There is a lot to see in Santiago – And you have a whole day to explore the hip and rusty, historical and local, secret and most famous spots!
In the morning, we discover Santiago’s fresh fruit, veg, fish (and everything in between) market. Our feet bounce off the tourist path and we will interact with true Chilenos as they hustle over the capital city, tasting, smelling, bartering and bantering. The morning ends with a visit of the Cementerio General (Santiago general cemetery)…
After your food is fully digested, we’re back for a new 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 when 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.
To make sure everyone has a good experience on our tours, we aim to keep groups relatively small. In our experience, big groups traveling together have a higher than average no show rate, and can commandeer the tour and make other guests feel unwelcome. To be fair to all of our customers, we ask groups of over 8 to reserve a private tour or contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org
Why take THIS tour, and why with Tours4Tips? This is Santiago’s number 1 pay-what-you-like tour according to Tripadvisor! What could be better than to pay what you feel is fair? We like how Tripadvisor user Hector S put it that: “the idea of a free tour it’s really nice, you give what you want, obviously the experience of touring for free it’s amazing, walking on the city without a bus / speaker makes a different kind of tour”.
Our freelance Wally’s guides are selected on the basis of how much they love Santiago and have a passion to share it with you. We keep our tours up close and personal, ensuring never to have more than 22 travelers per Wally. Matjnewton describes his freelance Wally guide as being: “perfect balance of information and humor”.
Do you wish for an experience more unique and memorable than the other generic tours? Then jump on board!
Who should avoid our tours? We wrote a post on the 7 people that shouldn’t take a tour with us. Number #4 reads “Does your TripAdvisor profile have more 3 and 4 star reviews than 5? We are an economic tour company that is more about authentic tours and showing you guys the real Santiago. In our eyes Santiago is 5 stars along with its rustic quirkiness, just like our tours. Your perfection and overall unhappiness will be carried over into the tour. Anxiety and pessimism aren’t welcome: we all left stressful jobs to make less and love more”.
End Time:6pm (2-hour lunch break at approx. 1pm)
Availability:Every single day!
Start Location:Meet in front of Museo Bellas Artes
Finish Location:Lastarria Neighbourhood
What To Bring:Only yourself and comfy clothes, some spare change for the subway and maybe slap on some sunscreen!
10am Find your bilingual freelance Wally guide waiting for you outside the front entrance of Museo Bellas Artes (in line to the street side). Wally wears a white and red striped T-shirt (in Santiago this is easier to find than the fun kids books).
We spend a few minutes in Parque Forestal getting to know each other. You’ll also learn about the Museum itself, before heading off.
10:30am: We will be walking through Esmeralda Neighborhood learning how the city's heart beats. Then we wonder on to “La Chimba” (the other side) of the river. By now we will most likely have one of our lovely tour dogs as a companion.
MERCADO CENTRAL AND LA VEGA
11:15am: Next, we follow our senses to the markets where your mouth will begin to water and your belly flutter with excitement. We start with Mercado Central where you will meet some of our favorite vendors and they will show you their catch of the day. We then follow the rainbow of colours of Santiago’s famous market, La Vega. Here, you will discover fruits and veg that you have never even seen before. La Vega is a place that: “really only locals use and they sell amazing fresh food at cheap prices” says Tripadvisor user Ivan.
12:00pm: Just around the corner from here you will discover Patronato. We will jump on the metro to discover this part of the city! (Don’t worry, if you haven’t used the metro before we’ll teach you!) This is Santiago’s Middle Eastern, Korean and Peruvian District. After learning of the Asian influence buried in Santiago’s centre, we head off to another kind of burial… the General Cemetery (excuse the awful pun). We take the Metro together heading 2 stops east to estación Cementerios. The cemetery is a contrast between burial grounds fit for kings and small graves stacked on top of each other. We have stories to tell of the people buried here and funeral traditions. Here you will realize that this is more than a place of grief. It is also a place of discovery and where some people like to enjoy their Saturday afternoon.
HIT THE BAR OR HAVE LUNCH?
1:00pm: We finish off the morning part of the tour and your freelance Wally will offer up his best advice and recommendations over a nice lunch. Feel free to ask any questions. Don’t forget this is a pay-what-you-feel tour, the enjoyment levels are on and the pressure level is off! A tour for tips also with tips, the best ones you can get of Santiago!
3:00pm: Back at the Museum to start the second part of the tour!
3:30pm: After introductions, we head around the corner to Bellas Artes where you will see some of Santiago’s most symbolic street art.. A few stops before we hit up Plaza De Armas where you will learn more about the street dogs and what makes Santiago tick.
PLAZA DE ARMAS
4:00pm: We weave amongst the smell of completos and games of Chess being played as we get to know the Plaza De Armas. Remember to look up when we are in the church- the ceilings are a work of art!
4:30pm: 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.
GAM CULTURAL CENTER
5pm: After a quick metro ride we arrive at the GAM Cultural Center. This center is a local favorite hangout spot, full of life and also full of history.
5:30pm: We finish up our tour in the beautiful and hip Lastarria neighborhood, with your Wally guide making sure you have plenty of good recommendations of where to grab a bite and more cool things to do the rest of your stay in Chile.
izAottawa: We did the Offbeat Santiago tour on our first full day, liked it so much that we did City Highlights tour the next day ...
julo972: We took both the morning tour with Vincent and the afternoon tour with Natalie. Both were informing, engaging and honest...
Cindy C: Guide was friendly, informative and passionate about the history and city of Santiago, the best guide we had on our trip...