loads of natural and political history knowledge and absolutely was next-level by actively being our small groups photographer and got some truly wonderful photos of everyone enjoying themselves.

We had a blast. Malu and Jose the driver were fantastic. They were great fun and shared their culture very clearly and showed us as much as you can see in just one day. Very well organized. Thank you.

Hard a wonderful time walking the city and enjoyed the lunch suggestion. The winery was very nice and excellent wine.

We weren't sure we liked Santiago, he showed us places we'd never have found. We love Santiago now.