Escape the crowds of Santiago’s city life and explore the suburb of Pirque. Traditionally a quiet urban suburb set in the foothills of the Andes, Pirque has grown to offer a variety of rural attractions, including one of Chile’s oldest wineries. Shop for handicrafts and watch cultural performances at an artisan’s village. Hike, ride on horseback or enjoy picnics in a picturesque nature reserve.
One of the main highlights of Pirque is the Concha y Toro Winery, which opened in 1883. Join a guided tour of the vineyards and pick grapes direct from the vines. Visit century-old cellars and sample award-winning wines, including Casillero del Diablo. Enjoy a similar tour and wine tasting at Haras de Pirque. Marvel at the views of the picturesque Maipo Valley and snowy mountain peaks from the grounds of both wineries.
Visit the suburb in April for the Fiesta del Vino de Pirque (Pirque Wine Festival). Sample the wines of well-known Chilean bodegas, try regional cuisine and watch concerts by local bands and musicians.
Go to the Pueblo de Artesanos (Artisan’s Village) to browse stalls for ceramic, leather, silver and wood handicrafts. Enjoy free activities such as folk music performances and Chilean-style rodeo. The village opens on weekends and public holidays.
View a slice of history at the French-style palace Casona las Majadas de Pirque. Step inside to see the opulent rooms where Chilean television series and movies are often filmed.
Admire the natural beauty of Reserva Nacional Río Clarillo (Rio Clarillo National Reserve). Follow walking trails along a gentle river to lookout points and picnic spots. Alternatively, ride on horseback through the reserve’s woodland. Tours depart from tourist centers in Pirque.
The Pirque suburb lies south of Santiago’s city center, a 30-minute drive from Plaza de Armas. Pirque is easily accessible via public transportation. Take the metro to Plaza de Puente Alto stop, in the Puente Alto neighborhood, and then catch a public bus or take a taxi to the attractions.