Meeting Point & Route
Where and when do the tours in Santiago start?
- Museo de Bellas Artes at 10am and 3pm everyday. The morning tour takes you through the markets and cemetery and the “local life” of Santiago. The afternoon tour takes you through historical landmarks as well as cultural points in the city.
Where and when do the tours in Valparaiso start?
- Plaza Sotomayor at 10am and 3pm everyday. The morning tour takes you to the cemetery, ex-carcel center and through poverty-stricken neighborhoods. The afternoon tour takes you through the most famous hills or “cerros” in Valparaiso where you are able to discuss many of the “1sts” this port city had.
Where do the tours in Vina del Mar start?
- Reloj de Flores at 3pm everyday. This tour takes you through both the culture and history of Vina through rides on the public transport and a delve into the “real” Vina.
Where do the tours in San Pedro de Atacama start?
- San Pedro Plaza de Armas at 10am and 3pm everyday. The morning tour takes you on a rollercoaster ride of Chile’s drugs, football and cemeteries. The afternoon tour allows you to discover the churches, art and landforms of this desert town.
Reservations, Group Size & Age
Do I have to reserve or can I just show up?
- You can show up without reservation! However to come prepared with enough guides, it is better if you book online ahead of time.
We are a large group, can we still just show up?
- You can still show up in a large group but it is recommended booking ahead so we are prepared for numbers.
What is the group size normally?
- Group size varies from seasons. We are always prepared for backup guides if the tour exceeds 22, ensuring the quality does not waver. The tours tend to have a good number of people making it enjoyable and a good opportunity to meet fellow travelers. Often people like to grab some food and wine after together.
What ages of people are the tours suited to?
- All ages! Unless you really struggle to walk because you will be on your feet for around 3 hours. However our tours are enjoyable for younger generations with high energy guides and cool faces, and also for the wiser, who love to learn about the real history and culture of Chile.
How much does it cost?
- This is a pay what your like tour. There are no fees. If you loved the tour, pay what you think the guide deserves, if you didn’t enjoy yourself, you are not expected to pay a single penny.
How much is the average tip?
- The average tip is between $10 and $20 USD per person however it is really down to the person to pay as they feel.
What happens if we arrive late?
- Try not to be! We wait for tourists 15 minutes before the start of the tour to get acquainted and check everyone in. A manager will wait around for 5 or 10 minutes after the leaving time, so if you are a couple of minutes behind, normally you can just join on the tour at their first stop near the starting point.
How do we know who our guide is?
- It’s easy! They will be wearing white and red striped just like the dude in the ‘where’s wally’ books… although this time they will stick out much more easily. Head over to them and they will give you a warm welcome and let you know what to expect
What languages do the tours offer?
- We offer every single one of our tours in both Spanish and English, two separate guides for each language so they won’t be bouncing from each language. We also have guides that speak French and Portuguese amongst some sprinklings of other languages if you have specific queries in your native tongue.
Can I attend a morning and afternoon tour on the same day?
- Of course! The tours give 2 hours between morning and afternoon tours ensuring to give you enough time for lunch before joining the next tour.
How long are the walks?
- They vary in length, it is more wandering the 3 hours of intense walking. Bare in mind the Valparaiso tours have more hills. The tours are not recommended to those that have trouble walking or standing for a few hours.