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Santiago, Chile
Private Santiago City Half Day Tour
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icon4 hours  (approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English and 2 more
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Overview

Explore Santiago on a private vehicle tour that introduces you to some of the city's main sights. Pass by a variety of landmarks, see colonial architecture, and visit Mercado Central. When booking, you have the option to select a morning or afternoon departure time, plus choose to visit either Santa Lucia Hill (Cerro Santa Lucia), San Cristobal Hill (Cerro San Cristobal), or both.
  • Half-day private Santiago city tour
  • See Santiago de Compostela Cathedral and La Moneda Palace
  • Visit Mercado Central
  • Great way to get an overview of the city
  • Choice of morning or afternoon departure
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Professional bilingual guide
Live commentary on board
Hotel or address pickup and drop-off
Private Tour
Food and drinks, unless specified
Gratuities

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9:00 AM
Departure Point: Your Santiago accommodations in the districts of Providencia, Las Condes (hotels area), Vitacura (hotels area) , or Santiago Centro, or at another meeting point in those districts Dates: Daily Return point: Returns to original departure point
Your tour starts with hotel pickup for the drive through one of the city's old, wealthy neighborhoods where you can admire the architecture and hear about some of the people who live here.

Then head toward the city's civic center to see sights such as the parade ground, Santiago de Compostela Cathedral, La Moneda Palace, and the post office. Next, depending on your option selected when booking, head up to Santa Lucia Hill or San Cristobal Hill for photo ops, and then check out a traditional craft shop.

Your last stop is Mercado Central (Central Market), where you can look around and have lunch, if you wish (own expense). Your tour then ends with return to your pickup point.
Itinerary
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Central Market (Mercado Central)
The Central Market in Santiago, Chile, has been named as one of National Geographic’s top ten food markets worldwide. Taken from National Geographic’s book Journeys of a Lifetime, the list runs through the best markets in the world for offering fresh local produce alongside a slice of local life.
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Plaza de Armas
Paseo Ahumada is four-block-long street in downtown Santiago. It extends in a north–south direction from Plaza de Armas to the Avenida Libertador General Bernardo O'Higgins and is lined by buildings housing retail establishments at their lower levels. At its northern terminus is Plaza de Armas metro station, whereas that at its southern end is Universidad de Chile metro station.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana)
Is the seat of the Archbishop of Santiago de Chile, currently Celestino Aós Braco, and the center of the archdiocese of Santiago de Chile. Construction of the neoclassical cathedral began in 1753 and ended in 1799. The architect was the Italian Gioacchino Toesca. Further alterations ordered at the end of the 19th century give it its present appearance.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
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La Moneda
La Moneda, is the seat of the President of the Republic of Chile. It also houses the offices of three cabinet ministers: Interior, General Secretariat of the Presidency and General Secretariat of the Government. It occupies an entire block in downtown Santiago
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
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Central Post Office (Museo Postal)
The Central Post Office Building is a historic post office building on the northern edge of the Plaza de Armas, in Santiago, Chile. It is adjacent to the Palacio de la Real Audiencia de Santiago and is located on what was the land lot originally owned by Pedro de Valdivia and where he built his house.
