Santiago Culture & history

Our most recommended Santiago Culture & history

Bahá'i Temple and Cousiño Macul Vineyard

1. Bahá'i Temple and Cousiño Macul Vineyard

History, architecture and wine. A combination that you cannot miss! We start our day in the direction of Viña Cousiño Macul, founded in 1856 and being one of the oldest vineyards in the Maipo Valley. The architecture of this place has a beautiful French style with a stone base and brick vaults glued with mortar (a mixture of lime, sand and egg white). Here you can enjoy a tour, learn about the history and taste its exquisite varieties of wine, accompanied by "La galleta", a family tradition of preparing an artisan bread filled with cheese fondue that produces a unique flavor. Then, we will visit the Bahá`i House of Worship, the first in South America. An imposing place that stands out for its architecture and lighting, here you can connect with yourself in a calm and serene environment. Located in the foothills of the Andes, it also gives you a spectacular panoramic view of Santiago.

Baha'i Temple & Haras de Pirque: Wine & Reflection Tour

2. Baha'i Temple & Haras de Pirque: Wine & Reflection Tour

Take a day to relax and enjoy the peace that can be found so close to Santiago on this inspirational tour to the Baha’i Temple and Haras de Pirque Vineyard in the Maipo Valley. After your hotel pick up, we will visit the Baha’i Temple for some peace and reflection. Located at the foothills of the Andes, the Temple opened its doors in 2016. It welcomes visitors from all over the world to enjoy its serene environment. The site also offers spectacular views of Santiago and the Andes. All Baha’i Houses of Worship are circular and nine-sided. Accordingly, the Santiago temple is ringed by nine entrances, nine pathways, and nine fountains, and the structure is composed of nine arching “sails.” These have also been described as nine “petals” and the temple’s shape as “floral”; the “petals” are separated by glass which allows light to illuminate the temple’s interior. The exterior of the “petals” is made from cast glass while the interior is made from Portuguese marble. The sides of the temple are held up on the inside by a steel and aluminum superstructure. The temple can seat 600 people and it is 30 meters (164 feet) high and 30 meters (98 feet) in diameter. The Baha’i Faith teaches that a House of Worship should be a space for people of all religions to gather, reflect, and worship. After visiting the Baha’i Temple, our tour continues to the boutique Haras de Pirque Vineyard, an oasis in the upper Maipo Valley. Discover the union of two passions, horses and wine, in a unique place where the breeding of thoroughbred horses and the production of fine wines come together to see the birth of Premium and excellent wines that today give life to this exclusive and award-winning vineyard. We will begin with a tour of the winery’s facilities, in the shape of a horseshoe, and finish with a tasting of the exclusive wines of the vineyard. Afterwards, you will be treated to a charcuterie of fine cheeses and meats and more wine as you enjoy the marvelous views of the vineyard and Andes Mountains. Come join us on this special tour and enjoy a perfect day of peace and harmony so close to Santiago!

Algarrobo, Pablo Neruda Museum and Casablanca Valley Winery

3. Algarrobo, Pablo Neruda Museum and Casablanca Valley Winery

Experience the best of Chile’s Pacific coast, countryside, and wine vineyards on this day trip from Santiago. See the colorful seaside town of Isla Negra and the museum that was once home to Nobel Prize-winning poet, Pablo Neruda. Gain a fascinating insight into Neruda's eccentric life and works as you walk through his house. Continue your drive along the coastline to the resort town of Algarrobo. Have lunch and then go on to the San Alfonso Resort to see Chile's biggest artificial lagoon. Visit the Casablanca Valley and stop at the organic Casas del Bosque Vineyard for a tour and wine tasting. Relax in the outdoor lounge area after an informative tour.

From Santiago: Isla Negra, Pomaire & Vineyard Private Tour

4. From Santiago: Isla Negra, Pomaire & Vineyard Private Tour

Begin your journey of Chile by being picked up at your hotel, where you will be greeted by your guide who will take care of you throughout the day. Head straight to the colorful seaside town of Isla Negra, home to one of Chile’s and South America’s most famous poets, Pablo Neruda, whereupon arrival your guide will take you on a walking tour of his house. Explore the Nobel Prize winner’s eccentric home, now a museum, including his collection of bottles, masks, antique shoes, and smoking pipes. Originally called Las Gaviotas, the town was renamed Isla Negra by Neruda. We then continue our journey to Pomaire, known for its interesting clay pottery and other handicrafts. Pomaire is a wonderful place to visit. This town became an artisan hotspot because of natural clay deposits in the nearby land, causing the pottery industry to boom here. Pomaire is also known for being the home of the largest “empanadas” in Chile! We end the day with an unforgettable tour and wine tasting at Undurraga Vineyard. Established in 1885 by Francisco Undurraga Vicuña, this is one of the oldest wineries in Chile. Located on the Santa Ana Estate, in the heart of the Maipo Valley, you will visit one of the pioneers in viticulture in Chile. You learn about know how they make unique wines, visit their wine cellars, and enjoy the flavors and aromas of four of their reserve wines. This is a great and relaxing day out of the city! Along your private tour, your local guide with share insightful historical and cultural stories.

Private Isla Negra & Pomaire Cultural Day Trip

5. Private Isla Negra & Pomaire Cultural Day Trip

Begin your journey of Chile by being picked up at your hotel, where you will be greeted by your guide who will take care of you throughout the day. Head straight to the colorful seaside town of Isla Negra, one of Chile’s and South America’s most famous poets, Pablo Neruda’s home, now a museum, whereupon arrival your guide will take you on a walking tour. Explore the Nobel Prize winner’s eccentric home, including his collection of bottles, masks, antique shoes, and smoking pipes. Originally called Las Gaviotas, the town was renamed Isla Negra by Neruda. Next, head to the traditional town of Pomaire, famous for its clay pottery and Chilean handicrafts. The town is also known as the home of the largest “empanadas” in Chile – which you have the chance to taste. Along your private tour, your local guide with share insightful historical and cultural stories.

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