Join us as we head out into the hustle and bustle of downtown Santiago, where we will unveil the city’s most renowned and defining sights. You’ll enjoy an engaging adventure through our sprawling green parks before diving into significant locations relating to the painful and enduring political history surrounding General Pinochet’s notorious 1973 military coup. This tour provides you with fresh knowledge and unforgettable memories of Santiago.
Want a tour into the daily life of a Santiaguino? Try the Markets and Local Life tour we lead every morning.
Why take THIS tour, Why THIS tour with La Bicicleta Verde? Santiago struggles with pollution, so we rely on biking as a green and efficient way to enjoy the city. Ever since 2008, La Bicicleta Verde team has been crafting the perfect cocktail of politics, landmarks and green areas for this tour. Our goal is to see sites unreachable by bus, share our personal experience of Chile’s culture and history with you, and teach you a bit of our notorious Chilean slang. We refuse to be the ‘Same Tour, Different City’ company. Our aim to make sure you opt for bike tours everywhere you go. Our guides are bilingual and do not deliver generic, scripted tours. All guide applicants have to explain why they LOVE Santiago… if they can’t, we won’t interview them! If you’re still not convinced by this tour that’s ok, we got maaaad references. Check us out on TripAdvisor.
Who should NOT take this tour? We made a list of 7 people who are not welcome. #5 says: “people who do not like dogs, tattoos, the color green or gay people because you will definitely hate what we do.” This tour tends to have 1-2 friendly stray dogs that follow the route. We talk about politics, social movements, and we can’t change the color of our bikes for this afternoon delight.
- Start Time2:30
- Price$36USD (Prefer private?)
- Duration3 hours (Prefer Full Day Tour?)
- AvailabilityEvery SINGLE day! - (Solo travelers welcome)
- Start/FinishLa Bicicleta Verde Base - Loreto 6!
- Distance8-9 km
- DifficultyRelaxed. 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, tips, insurance
Ever since 2009 when Rolling Stone Magazine wrote about our city tours, our green team guides have been hard at work to continue to provide the best tours in Santiago!
2:30pm Once everyone is kitted up, it’s GO TIME! We pedal through the grand Providencia neighborhood while on a casual cruise. 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 The training wheels come off and it's time to head onto the 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 historical GAM centre sits in the hip Lastarria/Santa Lucia Neighborhoods. 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 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!
- SimonVG: We thoroughly enjoyed the Parks and Politics tour which gave us a good physical sense of the centre of the city...
- Sperlin: It is a relaxing, fun and easy way to get the ‘scoop’ on the city and Chilean culture...
- Tuukka L.: This was the most interesting way of learning history I've ever encountered