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.
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.
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.
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.