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Santiago: Portillo, Inca Lagoon with Optional Aconcagua Park

1. Santiago: Portillo, Inca Lagoon with Optional Aconcagua Park

Your tour will begin as you are picked up from your centrally located Santiago hotel, at which point you will begin driving to Portillo. You will pass through the intermediate depression, and will also be able to admire the Andes mountain range. You will soon reach the Chacabuco Monument, which is a historical site where a battle for Chile's independence took place in 1817. You will then cross a tunnel which borders the region, before reaching a place where you can see the Aconcagua Mount in the background. Along the road, you will see the old Andean railway and, as we cross Rio Blanco, you can admire the small towns, mining camps, glaciers, and the impressive Andes mountains. You will reach Portillo and see the protective passageways that were built as shelters from avalanches which occur during the winter season. It will then be time for lunch (not included), as you marvel at the beautiful and imposing Inca Lagoon. Finally, you will be returned to your hotel in Santiago. If you choose the option with Aconcagua Park, you will also see Puente del Inca, a geomorphological curiosity that is 48 meters long, 28 meters wide, 8 meters thick, and is suspended 27 meters above the river. A series of stalactites, calcium inflorescences and winter ice needles hang from this natural bridge. After the visit to the Puente del Inca, head to the Aconcagua Provincial Park, where you can see the highest mountain in South America. Depending on time availability, a short trek may be available for interested guests.

From Santiago: Portillo Inca Lagoon and San Esteban Vineyard

2. From Santiago: Portillo Inca Lagoon and San Esteban Vineyard

Start with pickup from your hotel in Santiago by a professional guide. Travel through spectacular scenery to one of the most beautiful lagoons in the Andes mountains, Portilla Inca Lagoon. Capture photographs of the water’s iridescent turquoise surface and listen to poignant legends of Incan royalty. Marvel at the archaeological park located in a hill in the middle of San Esteban Vineyard in which you will explore walking trails and find its various petroglyphs which belong to the Aconcagua culture. Ascend to the vertiginous altitude of Hotel Portillo ski resort to take in the verdant beauty of San Esteban Vineyard before pleasuring enjoying some samples of local wine.

Santiago: Laguna del Inca and Portillo Small Group Tour

3. Santiago: Laguna del Inca and Portillo Small Group Tour

The tour starts with pickup from your hotel in an air-conditioned van. You will head north from the city of Santiago taking Los Libertadores highway until the first stop to a giant monument that pertains to one of the most important episodes of Chilean history. Following this you will continue on the road, crossing the Chacabuco Tunnel, to the Aconcagua valley, declared the last winery valley of the country. On the road you will see Mount Aconcagua which has the tallest summit of the western and southern hemisphere. You will get to meet the official pet of Portillo Ski Center, a big St Bernard, which welcomes you to the start of your visit.  You will then have free time to visit the ski resort and the marvelous Inca Lagoon which is located between the mountains, this lagoon also has a beautiful history about an Incan King attached to it. You are also able to take the ski lift and enjoy a lunch with a beautiful view of the lagoon. At the conclusion of the tour, you will be brought back to your hotel in Santiago.

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This is an absolutely unique trip. It creates a great opportunity to sink into the monumental mountain landscapes of the Andes. The view of Aconcaqua, the mirror reflections of the peaks in the waters of the Inca Lagoon and the rushing stream under the Inca Bridge remain in memory for a long time. In addition, thanks to the fact that our guide was Ramon, it was possible to entangle in these extraordinary views long conversations about culture, art and meditation.

It started off with a hump. The guide came an hour earlier in the morning because the lack of communication between him, the admin services and me. It happened to me in Bueno Aires as well. I twice got the email for pick up time later than the guide suppose to pick up. Apart from that this trip is thoroughly recommended. The guide is extremely knowledgable and professional. We have seen the most beautiful part of Andes. The lunch was expensive and not very nice.

Very good excursion, which was even carried out only for the two of us because someone had canceled the day before. Great impressions in a fantastic country on this tour at around 3000m altitude. Would book it again and again, especially since the tour guide was super good and we had a lot of fun together that day. The impressions and experiences have already impressed us and added another highlight to the holiday in Chile. :-)))

Perfect organization, very punctual, both on departure and return, Luiz guide very nice and professional. A very pleasant day in the Aconcagua valley; in February there is no snow, however you can admire a splendid panorama with the Inca lagoon.

The guide was excellent and extremely well planned