Discover the history of Santiago, its hidden nooks and crannies, legends, and history from a local's perspective on this full day tour of Chile's capital city. Your Local Guide Patricia will drive you around the city, stopping at key sites and explaining the ins and outs of the city.
You’ll start the day in one of the most historical parts of Santiago, the Santa Lucia Hill, which was inhabited by the native people of the area before the arrival of the Spanish. There, you’ll view an exhibit of native handicrafts produced by the three indigenous groups that still survive in Chile: Mapuches, Aimaras and Rapa Nui. To this day, each group keeps their own flag, language, and culture in tact. At the next stop, you’ll climb up to Caupolican Terrace for a panoramic view of the city.
After taking time to enjoy the beautiful view at Caupolican Terrace, you’ll head through central Santiago and see the San Francisco Church, the oldest building in Santiago, before heading through the famous neighborhood of Paris and London. You’ll see the stock market building and Government Palace, before making a stop for a coffee in La Moneda Cultural Center. After your break for coffee, you'll continue to the main square, Plaza de Armas, which is located exactly at the center of the city.
As you continue touring Santiago, you’ll explore the Central Market, the Bellavista neighborhood, Pablo Neruda´s house, and the Gabriela Mistral Cultural Center. You’ll also see “Barrio Italia,” a newly developing trendy area full of restaurants, designers, and artisans. After a full day of exploring Santiago and learning about Chile's unique culture, you’ll stop at Santa Maria de Manquehue for a panoramic view of the city to end the tour.
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 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.