Things to do in Valparaiso Region

Our most recommended things to do in Valparaiso Region

Santiago: Cajon del Maipo & El Yeso Dam Day Trip with Picnic

1. Santiago: Cajon del Maipo & El Yeso Dam Day Trip with Picnic

Discover the magnificent Andes Mountains on a guided day trip from Santiago. Pass by the Tinoco Tunnel, admire the picturesque Cajón del Maipo gorge, and enjoy a picnic lunch overlooking the El Yeso Dam. Start your tour early in the morning with a convenient pickup directly from your accommodation. Hop into the air-conditioned van and set out towards the Maipo Canyon. As you travel, admire the wonderful views of this natural landscape full of high mountain passes, lakes, and forests. Hear about the area's traditions and listen to folktales told by your guide. Along the way, you'll pass the Tinoco Tunnel, a dark disused train tunnel that runs along the Camino Al Volcán, a remnant from the region's railway days. Listen as your guide tells you about the history of this unusual attraction and the tragic story behind the shrines located at the tunnel's entrance and exit. Not far from here, you'll reach the El Yeso Dam. This large reservoir was created in 1964 by damming the Yeso River and now serves as one of the major sources of water for Santiago. Stop here to enjoy a picnic-style lunch served with a glass of wine and some juice. Then, sit back and relax as you set out on your return journey to Santiago, where your driver will drop you off directly at your accommodation.

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

2. Santiago: Vina Del Mar, Valparaiso, Casablanca & Reñaca Tour

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.

From Santiago: Highlights of Valparaiso and Viña del Mar

3. 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, and squares, and have the chance to take some 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.

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.

From Santiago: Sunset Valle Nevado in the Andes Mountains

5. From Santiago: Sunset Valle Nevado in the Andes Mountains

The tour will start by picking up all customers from their respective hotels and will go directly to a viewpoint on the mountain. Then you will continue up the mountain towards Valle Nevado to enjoy the mountainous summer climate. The tour guide will help you move around Valle Nevado and take pictures. The Transport van will be available as a support place for any urgent need. After the visit to Valle Nevado, there is a stop in the town of Farellones to see the viewpoint and to participate in the picnic. Afterwards, everyone will be taken back to their hotel.

Santiago: Cajon del Maipo and Termas Colina Trip with Picnic

6. Santiago: Cajon del Maipo and Termas Colina Trip with Picnic

Discover the magnificent Andes Mountains on a guided day trip from Santiago. Pass by the Tinoco Tunnel, admire the picturesque Cajón del Maipo gorge, and enjoy a picnic lunch overlooking the Termas Colinas Hot Springs. Start your tour early in the morning with a convenient pickup directly from your accommodation. Hop into the air-conditioned van and set out towards the Maipo Canyon. As you travel, admire the wonderful views of this natural landscape full of high mountain passes, lakes, and forests. Hear about the area's traditions and listen to folktales told by your guide. Along the way, pass the Tinoco Tunnel, a dark, disused train tunnel that runs along the Camino Al Volcán, a remnant from the region's railway days. Listen as your guide tells you about the history of this unusual attraction and the tragic story behind the shrines located at the tunnel's entrance and exit. Not far from here, you'll reach the Termas Colinas Hot Springs. Relax in any of the seven pools with temperatures ranging from 130ºF to 86ºF, heated by the nearby volcano. Stop here to enjoy a picnic-style lunch served with a glass of wine and some juice. Then, sit back and relax as you set out on your return journey to Santiago, where your driver will drop you off directly at your accommodation.

Casablanca Valley: 4 Vineyards with 1 or 3 Wine Tastings

7. Casablanca Valley: 4 Vineyards with 1 or 3 Wine Tastings

Over the course of your tour, you will visit four wineries that represent the Casablanca Valley’s diversity in wine production, from family-run boutiques to industry big-hitters. Look behind-the-scenes on tours of the facilities, talk to winemakers about the production process, and stroll through beautiful vineyards. This tour lets you choose to buy tastings on-site or prepay for two or three tastings - a value deal for tour-goers only. As you sip, your guide will tell you fun facts about the Chilean wine industry. Get dropped off in Santiago at the end of your tour.

Santiago: Private Dinner and Show with Transfers

8. Santiago: Private Dinner and Show with Transfers

Take in some dinner and a show while in Santiago. Experience traditional Chilean folk songs and dances as you eat. Get picked up from your hotel and get driven to the restaurant. Sit down to a night of food, song, and dance. Immerse yourself in Chilean culture with a show that showcases the variety of Chilean folklore from the north and south of the country. Admire the traditional costumes as you watch folk dances. Listen to Chilean folk songs as you savor your dinner. Then, watch some Polynesian dances performed by a local ballet troupe. Ask about the night's special guest. After the shows, the band will play music and invite you to get up. Finish off the evening with some dancing before you get dropped off at your hotel.

Santiago: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Day Ticket with Audioguide

9. Santiago: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Day Ticket with Audioguide

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 Teleférico, 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 9:45 AM and 6:30 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

Santiago: Laguna del Inca and Portillo Small Group Tour

10. Santiago: Laguna del Inca and Portillo Small Group Tour

The tour starts with pickup from your hotel in an air-conditioned van. You will head north from the city of Santiago taking Los Libertadores highway until the first stop to a giant monument that pertains to one of the most important episodes of Chilean history. Following this you will continue on the road, crossing the Chacabuco Tunnel, to the Aconcagua valley, declared the last winery valley of the country. On the road you will see Mount Aconcagua which has the tallest summit of the western and southern hemisphere. You will get to meet the official pet of Portillo Ski Center, a big St Bernard, which welcomes you to the start of your visit.  You will then have free time to visit the ski resort and the marvelous Inca Lagoon which is located between the mountains, this lagoon also has a beautiful history about an Incan King attached to it. You are also able to take the ski lift and enjoy a lunch with a beautiful view of the lagoon. At the conclusion of the tour, you will be brought back to your hotel in Santiago.

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Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 1,212 reviews

What a terrific day we had with Claudio and driver Manuel. All solo travelers. Well-curated stops in vina del mar and valparaiso including ride on funicular. Best was the incredible lunch restaurant selected - superb food with gin&tonic tasting definitely a surprise. Last stop was wine tasting with sparking white and substantial grand reserve cabernet. All in all a well planned and arranged day with perfect timing. Claudio made sure everyone was happy and enjoyed the day - manuel was a truly exceptional driver. Not many day trips covering so much ground are all good - but this was !

The tour was fantastic. We had Mat as a tour guide and he spoke perfect English and Spanish which made things easy. We got 10-20 minutes at each stop to enjoy the views then had an hour and a half for lunch in Vina Del Mar. The restaurant they reserved was okay but not the best meal we had in Chile. There are other options nearby so you don’t have to eat there. We had about half an hour to enjoy Valparaiso down by the docs and a 45 min walk through the city which was great.

We had a fantastic day. Our guide Gonza was a skilled guide taking special care to make sure all members of our group were catered to. We loved our walk exploring the streets of Valparaiso, our lunch was delicious and our final surprise at the conclusion of the tour was spectacular. We would highly recommend this tour as we learned a lot about Chile and we had a ball! Juliet

Really great and informative day out. Mati and Leo were really fun and knowledgeable. Mati showed us some beautiful street art in Valparaiso. My highlight was Viña del Mar. He took us to a delicious restaurant on the seafront, and we had plenty of time to enjoy the beach. The two stop-offs at the end were also amazing (they’ll be a surprise!).

Beautiful views of the reservoir/dam. Could not have accessed this area on our own, as the drive is rather precarious and requires a driver experienced with the twists and turns.