During this 3 hour walking tour we will explore the historical, geographical and cultural landscape of Santiago center through an alternative lens of the working class, the underprivileged, the immigrants, the bohemians and the hipsters. We will meet on the stairs at the entrance of Santa Lucia hill where we will discuss its history before moving on to the next stop. (The hill itself is not part of our tour). We will then walk to Plaza de Armas, stopping as I tell you the story of one of the most important streets in the center, explain the history behind the infamous cafes, and mention Chile's most fascinating cultural artifacts. After Plaza de Armas we will start our journey across the river, to the "other" side of the city. Here I will show you a very popular working class restaurant, an important church with a mysterious saint, and the Santiago's oldest immigrant neighborhood. Finally, we will walk down a graffiti adorned street to get to our final stop in front of one of the newest hipster bar/restaurant complexes in town.
Hi, I'm Kat, and beautiful Santiago is my chosen home. I'm lucky to have been able to travel extensively due to my own initiative as well as my past work as a flight attendant. In all my travels I have sought to get a deeper understanding of my surroundings. I believe that one of the best ways to do so is by exploring, not only the major sites, but also the alternative routes...the sometimes-not-so-picture-perfect underbellies that provide the most invaluable insight into the heart and soul of a city. As a culture and travel writer for Chile Today, an independent English language newspaper, I have learned a lot about Santiago, and as a long-time teacher I am passionate about sharing this information with visitors who may otherwise overlook some of the most fascinating parts of the city center. Don't miss out - come walk with me!
A chilled bottle of water provided at the start of the tour.
On this tour you will visit not only the well-known parts of Santiago center, but also the parts that tourists (and even some locals) rarely venture into. We will start at Santa Lucia Hill and make our way to Plaza de Armas before crossing the Mapocho river into Recoleta. At every stop you will learn interesting anecdotes and historical facts that will help you understand Santiago.