Santiago Like A Local: Private Walking Tour With Coffee, Markets, Street Food And San Cristobal Hill

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 6 Hrs
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    9:00 AM
  • Departure Details :
    Tour departs from most Santiago hotels
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

Overview

On this private walking tour, experience Santiago like a true local -- a Santiaguio -- as you explore boutique shops, food markets and diverse neighborhoods with your knowledgeable guide. Youll sip coffee, sample street food, stop for lunch and have a drink at a local bar, immersing yourself in Chilean culture as you go.

Highlights

Family friendly

Free hotel pickup and drop-off included

Lunch included

Know More about this tour

After pickup from your hotel in Santiago, your private guide will accompany you on the metro -- just like a local -- to Universidad de chile station, where youll stop to admire Mario Torals murals, called Visual Memory of a Nation, which record Chilean history.

Then, join Santiagos bustling downtown and see its vibrant urban culture firsthand. Youll walk with your guide through a classic, colonial-style building that houses the stock exchange. Afterward, experience a cheeky piece of Santiago culture as you sip a cup of coffee at a caf con piernas (coffee with legs), where female servers show off their limbs in high heels and miniskirts, bikinis or lingerie.

Next, meander through the Paseo Ahumada, a 4-block-long pedestrian mall filled with retail shops and shoeshine stands. Follow the promenade to Plaza de Armas, a gathering spot for Chilean immigrants. Youll visit Chiles largest cathedral and snack on some classic street food such as sopaipilla (or sopapilla), a pastry made of deep-fried pumpkin dough.

Continue along Puente Street, lined with shoe stores, until you reach the Mercado central (Central market), a national monument built in 1872. Watch the fishmongers cut fillets before stopping for lunch at one of the many seafood restaurants frequented by the locals. Here, try tangy ceviche, fish marinade or razor clams!

After a satisfying meal, walk across the Mapocho River to La vega central, a market brimming with seasonal produce like figs, quince, persimmons and chirimoyas (custard apples).

Then, walk through Barrio Bellavista, Santiagos Bohemian district, where famous poet Pablo Neruda lived. Artists and intellectuals still reside here, along with boutiques and galleries housed in old mansions. Your guide will take you to a local bar to try a Terremoto (Earthquake), a typical Chilean drink made of pipeo (sweet fermented wine) paired with pineapple ice cream.

Afterward, youll be taken back to your hotel by a comfortable van.

Inclusions

Professional guide

Hotel pickup and drop-off

Coffee or tea

Cocktail and starter

Lunch

Exclusions

Gratuities

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Maximum of 6 passengers per tour

Traveler Reviews

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  • 25-Feb-2018

    A great way to see the city and to taste a few local delicacies and ride the metro. Our guide was brilliant. It was one of the best tours, ever and the walking was at a steady pace with plenty of time to stop, observe and take photos.

  • 06-Jan-2018

    Very pleasant and enjoyable day--greatly enjoyed walking around Santiago and seeing the sights. Particularly enjoyed the coffee and street food.

  • 27-Dec-2017

    Our guide Claudio was excellent but we were given the City tour not the Food tour. No street food or San Cristobal hill. We did get coffee and saw the changing of the guard at the presidential palace. We also got lunch at the very end when it became apparent there was no food. There needs to be better communication between the company and the guides.

  • 02-Feb-2017

    We were met in the lobby of our Hotel by Eduardo. He was a little unsure of what the tour entailed as he was only called the night before to do it. As we walked to the nearest Metro Station We discussed this and got things organised. After riding a train to downtown we strolled through the district viewing the historic buildings and the Santiago Cathedral.
    When we left Mercado Central we were picked up by a driver and proceeded to go to San Cristobal Hill. This was a unique experience because it was a Sunday. The Funicular to the summit had a wait of at least 45minutes so it was decided to drive up. The road was full of cyclists and runners/walkers and near the top the road to the summit was closed to cars. We didnt get to the top but stopped in a layby to get a view of the city.
    Once we descended the hill we went around the Financial area of the city ending up back at Mercado Central where we left our driver and had a seafood lunch which included a Pisco Sour and a glass of wine.
    After lunch, we caught the Metro and Eduardo escorted us back to our Hotel.
    Eduardo gave a good commentary and his English was very easy to understand. Sometimes some of the questions we asked got lost in the translation but we got there in the end and were able to laugh about it.

  • 11-Dec-2016

    If you are a history or architecture buff, this might be the thing for you. We learnt a lot but didn and #39;t feel any of the personality of Santiago. The food in the Mercato Centrale for lunch was disappointing to say the least. Given we paid a premium price I expected a premium tour and was disappointed.

  • 10-Oct-2016

    Great tour - my guide was very knowledgable and showed me a lot of Santiago's history and interesting locations

  • 15-Dec-2015

    I was there on a religious holiday so not everything was open. San Cristobal Hill was deleted from the tour. Paula the tour guide was great. Mostly walking tour. Good lunch and explanation of the capital and culture.

  • 04-Jul-2015

    Excellent tour and Carol was a very good guide. She spoke excellent English and explained the history of the city well and the importance of the various areas that we saw. It was Sunday so the city was quiet and easy to walk around and see the buildings. The highlight for us was the market and lunch in one of the restaurants there. The cafe with legs was also an experience - unique to Santiago.

  • 09-Mar-2015

    This was NOT the tour I thought I'd signed up for. We ended out on a downtown walking tour and I kept saying to the guide - but what about the markets? I kept getting the brush off - she was saying - we will go to the blue stone market. After our walk on San Cristobal Hill she took us to her friend's Lapis Lazuli store - this was NOT appreciated. I wanted to try market food and get a taste of the cuisine.

  • 21-Dec-2013

    Good tour and the guide was very knowledgeable.

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