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Overview

See the spectacular sights of Santiago from the unique perspective of an open-top double-decker bus on this hop-on hop-off tour of the Chilean capital. Enjoy the freedom and flexibility of this comprehensive tour and disembark the bus whenever an attraction captures your attention. Listen to informative audio commentary as you approach legendary landmarks like Plaza de Armas, Mercado Central and Bellas Artes and enjoy a regular service from each stop you embark at.
  • Santiago city hop-on hop-off tour
  • Tour Santiago at your own pace
  • Buses run ever 30 minutes
  • Tickets valid for an entire day
Hop on or hop off your distinctive red double-decker bus at 12 different stops scattered throughout the city of Santiago. Use the intriguing commentary and excellent vantage point to select the attractions you want to explore in more depth and disembark the bus as many times as you like during a period between 9.30am and 6pm. Buses depart from each stop every 30 minutes and the entire city loop lasts 2 hours, allowing you plenty of time to appreciate each of the capital’s most significant structures. 
Cool down on the air-conditioned lower deck and gain fascinating insight into the city’s rich history with audio commentary. Glide past legendary landmarks like Mercado Central and Bellas Artes; sail through the bohemian neighborhood of Bella Vista; and absorb the botanical beauty of Parque Arauco during your ride. 

List of stops include:

1. Parque Arauco
2. Hotel Sheraton
3. Patio Bellavista
4. Parque Metropolitano
5. Plaza de Armas
6. Plaza de la Constitución
7. Paseo Bulnes
8. Santa Lucía
9. Providencia
10. El Golf
11. Isidora Goyenechea
12. Costanera Center

Please see the Itinerary section below for detailed information on each stop serviced.

Itinerary

Parque Arauco:
This is Chile’s most important mall and one of the most important in Latin America. Here you'll not only find the best products of the best brands, but also find a center of entertainment, with an open air boulevard with excellent gastronomical alternatives, theaters, bowling and ice skating.
Hotel Sheraton and Lo Contador:
Only a couple of blocks from this stop, you'll find Lo Contador Arts and design campus of the Universidad Catolica which is located in the historic Lo Contador farm house and is a beautiful example of the Spanish influenced architecture of the late 18th century. Also a only a couple of blocks away, you'll find the Providencia Contemporary Sculpture park inaugurated in 1986 and which houses more than 30 large format sculptures of relevant Chilean artists on its 2 hectare ground. The Hotel Sheraton and Lo Contador stop is located right across from the main entrance of the hotel.

Bellavista:
The Bellavista neighborhood is one of Santiago’s cultural centers. Here you'll be able to find the Metropolitan Park with the zoo, the funicular and its wonderful views; la Chascona, the museum-house of Pablo Neruda; an important variety of theaters, cafes, restaurants and pubs; and a significant number of shops which sell items which are based around the Lapislazuli, the semi-precious blue stone which is only extracted from Chile and Afghanistan. The Metropolitan Park with its 722 hectares is the largest urban park in Chile. The San Cristobal hill which forms part of the park has its highest point at 860 meters above sea level, which makes it the best point for viewing Santiago’s remarkable extension. The Bellavista stop is located on the Bellavista avenue across from #112.

Plaza de Armas:
The Plaza de Armas represents the real heart of Santiago. From the Plaza de Armas stop (Monjitas Street across from #821) you'll be able to visit and see some of the city’s most relevant historic buildings which include the Metropolitan Cathedral, the Santiago City Hall, the Central Post Office, the Casa Colorada and Santiago Museum, the former National Congress, the Royal House of Customs and Precolombian museum, the Judicial Palace, and the Palacio de la Real Audiencia and National Historic Museum.

Plaza de la Constitucion:
Here you will find the famous Moneda Palaca which acts as the seat of the Presidency of the Chilean government. Its construction was undertaken between 1784 and 1805 according to the project of the Italian architect Joaquin Toesca, and its original purpose was to be the Royal Mint house, the reason for its name. In 1846 President Manuel Bulnes used an area of the building as the Presidents’ residence, being the first president to live there; and later, President Carlos Ibanez del Campo, the last one there in 1958. From the Plaza de la Constitucion stop (Teatinos Street across from #254) you'll be able to see and visit buildings and places of interest which include the Constitution Square, the Moneda Palace, the Palacio de la Moneda Cultural Center, the Metropolitan Government building, the Santiago Stock exchange, the Union Club, the Bulnes boulevard, and the Dieciocho neighborhood.

