Private Andes Tour: Portillo, Inca Lagoon and Wine Tasting
Pick-up includedPick up available anywhere in Santiago
- Take a 7-hour private tour
- Ride with a professional and multilingual guide
- See the Monument to the Battle of Chacabuco
- Engage in a tour and wine tasting at the San Esteban Vineyard
- Encounter the Inca Lagoon of Portillo
Aside from stunning mountain scenery on this tour, see the ruins of the Inca Empire, an area where llama caravans stopped to rest after a long trip on the Inca Trail. Get to observe the ruins on an intricate route of the Transandino Railway, which winds between tunnels through steep cliffs.
First stop is Viña San Esteban. This vineyard is located on the mountainous eastern edge of the Aconcagua Valley, and is a pioneer in hillside-vineyard planting. Taking full advantage of the unique combination of rocky soil and solar exposure, it creates grapes rich in structure and character. Here, take a tour of the vineyard, followed by a tasting of their premium wines.
Afterwards, continue deeper into the Aconcagua Valley into the middle of the Andes on a windy road known as “El Caracol” (The Snail), at an altitude of almost 8800 feet. Feel your heart race with excitement as your driver expertly maneuvers sharp bends and curves. Just miles away from the border with Argentina, reach your final destination: “Laguna del Inca” (Inca Lagoon). Engross yourself in tales of the lagoon’s legendary past, learning of the myths and history behind this sacred body of water. On the lagoon’s edge is Portillo, the oldest ski resort in South America. Here you can have lunch taking in the spectacular views of the glittering lagoon surrounded by the peaks of the Andes or stop for a lunch on the way back down the mountain at a rustic countryside restaurant where you will have the chance to taste delicious traditional Chilean dishes.
- Multilingual guide
- Private transport
- Wine tour and tasting at the San Esteban Vineyard
- Bottled water
- Optional gratuities for the guide
Prepare for the activity
• During the winter months (May - September), the road to Portillo and the Inca lagoon may be closed. An alternate activity will be offered