Chilean Central Valley
Places Visited: Santiago, Valparaiso & Viña del Mar
Discover different aspects of Chilean culture and explore some of the best things that Chile has to offer: taste delicious Chilean wines, visit the former home of Pablo Neruda, one of Chile’s most brilliant writers. Learn more about the art of pottery making in the artisan village of Pomaire, take a century-old hillside elevator up the steep hills of Valparaiso for spectacular views of the harbor, and relax in Chile’s most popular beach resort, Viña del Mar.
- 1 night of accommodation in Santiago
- 1 night of accommodation in Valparaiso
- Daily breakfast and local taxes
- 1 Half Day city tour of Santiago
- 1 Full Day tour to Isla Negra & Pomaire incl. Pablo Neruda’s Museum
- 1 Full Day tour to Valparaíso & Viña del Mar
- Bilingual guides for transfers and tours
WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED:
- Meals and drinks other than those mentioned
- Tips or personal expenses
- Travel insurance
- Optional tours and experiences
- Any items not mentioned
Day 1: SANTIAGO.
Half Day Panoramic Santiago City Tour
Pick up from hotel to explore the historic and modern sights of Santiago de Chile. Start at Santiago’s main avenue Alameda Bernardo O’Higgins with a visit to La Moneda, the Government Palace. Enjoy a relaxed stroll through the shopping streets Huérfanos and Ahumada, to the famous Plaza de Armas. This is Santiago’s main square, surrounded by the Metropolitan Cathedral and other historical buildings like City Hall and the Post Office, both dating from colonial times. Then visit Santa Lucia hill, a small hill in the center conquered by the Spanish founded in 1541 who then founded Santiago. The hill has stairways, fountains and a monument describing the features of the new conquered land. It offers a view on Parque Forestal (urban park) on one side and the Mapocho River on the other. Across the river, visit the enigmatic bohemian neighborhood of Bellavista nestled at the foot of Cerro San Cristóbal and its Metropolitan Park. Bellavista buzzes with top restaurants, just like Providencia, the last stop on the tour, which also boasts many elegant shops and modern high-rise buildings. In the afternoon return to hotel.
Day 2: SANTIAGO/VALPARAISO.
Full Day Isla Negra & Pomaire incl. Pablo Neruda’s Museum
The first stop is Pomaire, an artisan village famous for its unique clay pottery. Natural clay is abundant in the hills surrounding the village and today, the villagers continue the tradition that was started by the indigenous peoples who lived here many centuries ago. Next is a visit to Isla Negra (Black Island), which enchanted Nobel Laureate Pablo Neruda so much that he ended up building a house here overlooking the sea, to escape the hustle and bustle of Santiago, get inspiration, write and receive visits from his friends. The house is decorated with sculptures, paintings, artifacts and books and has been turned into a museum. There is plenty of time to stroll around and explore Neruda’s house and garden. After the museum, make a stop at the Matetic vineyard in the San Antonio Valley to witness the winemaking process, taste wines and enjoy a delicious lunch at the Bodega. After lunch, head to the port town Valparaiso, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. “Valpo” is one Chile’s most interesting and colorful cities. Overnight stay in Valparaíso.
Day 3: VALPARAISO/SANTIAGO
Full Day Valparaíso & Viña del Mar
Valparaíso’s picturesque layout, boosted by the surrounding hills that seem to dive into the ocean, remind us that this was South America’s most important port for hundreds of years, until the inauguration of the Panama Canal.
The tour will start downtown, learning about the history of ‘Valpo’ by the government house, the Plaza Sotomayor, the Plaza Victoria, the cathedral and the harbor area. Then, take one of the many century-old hillside elevators to go up into the city’s steep hills to discover the brightly colored houses, little streets, bohemian cafés, elegant restaurants and spectacular view of the harbor below.
The tour then continues to Viña del Mar, also known as ‘Garden City’ because of its lush park Quinta Vergara and its palm-lined boulevards. Enjoy both the colonial history of the city with the Amphitheater or the Casino – built in 1932 – as well as the modern flair when making a stop at one of the inviting beaches.
Tour descriptions and approximate times are for informational purposes only.
Some places described may be substituted and/or approximate times may be subject to change, due to unexpected circumstances or weather conditions.