Lonely Planet Experiences: Santiago Art & Neighborhood Tour

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Lonely Planet Experiences: Santiago Art & Neighborhood Tour

From US$ 59 per person

Meet the people who live on the art-filled streets of Santiago's San Miguel district, and learn how the area became an open-air street art museum with more than 40 giant murals. Share a traditional meal with a local family.

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Duration 3.5 hours
Starting time 3:00 PM
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  • Take a tour of the street art of the San Miguel district
  • Learn how the neighborhood was transformed into an open-air museum
  • Meet the locals and experience their warm hospitality, typical of Chile
  • Enjoy a typical teatime meal in the house of a local resident
  • Help contribute to the sustainability of the "Open Sky Museum" program
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Experience the best travel stories for yourself! Join a local expert and uncover hidden gems on this Lonely Planet Experience. Explore the street art of Santiago, and help support local ventures such as the Mixart Cultural Center in the San Miguel neighborhood. Hear how they have transformed San Miguel from a poor area of social housing to a living art museum.  Meet your small group on Plaza de Armas, and then escape the tourist crowds by hopping on the subway and heading to San Miguel. Experience a neighborhood straight out of the movies, where people know their neighbors, greet each other on the streets and help one another through difficult times. Hear the history of the neighborhood and its residents. Stroll past the giant wall murals and discuss the artists and their themes and techniques. The art is quite varied and the stories are inspiring and heartfelt. Discover more than 4,000 square meters of art in an area that only spans 8 blocks, and learn about the architecture and statuesque buildings that provide a great backdrop for photos. Spend the afternoon with some San Miguel locals inside their home, and share a typical teatime meal of homemade bread, avocados, eggs, sweet cakes and more.
  • Local, English-speaking guide
  • Museum entrance fees
  • Teatime meal
  • Public transportation tickets
  • Additional food and drinks
  • Souvenirs and items of a personal nature
  • Tips/gratuities for your guide

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Meet by the Fuente a la Gloria de Bolivar fountain in the middle of Plaza de Armas. Your guide will be wearing a red or black t-shirt or jacket with the local operator's logo.

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  • Special dietary requirements can be catered for on request. Please advise in advance if you have any food allergies or sensitivities
  • This is a child-friendly tour
  • Cancellations within 48 hours of the tour departure time are non-refundable
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The tour proposes us how through a social project, from art and especially from painting, you can transform an entire community by reformulating its identity from the integration and resignification of popular culture. An unmissable walk with Florrecía, a guide that deconstructs that reality in constant transformation as nobody else because we also had the opportunity to see one of the artists restoring her work. Without words, thank you very much.

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May 25, 2019

Very interesting and informative

A very special experience that shows a page of Santiago unknown to many visitors. The guide was very knowledgeable and knew a lot to tell, the district rather lower social class, which is exactly why the artists were brought in to paint the standard prefabricated buildings very impressively. Highly recommended ! Unfortunately, on my tour, there was no coffee with a resident family, perhaps because I was the only participant - a cup of coffee would have been enough. Something similar in Cape Town - meeting a family in the townships - was a very special highlight, and I had hoped for that in Santiago. Too bad - the organizer could do some improvements here. With only one guest, it does not have to be the "full program" in the family, a coffee, a conversation - but that is also a highlight of this excursion for singles.

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March 11, 2019

It was an informative, good learning opportunity.

When I travel abroad, I usually do sightseeing by myself. This was the only guided tour I had during my 5-day stay in Santiago. I am very pleased with the tour, which let me visit the site of a remarkable project of mural paintings and mosaics on the end walls of 25 apartment buildings in an ordinary neighborhood of the working class. The paintings were powerfully beautiful and amazingly diverse - representing characteristics and a collective message of the residents of each building who chose a painting from bids by artists from around the world. The guide, Juan Paulo, was very knowledgeable and pleasant, and helped me get an insight of Chilean society and fast growing Santiago. It was a fun experience.

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February 1, 2019

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