Step into the past and the future, as you tour the modern capital city Santiago and the historic bohemian port Valparaíso. The two contrasting cities will provide you with a fasinating window into Chilean culture, art, and history. Join local guides Felipe and Elisa as you tour these iconic cities and discover why they are so crucial to the Chilean identity.
First, you will visit the diverse Santiago, filled with unique neighborhoods from the bustling financial Providencia district to the artistic Lastarria neighborhood. Then, venture to the charming Valparaíso, an artist's getaway brimming with history and architectural gems. In two days, you'll discover the secret charm to the two very different cities, all while truly embracing Chilean culture.
Day 1: Discovering Santiago
Today, you will enjoy a city tour of Santiago which will show you an overview of all the highlights of the city. Visit exciting sights including a panoramic view of the city, the historic Santiago downtown, and the artistic Lastarria neighborhood. Exploring Santiago by foot and by car, you’ll discover a bustling metropolis with diverse neighborhoods with a modern and historic blend. This full-day tour will show you the highlights Chilean culture through art, history, and, of course, flavors!
Day 2: Exploring the hills of Valparaíso
A UNESCO World Heritage site, Valparaíso is known for its unique architecture, lively culture, street art, and beautiful coastal setting. The inspiration of many artists and writers, the port city welcomes guests from around the world to experience its charm. Today your local guides will take you to explore all of the city’s hidden gems. Visit the historic district, ride up one of the city’s famous funiculars, and even visit the home of the world-renowned Chilean poet, Pablo Neruda.
This tour is easily accessible to people of all ages and physical abilities. Please inform your local guide if you need accommodations.
Born and raised in Santiago, Chile, I’ve always had a passion for Chilean history. In fact, one of my favorite parts of being a guide is volunteering each year during “National Monuments Day,” where I get to teach locals facts that even they may not know about their city’s most historic buildings.
I first decided to become a guide because of my interest in world affairs, history, and intercultural exchange. I thought it would be a great way to meet people and learn about different countries, while also teaching them a bit about my own country. For the past six years, I’ve been doing just that. My job in tourism has given me the opportunity to work in the largest winery in Chile, where I led the training of other guides and helped host private events. During my time there, I was able to develop a keen appreciation and passion for Chilean wines. All these interests - wine, history, and global affairs - have converged into tourism, creating the perfect combination of my passions!
Originally, from Los Andes at the mountains in central Chile, I have also lived between our capital Santiago, and the colonial city of Valparaiso known for its bohemian and artistic vibe.
I am particularly interested in nature, arts, music and enjoy nothing more than rambling around the countryside and cities with character; exploring villages, finding hidden corners, and being surprised by unexpected moments.
My background is Journalism and Social Communication, but since I moved to Rio de Janeiro I've spent the last 12 years working in the Hotel Industry and Tourism. Travelling and knowing other cultures is one of my passions so after living in Brazil, I've decided to improve my English studying in London where I've stayed for a couple of years, and which gave me the possibility of working in the Pub and Restaurants business too.
Now, back in Chile and after all the past experiences I've decided to divide my time between working at a Vineyard in the Aconcagua Valley, volunteering in a non-profit environmental organization, and guiding as I love sharing and showing the beauties of my country.