Santiago's bustling Central Market
Santiago's bustling Central Market

Santiago City Tour, Santiago


Santiago, home to just under six million people, is one of the great capital cities of Latin America. Traveling its myriad neighborhoods and city streets you find a fascinating mix of the old and the new. Like any venerable metropolis, the culture of Santiago reveals itself in its people, art, music, architecture, and cuisine. That means the best way to get to the heart of it is on a guided tour of the city with an English-speaking guide.

The highlights of this half-day or full-day tour are many. It includes a visit to Santiago's labyrinthine Mercado Central and Mercado La Vega. These markets are the beating heart of the city, overflowing with vendors and local residents eager to get their hands on the day's fresh produce. The tour also passes by the Catedral Metropolitana, a neoclassical church dating to 1748 and whose towering twin bell towers dominate the north side of the plaza.

But to really get a sense of the scope of Santiago, it's vital to see it from above. That's why the tour stops at the glittering Costanera Center, an epic skyscraper encased in glass. At nearly 1,000 feet (304 meters) high, the top floor offers 360-degree views of the city below, as well as the surrounding Andes. An alternative and equally impressive panoramic viewpoint is found at the top of Cerro San Cristóbal, a hill that sits 300 meters (984 feet) over Metropolitan Park and offers 360° views of the entire city. It's possible to hike up to Cerro San Cristóbal on foot or take a cable car or funicular elevator.

Itineraries with Santiago City Tour

Santiago & Valparaíso Exploration - 4 Days

If you want to experience some of the highlights of the Santiago region but are strapped for time, then this quick four-day trip is perfect for you. Arrive in Santiago and take in the major sights during a full-day walking tour. Then, it's off to the coast for some wine tasting and an exploration of the most romantic city in the nation: Valparaíso. Take your time to explore the colorful streets and take in the city's artsy vibe before returning to Santiago for the evening.

Santiago & "W" Trek Adventure - 10 Days

Explore Chilean culture and experience the rugged landscapes of Patagonia on this ten-day trip. Start your adventure in the capital city of Santiago and explore the city's markets, skyscrapers, and parks. Next, head to the coast to experience the vibrant and colorful cities of Valparaíso and Viña del Mar. Then, venture south to Patagonia for a visit to Torres del Paine National Park. Here, you'll head out on a four-day version of the famed "W" circuit trek to take in the stunning beauty of Patagonia on foot.

Patagonia Trekking & Vineyards -12 Days

Ever dreamed of embarking on an unforgettable mountain trek in Patagonia? Then this active 12-day itinerary is perfect for you. The journey begins with a tour of Santiago and the port city of Valparaiso, with a delicious wine tour in between. Then you'll head south to Patagonia and arrive at one of the greatest trekking sites in the world: Torres del Paine National park. Here you'll embark on the iconic W Trek, and spend five adventure-filled days amid the park's lakes, valleys, and glaciers. By the end of this excursion, you'll truly be able to say you did Patagonia right.

Adventure in Santiago & Torres del Paine National Park - 10 Days

Begin your journey in the metropolitan capital city of Santiago. Learn all about Chilean culture during your city tour and wine tasting, followed by a visit to the vibrant port cities of Valparaíso and Viña del Mar. Next, head south to Patagonia and walk with Magellanic penguins on Isla Magdalena. Top it all off with a trip to Torres del Paine National Park. Here, you'll be treated to breathtaking views of vast grasslands, glaciers, forests, and more. You'll even have the opportunity to hike to the base of the park's iconic towers.

Santiago, Torres del Paine & Easter Island - 11 Days

This 11-day cultural tour of Chile begins in the metropolitan capital of Santiago. Discover the best the city has to offer on a tour that highlights markets, historic centers, and urban views. Next, travel to the coastal towns of Viña del Mar and Valparaíso to take in their colorful streets and vibrant arts scene. Then, head south to Patagonia to hike through Torres del Paine National Park. Top off the adventure with a visit to Easter Island to delve into the rich cultural heritage and natural beauty.

Chile Highlights Adventure - 14 Days

The secret's out: Chile is one of the most naturally beautiful countries in Latin America, which places it high in the running for one of the most naturally beautiful countries in the world. This two-week adventure covers three of its most incredible regions. The first major stop on the itinerary is the northern Atacama Desert, which is famous for its lunar landscapes, steaming geysers, and expansive salt flats. Then, it's off to Torres del Paine, the most-visited national park in Chilean Patagonia. Finally, you'll visit Rapa Nui, or Easter Island as it's commonly known, to discover the secrets of its great stone idols.

Santiago, Valparaíso & Patagonia Nature Trip - 8 Days

Immerse yourself in the unique landscapes and culture of Chile. Start your journey in Santiago and head to the Casablanca Valley to indulge in Chilean wine before traveling to the coastal city of Valparaíso to discover its beautiful murals and artsy vibe. Then, get an up-close look at a 150,000-strong penguin colony before heading to the famed Torres del Paine National Park to experience some of the best hiking trails and landscapes the region has to offer.

Ultimate Chilean Patagonia Adventure - 12 Days

Experience the best of Chilean Patagonia on this epic 12-day adventure. Take some time to sightsee in the capital city of Santiago at the start of the trip, then travel to the port city of Puerto Natales. You'll ride horses at a remote Patagonian ranch and boat on a pristine fjord before entering Torres del Paine National Park. Spend the next five days exploring the park's spectacular scenery on day hikes and boat tours, then wrap up the itinerary with a day of kayaking and bird-watching on the Eberhard Fjord.

Wonders of Chile - 13 Days

This 13-day itinerary covers the major highlights in and around the Andes, including the northern Atacama Desert, the central Lake District, and Torres del Paine National Park. There's even a break for wine tasting in Chile's famous vineyards. This is a partial road trip, so you can set your own schedule and explore however and wherever you like.

Exploring Santiago & the Atacama Desert - 8 Days

This itinerary allows you to experience the major cities and wine regions of central Chile and the arid desert landscapes in the country's north. First, you'll arrive in Santiago and take a city tour before discovering the nearby wilderness and wine country. Then, it's a trip to the coastal seaport and UNESCO World Heritage Site of Valparaíso. Afterward, you'll jet off to the Atacama Desert in the north, where you'll visit the Indigenous villages, geysers, painted mountains, salt flats, and lunar landscapes for which the region is deservedly famous.