santiagoExplore Santiago, Chile’s capital city.  On a clear day, the picturesque, snow-capped Andes loom over skyscrapers, and the panoramic views of the cityscape are spectacular.  Home to nearly one third of Chile’s population, Santiago is a sprawling metropolis buzzing with taxis, cars, buses, people and noise.

It is located in Chile’s Central Valley and is South America´s most modern metropolitan area, as well as the business and financial centre of Chile.

This full day tour is a great way to experience the city, an excellent way to orientate yourself when you first arrive in Chile.

On this tour, you will visit a variety of places, such as the Museo de la Moda (Fashion Museum), the handicraft village of Los Dominicos – one of the best artisan markets in South America, La Moneda Palace and Plaza de Armas, and some of Santiago’s other not to be missed tourist sites.  This tour is an excellent way to experience the array of activities and places that Santiago has to offer.  Take a look at Santiago, unique to the rest of Chile, more fast-paced, more modern, and more dynamic.

Santiago, Full Day
At a pre-arranged time this morning, you will be met at your hotel by a Pionero Travel guide to escort you on a Full  day city tour of Santiago.
Your first visit will be to the Museo de la Moda ( Fashion Museum).
The creation of the Museum of Fashion Foundation started in 1999 by initiative of Jorge Yarur Bascuñán, (grandson of Juan Yarur Lolas, president and founder of Yarur Manufacturas Chilenas de Algodón) and is located in his former residence and is presently the space that houses the museum’s exhibits. Construction of the house was entrusted to the architects Carlos Bolton, Sergio Larraín and Luis Prieto, in 1958, and it contemplated a modern and minimalisticly styled 1,500 m2 house, located in a 10,000 m2 park, composed of trees and shrubs of indigenous and exotic species with elements of traditional Japanese design. The museum is privately owned and was founded with the Yarur Bascuñán family legacy essentially focused on the years 1950 and 1960. By means of donations and acquisitions, this heritage was extended achieving the possession of significant collections of clothing, textiles and sportswear, ranging from the fifteenth century to today. The mission of this museum is to become an innovative cultural institution in charge of collecting, preserving and disseminating fashion, textiles, clothing, accessories and their architecture, as patrimonial objects that represent a particular culture. In this way it wants to contribute to the understanding and appreciation of their historical, aesthetic and technical aspects. The work prior to the opening in July 2007, focused on a long process of restoration of the house, research, collection and storage of items, which now number 10,000 and represent and identify elements of world fashion history heritage.
Next, you will visit the handicraft village of Los Dominicos.  Here you will find an impressive variety of handicrafts including works by various indigenous groups from across the country.  The beautiful Colonial-style architecture of the center and its picturesque Andean backdrop make this visit one of a kind.  You will also have an opportunity to watch the craftsmen as they work with pottery, copper, stone, wood, wool and glass products.

Later you will enjoy a delicious lunch at a selected restaurant from Santiago ( Lunch not included).
After lunch, drive towards Santiago´s Central Market, a colorful conglomeration of fish and seafood, fruits, vegetables, and flowers housed in an exquisite 19th century wrought-iron building.
Continue down to the principal avenues of the Civic Center and the seat of government, the neoclassical La Moneda Palace, built during the 18th century.  Then visit the Plaza de Armas, Santiago’s main square, a picturesque square surrounded by the 18th century Catedral Metropolitana, the National Historical Museum, and the Central Post Office.  Leaving downtown, you will head towards the Parque Forestal, leading to the Fine Arts Museum and Bellavista, the bohemian artsy center of Santiago.

After this visit, we will drive back to your selected hotel in Santiago.

End of our services.
Private transport from and to your hotel, according to program
Driver and Bilingual guide
Mineral Water.

Not included in tour package: 
Lunch. Lodging and transfers prior to or after program. Personal items such as: telephone, laundry, room service, alcoholic beverages not mentioned as included, gratuities, and airfare.

NOTE:  Pionero Travel reserves the right to vary or cancel tours to museums, vineyards, or any visit due to operational conditions that do not allow the visit to be possible. These deviations to the planned itinerary are possible, although every effort will be made to keep them as they are presented, but if not, they will be substituted for others of same category or better.  In the case of special requests, for example, room locations and bed preferences at hotels, or modifications of tours and visits during your stay with us… cannot be guaranteed by Pionero Travel.  While we will attempt to accommodate such special requests, we cannot be held responsible if such special requests cannot be fulfilled.

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