Full-day privately-guided tour of Valparaiso (Valparaiso is mostly done on foot), Viña del Mar and Isla Negra. Pick up at your hotel and drive toward the Pacific Ocean, passing the agricultural valleys of Curacavi and Casablanca en route to Valparaíso. Valparaíso’s picturesque layout, enhanced by the surrounding hills that seem to dive into the ocean, remind one that this was once the most important maritime destination of the Pacific coast before the Strait of Panama was opened to navigation in 1914. You will visit the downtown and then will discover the colorful hill neighborhoods. You will have fantastic views from high above the city. The upper and lower parts of the city are connected with 16 funicular railways constructed around the turn of the century when the city experienced tremendous growth.
Traveling north along the coastline of the bay you will reach the city of Viña del Mar, the most famous and visited seaside city of the area. You will visit the beautiful park Quinta Vergara with its amphitheatre, beaches and the Casino, which was built in 1932. Enjoy the two most important cities of the region. You’ll see the contrast between a city with a great property development and a city based in its traditions and declared Humanity Patrimony by UNESCO. Later, you will travel to the coastal village of Isla Negra. Here you will visit the house of the famous poet Pablo Neruda, Chile’s Nobel Prize winner in 1971. His house, overlooking the sea, was built as an escape from the bustle of Santiago and where he kept the many things he collected, like antique bottles, Indian masks and nautical artefacts. In the afternoon you will return to Santiago.
Departs Santiago at 8:30 – 9:00 am