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Santiago, invisible city, on a bike.

bike ride

Santiago, invisible city, on a bike.

Duration
7 hours
Group size
Up to 2 people
Includes
Food, Equipment
Hosted in
English
bike ride

Santiago, invisible city, on a bike.

bike ride

Santiago, invisible city, on a bike.

Duration
7 hours
Group size
Up to 2 people
Includes
Food, Equipment
Hosted in
English

What you'll do

Santiago's been built within several boundaries. Although those boundaries have moved over the centuries, they remain nonetheless invisible, latent. We'll explore them in order to understand the city as a living organism. We'll start with a walk through the curious Yungay neighborhood, which is both alive and ruined, and retains some flavor of the 19th century Santiago. After that we'll pick our bikes and ride to three different sections of the city: North, West and South. The tour is split into two journeys, 3-4 hours and 15 kilometers each. We'll cross old industrial sectors, social housing from the welfare-state era, street markets, and marketplaces. We'll take traffic streets mostly, so being experienced with dealing with motorized traffic is a plus. No two tours are the same, as we'll stop by and chat because there's no script, just conversation: that's why we'll only be three people. We'll make a last stop to eat and refresh ourselves, and then we'll head back to Yungay to park the bikes back. Finally, I'll walk you to a metro station.

Your host

Learn more about Felipe

Felipe

As a writer I've been doing research on Santiago's history for the last 15 years, and I also keep a small library of 3000 items on the subject. I've been an Airbnb host for 3 years, and I take most guests for a walk so they get familiar with the city and know where its real life resides: the reception's been good so far. At this moment I'm developing an augmented reality app for a travel agency: it helps busy travelers to see the streets through the centuries without stepping out of a vehicle. Since I want to expand the area of our walks, now I can offer my guests bike rides.

What's included

Food
Snack at end of tour
Equipment
Bike, helmet U-lock

Where you'll be

We'll walk the old, mysterious streets of Yungay, full of curious architecture, ruins and street art, and then we'll ride our bikes through and around Santiago's ancient limits. In particular we'll get exclusive access to the above-ground corridors of Villa Portales, a futuristic example of brutalist social architecture from the 1950s. We'll understand the city's hows and whys, and we'll discover the hidden city you'll never see on postcards.

Things to keep in mind

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Communication policy

Always communicate through Airbnb. To protect your payment, never transfer money or communicate outside the Airbnb website or app.

Guest requirements

Up to 2 guests ages 18 and up can attend. Being experienced with biking through town. Being prepared for sunny weather between November and April. Not being in a hurry.

More tips

We'll bike through motorised traffic and some bike paths. As the tour is longish (8 h), we can split it over two sessions.

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Felipe
Santiago, invisible city, on a bike.
New experience
£31/person
New experience
£31/person