Santa Lucia:
The Santa Lucia hill constitutes a good image of the lifestyle of Santiago’s high society of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The Santa Lucia hill has been one of the most relevant places in Santiago since the city was founded by Pedro de Valdivia on the 12th of February of 1541. The hill’s monumental neoclassical entrance was completed in 1902, and harmonizes around a sculpture of the god Neptune an architectonic unit with curved stairways, fountains, and a spacious terrace with a triumphant arch crowned by a dome. From the Santa Lucia stop (Libertador Bernardo O’Higgins avenue across from #406) you'll be able to see and visit buildings and places of interest which include the Santa Lucia hill, the National Library, the Paris-Londres neighborhood, the main building of the Universidad Catolica de Chile, and the Lastarria neighborhood which has a strong cultural character where you will be able to find art galleries, restaurants, and cultural centers.

Providencia:
The history of Providencia dates back to 1897 and is directly related the sisters of the Divine Providence who arrived to Chile from Canada in 1853. The amusing part is that their landing here was due to the fact that their original destination, which was Oregon in the U.S.A., was flooded, and not knowing how to return to their home country, they met the captain of a Chilean ship who brought them to this remote corner of the world. Providencia is an important area of the city’s commerce and gastronomy. In its surroundings you'll find the Schacht Palace and the Providencia Cultural Center; the traditional Pedro de Valdivia and Ricardo Lyon avenues; and many fun shops, cafes, and restaurants. The Providencia Stop is located on the Lota street across from #2229.

El Golf - Sanhattan:
Known as Sanhattan (mix of Santiago and Manhattan), El Golf is the new financial and hotel district in Santiago. The Area of El Golf receives its name due to the exclusive Los Leones Golf Club which is located here, however it also known by some as Sanhattan, name which mixes Manhattan and Santiago. This is the new financial and hotel district in Santiago, and its strong development from the 1990s onwards in part is explained due to the important amount of high level executives which live on the east side of the city which were looking to decrease the travel time to their offices. Here you can find some architectural elements of the 1940s and 1950s which remind of times when this was the most exclusive residential area of Santiago; and a predominance of office buildings, where some represent the best of the modern architecture. The El Golf stop is located on the Vitacura avenue across from #2841.

El Golf - Isidora Goyenechea:
The upper area of El Golf receives its name due to the exclusive private Los Leones Golf Club which is located only a few blocks from the stop. Here you can find some architectural elements of the 1940s and 1950s which remind of times when this was the most exclusive residential area of Santiago combined with modern high rise office buildings. Between the El Golf Sanhattan and Isidora Goyenechea stops, you'll find many restaurants and cafes, as well as the Peru square where a fun antique fair takes place on Sundays. The El Golf Isidora Goyenechea stop is located on the Isidora Goyenechea corner of La Pastora street.

Mercado Central (Central Market):
Originally built to house exhibiotions of local artist, the Central Market was converted to a marketplace in 1872. Today this picturesque premise acts as a food-supply market and is a greatly visited showcase of Chilean seafood. Typical dishes off the Chilean table are prepared in the heart of the market, including the famous Conger eel broths and seafood cauldrons.From the Mercado Central stop (Puente Street across from #889) you'll be able to see and visit buildings and places of interest which include the Estacion Mapocho, the monument to Chile’s Naval Glories, and “La Piojera”.

Alonso de Cordova:
This area is where you'll find many art galleries, restaurants and cafes. The Alonso de Cordova Avenue is located in one of Santiago’s most exclusive residential areas. The history of this part of the city dates back to the Incas’ arrival, when some of them settled on the eastern bank of the Mapocho River; one of their most important leaders, summoned by Pedro de Valdivia, Santiago’s founder, was Vitacura, whose name means Big Rock. Along the Alonso de Cordova Avenue you'll find many art galleries, restaurants and cafes, in addition to the ECLAC, United Nations Headquarters and the ESO offices, the Bicentennial Park and the civic center of the Vitacura Town Hall. The Alonso de Cordova stop is located on the Alonso de Cordova Avenue across from #3107.

