Highlights of Santiago
Enjoy a scenic journey from the pier in Valparaíso to the capital of Chile. Santiago de Chile is a city of enormous contrast. With remnants of its colonial past to the ultramodern, high-rise buildings of the financial center, this metropolis will surprise you. You begin by heading south through the downtown area, passing the Club Hípico, a manicured horseracing track in the older residential area of the city. Proceed alongside the Parque O’Higgins and the Cousiño Palace, built between 1870 and 1878 for the wealthy Cousiño family. See the lively Plaza de Armas, the city’s main square. From here, you’ll take the famous Alameda—Santiago’s colorful main avenue, crossing the Mapocho River to visit the bohemian Bellavista district. From San Cristóbal Hill, you will have a panoramic view of Santiago and the Andes Mountains. Stop at the Los Dominicos handicraft market in the Las Condes district, built like a small village with numerous handicraft shops. You will find artisans working in copper, wool, ceramics, lapis lazuli and other indigenous materials. Enjoy a stroll and some time for shopping. During the tour, lunch will be served in a typical local restaurant. In the late afternoon you will transfer back to the pier.
This tour is only available to guests returning to the ship.