Come be part of the living history of revitalization of Cartagena de Chile and discover this hidden part of the gorgeous country of Chile. You will certainly be one of the first adventurers to visit this off-the-beaten path destination, unknown to many foreign tourists.
Your first stop of the day will be at the quaint town of Curacavi. Curacavi is a splendid country valley that produces fresh fruits for exportation and is turning into a new suburban area for people that work in the popular, bustling city of Santiago. You will have a quick coffee or breakfast stop here.
During the morning, you will visit a Mapuche weaver. She will explain ancient techniques used by the Mapuche and used on the loom that was passed down from generation to generation. Another special, interesting point to highlight is the fact that the Mapuche people are considered to be some of the most representative native people of Chile because they were never under the rule of the Incas or Spaniards.
You will then continue on to the coast to discover the magic of the ports of Cartagena and San Antonio, resort cities known for their winding roads and amazing views of the bay from the San Antonio hills. Cartagena was the first port of this area, founded in 1590. In 1865, the San Antonio port, located seven kilometers from the south of Cartagena, became the main port of Chile after Valparaiso was bombed.
Cartagena de Chile is known as a resort city, yet it is extremely historical and fascinating. There you will hear about the history of Chile woven into the rich local stories and see the home of Adolfo Couve, a famous poet, painter, and art teacher. Walking around Cartagena is also a great way to discover the intriguing architectural side of Chile. The Chilean government has received a grant to rescue the old and historic mansions, viewpoints, walking streets, and beaches to inspire and revive the poetic history, local customs, and traditions of the city’s inhabitants. During the tour you will even be able to stop by and talk to an architect who is working towards the restoration of Cartagena. He will explain you his vision for the renewal of Cartagena.
Patricia was a terrific tour guide. The visit to the winery was very in-depth and informative. The stop to visit an architect involved in the revitalization of Cartagena was very special.
August 19th, 2018 Report ⚐
Born and raised in Santiago, Chile, I have a passion for showing visitors around my beautiful country. Ever since I was young, I always knew I wanted a job where I would meet people from around the world and discover new things. During my university studies, I focused on architecture and translation, combining my love of art, humanities, and language into one. After I graduated, I became a translator, and from then on, I was hooked on tourism. Working with tour guides made me realize just how much I, too, wanted to show off my favorite parts of the country, like Chile’s scenic vineyards, fascinating cultures, and ancient history.
Throughout my years as a guide, I have never grown tired of sharing my knowledge for the region, and I’ve loved learning new things from the people I’ve met along the way. During my tours, I can show you the incredible flora and fauna in the Andes, what the country was like before it was named Chile, and how the region’s finest wines are made. I believe history should be interactive and fun, which is why my country is my classroom. Let me share with you my unique perspective, and I promise that you will truly get to experience Chile’s intriguing past and how it has led to its colorful present.