Enjoy a 3-day extension to the Chilean coast to visit the port cities of Valparaiso and Viña del Mar. Take in the breathtaking coastal scenery, explore the charming streets, and historic colonial buildings of the area. Tour two local wineries in the Casablanca Valley before returning to Santiago on your final day.
Tour Valparaiso and visit its most important historical sites
You depart early in the morning and head to Valparaiso. Upon arrival, you ascend Cerro Florida to visit Pablo Neruda's residence, "La Sebastiana," which is filled with interesting artifacts and furniture in its original condition. The house boasts a breathtaking view of the Pacific as it overlooks the bay. After exploring the museum, you wander around Cerro Concepción and Cerro Alegre to witness Valparaíso's unique architecture, including the steep and winding streets lined with colorful small houses, cafes, stores, and restaurants. The hills provide an excellent vantage point to admire the port and appreciate the city's diverse street art. You then use one of the iconic funicular elevators to descend the hill and walk to the main square, "Sotomayor," where you see the monument honoring the heroes of the Pacific War and the National Navy headquarters, located in the historic port neighborhood.
Following this part of the tour, you proceed to the neighboring coastal city of Viña del Mar, which has a trendy beach atmosphere. You stop for lunch at a seaside restaurant before admiring the famous "flower clock" and visiting the city's main square with the amphitheater that hosts the renowned Viña del Mar International Song Festival every summer. The tour concludes with our return journey to Santiago, allowing us to reflect on the day's colorful sights and poetry.
Note: This is a private tour. Neruda Museum is open from Wednesday to Sunday from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM.
Day 3: Casablanca Valley Wine Touring | Transfer to Santiago
1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch
This morning after breakfast your guide will pick you up from your hotel. En route to Santiago, stop at two different vineyards in the Casablanca Valley for wine tastings and lunch. After your wine tastings, transfer to the airport in Santiago.
The trip might have been the absolute best of our lifetime (thus far). We particularly want to commend our guide Peter in the Guilin area-he was so incredibly attentive, energetic, enthusiastic-and absolutely dedicated to ensuring that our meals were 100% vegetarian.