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Santiago: Vina Del Mar, Valparaiso, Casablanca & Reñaca Tour

1. Santiago: Vina Del Mar, Valparaiso, Casablanca & Reñaca Tour

Head down Route 68 from Santiago, passing through the Curacavi Valley on this full-day tour. Stop in Casablanca for a courtesy wine and olive oil tasting. Continue to Valparaiso on the Pacific coast. UNESCO declared the city’s historic center a Cultural Patrimony of Humanity. Admire its colorful houses, including La Sebastiana, one of the homes of poet and Nobel Laureate Pablo Neruda. Next is a visit to the popular seaside resort of Vina del Mar, where you can choose to have lunch at a restaurant. The town is known as the Garden City for its numerous parks and beautiful flowers. Enjoy all the coast until Reñaca the most popular beach area of the region. On the return drive, you’ll visit Via Las Palmas, a unique place with palm trees on its hills.

Santiago: Cajon del Maipo & El Yeso Dam Day Trip with Picnic

2. Santiago: Cajon del Maipo & El Yeso Dam Day Trip with Picnic

Discover the magnificent Andes Mountains on a guided day trip from Santiago. Pass by the Tinoco Tunnel, admire the picturesque Cajón del Maipo gorge, and enjoy a picnic lunch overlooking the El Yeso Dam. Start your tour early in the morning with a convenient pickup directly from your accommodation. Hop into the air-conditioned van and set out towards the Maipo Canyon. As you travel, admire the wonderful views of this natural landscape full of high mountain passes, lakes, and forests. Hear about the area's traditions and listen to folktales told by your guide. Along the way, you'll pass the Tinoco Tunnel, a dark disused train tunnel that runs along the Camino Al Volcán, a remnant from the region's railway days. Listen as your guide tells you about the history of this unusual attraction and the tragic story behind the shrines located at the tunnel's entrance and exit. Not far from here, you'll reach the El Yeso Dam. This large reservoir was created in 1964 by damming the Yeso River and now serves as one of the major sources of water for Santiago. Stop here to enjoy a picnic-style lunch served with a glass of wine and some juice. Then, sit back and relax as you set out on your return journey to Santiago, where your driver will drop you off directly at your accommodation.

Santiago: Cajon del Maipo/Embalse del Yeso Tour with Picnic

3. Santiago: Cajon del Maipo/Embalse del Yeso Tour with Picnic

Admire the stunning massifs, estuaries, and rivers of the Andes Mountains on a full-day trip to the Cajon del Maipo on this van tour. Enjoy a delicious picnic in a stunning natural setting along the way. See sights like the Tinoco Tunnel and pass by charming, traditional towns.  Depart Santiago and journey to San Jose de Maipo in a spacious and air-conditioned van. Listen as your guide tells you about the folklore of the area. Head towards the volcano and see small towns like Las Vertientes, El Canelo, El Manzano, El Melocoton and San Alfonso.  Learn the history of the Tinoco Tunnel as you make your way along a dirt road to the large lake of Embalse del Yeso. Stop at the reservoir to enjoy a picnic-style snack with cheese, olives, salami, juice, wine, and more.  Start back towards Santiago at around 3:00 PM and be dropped off at your hotel or in the city center at approximately 6:00 PM.

