Welcome to Chile's capital city, Santiago, the perfect jumping-off point to experience the beauty and culture of the nation. Just an hour or two outside of the city, you can be exploring the vineyards and the Pacific Coast. On this two-day tour, you’ll get a chance to immerse yourself in the beauty of both. Experience the famous wines of Chile one day and discover the charm of the UNESCO world heritage city Valparaíso the next. With local guides Elisa and Felipe leading the way, you will truly understand the magic and charm of Chile’s Central Valley.
Day 1: Tasting Chile's Iconic Wines
It’s time to discover why Chile is so famous for its wine! Just outside of Santiago and you’ll reach one of the country’s most popular wine producing regions, the Casablanca Valley. Here you will learn about the traditional and innovative techniques that make the wine so beloved. Join local guides and wine enthusiasts, Elisa and Felipe, as you tour two local vineyards, each with their own unique winemaking philosophies and techniques. At each vineyard, you will enjoy a tasting, paired with Chilean cheeses and snacks. During a gourmet lunch, in between your winery stops, you will enjoy the Chilean flavors paired with delicious local wine. This is the perfect day to experience the incredible flavors Chile has to offer!
Day 2: Exploring the hills of Valparaíso
A UNESCO World Heritage site, Valparaiso is known for its unique architecture, lively culture, street art, and beautiful coastal setting. The inspiration for 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.