Amazing Portillo Inca Lagoon and San Esteban Vineyard

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4.7 Based on 6 Reviews
  • duration 9 hours
  • tour type Small group
  • minimum participants 2
  • age requirement 5-79 yrs
  • max group size 12
  • guiding method Fully guided
  • Tour Code BM-1834
  • Footprint Carbonneutral CO2 emissions resulting from all trips on Bookmundi will be offset via investments in carbon reduction projects.
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  • Starts Santiago, Chile
  • Ends Santiago, Chile
HIGHLIGHTS
  • Free hotel pickup and dropoff included
  • Andes mountain's most beautiful scenery
  • Get upclose to native wildlife in the Andes and visit a fantastic ski resort and vineyard
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
This tour will take us to the highest of the Andes by the international road to Argentina. The route gives us 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, alike the eyes of the princess.

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.

We go up the road curve called el Caracol, a road which few people have seen before, at an altitude of 2680 meters where we 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 a unforgettable we will also visit the San Esteban vineyard, the most important vineyard in the Aconcagua Valley. This vineyard shares the international success it has achieved through the Chilean wine industry. San Esteban vineyard offers tours of its facilities with wine experts who will tell us about the advantages and strong sides of their wines and tell us the history of the vineyard as we go through its different locations.

We look forward to giving you a splendid day in the Andes including a magnificent vineyard and ski resort.
WHAT'S INCLUDED
  • Hotel Pickup and Dropoff in Santiago
  • All Transportation
  • Professional Guide
  • Wine Tasting
WHAT'S EXCLUDED
  • Lunch
  • Optional gratuities
CUSTOMER REVIEWS
4.7 - Excellent
Based on 6 reviews
  • Lisa England
  • From USA
  • On Dec 22 2018
5 - Excellent
Excellent
Excellent
  • Anonymous
  • From Canada
  • On Oct 18 2018
3 - Average
Lots of time spent driving
This tour was a disappointment. Long drive and not much to do. There was a wine tour not unlike any other you would see anywhere else. The only thing included, as advertised, was wine tasting of 3 wines. The drive up to the... Read more
  • Susan Colyer
  • From Australia
  • On Dec 16 2017
5 - Excellent
Portillo Inca Lagoon & winery
Rodriguez was a friendly and knowledgeable tour guide. The driver was also excellent and even offered us all traditional Christmas cake. We particularly enjoyed the tour of the winery. The Portillo Inca Lagoon was beautiful to... Read more
  • Andrew Phillips
  • From Australia
  • On Jan 24 2017
5 - Excellent
This tour is not to be missed
My wife Laura and I had an amazing day touring Portillo and San Esteban Vineyards with Estela and Patricio! They picked us up right at our hotel and were extremely accommodating when we ended up having a special request. We also... Read more
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QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about this tour.
  • How many days do you need in Chile?

    We recommend, at the very least, a 2-weeks tour of Chile to explore the blue glaciers and emerald forests of Torres del Paine, the enticing landscapes of the Atacama desert, and similar must-see destinations. You will be left with enough time to add a few more delightful places like capital Santiago, Valparaiso, and one or two world-class vineyards. A three-week tour will allow you to linger longer in all your favorite places. But if you have only 5 to 7 days, it’s best to focus on Santiago, the nearby colorful towns, and the wine valleys. Add a few more days, and you can squeeze in Patagonia, Atacama, Easter Island, or the Osorno and Calbuco volcanoes. To get more details on how many days to spend in Chile, see here.

  • How many days should I allocate for a Chile trip?

    We recommend, at the very least, a 2-weeks tour of Chile to explore the blue glaciers and emerald forests of Torres del Paine, the enticing landscapes of the Atacama desert, and similar must-see destinations. You will be left with enough time to add a few more delightful places like capital Santiago, Valparaiso, and one or two world-class vineyards. A three-week tour will allow you to linger longer in all your favorite places. But if you have only 5 to 7 days, it’s best to focus on Santiago, the nearby colorful towns, and the wine valleys. Add a few more days, and you can squeeze in Patagonia, Atacama, Easter Island, or the Osorno and Calbuco volcanoes. To get more details on how many days to spend in Chile, see here.

  • Is Chile cheap for tourists?

    Chile is not the cheapest place to visit in South America. But the kind of trip you have in mind will determine your budget. Typically, most tourists like to hike in the Torres del Paine and explore the desert landscape of Atacama during a 10 to 15-day trip. It is possible to do a trekking-heavy trip on a budget of USD 90 to 100 per day per person. Basic accommodation and food costs are higher in Chile than in other South American countries. So be ready to spend at least USD 75 daily for a non-luxurious trip.

  • How good is the transportation system in Chile?

    Chile is well connected from north to south via flights and buses. But it’s trickier to travel from east to west, and south of Puerto Montt because of the unusual landscape comprising glaciers and mountains. Long-distance buses are the best way to go up and down the country. For travelling to remote areas, you can hire your own car. Trains are useful only in certain parts, like Central Chile. You can also consider low-cost airlines: they are sometimes cheaper than long-distance buses—if you don’t mind missing out on the scenery on the way.

  • How do you get around in Chile?

    Chile is well connected from north to south via flights and buses. But it’s trickier to travel from east to west, and south of Puerto Montt because of the unusual landscape comprising glaciers and mountains. Long-distance buses are the best way to go up and down the country. For travelling to remote areas, you can hire your own car. Trains are useful only in certain parts, like Central Chile. You can also consider low-cost airlines: they are sometimes cheaper than long-distance buses—if you don’t mind missing out on the scenery on the way.

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