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Turistik is a Chilean tourism company, most commonly known for bringing the “Hop On, Hop Off” phenomenon to Santiago. Fast-track city tours and ready-made sightseeing trips may not be the most romantic way to see a city, but if you have limited time, rest assured that you will see it. Turistik operates out of Santiago and along with the city-comprehensive bus tours, also offers attraction ideas, stand-alone tours and transfers.

Turistik Santiago

Hop-On, Hop-Off

Tickets are valid between 9:30am and 6pm, for one day. Buses pass each stop about every half-hour (according to the site). An online discount is available – $17,100 CLP (otherwise it’s around $19,000 CLP if you buy from a kiosk or store). Visit here for a map of the route and information on how and where to buy tickets, or look around for the bright red logo. You won’t have to go too far.

 

Tours

Turistik offers a bunch of tours  – mainly wineries and restaurants in and around the wineries. Taking a organised wine tour is an excellent idea – someone else does all the driving. Since March last year, Chile law now demands a blood alcohol limit of 0.03 for drivers, which means you can’t legally have even one drink and then drive (they’re calling it “Tolerance 0”). This rules out hiring a car and doing it yourself, unless you have a very generous, very dedicated Designated Driver.

 

Transfers

Turistik will transfer you to and from, Santiago and: Santa Cruz, Viña del Mar, cruiseship terminals in Valparaíso and Viña del Mar, and the Santiago airport. Note that Turistik is only one of many companies to offer these transfers – ask at your accommodation or research online for more options.