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Private Shore Excursion from Valparaiso: Discover Santiago City Highlights

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Stop At: Historic Quarter of the Seaport City of Valparaiso, Valparaiso Chile

This tour will show you Santiago’s historic downtown and beyond. You will be picked up at the cruise terminal in Valparaiso by one of our expert guides in a private vehicle and drive for an hour and a half to Chile’s capital of Santiago We will start by visiting San Cristobal Hill where we will take a cable car to the summit and enjoy the most amazing panoramic views of the entire city and Andes Mountains. Afterwards, we will drive through the bohemian neighborhood of Bellavista before arriving in the historic city center where we will see Florestal Park, the Museum of Fine Arts, Plaza de Armas (Santiago’s main square), the Cathedral, City Hall, Historic Post Office, Old Congress Building, Palacio La Moneda (The Government House), National Theater, Santiago Stock Exchange, and Santa Lucía Hill. Originally named Cerro Huelén by the Mapuche Indians, Santa Lucía Hill is where Pedro de Valdivia founded the city in 1541. We will also pass through the vibrant bohemian neighborhood of Lastarria. We will then drive to the eastern side of the city, to the financial heart of Santiago, known for its modern buildings and impressive glass skyscrapers, passing by Costanera Center, South America’s tallest building. You will see why this area is known as “Sanhattan” among the locals. We will then visit the upscale neighborhoods of Vitacura and Las Condes ending the tour at El Pueblito de Los Dominicos, a beautiful handicraft village in the shadow of the Andes, where you will see local artisans actually working in their craft. Located next to the beautiful San Vincente Ferrer Church, a national monument, the village is a “must see” in Santiago. The shops built with clay and straw, are home to more than 180 artisans, representing the best and most complete showing of Chilean handicraft.

Duration: 6 hours
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