Population: 14 418 800
Capital: Santiago
Language: Officially Spanish, English in main centres, and German in the lake areas
Electricity: 220 volts 50 cycles AC
Currency: Chilean Peso (CLP)
Holidays: January 1; Easter Holidays; May 1; May 21; August 15; September 18 and 19; October 12; November 1; December 8; December 25.
Times: Banking Hours: 9am to 3pm. Money exchange until 5pm
Tipping: 10% of the bill at hotels and restaurants
4 x 4 Jeep Safari
Bird Watching
Kayaking & River Rafting
Trekking Mountain Climbing
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Half Day Tours

1/2 Day City Tour Santiago ; Historical Santiago

The ride starts touring the principle avenues of the Civic Centre. A highlight is the neo-classical La Mooned Palace, built during the XVIII century. The tour proceeds through the narrow and bustling streets of the downtown area.
A visit to the pre-Columbian Museum considered one of the best in the world. Next, the traditional Plaza de Armas, a popular and picturesque gathering centre surrounded by the Cathedral and the National and Historical Museum. Continue to the Central Market. The excursion borders the Forestal Park and the Bellas Artes Museum and continues through the avenues of the downtown area towards the historical Santa Lucia Hill, the foundation site of the city in 1541.

Finally a visit to the Cousino Palace, an elegant mansion built and furnished during the XIX century.

Day Tours

Full Day Viña Del Mar & Valparaíso Tour

The excursion starts travelling through the green fertile valleys of Curacavi and Casablanca, with its fruit, olive trees and orchard plantations, towards Valparaíso, a picturesque harbour situated on the Pacific Ocean. The ride includes a tour through the narrow avenues of the port, the Plaza Sotomayor, flanked by the Maritime Authority building and the Monument built to honour the Iquique Heroes. In front of this monument is the Prat Wharf with bustling port activity. After a city tour, you take the route by the sea and proceed to Viña del Mar, a summer resort. Visit the Quinta Vergara Park before proceeding towards the traditional Plaza Vergara and continues to the heart of the city through beautiful and tree-lined avenues. Next, the imposing Casino building and the traditional promenade: Peru Avenue.
Lunch (excluded). Finally, drives along the coast bordering the beaches of Las Salinas, Reñaca and Con-Con as you return to Santiago.

Full Day Tour of Wines and Vineyards of Chile

With its natural comparative advantages and isolated geographical position between the Andean Mountain Range, the Pacific Ocean and the vast desert in the North, Chile has always been free from phyloxera and other plagues which affect the vine. This explains the outstanding quality of Chilean grapes. The fine quality of the fruit used, together with the very latest technological know-how, has given Chilean wines a reputation for excellence throughout the world.

This tour is available all year round, although we recommend that you try to visit the vineyards in February and March as these are the months when the vineyards are preparing their vintages.

A qualified guide on the subject accompanies us in the tour


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Half Day and Day Tours
Santiago - 4 days/3 nights
Santiago and ViÑa del Mar (5 days/4 nights)
Torres del Paine - 4 Days/3 Nights
Salt Flat & Andean Towns (4 days/3nights)
Lake Crossing (Chile to Argentina) (4 nights/5days)
Cruise Puerto Montt to the San Raphael Glacier (7 days/6 nights)
Easter Island (3 day/4 nights)
Valle Nevado Ski 7 Nights + 1 Night Santiago + BUENOS AIRES 3 Nights
Valle Nevado Ski Trips - 2004 SPECIAL
See Also... Argentina Ski Specials - 2004 SPECIAL
Dream Cruises - South Chile and Antarctica NEW
"Romantic 12 day train journey" Chile 2009 NEW
"Luxury camping in Patagonia" - Chile NEW

Additional Tours/packages available to:
Arica, Iquique, Putre, Antofagasta
Temuco, Pucon
Puerto Montt, Puerto Varas
Horse Riding Southern Landscapes
Osorno Volcano
Punta Arenas, Punta Natales
Punta Arenas - Puerto Williams - Ushuaia