Portillo Inca Lagoon at The Andes Mountains and San Esteban Vineyard from Santiago

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Portillo Inca Lagoon at The Andes Mountains and San Esteban Vineyard from Santiago
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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.
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In Brief

Location:
Santiago, Chile
Country:
Chile
Duration:
9 hours
Operates:
Daily
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
Overview
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Itinerary
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Stop At: Monument to the Victory of Chacabuco, Chile 8, Batuco, Lampa, Región Metropolitana, Chile

Battlefield where the liberating army of the Andes fought against the Spanish army that defined the future of the independence of Chile.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Los Andes Chile

You will see the Monte Aconcagua the highest mountain in america from a viewpoint where is possible take awesome pictures (If is not cloudy).


Duration: 15 minutes

Pass By: Distribuidora Aconcagua, Chacabuco 40, San Felipe, Región de Valparaíso, Chile

You will see the Aconcagua valley with different types of agriculture in the sector as avocados, grapes, walnuts, peaches and much more in this fertile valley.

Stop At: Parque Arqueológico Paidahuen, E-743, San Esteban, Región de Valparaíso, Chile

This park is located is a hill in the middle of San Esteban Vineyard that have the important archaeological park in which you will explore walking trails and find its various petroglyphs which belong to the Aconcagua culture that was part of what was probably the most important Inca settlement in Chile also you will see along its trail flora, fauna and spectacular views of the Andes in the background from the top.

In the end of the trail you will have a wine tasting of the prestigious vineyard that produces ''Wines of height''

Duration: 50 minutes

Stop At: Vina San Esteban, Avenida La Florida 2220 San Esteban, Los Andes 2100000 Chile

You will have a wine tasting that can be made either in the park facilities or in the vineyards.

Thise prestigious vineyard that produces ''Wines of height'' as they call them by their geography next to the high mountains of the Andes. Also you can buy wine with convenient prices and souvenirs from they store.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Comunicaciones Salto del Soldado Limitad, Chacabuco 281, Los Andes, Región de Valparaíso, Chile

You will see the impressive viewpoint of the rock formation that tells the legend of a bave patriot soldier.

Duration: 15 minutes

Pass By: Río Blanco National Reserve, Los Andes, Región de Valparaíso, Chile

You will drive along the river with beautiful Andinean views and see the old railway of the trasandian trail which used to connect Chile and Argentina but today is only possible to see it's ruins.

Stop At: Ventisquero Guardia Vieja, Los Andes, Región de Valparaíso, Chile

This place is an Andean refuge in case of storms, it is the perfect place to rest and snack an Empanada that will be provided as soon the restaurant has available. Also you can see Llamas by the restaurant.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Los Caracoles, Ruta 60 660, Los Andes, Región de Valparaíso, Chile

This road is like few in the world with 29 curves that can be possible to stop in a perfect spot for photographs of the curves and the mountains.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Laguna del Inca, Portillo 2100000 Chile

In this place we'll stop to explore the surroundings of this beautiful Andean lagoon that is located at almost 2,900 meters. Your tour guide will explain the legend which gives the lagoons name and give you interesting details of the Andes.

(Summer season Oct - Jun): The access to the edge of the lagoon it's open)

(Winter season Jul - Sep): The access to the edge of the lagoon it's close due risk of accidents but its possible to see all the spectacular views of the lagoon and the snowy mountain by a viewpoint located in front of the lagoon.

Duration: 40 minutes

Stop At: Ski Portillo Chile, Ruta 60 420, Los Andes, San Esteban, Región de Valparaíso, Chile

This is the oldest ski resort in south america which started the practice of sports in the Andes. It have many records and keeps the history of many events and celebrities who went through their installations. Here is possible to snack or lunch in front of the lagoon.

Duration: 40 minutes

Inclusions

  • Local taxes
  • Driver/guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Wine Tasting
  • Empanada snack
  • Paidahuen park ticket
  • Entry/Admission - Parque Arqueológico Paidahuen
  • Entry/Admission - Vina San Esteban

Exclusions

  • Gratuities
  • Lunch

Departure Time

8:00 AM

Departure Point

1: Santiago, Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
2: Providencia, Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
3: Las Condes, Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
4: Vitacura, Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
5: Recoleta, Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
6: Santiago, Estación Central, Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
7: Airport Comodoro Arturo Merino Benitez, Aeropuerto SCL, Pudahuel, Región Metropolitana, Chile

Traveler pickup is offered
 Pick up Hotels or AirB&B are available on this areas:
* Santiago Downtown.
* Providencia.
* Las Condes (Hotels district).
* Vitacura (Hotels district).
* Recoleta.
* For airport Hotels you may request the agency for the availability.
* If your hotel is not in the available areas we'll provide the nearest meeting point from your location.

