Santiago is accessible - with a decent guidebook you can easily explore it by yourself. The underground rail network is South America’s most extensive metro system with five lines and is an experience in itself - very clean, efficient, and known for its displays of art in many of its different stations. We can also arrange walking tours with a local guide, which would always include the use of this public transportation so that you will be able to experience what Chileans do daily to travel around the city. It is also a great way to mingle with the locals. The guide will lead you on a tour of the city’s most important historic and cultural sites including Barrios Lastarria and Paris y Londres, La Moneda (Presidential Palace) and Plaza de Armas. Another highlight is Cerro Santa Lucia, which marks the spot where conquistador Pedro de Valdivia founded the city of Santiago, and has a wonderful view of downtown.
Mercado Central (Chile’s largest fresh seafood market) is worth a visit. We have a gastronomic tour which is lead by the assistant to the Chef of El Galeón, a restaurant located inside Mercado Central, where you will explore the market and buy many of the fresh ingredients requested by the Chef in order to prepare the day’s lunch menu. Upon arrival to El Galeón, Chef Jimmy Valdez and his staff will invite you to be a part of the meal preparation. You will have the unique opportunity to witness Chilean cooking and try out several techniques. Afterward, of course, you will enjoy the exquisite culinary delight, which will be paired with some of Chile’s best wines.
Other tours include day trips to the surrounding winelands or spending a day (or half day) exploring Santiago’s wonderfully large network of parks by bike, with a professional guide to show you the hidden gems and best views the city has to offer.