Enjoy a scenic journey from the pier in Valparaíso to the capital of Chile. Santiago de Chile is a city of enormous contrast. With remnants of its colonial past to the ultramodern, high-rise buildings of the financial center, this metropolis will surprise you. You begin by heading south through the downtown area, passing the Club Hípico, a manicured horseracing track in the older residential area of the city. Proceed alongside the Parque O’Higgins and the Cousiño Palace, built between 1870 and 1878 for the wealthy Cousiño family. See the lively Plaza de Armas, the city’s main square. From here, you’ll take the famous Alameda—Santiago’s colorful main avenue, crossing the Mapocho River to visit the bohemian Bellavista district. From San Cristóbal Hill, you will have a panoramic view of Santiago and the Andes Mountains. Stop at the Los Dominicos handicraft market in the Las Condes district, built like a small village with numerous handicraft shops. You will find artisans working in copper, wool, ceramics, lapis lazuli and other indigenous materials. Enjoy a stroll and some time for shopping. During the tour, lunch will be served in a typical local restaurant. In the late afternoon you will transfer back to the pier.
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This is really an eye opening South American capital. Vibrant growth of new buildings with old world architure. Highlight was watching the changing of the Guard at the Presidential Palace. This is done every other day, so make sure that you would be going when that happens.. it is really a "show." The luncheon on the hill top restaurant overlooking Santiago was very nice. The road trip was long, but informative as to the rural areas surrounding the capital.
7am start for tour to Santiago for city highlights, still dark as sunrise not until 8am so only saw a dirty grotty Valparaiso, couldn't see anything until cleared mountain range, fog prevented seeing anything until almost Santiago. Stopped for morning break en route at a little cafe and bought some cakes. Toured Santiago city, saw the changing of the guard at presidential palace. Drove around streets stopped near cathedral . Visited some local art handicraft complex, had 35 mins, could have had 1 hour. Lunch at a restaurant on hill overlooking Santiago, great view excellent lunch. Drive back enjoyable as no fog to impede the view. Again a good tour guide enhanced the day.