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 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.
Why take THIS tour, why take this tour with US? Taking a walking tour with us is more thrilling than taking a bus tour with an overly rehearsed speaker. Freelance Wally’s guides are hired on the basis of how much they love this city (and their sense of humor). On average our freelance Wally’s stay with us for over a year, demonstrating their enjoyment of giving the tours and meeting you guys! We never carry over 22 travelers to 1 freelance guide ensuring you a personalized trip/experience.
In this tour knowledge meets passion all compacted into a local (dare I say funny) freelance guide. It is no wonder that we are TripAdvisors #1 walking tour in STGO. TripAdvisor user Tahnas described this tour as a: “great way to see and learn about Santiago’s political & cultural history in a relaxed and cool way”.
This pay-what-you-like tour shouldn’t be missed, choose your tour… English or Spanish?
Who should not take this tour? We wrote a post about the kind of people that should avoid our tours… Number 5 reads:” If you do not like; kids, dogs, tattoos, the color green, or gay people, you will hate what we do. We are family friendly (we were kids once too), our 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”.
Price:Pay-What-You-Like Prefer Private?
Availability:Every single day!
Start LocationOutside Museo Bellas Artes (beside the street)
Finish Location:Our Office - Loreto 6 (Metro Bellas Artes)
What To Bring:Only yourself and comfy clothes, maybe slap on some sunscreen!
3pm: Find your bilingual freelance Wally guide waiting for you outside the front entrance of Museo Bellas Artes (in line to the street side). In case you don’t know Wally wears a white and red striped T-shirt (in Santiago, this is easier to find than the fun kids books).
After introductions we head around the corner to Bellas Artes neighbourhood 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.
3:30pm: we will then 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).
4:00pm: Then we wander through streets that could be easily mistaken as European. Your freelance Wally guide 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 freelance guide discuss the 1973 military coup with a backdrop of La Moneda Presidential Palace.TripAdvisor user Lucas S described his freelance Wally’s guide 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”.
4:30pm: 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
5:00pm: 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!
6:00pm: We finish off just in time for cocktail hour in one of the cool bars. Your freelance Wally guide will offer up their best advice and recommendations over a drink. Feel free to turn into curious George and ask away. 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 you can get of Santiago!
wilhelmm-norway: How great it is to be provided such perspectives and facts at our first day of a two-week long stay in Chile! ...
liyin58: A great way to spend the day getting to know Santiago. Highlights was great. Highly recommend...
Cassie W: We learned a lot about the history of Santiago, and we saw some incredible markets. Fun time! You won't regret it...