Meet a private guide for 8am departure from your Santiago accommodations: pickup is available in Providencia, Las Condes, Vitacura, or Santiago Centro. Begin the 1.5-hour trip to the coast in an air-conditioned minivan, following the Carretera del Sol, or “Highway of the Sun,” to Isla Negra, the former home of Chilean poet Pablo Neruda.
You’ll have 1.5 hours to explore the maritime-themed house, which Neruda built to look like a ship, then stocked with sea shells, ships in bottles, and other memorabilia from the sea. Continue along the coast to explore a few beach-side vacation spots like El Tabo, El Quisco, and Canelo—your guide can help design the itinerary so you have plenty of time to see the places that interest you most. Head to the resort town of Algarrobo to find San Alfonso del Mar (which is home to a record-breaking swimming pool).
Visit the small community of Pomaire for a classic Chilean lunch (own expense), then follow your guide on a walking tour of the town’s pottery studios and workshops, with time to shop for handmade souvenirs. This 8-hour tour concludes with drop-off at the original departure point at roughly 4pm.