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LocalAventura Tour: Customized Valparaíso Day Tour

Customized Valparaíso Day Tour

Full-day, personalized tour of the Chilean Coast
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8 hrs

Valparaíso

1 ~ 12

High content


Description

A maze of winding streets, colorful staircases, Victorian-style architecture and quaint funiculars, Valparaíso is a city with endless places to explore. Whether you love art, history, or food, there’s so many ways you can tour the city. Let local guide Thomas create a tailor-made tour so you can discover this fascinating city exactly as you wish. Discover the chaotic charm of this beautiful port city and see the sights that will most interest you.

After touring Valparaíso, Thomas will take you to Viña del Mar, Valparaíso's sister city. The city is the Miami of Chile, with seaside hotels, a beach, and wealthy, modern buildings, a fascinating contrast to Valparaíso. Thomas will show you the highlights of this upscale city, seeing sights such as the famous flower clock, an authentic Easter Island statue, and the sand dunes of Concon, where you can even climb to the top! Throughout this tour, you’ll learn plenty of stories, go off the beaten path, and even go to some secret spots that only a local could show you. See the Chile’s Pacific Coast exactly as you wish on this enchanting customized aventura.

Itinerary

  • Pick-up at your accommodation in Valparaíso or Viña del Mar. If you're staying in Santiago, pick-up and drop-off are available for an extra fee.
  • Start the day in Valparaíso
  • Tour Valparaíso’s historic district
  • Stop for lunch in either Valparaíso or Viña del Mar
  • The rest of the city tour will be customized to your desires
  • Next, head to Viña del Mar, where your tailor-made tour will continue
  • Drop-off at your accommodation in Valparaíso or Viña del Mar

Available days

Everyday

Eligibility criteria

Due to uneven surfaces, this tour is not recommended for those with walking disabilities or who use a wheelchair.


What's Included

  • Private transportation during the tour in Valparaíso and Viña del Mar
  • Private trilingual guide available in English, French, and Spanish
  • Entrance fees to all locations visited

What's not included

  • Lunch
  • Pick-up from Santiago (this can be arranged for an additional cost)

Additional Pricing Information (*)

If you wish to be picked up at the airport or in Santiago, please contact founders@localaventura.com as this will entail an additional cost.  ​​​​​


Recommendations

  • Bring sunscreen, a hat, and sunscreen.
  • Wear layers, as the weather tends to fluctuate on the coast.
  • Wear comfortable walking shoes.

Tags

Good for Groups Family-Friendly Day Trip Good for Couples

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Reviews



Melissa

Thomas knew a great deal about the history of Valparaiso. That was great. We learned so much. The views were amazing

February 5th, 2017 Report ⚐



Melissa

Thomas knew a great deal about the history of Valparaiso. That was great. We learned so much. The views were amazing

February 5th, 2017 Report ⚐

Thomas, Julio and Pascal

Thomas

Born and raised in France, Chile has been my adopted home for over ten years now. When I first came here in 2005, the country stole my heart, literally because it is where I met my beautiful Chilean wife. At first, I started my life here working as a journalist, because that’s what I did in France. Yet, I felt like the career wasn’t right for me anymore, I had reached a point where I needed a job that would combine my skills in a new and exciting way. With the curiosity of a journalist, I began researching new career options until eventually, I decided to give being a tour guide a try. The career seemed like it would be a natural fit because I was fluent in three languages, loved history, and had a passion for discovering new things!

For about ten years now, I've worked as a guide, sharing my passion and knowledge of Chile with curious travelers from all over. While I have taken hundreds of guests on tours, my mission is to treat each as though they are my best friend. I want to customize my tours for my clients' exact hopes and desires. So don’t be shy, ask me anything! In fact, since I’m French, you can even ask me about my honest opinion on Chilean wines… you may be surprised by my answer, though!

Julio

I was born and raised in Santiago and Bellavista, where I now guide tours. Before I was a tour guide I worked as a traveling salesman and then as a private driver for the local high-end hotels. One day I received a call from a colleague asking me to guide a tour. At first, I was hesitant and thought he even called the wrong number but the next day he gave me some pointers on how to guide tours. After that first successful tour, I’ve been guiding travelers around my beautiful country ever since. When I think about being a tour guide I like to remind myself of a quote by Seth Godin, “People do not buy goods and services. They buy relations, stories, and magic.” I think of this as a motto for my life.

At home, I'm a family man with 2 sons, a daughter, and 5 grandkids.  I love to cook for my family, especially fish, seafood, and vegetables with a Mediterranean touch. Chile is a 'wine country' and so I learned how to appreciate the good wines we produce and incorporate them into my cooking.

Pascal 

Thanks to my father, who was a French military officer, I lived abroad for many years during my childhood. I was in Germany for 13 years, England for three years, and Finland for three years. Moving around and discovering new places at a young age has given me the drive and passion to see more of the world.

I finally settled in Chile after working for big companies in France for several years and owning an English pub in Algarve, Chile. I have found in this splendid country everything I was looking for: kind people, the immense Andes, all kinds of climates and landscapes, and, best of all, my beautiful wife. Now, I have been a freelance guide in Chile since 2003. In my free time I spend my time reading about Chile, it’s medicinal plants, animals, geography, history, and more, in order to share my knowledge with all the clients who visit us. I also specialize in wines, Valparaiso, Santiago, and flora and fauna. I chose to work as a guide for these unique interactions I have with travelers.

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