Mar 2 – 6, 2015
America/Santiago timezone

Excursions

Excursions

The Agency “Tours for tips” will be in charge of three options for excursions, which are scheduled on Saturday, March 7.

The tours require a minimum of 10 people to do the tour. If for some reason we don’t reach the minimum passengers require will do refund 100% of the money. The booking system is through trekksoft a web platform that allows you to book a tour everywhere you are in the world, you have to click in the link located in the bottom part of the description of the tour and follow the instructions. Remember that to do this tour we require a minimum of 10 people, if by any chance Friday the 6th we have not reach 10 we are not going to do the tour, but will refund your money 100%. So please considered to make the reservation before that date. 

 

Casablanca (Wine Country) 

10:00 - 10:20 Meeting point in the bus stop

19:00 Back to the hotels

Casablanca valley is located 30 minutes away from Valparaíso and was recently named as one of the great wine capitals of the world. This wine country is known for it’s cold weather white wines, but also for having excellent Pinot and some reds. This is a new wine valley, it only has 30 years, but is already producing some of the best wines in Chile. We are going to visit Bodegas Re, this is a vineyard that belongs to a family with 8 generations of winemakers, the Morandé Family. Will visit the vines and also will observe the production of vinegar and homemade fruits liqueur. Will have a closed door lunch with paring of 4 wines in their underground cellars, all of this prepared by the Casablanca Chef Iván Parra. After this wonderful lunch will visit the town, an agricultural town that’s being turn into the Capital of wine culture in Chile. On our way back to Valparaíso we can pass by “El Nogal” a local chocolate factory to taste some artisanal sweets, such as, cuchufli, alfajores and manjar.

The tour includes:

- Bilingual guide

- Transportation from a bus stop next to your hotel to Casablanca and back

- Tour to Bodegas Re

- Close door lunch in four times. 

Price per person $110 USD

To make a reservation click here Tour Casablanca

 

Coast tour

10:00 - 10:20 Meeting point in the bus stop

19:00 Back to the hotels

The sister city of Valparaíso is Viña del Mar. From the meeting point will ride a van in direction north, along the coast and looking at the pacific ocean. Will arrive to Viña del Mar, a resort city framed by the flower clock. Will stop briefly to talk about the origins of the city, once divided for Marga-Marga creek. This city develops also was influenced by immigrants in particular a Portuguese businessman called Mr. Alvarez.  Will cruise across the coast to the “Casino” a iconic building of this city and talk a bit more about the contrast in this city. Will get on the van to head to Reñaca, another resort town, this city is a favorite for Chileans and Argentinians to come in summer time, that want to rest and relax by the ocean. After this quick pause will head to Concón, a place of unique geography, Aconcagua Rivers meets the ocean in Con-con, and you can find sand dunes and great seafood. This town is known as the gastronomy capital of Chile, famous in particular for the empanadas. Will do a lunch break, that can be either eating in a local restaurant or make a picnic in the beach. Our final destination is Cachagua, another beach town, from where it is possible in certain time of the year to spot penguins. They along with other species live in an small island called “Islote Cachagua” Due to preservations of animals laws it is impossible to go there, but from the beach it is possible to see them, with proper binoculars. After this will head back to Santa María University. 

The tour includes:

- Bilingual guides 

- Transportation from a bus stop next to your hotel to Cachagua and back

- Snack

- Lunch not included

Price per person $75 USD

To make a reservation click here Coast tour

 

Colorful Valparaiso

All days

From 10 am to 3 pm

This our leaves from Plaza Sotomayor, Valparaiso's main square everyday at 10am and 3pm. Our meeting point can be found right here on Google Maps. All you have to do is find your guide who is dressed in a red and white striped t-shirt like "Wally" from the childrens book "Where’s Wally." The tour is about 3 hours and it includes local transportation, plus many fantastic surprises. The idea is that you decide how much the tour is worth, at the end if you liked it you can give us a big tip, if you don't you are not forced to give us anything. Just as an example the average tip we receive goes from 10 usd to 20 usd, but one more time if you don't feel the tour is worth anything, you can give us nothing.

The tour starts in Plaza Sotomayor, one of the main Plazas here in the city, we walk to the port the main economic engine of the city and then we go up the hills to talk about how people lives in Valparaíso. Will discover the neighborhoods, the art, the we walk down the hill to take a trolley bus, and submerge into the port neighborhood, to end in a location where we can give more information about activities, restaurants and other places to visit. 

To make a reservation click here: Valparaiso by walk