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 the 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 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.
Elisa and Felipe
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!
Born and raised in Santiago, I’ve always loved this city. Yet, it wasn’t until a six-month stay in the USA that I realized how much I wanted to become a guide. During this trip, I saw so many beautiful places, and it made me want to share the beauties of my own country. I have also always been interested in music and various different forms of art. Therefore, during my tours, I often incorporate fun facts about art, music, and pop culture along with my overview of Chilean history. I hope that this approach will help create unforgettable experiences that’ll make people fall in love with Chile.
Tourism has not only given me my dream job, but it has also provided me with amazing opportunities to fall even more in love with my own country. For six years, I even got to live and work in southern Patagonia, where I developed my passion for indigenous culture and nature. After working in Patagonia, I knew it was time to return to Santiago so I could show off my home city to incoming travelers. As a Local Guide, I hope that I can use this industry, which has given me so much, not only to show travelers around, but also as a way to promote and protect our history, culture, and land.