Portillo Inca Lagoon At The Andes Mountains And San Esteban Vineyard From Santiago

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 9 Hrs
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    8:00 AM Hotel pickups commence prior to this time, you must contact the local service provider to verify your exact pickup time.
  • Departure Details :
    1: Santiago, Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
    2: Providencia, Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
    3: Las Condes, Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
    4: Vitacura, Santiago Metropolitan Regi.. read more
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

Overview

This tour will take you to the highest of the Andes by the international road to Argentina. The route gives a postcard view of the most imposing and beautiful mountains, including one of the most beautiful lagoons in the Andes mountains. The lagoon has an intense emerald green color and transparency that reflects the vastness of the surrounding mountains. It tells the sad story of a beautiful Inca princess who, when she died, her husband deposited the body of his beloved in the bed of the lagoon, turning the color of the waters to emerald green, like the eyes of the princess.

Highlights

  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
  • Flexibility to customize your itinerary to your own preferences
  • Small group ensures personal service
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide

Know More about this tour

Aside from stunning mountain scenery on this tour, you will also be able to see ruins of the Inca empire, where llama caravans stopped to rest after a long travel for the Inca Trail. You will also get to observe the ruins of an intricate route of the Transandino railway winding between tunnels and through steep cliffs.

You will go up the road curve called el Caracol, a road which few people have seen before, at an altitude of almost 8800 feet (2680 m), where you find the Hotel Portillo and ski resort. This historical hotel has received several visits by important political figures around the world, world champions, artists and others. With over 100 years of operation, it is the oldest winter resort in South America.

To make this tour unforgettable, you will also visit the San Esteban vineyard, one of most traditional vineyards in the Aconcagua Valley. This vineyard shares the international success it has achieved through the Chilean wine industry. The San Esteban vineyard offers tours of its facilities with wine experts who will tell about the advantages and strong sides of their wines and tell us the history of the vineyard as you go through its different locations.

Enjoy a splendid day in the Andes including a magnificent vineyard and ski resort.

Inclusions

Local taxes

Driver/guide

Hotel pickup and drop-off

San Esteban Wine Tour and Tasting

Exclusions

Gratuities

Lunch

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Minimum numbers apply (2 people) . There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund

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  • 06-Mar-2020

    We enjoyed the close up view of the Andes and stop at the petroglyphs park. We gave this three stars because of the timing....the Portillo ski resort was the main reason we signed up and without any snow and high heat the views were a bit lackluster and not what was pictured. We probably should have realized that seeing it was March. The guide and driver were very friendly and informative and it’s definitely a sedentary tour with a lot of time spent on the bus.

  • 04-Mar-2020

    The driver and the guide were great! That’s about where it ends. There were 2 stops basically. The first stop is where you go to taste the wine and eat empanadas. But also to hike up a small hill to see some symbols carved into rocks. The next stop is the lake. But it doesn’t look like the picture you see in the description. At least not in the summer. I imagine it looks like that during the winter, but who knows. I took this tour because I’m not particularly interested in a wine tour, but it still took half of the trip.

  • 27-Feb-2020

    The visit to the vineyard to buy wine for the picnic obviously tempted us to buy extra to take home. From there we went to a hill with 500 year old stone carvings on it. It was a long climb upwards up a rock strewn rough path in the heat, not for the faint hearted or infirm, but the views were lovely at the top, the carvings a bit faint and not overly inspiring, to be hones would have been happy to sit at the bottom of the hill and look at a book of them, but perhaps that's just me. Our guide did say he thought they would be better displayed in a museum!

    But after that the day was magical. We had a 'snack' in the shade at the bottom of the hill of a hot empanada and wine tastings. We then piled back into the minibus and climbed up into the Andes to Portillo, where we were shown into a lovely restaurant overlooking the stunning lake, so that we could order lunch (not included in the price) The lake and the mountains were an amazing view, cameras very much at the ready. This is a ski resort where international athletes come to train, and with snow on the mountains would be even better.

    The return to the hotel was interrupted by a disturbance in the centre, but the driver just found another route and got us all back safely.

  • 27-Feb-2020

    A great day trip with a wonderful guide and driver. Michael and Jimmy were excellent. The scenery and views from the Andes were amazing. Winery stop was also really great with wine and warm home made empanadas under some shady trees looking over the vineyard. Excellent trip with hotel pick up and drop off included

  • 11-Feb-2020

    Was a lovely visit through the countryside and into the mountains. Wine tasting and snack was excellent. Drive up to Portillo was spectacular and lunch there was excellent and reasonably priced. Guide and driver were friendly and helpful.

  • 06-Feb-2020

    Excellent overview of countryside near Santiago. Lots to see in Valle de Aconcagua and the drive to Portillo and Laguna Del Inca was outstanding! Alexis, our guide, was informative and funny. Hector, the driver, did great on the 31 switchbacks up and down the mountain. Worth doing.

  • 06-Jan-2020

    Amazing tour full of surprises - including petrogliphics and a concert by our flutist guide. Great introduction to the variety of beautiful Chile.

  • 06-Jan-2020

    The tour guide was fantastic and very knowledgeable about wine, and the drive up into the Andes was stunning. I took one point off for the minivan which although modern and air-conditioned was very claustrophobic.

  • 16-Dec-2019

    This was a very enjoyable day trip to see the Andes mountain range from Santiago. The guide was excellent and the driver kept us very safe on the winding road up to the Portillo resort. The focus on wines is not my thing as I dont drink wine but all the tours seem to incorporate a winery. Would have preferred to spend the time doing other sightseeing. Apart from this aspect it is still worth the travel to the Andes to see the stunning scenery.

  • 03-Dec-2019

    The guide Hector and the driver Jorje were both excellent and the views of the Inca Lagoon wre certainly spectacular but we booked it under the assumption that we were also doing a Winery/Vineyard tour and tasting and that didnt really happen. Though we did got to the Esteban Vineyard we did not really "visit " as we were ther only about 15 minutes. If we wanted to buy wine we had to do it BEFORE we did the tasting which was just three bottles we had with lunch. There was no "tour of the Vineyard" as stated int the description and no info about Chilean wine or wine making as we had hoped. Instead we did a more than moderate hike up the mountain to some petroglyphs which tho interesting were a little underwhelming for the effort it took to get to them. Also spent way more time in the bus than at any destination. Again, beautiful scenery but because we were expecting more on the wine side we found it disappointing overall

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