Portillo, Laguna del Inca, San Esteban Vineyard from Santiago

Day Trips & Excursions in Chile

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from$140
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Tour description provided by Viator

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.
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.

What’s included

  • Local taxes
  • Driver/guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Small-group tour
  • San Esteban Wine Tour and Tasting

What’s not included

  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Lunch

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
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