Steer your way through the graffiti-filled walls of bohemian Bellavista, pausing to chat inside our immigrant neighborhoods that are vibrant and lively with Korean, Middle Eastern and Peruvian descendants. Next you will pedal with us off the beaten path of most tourists through a few of South America’s most renowned markets, taking in an abundance of fruits, vegetables and native seafood as you interact with Chileans, caught in the daily hustle, as day breaks over their capital city. You’ll be in the center of the action to witness bartering and bantering and accompanied by all the tastes and smells of the expansive markets. Bring your camera because few tourists stumble upon these yet to-be-discovered treasures. By the end of the tour you’ll have a brand new understanding of Chilean culture and history in the capital city – and know a darn good place to find your next meal!
Only here for the afternoon? More interested in political history? Try the afternoon tour.
Why take THIS tour, Why THIS tour with La Bicicleta Verde? Our Green Team has fine tuned this tour since we started in 2008 and we commit to making it better every day. We are sure you’ll discover STGO hidden gems that you’d never experience inside a tour bus. Our tours are up-close and personal, not to mention bilingual (Spanish and English), so you won’t have a problem understanding your guide and learning some local slang. In the words of a TripAdvisor fan, La Bicicleta Verde tours are “far from the conventional boring tours with ‘Wikipedia-like’ information” (gmeschmidt, Florianopolis). If you are not convinced, check out our rave reviews on TripAdvisor.
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.
- Start Time9:30
- Price$36USD (Prefer private?)
- Duration3 hours (Prefer Full Day Tour?)
- AvailabilityEvery SINGLE day! - (Solo travelers welcome!)
- Start/FinishLa Bicicleta Verde Base, Loreto 6
- Distance7 km
- DifficultyRelaxed. But be confident on the streets with your bike.
- ChildrenAvailable for children ages 2 and up
- Average Group Size6 travelers, 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 includedPick-up, insurance
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 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 two 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.
12:00: Hop back on your bikes to head through the picturesque Parque Forestal, one of our favorite pieces of the 14 kilometer long riverside park that runs through our capital city.
12:15pm: Ok maybe you’re a bit tired now. Head back to the La Bicicleta Verde base. Fill up your water, have use of our wifi, and your guide will hang around and help out with any questions. We're happy to dish out our local knowledge if you need any recommendations! In a word, we want you to love Santiago like we do and have a great time doing it! The “local life and markets tour is ridiculously fun” - (Techknowgirl, New York.) Don’t believe us? Check us out on TripAdvisor!
- gmeschmidt: La Bicicleta Verde was one of the best experiences we had in Santiago and certainly is the best way to get to know the city
- MarkW74: What a great way to tour Santiago! This was a great way to get your bearings and compare the guidebook "must see" sights...
- Kiana V.: You could tell their guides aren't doing this for the money but because they truly love the culture they're representing...