Bellas Artes:
The National Fine Arts Museum, one of Chile’s most important museums, has approximately 3000 pieces of art which include paintings, sculptures, and drawings and which extend from the colonial period up to present. This neoclassic building integrates Art Nouveau elements and was designed by Emilio Jecquier. It was built at the beginning of the 20th century along with other public buildings, parks, and monuments for the celebration of the Centennial Anniversary of Chile’s Independence. The museum is open to public Tuesdays through Sundays. From the Bellas Artes stop (Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes entrance) you'll be able to visit and explore buildings and places of interest which include the Forestal Park, the Santa Lucia hill, the Lastarria neighborhood, and the Municipal Theater.

Reviews

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E
, Apr 2018

Great tour of the city!

J
, Apr 2018

We can't rate this tour - the bus was an hour later than the scheduled time at our stop.

J
, Mar 2018

We were late for the 10:15am tour. But went on the 2:15pm one. The name of the bus company is nowhere to be found in Larcomar Shopping Center. The Information Center had not heard the To ur Company on the voucher. He called the contact number on the voucher, but was not correct. He said it was missing numbers.The Panoramic City Tour took us from Miraflores to Barrancos, San Isidro and the colonial part of the city. Traffic was horrendous. The city has 11,000.00 people. It seemed that everyone was out. The views were foggy. They claim is a natural phenomenon called La Nina. We believe is pollutWe visited the Plaza de Armas and looked at a few old colonial building that are both government offices and also privately owned. We visited the Monastery of the Franciscans and its Catacombs. Its still the home of Franciscans. Unfortunately, is in a state of disrepair. The library is abandoned. Precious religious books are going to be lost soon. No patrons are helping these priests to preserve anything.
Tour Guides were speaking English and Spanish only. There were no headsets, no circuit map of route. The bus was yellow and the name is Turibus. The bus is a bit tired. This is the worst Hop On Hop Off I have been on.

G
, Mar 2018

This is a wonderful way to see the sites. The buses were clean and inviting. The staff made certain you new where to get off and back on.
The commentary along the way was very informative.
For anyone with only a day to visit this city we would recommend the hop on hop off.

S
, Mar 2018

This is a great way to get your bearings in a new city. The service ran as promised, which is what you want. The rest is up to you.

J
, Mar 2018

We found the actual tour on the bus to be great. It gave us a really good idea of what Santiago offered and actually got quite close to so many sites of interest. I'm always amazed at how these drivers manage to drive through the narrow streets with all the pedestrians and traffic, but they really know what they're doing. We only had limited time until flight time so we decided just to ride the bus and not hop-off anywhere. disappointing as I would like to have got off and explored more of the city. We were told that to go all around would be two hours, yet it actually was longer than this due to traffic and stops. The guide on the bus was so good to keep track of us knowing we spoke only English. We did have some problem with finding the location at which to get the bracelet for the bus entrance. We went to Central Market, but didn't know that it was Mercado Central and that this market includes many different stalls/kiosks. With our very limited Spanish and the vendors in the market not knowing much English, we had a problem getting directions. We finally had an English speaking guide lead us to the Turistik location and we got our bracelet.

S
, Mar 2018

Excellent tour of the city. Each bus had a helpful guide to direct you at each stop. Would highly recommend for any first time visitors. Would be good to have had information in advance about the add-ons such as the Funicular and mountain cable car. These are well worth the visit providing fantastic views over the city. A visit to Costanera tower is also a must do.

R
, Mar 2018

A good overview of the city. Bus was clean and well maintained. Staff was friendly and helpful. Viator vouchers need to be exchanged for armbands at stop 1 but you can board at any stop to go get your armband. Only a few of the stops are marked with signage, which could be a problem if you don't plan ahead.

J
, Mar 2018

A useful way in which to get a good overview of the city. Be aware though that if you choose to do the whole circuit without a hop off, it runs for over two hours by which time the seats have become hard and uncomfortable. Water is also essential. Turistik office at Plaza De Armas was especially helpful in changing Viator voucher for ticket when I did not actually have the voucher with me. Saved me a walk back to my hotel to retrieve the voucher ... great service.

D
, Mar 2018

We always do the Hop on Hop Off bus on the first day of our travels. It’s a good way to get acquainted with the area. On this tour the speakers worked well and English was an option. We got off on one stop to see the San Cristobal Hill. Amazing.


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