Returns To

Returns to original departure point

Additional Information

  • 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
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund

Booking Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation Terms

This trip is fully refundable up to 96 hours prior to the commencement of your trip.

Booking Terms and Conditions

When you book this trip, you need to read and accept the terms and conditions for booking our day trips in excursions.

Hotel Pickup

When you book, we will ask you to select a hotel to be picked up from. Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you a confirmation voucher with full contact information (phone number, email address) for our local operator in case you need to update or change your hotel pick-up details.

Here are answers to some commonly asked questions about hotel pickup:

What if my hotel is not listed?
That's okay. When you book you can select an hotel from our list and make your way there on the day of departure; or you can contact our local operator directly to make alternate pick-up arrangements.

What if I have not yet booked a hotel?
Once your hotel arrangements are finalised, you can contact our local operator directly with your hotel details.

What if I live locally, am staying with friends or relatives, and/or don't require pick-up?
Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you complete details and directions to the tour/activity departure point.

Scoring an average traveller rating of 4.96 out of 5 based on the last 24 recent reviews

Fransisca the quide was a friendly young woman, her english was perfect. Wine tasting with a snack at a beautifull location and a spectacular vieuw at the lagoon. The driver and the quide were a good team.
• Submitted 08 Apr 2019
Excellent tour, well managed with a great informative guide. Highly recommended with the lake being a highlight
• Submitted 28 Mar 2019
Loved this tour the scenery and nature was just what I wanted to see The photo opportunities were excellent and we had fabulous weather Loved the the drinks and snacks
• Submitted 24 Dec 2018
Beautiful scenery. Well knowable experienced travel guide made the day
• Submitted 08 May 2018
A nice tour. Part of the fun is getting there on the road through the Andes with 29 switchbacks. The winery tour is one of the better ones in the area.
• Submitted 19 Apr 2018
It was a great time. Lunch at Portillo hotel was excellent. San Esteban vineyard was fun and the wines were great. The guide was great.
• Submitted 02 Apr 2018
Our tour guide was Chris and he did a really great job. He picked the two of us up at our hotel at 9 am and he already had five other tourists. The minivan was big enough to hold all of us comfortably. The vineyard was interesting and the guide was very relaxed as he gave us a thorough tour. We then had a wine tasting of their fine product. We then continued up the side of the Andes until we were about a mile from the Argentina border. There, there was a self-paid lunch followed by the descent to Santiago. We arrived back at our hotel at about 5 pm. A very pleasant day that showed us a lot about Chile.
• Submitted 01 Apr 2018
Excellent tour! Guide was very knowledgeable and professional.
• Submitted 18 Mar 2018
Perfect adventure. Angelina and Rodrigo promptly picked me up at my hotel. There's was a very nice group of people in the van for the experience. While Rodrigo expertly drove, Angelina gave a lay of the land, how the climate is perfect for grapes and many fruits and vegetables. Angelina also pointed out an old rail line that use to go Portillo. Before I knew it, we pulled into San Esteban Vineyard and were met by delightful Rosalina for her mini wine tour. Back in the van and the switchback road to Portillo. Too cool! I had a nice choice of luncheon options at reasonable prices in the Chalet overlooking the deep blue Lagoon. The altitude and thin air had me huffing and puffing a little. Hats off to these two.
• Submitted 28 Feb 2018
Excellent tour and highly recommend Chris our tour guide who is well informed, friendly and took good care of us :
• Submitted 18 Feb 2018
We had a great day with Christian. He was more than accommodating to us for pictures and sightseeing. Even found us an unscheduled restroom break. The tour of the winery when it was cooler in the morning was perfect. The road trip up to the Lagoon was picturesque and unforgettable. I would highly recommend this tour.
• Submitted 03 Feb 2018
Wow, I would highly recommend this tour! The view in Portillo will take your breath away! Our guide Chis was very informative and he kept us laughing. We really enjoyed the wine tour as well.
• Submitted 03 Jan 2018
It was an awesome trip. Great guide, who was very helpful. The only downside is the food at the restaurant at the Portillo Lagoon is really overcooked and not worth it. An alternate eating place would be great. Thanks.
• Submitted 18 Dec 2017
This was a fantastic tour ! We would highly recommend it to anyone. Great guide, great wine, great views, careful driving... We had a really nice day and would definitely do it again.
