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Wine, Neruda Museum, Valparaíso and Viña del Mar

1. 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.

From Santiago: Valparaiso and Viña del Mar Day Tour

2. From Santiago: Valparaiso and Viña del Mar Day Tour

Starting from your hotel in Santiago, meet your guide and travel 120 km to the Pacific Ocean through the Curacavi Valley where you will have the chance to see diverse scenery. On the road, stop in the typical hostelry Millahue for the chance to taste the typical Chilean drink, the "chicha". Arrive in Valparaiso and admire the amazing houses on the hills. Take a sightseeing tour of Victoria Square, Sotomayor Square, the naval heroes monument, and the May 21st Lookout. Take a walk into the hills, using 1 or 2 elevators or explore the bay area. Next stop in Viña del Mar, the city known as the Garden City. Explore some remarkable locations in the resort town including the floral clock, the Casino, and Reñaca beach where you'll have time to stop for lunch at your own expense. After lunch, spend a bit more free time to enjoy relaxing on the beach. Finally, before taking the coast road back to Santiago, stop at the Quinta Vergara, a place known for the international song festival. At the end of the tour, you will be dropped back at your hotel in Santiago.

Horseback Riding on Beach & Sand Dunes and Viña del Mar Tour

3. Horseback Riding on Beach & Sand Dunes and Viña del Mar Tour

Enjoy a comfortable air-conditioned transportation and arrive at the small town of Mantagua. Explore the beach and nearby Ritoque Sand Dunes on a 3-hour horseback ride. Cross the little streams from the Aconcagua River which empty into the Pacific Ocean after flowing all the way from Mount Aconcagua in the Andes. After the horseback ride, drive along the coast to Concón, known for its seaside restaurants and surf shops. Pass by the impressive Concón Sand Dunes and enjoy the panoramic views of Valparaiso Harbor. The tour continues through the popular beach town of Reñaca. Try to spot sea lions lying on the coastal rocks. Then drive to Viña del Mar, Chile’s Garden City. Visit the Flower Clock and Casino, a “Moai” statue from Easter Island, and the city’s pristine beaches.

From Santiago: Private Zapallar & Cachagua Island Experience

4. From Santiago: Private Zapallar & Cachagua Island Experience

Discover the captivating landscapes of Zappalar ("place of pumpkins" in Mapudungun) just 1.5 hours from Santiago and 80 kilometers (50 miles) north of Valparaíso. Take a 1-hour boat ride to Cachagua Island, a reserve for the Humboldt penguin, and savor a fresh seafood lunch afterward. Begin your private tour with pickup at your hotel in Santiago. Upon arrival in Zapallar, understand why a number of European architects were attracted to the area in the 1960s and see the legacy they left in the houses. Just meters away from the white sand beach and crystal clear waters, classic Italian and German architecture will blow you away to a dreamy place. Go down unpaved streets and among the natural forest in the area with your professional guide. Head along a beautiful bath bordering the resort's rocky coast that was made by the local workers with local resources. Once in the cove where the boat ride starts, a local fisherman with more than 10 years of experience will take you to visit the Natural Monument of Cachagua Island, a place for the preservation of the emblematic Humboldt penguin. Admire the penguins and other birds — such as herons, swans, and seagulls — as well as the island's diverse flora and fauna. After this approximately 1-hour experience, you'll be invited to taste some typical gastronomy at Chringuito, a restaurant with a long fishing tradition. Relish the fresh seafood brought directly from the Pacific Ocean (not included in the tour price) before heading back to Santiago for drop-off at your hotel.

Viña del Mar and Reñaca 4-Hour Pacific Coast Tour

5. Viña del Mar and Reñaca 4-Hour Pacific Coast Tour

Explore one of the top seaside resorts in Chile at Viña del Mar on a half-day afternoon tour with pick-up from Valparaiso or Viña del Mar. Marvel at the city's streets and gardens full of well-kept flowers, including Avenida Perú, Plaza de Armas and Quinta Vergara. Visit the theater where the annual Festival Internacional de la Canción takes place, and see the famous clock made from flowers near Caleta Abarca beach. Continue to Reñaca and get a panoramic view of the sea lions colony. Next, explore the coastal town of Concón. Cross the bridge over the Aconcagua River to get to the ecological park to look for different bird species.

