Gyde & Seek Opens for Tours in Santiago
Nestled in the rocky arms of the Andes mountains, Santiago de Chile is a small cosmopolitan hub that packs a powerful punch. Yes, many travelers breeze through en route to the country's bucket-list volcanoes and glaciers. But find even a little bit of time to explore, and you will be handsomely rewarded.
For starters, given its manageable size, Santiago can reveal a lot about Latin America in a couple of days. From the pre-Columbian museum to the storied home of Nobel Laureate Pablo Neruda, there is much to learn about the identity of a continent steeped in different cultures, influenced by global ideologies, and strong-armed by dictators. Santiago wears its political grievances on its mural-clad streets, and puts its heritage on display via avant-garde chefs who are reinvigorating ancient Mapuche cooking techniques.
Santiago's embarrassment of natural beauty sets it apart from its neighbors. Hemmed by the Andes to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the west, it is also surrounded by valleys of prestige vineyards. There are several worthwhile day-trips beyond the city limits where you will encounter dramatically distinct geographies and experiences.
We suggest starting off with a general tour of the city, so that you can easily contextualize everything you see and do during your stay. Paulina, Pablo, or Patricia would be happy to oblige. Once you have your bearings, why not steal a condor's view of the city? Let Audrey show you the Andean precordillera—on horseback. Or lace up your hiking boots to retrace Darwin's footsteps with Eduardo.
Sea-dreaming? Valparaíso is only a few winery visits away, and Cristian knows how to show off its magnificent pleated shoreline, chockablock with colonial architecture in popsicle hues. Of course, if it's your palate that needs a day trip, Carolina can help you taste your way from the foothills to the coast; that is, from Carménère to Chardonnay.
All of which is to say, you're probably going to wish you had one more night to spend in Santiago.