10. Santiago: Highlights Private City Tour
Discover Santiago, the heart of Chile, on a captivating city tour that weaves together history, culture, and natural beauty. From the moment you step onto the streets of Santiago, you'll be immersed in a journey that promises unforgettable memories. The tour begins by riding the cable-car at San Cristobal Hill, while you enjoy a panoramic view of the majestic Andes mountains. Gaze at their snow/glacier-capped peaks and the cityscape below, offering a striking contrast that's unique to Santiago. Stroll through Santiago's historic neighborhoods like Barrio Lastarria and Bellavista, where the city's rich history comes to life. Admire charming architecture, vibrant street art, and bustling markets. Immerse yourself in Chilean culture with visits to iconic landmarks such as La Moneda Palace, the heart of Chilean politics, and the stunning Metropolitan Cathedral. Learn about the city's past and present and how "santiaguinos" experience their daily life. In case you want to savor the flavors of Chile, pay a visit to a traditional food market. Taste authentic empanadas and "mote con huesillos". Itinerary: 1. Start your day by being picked up at any hotel around Santiago Centro (Downtown), Providencia, Las Condes or Vitacura. 2. Then you will be taken at the viewpoint of San Cristobal Hill, where the breathtaking Andes mountain range provides a jaw-dropping backdrop to the city of Santiago. Capture stunning photos and take in the awe-inspiring natural beauty. 3. After riding the funicular down, wander through the streets of Barrio Bellavista, home to Pablo Neruda's La Chascona, a must-see for literature and art enthusiasts (optional). Then, walk around Barrio Lastarria, an area known for its cultural and artistic scene. Admire classic and contemporary architecture, street art, and charming cafes. 4. Later, delve into Chile's political history with a visit to La Moneda Palace, the Presidential Palace. Learn about Chile's past, including the 1973 military coup that unfolded within its walls (from outside). 5. Afterwards, explore the grand Metropolitan Cathedral, a stunning example of neoclassical architecture. Discover its rich history and religious significance in Chile. 6. Finally, indulge your taste buds by visiting some locals markets and give a try to some culinary delights, from empanadas to traditional completos, the chilean type of hotdogs. 7. Conclude by being dropped off at any hotel around Santiago Centro (Downtown), Providencia, Las Condes or Vitacura.