Start time: 10am. Everyday.
Santiago Tours 4 Tips morning tour is “Santiago Offbeat” Your Wally tour guide will bring you to “La Chimba,” in which in Quechua literally means “the other side,” of the River Mapocho.The river has traditionally divided the city and its residents, “La Chimba” housing the marginalized, trod upon residents of Santiago since the Spanish Colonial times. Tours 4 Tips “Santiago Offbeat” brings you to the other side, to its gems and the humble, proud and beautiful people that make it special. The tour walks through four impressive open air markets, El Mercado Central, Tirso de Molina, La Vega Chica and La Vega Central, great places to see, smell, and photograph the agricultural and fishing bounty of Chile. From there we take the Metro to El Cementerio General the General Cemetery, Chile’s oldest, biggest and most important cemetery.
Did you know that all but of Chile’s presidents are buried in the General Cemetery in Santiago, one of them being the military dictator Augusto Pinochet? Or that the Catholic Church allowed Protestants t to be buried in the General Cemetery but only if they were separated by inside 7 meter high and 3 meter wide walls to make sure the Catholics did not rest too close to the heathens?
Tours 4 Tips “Santiago Offbeat” Morning Tour will take you to a side of the city that other tours wont. More importantly, after the three hour walk you will fall in love with Santiago and the Santiaguinos, the residents of the beautiful Capital.
Start time: 3pm. Everyday.
Tours 4 Tips Afternoon Tour is “Santiago Highlights,” a three hour walk through Santiago’s downtown. “Santiago Highlights” covers everything in your guide book but with a fun twist,bringing you to the historic, cultural, and political attractions of the city.
Santiago Highlights is a tour of contrasts, showing colonial landmarks alongside modern skyscrapers, the 4th largest metropolitan park system in the world amidst pollution and smog, the indigenous origins of Santiago and the European design that is now home to some six million inhabitants.
Your Wally guide will walk you through Parque Forestal, the beautiful park that some call the green lung of the capital. From there your walking tour will explore Lastarria, the bohemian soul of Santiago’s downtown, home to the most popular cultural center in Chile. Tours 4 Tips then brings you to Cerro Santa Lucia, another fantastic park in the middle of downtown and the strategic point for the Spanish conquest of Santiago. As the political heart of Chile, we then walk through some of the most fascinating highlights, visiting Paris Londres, Nueva York, and La Moneda Presidential palace to talk about the September 11th 1973 Military Coup.
The tour ends in La Plaza de Armas, the colonial heart of the city where your Wally guide will give you recommendations on restaurants, bars, museums and vineyards in order to spend the rest of your stay in Chile’s capital in a stupendous way!