My boyfriend Jimmy and I took two tours with Michael the first to Valparaiso and the second to the valley. We had such a great time hanging out with him the first time around that we decided the next day to call him again to book another tour. Not only is Michael a wealth of information about everything but he is also very genuine. Many tour guides I have had in the past clearly give tours for the sake of money, but you can tell that Michael gives tours because he truly loves it and through his passion and joy he was able to show us a great time. Michael tailors all his tours to exactly what your interests are. He also mentioned that he is capable of tailoring tours to the handicapped (such as considering wheel chair accessibility and etc). He showed us around to some great local spots including an old grocery, hat-maker, and alcohol maker/distributer, and he also showed us the more touristic spots such as the cemetery, conception hill etc, famous lifts, shops etc.
During our second tour Michael picked us up in his car and we went to two wineries, Quintay a local fisherman's village, and the beach. The best part of the trip though was when he took us to a friend's home in Quintay and we were able to meet the most interesting man alive. (I believe his name was Don Julio). Not only was this man a collector of various interesting odd things (I won't mention them here because you need to see it to believe it) but he was also a builder and he built many many things... such as sculptures, models of ships, airplanes, trains, and even reconstructed skeletons of various animals.. This man had everything and I envied his children, grand children, and great grandchildren, how I would love to spend a day with him watching as he built and used his imagination! All in all best tour ever. Please give Michael a call and let him show you a great time in the area!
P.S Tours last from around 7 hours or so.. Michael takes his time.. most often as was the case with us, you get so tired at the end from all the walking and exploring that you want to end the tour before Michael does!