Things to do in Santiago

Walking Tour of Santiago

Swoop's Sally has guided hundreds of visitors around Santiago over the last eight years.

Read her recommended Walking Tour route for seeing very best sites of Santiago in an afternoon.

Colonial buildings of Santiago de Chile

Colonial buildings of Santiago de Chile

Hiking & Biking

A variety of local companies offer day hikes, biking trips, and walking city tours in and around Santiago.

We have lots of these day trips, to find one that suits you please contact us.


Restaurants & Evening Entertainment

There is some fantastic evening entertainment available in Santiago to suit all tastes.

For example, a new and innovative dinner show combines Chilean cuisine with a journey through Chile's culture, allowing guests to both watch and participate- you can even get up and join the dancers if you wish! Get in touch to find out more!

Read more about where to Eat and Drink in Santiago.


Staying in Santiago

Neighbourhoods of Santiago

Although Santiago is a sprawling city, the city centre is quite compact with many of the historic buildings, bars and restaurants nestled together in just a few neighbourhoods. Read on our blog a little description of each neighbourhood so you can see which area you think might suit you best.


Hotels in Santiago

Santiago is the gateway to Chilean Patagonia's mountain peaks, glacial valleys, and coastal fjords.

Read more about Hotels in Santiago.


Santiago and the Central Valley

Illustrated Guide

Classic Santiago, wines and Valparaiso Trip

Four Days

Get to know Santiago’s fascinating history, culture and scenery on a half day city tour of Santiago’s iconic sights. Escape to the colourful port city of Valparaíso which you’ll explore in the afternoon after a spot of wine tasting at the Casablanca Valley.

This is the classic way to experience Santiago and Valparaíso and is one of our most popular trips. You can combine this with ‘Classics’ in other parts of Chile and Argentina to tailor your two-three week holiday. 


Colourful houses in Valparaiso

Stay at a Chilean Vineyard

This peaceful retreat just outside bustling Santiago is ideal for both wine lovers and those simply wanting some R&R at the end of their adventure. 

Taking a walking tour of the vineyards at Matetic Vineyard, Chile

Taking a walking tour of the vineyards at Matetic

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What our customers think of Santiago

Our tour guide was fantastic! He was so knowledgeable and personable. I enjoyed getting to know the area with Jim. I especially loved how personalized and private everything felt. The wineries were wonderful and the lunch at Casa Blanca was amazing. Read the full review

Travelled: March 2023

Megan Hillyard - USA

We liked our hotel and location, and Marcello was an excellent guide. We closed our trip with an afternoon in Valparaiso, which was much more interesting. Read the full review

Travelled: February 2023

Nate Link - USA

We had a very good guide who touched on all the important and practical travel issues such as currency, water, safety etc. He also gave us a good understanding of present day Santiago, and a bit of its history. Read the full review

Travelled: December 2022

Teresa Chow - USA

We had a great city tour, saw a lot and learned about the political climate. Read the full review

Travelled: December 2019

Karen Belding - United States Of America

The hotel was very good and in a great location. Our guide was great – so knowledgable about the city and the country, and so good at answering all our questions. I highly recommend him. We learned so much. His recommendations for dinner and sights were also good. Read the full review

Travelled: February 2019

Mary Lou Bell - United States Of America

Santiago is a big city, but Swoop did a great job putting us up in the right part of town. We spent a day and half walking the area, city markets, and climbing the hills, and a half day in the wine country. Hotel was perfect and had an awesome rooftop bar/restaurant. Pickup at the airport with a driver and English speaking guide was a great way to start our trip. She gave us the layout of the land and expedited our check in process. Read the full review

Travelled: February 2019

Brian McIntyre - United States Of America



Chile's lively, bustling historic port city is famous for its eclectic mix of UNESCO protected architecture, its multi-coloured houses, turn of the century funiculars that still transport people up to the surrounding hills, world-class street art and delicious fresh seafood. Visit the house of the Noble Prize winner Pablo Neruda or spend a day visiting the vineyards of the near by Casablanca Valley.

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We'll place a 24 hour hold on your preferred option - without obligation - whilst we talk through the details.

Get in touch today to talk about your dreams for your trip. Whether it’s a 2-week or 2-month adventure, you’re travelling independently or in a big group, you want to see Patagonia in comfort or discover challenging hikes, we’d love to help.