• Submitted 18 Dec 2017
This was the end of a holiday cruise through the Panama Canal, visiting Ecuador, Peru and Chile. Having travelled so far from the UK nothing less than a trip into the Andes was appropriate. The San Esteban Vineyard in the foothills of the Andes was an extensive area of grape cultivation producing several high quality wines where a guided tour was informative and wine tasting delightful. The Portillo Inca Lagoon provided us with an amazing insight to this mountain range and at 3000m the sun was still warm. Some more adventurous members of the party swam in the near freezing lake! The ski resort hotel provided us with an excellent lunch not included in the tour. An adventure enjoyed by a group of 12 people, 4 from the cruise ship and 8 individuals who were 'travelling the world' some of whom were students and others running their business's via the 'net'. Stamps tours provided a full day 11 hours of travel on this trip with Waldo, our driver and Hector our guide. Thank you Stamps.
• Submitted 17 Dec 2017
This was a great day driving up into the Andes!! We stopped at a vineyard and we were given an interesting tour with delicious wine samplings. The drive was incredible with 27 switchbacks on the drive up. We had a great view during lunch at the ski resort. Chris was an interesting guide to talk with.
• Submitted 29 Sep 2017
We wanted an experience in the Andes and Emanuel provided a very personal tour. Even though the winery stop was at 10 in the morning the hostess was wonderful and allowed us to walk through the vineyard with the high mountains all around. The drive up the mountains was impressive, especially the 30 curves. Saw a condor which not expecting. The Portillo resort was opening for ski season so we saw these steep ski runs -- in an amazing mountain setting. Food was excellent. Yes this is a lot of driving -- but it gave us the experience we anticipated. Emanuel -- keep up the good work.
• Submitted 27 Jun 2017
As an avid traveler, I've been on my fair share of tours around the world, but none of them have compared to our amazing excursion to the Portillo Lagoon and the San Esteban Vineyard. Asides from enjoying the breathtaking views of snow capped mountains, Chile's natural wonders and the man made wonders, we learned everything about the wine making process on our vineyard tour. Our experience was made even better by our tour guide, Julio. He was very engaging, accommodating and had the most hilarious sense of humor. In addition to having a wonderful personality, Julio was very informative. Throughout our trip, he made a point of sharing his infinite wisdom about Chile's history, culture and the people with us. I would highly recommend this tour to everyone and would also recommend that you ask for Julio, as your guide.
• Submitted 09 Jun 2017
Portillo is a must see place in Chile! We had a magical experience as we saw sunshine to snow on this tour. Throughly enjoyed the views of waterfalls and condors on the way to Portillo. The lagoon is stunning with clear blue/green water. San Esteban vineyard is beautiful with views of the Andes. We also got to see the Incan petroglyphs. We had an absolutely wonderful time with Vanessa our tour guide. She was very funny!! Thank you for looking after us Vanessa. hola hola!!! Thanks Stamps tours!!
• Submitted 18 Oct 2016
The best trip I did on Chile. Stamp's Tour guides are very well prepared, know a lot of the history and details of places being visited. It was an amazing experience. The place is astonishing, and deserves the visit.
• Submitted 13 Jul 2016
Atenção especial da parte do guia Patrício da Stamp's Turismo. Lugar de paisagens impressionantes e exuberantes. A viagem também reserva paisagens incríveis. Porém, a estação de ski é pra quem adora esquiar e quer só fazer isso o dia todo. Não há opções de outras atividades. Hotel antigo mas aconche
• Submitted 08 Jul 2016
We thoroughly enjoyed our guide and driver, as well as the beautiful Andes, winery, Portillo Ski Lodge and the beautiful lagoon!! It was the highlight of our stay in Santiago. We went on to cruise around South America, across the Pacific to the Mediterranean and Adriatic Seas, but our memories of this day tour in Santiago are some of the most enjoyable!
• Submitted 26 May 2016
We had a wonderful time visiting Portillo and the Inca Lagoon, then having a wine tasting at the Errazuiz Winery. Our guide, Emmanuel from Stamps Tours, was excellent - very informative, and nothing was too much trouble for him. We were the only people on this tour and learned so much about Chile. Emmanuel's English was great which helped as our Spanish was negligible.
• Submitted 16 Mar 2016
This tour was good value. The guide/driver Gabriel was knowledgeable and friendly. The hike to the petroglyphs park was interesting, the picnic lunch better than an expensive restaurant. The Portillo ski resort very scenic. Driving home through Santiago traffic is a pain, but not much worse than Melbourne.’
• Submitted 14 Oct 2019

In Brief

Location:
Santiago, Chile
Country:
Chile
Duration:
9 hours
Operates:
Daily
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