Santiago Sightseeing and Lunch
Santiago (Valparaiso), Chile
- San Cristobal Hill: At Santiago's second-highest point, you'll see a 72-foot statue dedicated to the Immaculate Conception and enjoy panoramic views of the city.
- Central Market: Browse the many shops for eye-catching Chilean handcrafts and lapis lazuli, a vivid blue semi-precious stone found only in Chile and Afghanistan.
About this Valparaiso tour
Santiago de Chile has seen its share of calamity over the centuries. But no battle, no earthquake, no violent coup d'etat has derailed the forward march of this city and the strong will of santiaguinos can be traced back to its beginnings.
In 1541, Santiago founder Pedro de Valdivia ventured south with his troops, leaving the young city, which comprised the area around the Plaza de Armas, unprotected. Somewhere between 8,000 and 20,000 Mapuche natives saw the opportunity to attack, and set most of the city on fire.
Inez de Suarez, who was actually Valdivia's mistress, rallied the small number of troops that Valdivia had left behind to protect the town, and inspired them to continue fighting. But the situation was dire. As the story goes, she devised a desperate andndash; and extreme andndash; plan: Decapitate the seven Mapuche chieftains they were holding hostage, put their heads on spikes, and even throw a couple of the heads at the attacking forces.
The Mapuche were so shocked and horrified that they retreated in terror.
The debate over whether Inez did the actual decapitating herself has never been settled. What's not in doubt is that, without her, the city would have fallen. The will to persevere whatever the odds is central to the Chilean character, most recently demonstrated after the mine collapse of 2010, when "The 33" survived underground for 69 days.
Some things are best left alone
La Moneda Palace was still the presidential residence in 1973, when the military coup andnbsp;that brought Augusto Pinochet to power took place. Then-president Allende had vowed not to leave (eventually committing suicide), so the air force bombed the palace. Repairs restored La Moneda to its original glory, but some bullet holes and other damage were preserved and are visible today.
Cruise Pier: Look for our GoBe Representative with the displayed logo sign at the pier. Hotel Guests: Please meet in the lobby/reception area of your hotel (if confirmed prior with the GoBe Crew). Your guide will be holding a sign with your name on it.
Big busses have access only to the first stopping place of San Cristobal Hill and can not go all the way to the top. Vehicle access to San Cristobal Hill may be occasionally limited and may be substituted with a funicular ride to the top. Please bring some cash for any purchases you might like to make.
This tour involves moderate walking over uneven surfaces and paved walkways. There are some steps at the restaurant.
Cultural, Food and Wine, Walking Tour, Full Day, Bus Tour
Beverages - Water
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated moderate. Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain and/or water activity in a slight current. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.
Suitable for all ages but if you are under 18 years of age you won't be able to drink any alcohol on this tour. 18 is the legal drinking age in Chile.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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