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
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Ex Congreso Nacional
Is the former home of the Chilean Congress. Congress met in this building in central Santiago until Salvador Allende's socialist government was overthrown by Augusto Pinochet's military coup d'état on September 11, 1973. During the Pinochet dictatorship, Congress was moved to new premises in Valparaíso; the old building was declared a national monument in 1976 and between 1990 and 2006 housed the ministry of foreign affairs. The Senate moved its offices in Santiago to this building in December 2000
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Castillo Hidalgo
On top of the Santa Lucia hill, in the historic center of the city of Santiago, is El Castillo Hidalgo, a building built in 1816 during the Reconquest by order of the last Spanish Governor of Santiago, Casimiro Marco del Pont. It is one of the most important buildings in the history of the city.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
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Cerro San Cristobal
+++ If Option Selected +++ Although it’s probably on all of the Top 5 tourist sites of Santiago, Cerro San Cristóbal is not overrated in the least. This big hill in the middle of the city affords one of the most incredible Santiago panoramas available. Every time I head up, my knowledge of the city has increased, and thus I am able to point out more landmarks, distinguish different sectors, etc. For those unfamiliar to Santiago, the view from up here will let you orient the city in its surroundings: the Andes Mountains and the Cordillera de la Costa.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
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Cerro Santa Lucia
+++ If Option Selected +++ This hill is actually quite the historical locale. First off, It is the remnant of a 15 million year old volcano. Secondly, the conquistadors used it as a lookout point when they were conquering Chile. It was atop this hill that Pedro de Valdivia declared the founding of Santiago in 1541. In 1872, governer Benjamin Vickuna Mackenna decided to turn the hill into a park to commemorate its significance in the city’s history. Since then, it has undergone many renovations. Today, it comprises 65,300 square meters, replete with bronze gates, metal stairways, and various fountains and statue
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
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Sanhattan
This is the financial sector in the upper area of our city
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Plaza de La Constitucion
Is a plaza occupying a full square block in the heart of the civic district of Santiago, Chile. It is located in front of the northern facade of the Palacio de la Moneda and is surrounded by other government buildings such as those housing the Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Justice, Banco Central de Chile and the Intendencia de Santiago
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
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San Francisco Church
The church, along with the adjacent convent, is one of the oldest colonial-era buildings in the country. The church was consecrated in 1622.
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Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda y Plaza de la Ciudadania
The Centro Cultural Palacio La Moneda beneath Plaza de la Ciudadanía. A glass-slab roof floods the vaultlike space with natural light, and ramps wind down through the central atrium past the Cineteca Nacional, a state-run art-house movie theater, to two large temporary exhibition spaces that house some of the biggest touring shows to visit Santiago.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
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Barrio Bellavista
Is an area that lies between the Mapocho River and San Cristóbal Hill in Santiago, Chile. It is known as Santiago's bohemian quarter, with numerous restaurants, boutiques, avant-garde galleries, bars and clubs. Many of the city's intellectuals and artists live in Bellavista, and Pablo Neruda's house in Santiago, La Chascona
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Parque Metropolitano de Santiago - Parquemet
+++ If Option Selected +++ The park was created in April 1966, when incorporating the Chilean National Zoo and the services of San Cristóbal Hill, and is managed by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development
Duration: 25 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
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Biblioteca Nacional (National Library)
The Biblioteca Nacional is, together with the Instituto Nacional and a small number of institutions, one of the first institutions created by the newly formed Republic of Chile in the Patria Vieja period. In the newspaper El Monitor Araucano, a Proclama de Fundación ("Proclamation of Foundation") of the Biblioteca Nacional was published on August 19, 1813. With this vision, a call was made to all the citizens to submit their books for the formation of one great public library
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Palacio de Tribunales de Justicia
The building housing the Supreme Court of Chile, the Court of Appeals of Santiago, and the Court-martial Court of the Chilean Army, Chilean Air Force and Carabineros de Chile. It occupies a full block-front of Compañía Street between Bandera and Morandé Streets
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Centro Cultural Gabriela Mistral GAM
Chile’s most famous poet, Gabriela Mistral (1889 – 1957), significantly inspired the work of this cultural centre for her love of words, her democratic conviction and her dedication to education. Born as Lucila Godoy Alcayaga in the small town of Vicuña in north-central Chile, she started writing and working as a teacher and at the age of 15. At 25 she published her first mayor work, “Sonetos de la muerte”, which brought her the Chilean literary award in 1912
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Costanera Center
The Torre Costanera, was designed by architect César Pelli and is 300 metres (980 ft) tall, making it the tallest building in Latin America and the second tallest in the Southern Hemisphere
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Parque Forestal
Parque Forestal is a large, narrow park dotted with numerous must-see locations in downtown Santiago. It borders the Mapocho River from Plaza Baquedano, also known as Plaza Italia, all the way to Estación Mapocho, a historical building and cultural center near the Puente Cal y Canto metro station. Mercado Central, La Vega, and the Bellas Artes museum are some of the other major destinations located in or adjacent to Parque Forestal.
