Free tour

Free tour: discovering the life and history of Santiago

Duration: 2h and 30min
Languages: English, Spanish
Guru: Alonso
Registered on March 17, 2023

Hello! My name is Alonso and I am a law student. In my spare time I love to play the guitar, read and walk around the city. I was born and lived all my life in Viña del Mar, but I have moved to Santiago to study at the university. In this way, I have learned to love Santiago as one more inhabitant and to discover its beauties that I now want to share with all of you on my tour.

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  • Free booking and cancellation
    Free payment tour, no set price, booking and cancellation are free
  • Accepts electronic payment
    This tour allows payment by electronic means or credit card

Tour description

The capital of Chile can be an exciting place. Behind the crowded streets and the hustle and bustle of big cities, many incredible stories and beautiful places are hidden.

The tour begins in the historic Plaza de Armas, where Pedro de Valdivia chose the location of the first residences in the city, which in 1541 would be called Santiago del Nuevo Extremo.

You will be able to discover the wonderful details of the Metropolitan Cathedral of Santiago, maximum representative of the Chilean Catholic Church and in a unique neoclassical style.

After this, we will head north along the Puente promenade to learn small details of Chilean daily life, until we reach the Cal y Canto bridge. Originally built with mortar joined with the white of 300 thousand eggs!, it joins the commune of Santiago with Recoleta, to the north. There you can walk through the Central Market and admire its "picadas" and cookery. Afterwards, we will cross the historic bridge to enter the Vega Central and the Tirso de Molina Market, the main places of trade for Chilean fruits and vegetables.

After this, we will be able to walk through the Forestal Park, discover the hidden details of this beautiful park anchored in the heart of the city.

Afterwards, we will tour the picturesque streets of the Lastarria neighborhood, the center of bohemian life in the city. In this way, we will surround the Santa Lucía hill, on whose slopes the mayor of Santiago Benjamín Vicuña Mackenna designed beautiful fountains that can be seen from the street, and we will connect with the Alameda de las Delicias, the main artery of the city that was designed in 1822 by Bernardo O 'Higgins, the first Supreme Director of Chile.

While walking along the Alameda, we will see the Central House of the Catholic University of Chile and, after a few blocks, that of the University of Chile, the first and main house of studies in the State. Founded in 1842 and direct heir to the Royal University of San Felipe, it was a pioneer in the development of the national intelligentsia and the alma mater of 20 presidents of the Republic.
From this side we can also cross through La Moneda, the seat of the Government of Chile, the Ministries of Defense and Foreign Relations, and the immense Plaza de la Constitución and its huge tricolor flag.

After this, we will head a few blocks north to see Paseo Ahumada, the busiest pedestrian street in the city, and we will be able to soak up the daily life of Santiago and the old bank buildings that are located here. Finally, we will arrive back at the Plaza de Armas to end the tour.

This tour, more than just a walk through a capital, is offered as an experience. We will have the opportunity to know in a short period of time the most important and significant places in Santiago and see how its inhabitants move freely through them. We will learn history in an entertaining way and we will sneak into the daily life of the city while we get to know its most impressive and representative places. After the tour, you will leave as knowledgeable experts on Santiago de Chile and fall in love with what this city and its people have to offer.

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What will we visit on this tour?

  • Meeting point:
    Pl. de Armas, Santiago, Región Metrop...
    Pl. de Armas, Santiago, Región Metropolitana, Chile
  • 1
    Outside visit
    Plaza de Armas - Plaza de Armas
  • 2
    Outside visit
    Paseo Puente
  • 3
    Outside visit
    Central Market of Santiago - San Pablo Avenue
  • 4
    Outside visit
    Cal y Canto Bridge
  • 5
    Outside visit
    Forest park
  • 6
    Outside visit
    Lastarria neighborhood
  • 7
    Outside visit
    Libertador Bernardo O'Higgins Avenue
  • 8
    Outside visit
    La Moneda Palace - Currency
  • 9
    Outside visit
    Constitution Square - Currency
  • 10
    Outside visit
    smoked ride

How much does this tour cost?

Free tours do not have a set price, instead, each person gives the guru at the end of the tour the amount that he or she considers appropriate (these usually range from €10 to $50 depending on satisfaction with the tour).

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Who is this tour for?

Non suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Does not accept large group reservations.
Suitable for carrying pets.

What should you know?

Minimum of attendees
A minimum of 4 people is required for the tour.
Additional costs:
The tour does not require the payment of entrance fees or additional expenses.
Free cancellation
If you will not be able to attend the tour, please cancel your booking, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.
Payment methods
Electronic or credit card payment is accepted.

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