Posted April 2nd, 2017, 09:13 PM
We will be flying into Santiago and wonder how many days we should stay there as well as Valparaiso. What tours did you do in Santiago and which ones in Val[araiso. Hubby wants to get into the Andes and I'd like a winery or two, sampling food and seeing some sites. There will be about 12 of us give or take 3 more. One woman has some mobility issues so walking distances is a problem.
We disembarked from a cruise in Valparaiso, later on to Santiago, over to Easter Island, back to Santiago for another day or so.
Santiago is a big city. People who live in Valparaiso go to Santiago when they want the Big City vibe and shopping . Valparaiso is a sea-side community. People from Santiago go to Valparaiso for long weekends and other time off. We spent 2-3 days in each city, we don't regret the time in Santiago, but the time in Valparaiso was tops.
No need for tours in and around Santiago, just get a subway map and guide book and go. You might want a guide in Valparaiso, a walking tour if you can manage, but at least a driving tour. Juan Victor Reyes of Perro Tours was excellent - he gave us a good day-long walking tour of Valparaiso, he pointed out the places to avoid on our free day, then later transferred us to Santiago with winery and gourmet lunch stops. Also arranged for our hotel-to-airport transfers. Good guy.