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Patio Bellavista
This open-air complex of bars, restaurants, and shops, located on the corner of Pio Nono and Constitución, is a relatively recent addition to the culinary, nightlife, and cultural landscape of the city.
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Chilean National Museum of Fine Arts
The Chilean National Museum of Fine Arts is one of the major centers for Chilean art and for broader South American art. Established in 1880 (making it the oldest in South America) The current building, the "Palace of the Fine Arts" dates to 1910 and commemorates the first centennial of the Independence of Chile. It was designed by the Chilean architect Emile Jéquier in a full-blown Beaux-arts style and is situated in the Parque Forestal of Santiago.
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Parque Bicentenario
Bicentenario Park (Parque Bicentenario) is a nature park set on one side of the capital’s financial district, better known as “Sanhattan”. Discover this modern and well-tended park and enjoy walking across its extensive lawns. Watch the swans and other birds in its two artificial lagoons and have fun in its themed spaces for leisure activities and on walks with family or friends.
Duration: 25 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
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Parque De Las Esculturas
Nestled between the Mapocho River and Avenida Santa María, you’ll find Santiago’s Sculpture Park (Parque de las Esculturas). Opened in 1982, this park is a type of open-air art museum that was initially created to beautify an area of the city damaged by a flood of the Mapocho River. The park features impressive sculptures by different Chilean and international artists. In the summer months it’s not.
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Santiago
Departure from Santiago city
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • pickup from your Santiago accommodations in the districts of Providencia, Las Condes, Vitacura, or Santiago Centro if your hotel is outside the pick up area recharge will be applied
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY MTO Tour Chile
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Private Santiago City Half Day Tour?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
See all safety measures taken by Private Santiago City Half Day Tour.
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What is the policy on sanitization during Private Santiago City Half Day Tour?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Private Santiago City Half Day Tour.
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What is the social distancing policy during Private Santiago City Half Day Tour?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Private Santiago City Half Day Tour.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Private Santiago City Half Day Tour?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Private Santiago City Half Day Tour.

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  • "I would recommend Patricio and Viator to anyone who wants a Private tour." See review
  • "A very good way to see the city and get your bearings." See review

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star-4
Misleading description our tour out of pocket costs
Wayne_B
, Aug 2022
I was disappointed that we had to pay for the gondola ride when the written description of the trip said this payment was already included in the overall price for this excursion.
star-5
City Tour
Geoff_P
, Aug 2022
Great tour of the city of Santiago! The guide and tour was a good tour if you only have time for a half day tour.
star-5
Nice welcome to Santiago
Frederick_F
, Jul 2022
Alex was great. Very informative and helpful with all of our questions. Highly recommend this tour if your looking to see Santiago from a locals point of view. The way you should see it. Loved the tour. We even got to try some local fast food. Italiano👍👍
star-4
Enjoyable tour of Santiago, great value
Charlie_C
, Jul 2022
My girlfriend and I were in Santiago for the better part of a week and we of course knew we had to do a tour of the city. We very much enjoyed this 5 hour tour of the city. The highlights being going to the hill Cristobal I believe it was called, I had booked the tour to include both hills and our guide gave the option of doing both hills or doing one and then going to the Gran Torre Santiago. The tallest building in Chile and Latin America if I'm not mistaken. I'm really glad we got to do that cause we got some awesome views and great pictures. A very good tour for the price, I firmly recommend.
