Join us for a 3 hour walking adventure around the city. We visit and chat about the architecture, side streets, and both the political and cultural destinations. We explain all the blank spaces you may have left of Santiago. You will learn why there are so many street dogs, what it means to be Chilean and why Coffee is only enjoyable served by a half naked lady! All this along with a graffiti trip, discovering Plaza De Armas and visiting the famous La Moneda presidential Palace + more! This tour will help you understand our unconditional love for this city.
Why take THIS tour, why take this tour with US? Do you want a tour that offers a complete personal experience and works around your time schedule? The Wally team will ensure the ultimate tour just for you. Our goal is to see sights unreachable by bus and offer guides that have more personality and passion that over rehearsed information. On average our Wally’s stay with us for over a year, demonstrating their enjoyment of giving the tours and meeting you guys! This tour is knowledge meets passion all compacted into a local (dare I say funny) guide. It is no wonder that we are TripAdvisors #1 walking tour in STGO. TripAdvisor user Tahnas from described this tour as a “great way to see and learn about Santiago’s political & cultural history in a relaxed and cool way.” Choose your tour (English or Spanish?)
Who should not take a tour with US? We wrote a post on the 7 people that shouldn’t take a tour with us/avoid the fun of our tours. Number #5 reads “If you do not like; kids, dogs, tattoos or gay people, you will hate what we do. We are family friendly (we were kids once too), so parents bring their young’uns along! Santiago is renowned for it’s friendly stray dogs, they love to follow our tours (especially Daisy and Rojo). Most of the tour guides have tattoos or a funky piercing, that’s cos they’re funky people! Lastly, we positively discriminate when we hire gays, gays for days… that’s how we roll.
- Start TimeBetween 9AM and 3PM (Subject to Availability)
- Price$75 USD per person. Ask for discounts of groups over 4.
- Duration3 hours
- AvailabilityPrivate tours are subject to availability
- Start LocationLa Bicicleta Verde Office - Our Sister Company, Loreto 6, Recoleta, Santiago
- Finish LocationOur Santiago Base - Loreto 6.
- Distance6-8 km walking
- What to BringOnly yourself and comfy clothes, maybe slap on some sunscreen!
The meeting point is central and easy to find, all you need to do is find La Bicicleta Verde on google maps. We then head around the corner to Bellas Artes where you will see some of Santiago’s most symbolic street art. There is a great story and meaning behind this art piece that you’ll be intrigued to learn about it. We then venture through the bustling streets together (don’t worry we won’t leave anyone behind). A few stops before we hit up Plaza De Armas where you will learn more about the street dogs and what makes Santiago tick.
Before finishing off we will introduce you to one of the young locals favorite hangout spots and cultural centre GAM. From here you will explore the hip Lastarria neighbourhood (time to put bets on how many hipster beards you think you will see). We finish off just in time for cocktail hour in one of the cool bars. Your private Wally will offer up his best advice and recommendations over a drink. Feel free to ask any questions. This tour is a perfect personal experience to get to know Santiago! A tour for tips also with tips, the best ones you can get of Santiago!
Then we wander through streets that could be easily mistaken as European. Wally explains the individual (and a little odd) Coffee culture in Santiago. You will find many opportunities to take photos on our way to La Moneda, so make sure you’re battery is all charged up! Listen to your guide discuss the 1973 military coup with a backdrop of La Moneda Presidential Palace. TripAdvisor user Lucas S described Wally’s description of the coup. "When Wally was talking about controversial history in a respectful and balanced way: I never felt like he was trying to make me feel one way or another. Instead, it felt like he was covering both sides of a very polarized issue and letting me decide how I felt for myself".
So you’re legs are rested and you understand the coup and political situation better. Next we head into Metro Universidad de Chile. Maybe it seems a little odd to visit a metro, but all will become clear once you see the stunning murals inside.
PLAZA DE ARMAS
Arriving in Santiago’s heart, you will see an array of visually impressive buildings. We weave amongst the smell of completos and games of Chess being played. Here we are Plaza De Armas. Remember to look up when we are in the church as well as around, the ceilings are a work of art!
- Antonella D: Chileno Spanish has been hard to understand but Matias spoke clearly and profoundly about super interesting topics...
- christiannetan: I only had a couple days in Santiago, and the tour was definitely PERFECT to see the city in the limited time I had...
- tahnas: We did the 3pm tour in Santiago with Ignacio. He was amazing! A great way to see and learn about Santiago's political...
- VagagondLala: Our guide has been AWESOME! I highly recommend this tour and this company. Everything was extremely organized...