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How to Spend 1 Day in Santiago

How to Spend 1 Day in Santiago

Santiago, the cosmopolitan capital of Chile, is often overlooked in favor of its flashier neighbor, Buenos Aires, but for no good reason; Santiago boasts fine wines, vibrant nightlife, and colorful neighborhoods that are made for exploring. Here’s how to spend one day in Santiago.

Morning: City Sightseeing

Kickstart your time in Santiago on a shared or private sightseeing tour; bus tours are ideal for time-pressed travelers as they cover more landmarks—such as the Plaza de Armas, Moneda Palace, and San Cristobal Hill—in less time, and provide crucial historical context. If you want to delve deeper into local life, embark on a walking tour that covers several neighborhoods and takes you to food markets frequented by locals. Alternatively, taking a hop-on hop-off bus tour has the added benefit of allowing you to set your own itinerary and pace.

Afternoon: Go Wine Tasting

Chile is renowned for its wine and, lucky for time-pressed travelers, some of the country’s best wineries are within easy reach of Santiago. Visiting Concha y Toro, Santa Rita, or Undurraga vineyards is possible on an afternoon; tours typically pick you up from your hotel around lunchtime and tend to include a winery tour, insight into history and production processes, a visit to the wine cellars, and a glass or three of wine, of course.

Night: Immerse Yourself in the Nightlife

Bellavista is one of Santiago’s most vibrant nightlife districts but, for new arrivals, it’s not always easy to pick the best places to drink, dance, and dine. Joining a nightlife tour gives you the inside scoop on the Bellavista district and saves you hours of prior research. Small-group tours typically cover several bars and nightclubs, and include popular drinks and bar snacks such as piscolas (pisco and cola) and sopaipillas con pebre (crunchy corn snacks). Some tours, which prove ideal for solo travelers, even include a salsa lesson.

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Premium Concha y Toro Winery Tour with Wine and Cheese Tastings from Santiago

Premium Concha y Toro Winery Tour with Wine and Cheese Tastings from Santiago

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Add some extra fun to your tasting experience at the famous Concha y Toro Winery thanks to this 4-hour premium offering with higher-end wines and snacks. Tour the winery’s beautifully-manicured grounds, including its ‘Garden of Varieties’ and ‘Old Pirque’ Vineyard. Then enjoy a tasting of three vintages followed by four additional premium samples accompanied with cheese.
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  • 4 hours
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$63.90
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Private Tour: Santiago City Sightseeing

Private Tour: Santiago City Sightseeing

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Explore Santiago’s most significant sights on a comprehensive private guided tour of the city. Visit legendary landmarks and impressive monuments in stylish transportation with a knowledgeable guide, discovering the bohemian neighborhood of Bellavista and the neoclassical splendor of Moneda Palace. Choose between a morning or afternoon tour and continue to explore the sparkling city independently after your tour concludes.
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  • 5 hours
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$68.00
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Half-Day Small-Group Santa Rita Vineyard Tour

Half-Day Small-Group Santa Rita Vineyard Tour

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Discover a piece of the Chilean wine industry on this 4-hour Santiago tour to Santa Rita Winery. With a guide, you can enjoy its garden, admire the natural beauty of the vineyard landscape, and learn about the winery's history, which dates back to 1880. Three tastings are included. Select a morning or afternoon departure time when booking.
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  • 4 hours
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$51.50
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Santiago Airport Private Arrival Transfer

Santiago Airport Private Arrival Transfer

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Start your Santiago stay the right way with a private arrival transfer from Santiago’s Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport to your accommodation. Greet your courteous driver in the arrivals lounge and climb aboard a comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle for the direct journey to your Santiago hotel. This service can accommodate up to eight passengers.
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  • 15 minutes
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$58.66
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Santiago Like a Local: Private Walking Tour with Coffee, Markets, Street Food and San Cristobal Hill

Santiago Like a Local: Private Walking Tour with Coffee, Markets, Street Food and San Cristobal Hill

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Experience the spectacular sights and sounds of Santiago like a true local on a cultural 6-hour private walking tour. Explore bespoke boutiques, vibrant food markets and intriguing neighborhoods as you stroll around the city with a knowledgeable guide. Savor the sublime flavors of freshly made street food and enjoy a national cocktail in an ambient bar, gaining insight into the country’s intriguing history and colorful culture as you wander.
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  • 6 hours
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$190.66
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$190.66
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