From Santiago: Maipo Valley Vineyards Tour

4. From Santiago: Maipo Valley Vineyards Tour

Departing between 8:00 - 8:30 AM, head towards the wine-producing region of the Maipo Valley. In under an hour, you will arrive at the town of Isla de Maipo where you will make your first stop at the Tarapaca Vineyard. From there, observe the beautiful surroundings and take some fantastic photographs. See the Maipo River, which is so important to Central Chile, and learn about the flora and fauna of the area. Following this, explore the town of Isla de Maipo and get to know its customs, architecture, and distinctive character. The next part of the experience starts with a visit to either De Martino, Santa Ema or Undurraga Vineyard. See the gardens, vineyards, and storage cellar at one of these traditional vineyards, ending with a wine tasting. Next, enjoy a wine and cheese tasting as you visit a small family vineyard that has been producing wines and spirits for 3 generations.  finish the tour, you're invited to the local partner's facilities, located in a beautiful agricultural field nestled between some hills. Since it's lunchtime, you'll sample the best food and drinks that local producers have to offer. Enjoy some local recipes and flavours to end this unique tour.  If you wish to be dropped in Santiago, the arrival time will be around 05:00 PM. It is possible to be dropped at your hotel in Santiago or at the airport. You may also choose to be dropped at San Antonio. If you choose the latter, the drop-off time will be 3 PM.

Santiago: Markets Bike Tour

5. Santiago: Markets Bike Tour

Your tour will begin with you pedaling your way through a colorful bohemian Bellavista neighborhood to learn about street art and the nocturnal life. Learn more about the famous Nobel Prize poet, Pablo Neruda at his renowned Santiago property, La Chascona. Following this you will visit the vibrant markets of Santiago to discuss Chilean traditional foods and culture from your expert guide. Receive some great local dish recommendations and your guide’s favourite’s, which are must-tries, while in Santiago. Afterwards, head over the Mapocho River to the Mercado Central Seafood Market, a necessary stop when in a country with over 6,000 kilometers of coastline. Chileans love to share the country’s local food and customs.

Santiago: Concha y Toro and Undurraga Vineyards Tour

6. Santiago: Concha y Toro and Undurraga Vineyards Tour

This wine tour in the Maipo Valley will visit 2 vineyards. The traditional, Concha y Toro and Viña Undurraga. Your driver will collect you at 8:00AM and take you to Viña Undurraga. At the Vineyard, the tour lasts approximately one hour and 15 minutes and includes a comprehensive tour of all aspects of the winery and tasting of 3 reserve wines (according to availability) and a gift glass. After you're finished at Viña Undurraga, you'll take a lunch break for approximately an hour and a half. The visit to Concha y Toro begins at Don Melchor square, where you'll be greeted by a guide who will take you to enjoy a panoramic view of the Pirque vineyard accompanied by a glass of wine. With a glass in your hand, walk through the old park and appreciate the Casona de Pirque, the historic residence of the Concha y Toro family. This is the place where the largest viticultural company in the country was born more than 100 years ago. In the vineyards of Pirque, you'll learn all about the technological management that is required for high-quality viticulture. Viña Concha y Toro will also offer you a glass of Cabernet Sauvignon before the tour finishes. You will return to your hotel between 5:30-6:00 PM. 

Santiago: Highlights Bike Tour

7. Santiago: Highlights Bike Tour

A biking tour to head into the green spaces and historical highlights of downtown Santiago. Shady parks, hip barrios, and insights into Santiago local culture will make for a memorable afternoon. You will be lead first through the parks in Santiago, before visiting the Gabriela Mistral Cultural Center and La Moneda where you’ll get into Chile’s political history and how it shapes society today. Following this, you will hit the streets with your bike, venturing to the historical GAM cultural center. Here you will be able to further hear about Chile's history, with your guide talking you through the background of each monument and figure that you encounter. Downtown’s afternoon highlights of big trees, skyscrapers are for the urban adventurers. You will ride through beautiful parks, see unique architecture and witness profound monuments, all within the heart of Santiago.