star-1
DO NOT USE! Will take you on a tour but not to the real attractions you booked
ycyp7y6h9h
, Jun 2022
Do not use this tour, we paid extra to visit BOTH mountains and we’re not taken to either, arguably the only reasons we even booked this tour. We did do some of the other less attractive spots and our guide did fine but felt very scammed. We were told the mountains are closed on Monday, so why did they allow us to book for Monday, also why not advise us of the issue so we could decided if we wanted to do the tour. We would have cancelled for a full refund. The tour was going well but we kept wondering when we would go to San Cristóbal Hill and Saint Lucia Hill. 3 hours into our 5 hour tour we were told the tour was over. Shocked we asked about the hills to the find out they were closed. So maddening. Meanwhile we avoided these sites as we knew we had a tour planned on our last full day in Santiago only to find out it wasn’t happening and we could have gone on our own days before. We requested a partial refund as we paid extra for both mountains and clearly they didn’t happen. Via*** advised us there are photos of video of us on the tour???? Odd because we never saw photo or videos happening, also uncomfortable to know there might be hidden cameras? We always use another well known travel company for tours. Do not book with this tour, they are a scam just looking for your money regardless if you get the tour you paid for.
star-5
Nice tour
Aditya_V
, Apr 2022
Hector was nice. He showed us several places and we were back in time to our hotel to keep a restaurant reservation.
star-5
Nice Tour with Alex
Minho_C
, Apr 2022
My guide, Alex was fantastic! He spoke perfect English and I was able to learn the historic, geographic and culturistic aspects of Chile and Santiago. Just one thing - both hills (Lucia and San Cristobal) are closed at Mondays, so make sure you do the tour not at Mondays. Alex did take me to an alternative place, though.
star-5
Historical perspectives...
reid_s
, Mar 2022
Historical perspectives provided were enlightening. Very knowledgeable about all aspects of Santiago and the surrounding wine country.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Half Day Tour of Santiago,Chile
Joan_M
, Apr 2020
Just before the pandemic took over all parts of the world my friend and I were privileged on Friday, March 13,2020 to have a half day tour of Santiago with Orlando Sanhueza. We were somewhat bleary eyed after an all night flight and little sleep. Orlando was very attentive to our fatigue.He took us to see the downtown area with its lovely buildings,We were taken to a beautiful park with unusual to us swans, to one of of the funicular railways, and did a lovely walk to see the magnificent Madonna statue. Orlando was very good about giving us history of his charming city. Regrettably we did not have time until later in our three days in Santiago to visit a winery. We found Orlando to be very knowledgeable. His English was very good.Sadly we knew little Spanish. We were very grateful to Orlando for his hospitality as our guide. We would highly recommend Orlando.
icon Response from Host , Dec 2021
Dear Joan_M First of all, we would like to thank you for your kind feedback. Don't hesitate to contact us the next time you or your friends want to come to live another gratifying experience in one of our tours. Best regards, MTO Tour Team
star-5
Great guide and driver
Kevin_G
, Mar 2020
Great guide and driver. Both were friendly and knew the city very well. They provided an interesting mix of history, current events, background of what we were seeing and some "little known facts" along with a good sense of humor and personal interaction. A perfect way to get an overview of this beautiful and interesting city.
icon Response from Host , Dec 2021
Dear Kevin_G Thank you for sharing your experience with us! Our mission is to provide the best quality tours for our customers, and we are happy to let Patricio know you liked his guidance in the tour. We look forward to welcome you and/or your friends on board soon. Best regards, Maria from Mtotour
star-1
see the comment above
Bonifacio_C
, Mar 2020
I do not recommend this supplier. Several calls were made to confirm the pick up but no answer. The tour guide finally came an hour late. The tour guide could speak English but the driver was more knowledgeable, unfortunately could not speak English. All the countries I visited, I used Viator because I was satisfied with the service but this tour is the worst which is very disappointing.
