We have taken the best parts of our Morning and Afternoon tours. We have mixed them round and shaken it up. Here is your ultimate city bike tour to discover the whole of Santiago in just one-fun packed day. Forget about trying to organize your daily itinerary because we got you covered! On this adventure ride you will find out about the culture behind the boho streets of Bellavista. Followed by the taste and colours of Santiago’s renowned food markets (all 3 of them). We will show you our favourite place to grab a classic Chilean meal. Once your food is fully digested we will hit the wonders of Santiago that puts the city in the history and travel books. We discuss important recent history about the Pinochet regime outside La Moneda. All this and still allowing time to see the main sites downtown and enjoying the parklife. Our tours are designed to be a cultural cruise without overbearing you with information, dates and irrelevant facts. You will not leave this tour with a headache, only a deep understanding of the city and the motivation to get out there and discover more for yourself.
Why take THIS tour, Why THIS tour with La Bicicleta Verde? Our Green Team has fine-tuned this tour since we started in 2008, always striving to make it better tomorrow than it was today. That is the commitment we make to you. This is one of our newest tours and we truly believe in it’s purpose and future success. This is a different way to see Santiago than looking from outside on a bus. We get deep into the nitty gritty and won’t miss a spot.
Who should NOT take this tour? We made a list of 7 people who are not welcome. #1 says: “People who want everything organized perfectly from day one to the final departure.” This tour visit markets and other public places, which means it can be chaotic. We bike through a capital city of 6 million people and traffic can slow us down. Expect the unexpected.’
- Price$65 USD
- AvailabilitySubject to availability, must book 24 hours in advance and await confirmation.
- Start/FinishLa Bicicleta Verde Base, Loreto 6
- Distance15 km
- DifficultyModerate. Be confident on the streets with your bike.
- ChildrenAvailable for children ages 2 and up
- Average Group Size6 travellers, an extra guide will come if there are more.
- What to BringOnly yourself and comfy clothes, no spandex required!
- InclusionsWater, helmet, sunscreen, bilingual guide and your green machine (bike)
- Not IncludedInsurance
Ever since 2009, Lonely Planet recommends this “two-wheel town tour with a cultural bend,“ and our local guru guide (the person with the knowledge, cycle skill sets and handsome looks) will get you informed, fitted and kitted upon arrival.
9:30am: we head to bohemian and graffiti-filled Barrio Bellavista. Weaving between cobbled streets and colorful murals. We make a pit stop at the house of famous Chilean poet and cultural icon, Pablo Neruda. There will be time to stop and enjoy the old-school architecture and appreciate your favorite street art.
10am: Next stop Patronato… Santiago’s Middle Eastern, Korean and Peruvian district. You’ll discover how these immigrants have integrated into Chilean culture and why they settled here during the days of the Ottoman empire, Korean War and the economic downfall of our northern neighbors.
10:30am: Zoom zoom zooooom... Along the north side of the Mapocho river to La Vega Central, Santiago’s largest fruit, vegetable and everything in-between market. Here you’ll park your noble steed and discover the market by foot, allowing more room to weave through the aisles of stalls! We maneuver south over the river about 2 blocks to fish around in the Mercado Central, Santiago's largest seafood market in the downtown area. Bring your camera because La Bicicleta Verde has been visiting both of these markets since 2008, so locals are happy to take pictures with us... and you.
12:45pm: We take a break for lunch and let you guys to your thing! We recommend out favourite eating spot around the office so you can eat some well earned Chilean cuisine before beginning the tour again.
2:30pm: We make our way to the Providencia neighborhood while on a casual cruise through the parks. No need to take down your kick stand as Balmaceda and Bustamante parks are smooth riding. Our wheels pause for some discussions of the surrounding area and to enjoy some green life. By this point, the tour group should have a friendly dog that attaches itself to the tour as lovely guardian. PS: You’ll find out just why you see SO MANY people kissing and hugging in Santiago parks.
Gabriela Mistral Cultural Centre
3:30pm: Time to work up some sweat and head into the city roads, cycling through cobbled streets and smooth cycle paths. You’ll understand why Santiago’s voted South America’s most ‘cycle friendly city.’ We will visit Plaza Italia and the new Gabriela Mistral Cultural (GAM) centre. The rad-looking GAM centre sits in the hip Lastarria/Santa Lucia Neighborhood. GAM’s astounding architectural design is worth lots of pics. The neighborhood has funky bars to come back and visit as well.
4:30pm: Together we will go-go-go see the Presidential Palace and discuss the 1973 military coup. Our guide will take you straight to the heart of Chilean civil society. They will discuss the history, architecture, and fascinating but sad stories. Fatema Mernissi was talking about this tour when she stated that “travel is about learning, about crossing boundaries and mastering the fear of strangers, about making the effort to understand other cultures and thereby empowering yourself.”
Back to the Bike Base
5:15pm: We will then head back to the bike base together. You can exchange pics, fill up your water bottle, and make use of our free wifi. Your green guru will hang around to chill and help with any questions you still have. We are here to the end to draw on your maps about places to go and help with other tour bookings... ride-on !! Not 100% sure you want to take a tour with us, see what other people are saying about us on tripadvisor