From Santiago: Surfing and Wine Full-Day Private Tour

6. From Santiago: Surfing and Wine Full-Day Private Tour

Enjoy a day of surfing amongst the beautiful blue waves of Concón, then head to the trendy Bodegas RE winery for a tour and tasting. After your hotel pick-up, take in the scenery for the 2-hour drive through the coastal mountains, to the seaside town of Concón. Change into wet suits and enjoy a comprehensive surfing lesson. Build your confidence with both on-land warm-ups and in-water practice. After your lesson, put your new skills to the test with an hour of freestyle surfing. You'll have time to find lunch at a nearby restaurant before heading to the picturesque Casablanca Valley. Visit Bodegas RE, a small family vineyard that combines ancient wine-making procedures with modern knowledge of viticulture and enology. Enjoy a tour and tasting, and marvel at the noble wines created in traditional clay jars. You'll be transported back to your hotel, feeling rejuvenated after this fun day in the surf.

From Santiago: Laguna del Inca Guided Kayak Tour

7. From Santiago: Laguna del Inca Guided Kayak Tour

Enjoy a day of guided kayaking on the Laguna del Inca, a crystal-clear lake with magnificent views of the Andes just a short drive from Santiago. Get picked up from your hotel and travel by car to the Laguna del Inca in Portillo, the first ski resort founded in South America. Explore the lake by kayak with your guide, paddling through emerald green waters at an elevation of 9,200 feet above sea level. See the spectacular peaks of the Andes from a unique perspective, including Mount Aconcagua, the highest peak in the Americas. Marvel at picturesque vistas of these snow-capped mountains reflected in the aquamarine waters. After your paddle, enjoy a picnic lunch at the water’s edge, then return to Santiago by car.

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What people are saying about Valparaiso (Region)

The communication before hand was good and the pick-up was very prompt. Joseph, the guide, and Willy, the driver, were both friendly and helpful. They make an excellent team. In addition to giving good information, Joseph took many pictures of the group. We stopped for about 20 minutes on the way to feed llamas, get a beverage, and use the restroom. Once we arrived in Valparaiso, we made a stop to enjoy the view before getting out and taking a long walk through the streets and stairs of Valparaiso. The street art was amazing! Following the walk, we took the funicular down and made several more stops before returning to Santiago: to take a picture at the flower clock, at a museum to see a statue from Easter Island, and then for lunch at a restaurant across the street from the Pacific. We noted the tour from beginning to end..

The bus arrived on time for the pick-up and the tour of Valparaiso (“Valpo” according to our guide, as the Chileans will shorten anything they can) was interesting - particularly the street art. You do need to be able to walk down steps for this part of the tour. Unfortunately, 2 members of the group went AWOL (no fault of the guide), so we lost some time waiting for them and our tour of Vina was somewhat curtailed. Our driver also had to take a diversion on the way back to avoid the road closures in Santiago.

We had a wonderful day with our tour guide Romi and driver who went out of their way to make sure the day was a success. Both Romi and driver were more than flexible, altering the tour to suit the group based on a consensual decision. Romi has an excellent command of English, great sense of humour and very knowledgeable and friendly. I would highly recommend this tour, Romi and our driver (whose name escapes me).

I really enjoyed the tour! It is worth taking it. However I was really disappointed by the the fact that despite the fact I received a confirmation for my booking after waiting for more that an hour I contacted the local agent to find out that apparently they either forgot me or never received my booking...

Very enjoyable day out. Lots of information from a very knowledgeable guide. Walking tour of a hilly area of Valparaiso with some wonderful street art. Lunch on the beach in Viña del Mar was very good and on the way back to Santiago a stop at a vineyard with stunning views and even more stunning wines!