From Santiago: Cajón del Maipo and Volcán San José Hike 8K

8. From Santiago: Cajón del Maipo and Volcán San José Hike 8K

Get back to nature and go for a hike in the Andes mountains. Learn why the region is one of the most active in the world for volcanoes and get up close to one just 100 kilometers from Santiago. Travel to the town of San Jose de Maipo and marvel at the beautiful waterfalls. Head to the refuge of El Cabrerio for the start of your hike in the Engorda Valley and get stunning views of the gorge of Cajón del Maipo and its rock formations. Encounter a breathtaking view of the Volcán San José on the Chile-Argentina border.                                                                                             

Santiago: Cajon del Maipo and Termas Colina Trip with Picnic

9. Santiago: Cajon del Maipo and Termas Colina Trip with Picnic

Discover the magnificent Andes Mountains on a guided day trip from Santiago. Pass by the Tinoco Tunnel, admire the picturesque Cajón del Maipo gorge, and enjoy a picnic lunch overlooking the Termas Colinas Hot Springs. Start your tour early in the morning with a convenient pickup directly from your accommodation. Hop into the air-conditioned van and set out towards the Maipo Canyon. As you travel, admire the wonderful views of this natural landscape full of high mountain passes, lakes, and forests. Hear about the area's traditions and listen to folktales told by your guide. Along the way, pass the Tinoco Tunnel, a dark, disused train tunnel that runs along the Camino Al Volcán, a remnant from the region's railway days. Listen as your guide tells you about the history of this unusual attraction and the tragic story behind the shrines located at the tunnel's entrance and exit. Not far from here, you'll reach the Termas Colinas Hot Springs. Relax in any of the seven pools with temperatures ranging from 130ºF to 86ºF, heated by the nearby volcano. Stop here to enjoy a picnic-style lunch served with a glass of wine and some juice. Then, sit back and relax as you set out on your return journey to Santiago, where your driver will drop you off directly at your accommodation.

Santiago: Cajon del Maipo Hot Springs & Barbecue Experience

10. Santiago: Cajon del Maipo Hot Springs & Barbecue Experience

Discover Cajón del Maipo on an afternoon trip from Santiago escaping from the crowds and heat. Relax in the medicinal hot springs, see the stunning Veil of the Bride waterfall and enjoy a traditional Chilean barbecue while stargazing. Meet at one of several pickup points in Santiago at 3 PM and head into the Andes to see a majestic valley called Cajón del Maipo. Cross the old train line and the Maipo river to enter Cajón del Maipo. Drive past picturesque towns before stopping at the roaring Veil of the Bride waterfall. Continue through the hills to several viewpoints and enjoy panoramic views of the volcano and mountains, before heading to the natural hot springs of Termas Valle de Colina. Relax in any of the 7 pools with temperatures ranging from 130ºF to 86ºF (55ºC to 30ºC), heated by the nearby volcano. Head back to the lounge in order to enjoy a Chilean barbecue. As you eat, drink wines from central and southern Chile, beers, juices, or hot beverages. Vegetarian and vegan options are available. Once you've finished eating, lay down at the lounges around the campfire while stargazing. Afterward, relax on the return journey to Santiago with drop-off at your hotel. We go back around 1 AM.

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What people are saying about Santiago

Wow, we were transported by private car which was a great way to get to know other travelers and the guide. The drive was beautiful and there were many opportunities to stop and take in the scenery. The thermal waters were so relaxing with the mountains as a backdrop. The Bbq was delicious with plenty of great Chilean wines to choose from. The stars, moon, and Mars were all visible once the sun set. It was a magical day and evening.

To date this has been my best travel experience. It had everything! The drive to the Andes was interesting, the waterfall was beautiful as was the off road experience getting there. Fully enjoyed the springs - something that was unforgettable and then the barbecue under the stars was amazing. The food and wine were plentiful and very good - the beef and the empanadas!! I loved this tour and highly recommend

Our guide Maru was amazing, her energy and enthusiasm were contagious. We had a great group of people which made it even more enjoyable. Maru was very knowledgeable of wine production and the various wines of the region. The restaurant and winery for lunch was delicious. We stopped at three different wineries all very distinctly unique. It was a great day!

One could almost say that our guide Gabriel was the highlight of the tour. Super friendly from the first to the last minute. Great info on pickup via WhatsApp. The explanations perfectly in 3 languages and also the general life now in Chile he brought us closer. Full 5 stars from me.

Excellent experience! Gonzalo was a great guide :) super cool and amazing during all day.