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4-Day Ultimate Santiago Layover: From City and Coast

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Overview

Chosen by the New York Times as 2011’s #1 destination to visit, Santiago is a dynamic and contemporary metropolis located in the heart of Chile’s fertile central valley. Chile’s capital is a vibrant city full of character, with a thriving arts culture, trendy restaurant scene, and lively nightlife. Embraced on all sides by mountains – the mighty Andes to the east and the smaller coastal range to the west – on a clear day Santiago boasts one of the most incredible city scenes in the world.

Later, head to Valparaíso, one of the first Chilean cities founded by the Spanish. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2003 for its architectural and cultural significance, the city is also one of Chile’s most interesting. You will start in the downtown sector, learning about the history of “Valpo” and its importance in South American trade and commerce. Century-old hillside ascensores (elevators) will transport you up into the city’s steep hills, where a labyrinthine maze of streets reveals brightly colored buildings, bohemian cafes and elegant restaurants, and spectacular views of the harbor below.

Itinerary in Brief

  • DAY 1: Transfer-in / Day at leisure
  • DAY 2: Half Day Santiago City Tour
  • DAY 3: Full Day Valparaíso City Tour
  • DAY 4: Departure

Highlights

  • Santiago
  • Providencia neighborhood
  • Cerro San Cristobal
  • La Chascona
  • Casablanca Valley
  • Valparaiso
  • Cerro Concepción
  • Cerro Alegre

LOCATIONS: Santiago, Valparaiso

ACTIVITIES: Culture/People

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