icon Response from Host , Dec 2021
Dear Thanks for your feedback. Unfortunately the original vehicle assigned to your service suffer a machanic problem during the way to do the pick up and on way of no cancel the service we send other vehicle with driver on spanish and a tour guide on english. This guide was on training that is the reason that our spanish driver was adding topics to the service that were transmitted to you on english by the guide. According this you didn't lost any information on the service and the route was made complete too. Sorry if the communication between the driver and guide for give you more information was a problem for you despite that you received all the information. By other part the delay of this was communicated via email and with call to your hotel. We tried to contact you whatsapp too but with no sucess. There is a shame that all the effort mentioned on give you the service on the moment despite the human problems were not appreciated from your side. We do all for no cancel your service because we understand the importance of your time.
star-5
Private Drive around Santiago
Karen_B
, Mar 2020
We were in Santiago for 3 nights before we left for a cruise. I found a great tour on Viator, who I use around the world. Our driver Patricio Fuentes Rodriguez picked up my mother and I at the specified time in the lobby of our hotel. He was a fantastic guide. He showed us so much of Santiago, great views, different neighborhoods, beautiful parks, downtown. Loved every minute. He had a very nice vehicle and was a great driver. I would recommend Patricio and Viator to anyone who wants a Private tour. Much nicer doing private tours! Thank you!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-3
This tour lacks some punch and a better vehicle
Harold_I
, Mar 2020
This tour was conducted by a very nice young lady with pretty good English capability and a very courteous and good driver that spoke no English at all. The driver was obviously a good guide as well as he was frequently reminding the young lady about some things to mention to us. Two English speakers would have definitely helped the tour. The tour started an hour late due to traffic problems in the city which I'm sure were unavoidable. I think the biggest problem in conducting what is mostly a driving tour in a fairly small SUV with limited line of sight. If you are seated on the wrong side the vehicle when passing a described site, you will see very little of what is being described. I guess more stops on the tour would help and possibly sitting both members of the couple on the same side of the vehicle would also help.
star-1
Missed out
Thomas_R
, Mar 2020
Had problems with our cruise travel arrangements for the following day and had to take care of pressing arrangments to return home, unable to cancel with a refund. The tour operator should have considered our plight and made concessions
star-5
Very interesting tour covering city highlights
Mark_D
, Mar 2020
Janina (guide) and Mauricio (driver) are a husband and wife team who conducted our tour of Santiago. Their van was large, clean and comfortable for the four of us. They were on time and well presented. Janina took us through the city with stops at monuments and lovely old world architecture and buildings. (The cathedral is just beautiful.) We also did walking tours of the two main hills (cerros) overlooking Santiago, both very interesting. We opted to walk up the little one and drove to the summit of the second hill. (Mauricio talked our way past a roadblock to get to the top otherwise we wouldn't have proceeded.) Anyway, they did a terrific job on our tour and are highly recommended.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Well worth it.
John_D
, Mar 2020
Great way to see Santiago. Isidro was an excellent guide who went out of his way to make sure we got the most out of the tour.
star-5
Great Introductory Tour
DanS
, Mar 2020
We enjoyed an excellent half day tour with our guide who provided excellent commentary on the sights and locations we visited.
star-5
Teleférico
Alfredo_P
, Mar 2020
Excellent service he went beyond clean car was explaining different places gave extra time maneuver traffic wee
star-2
Not a city tour
Stephen_S
, Mar 2020
Don’t really know what to say!!..picked up by a driver taken to the tops to see Santiago tried to go near centre but had to leave was too dangerous..very little information and poor English but he tried..wasn’t really a guide imo they had nobody else booked we were alone...you should be informed that this is santiago in the afternoon and viator take notice for others
star-5
Santiago city tour-accessible
Diane_P
, Mar 2020
Excellent service and so helpful getting in and out of van for my husband with accessible needs. Great English skills. Would book through them again.

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