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  • Santiago: Laguna del Inca and Portillo Small Group Tour

    1. 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 ...

    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.

  • From Santiago: Maipo Canyon Volcano and Hot Spring Tour

    2. From Santiago: Maipo Canyon Volcano and Hot Spring Tour

    Depart Santiago and journey to the foothills of the Andes Mountains, where you will find the remote and peaceful Baños Colina. Depart at 07:00 for an estimated arrival time at San José de Maipo at 09:00. Admire the stunning beauty of the Maipo Canyon (Cajón del Maipo) along the way. Upon arrival at the volcano of San José de Maipo, take a 2-hour, 4-kilometer round-trip hike to a glorious viewpoint. Get breathtaking views of one of the most active volcanoes in the metropolitan region, and learn why the area is one of the world's most lively, geologically speaking. Stop for lunch and a glass of wine at 12:30 PM, and then continue to the hot springs of Baños Colina, located about 100 kilometers from Santiago at an altitude of 2,500 meters above sea level. Enjoy panoramic views of the Andes Mountains while sitting in a natural pool that can reach temperatures of 50°C. Return to Santiago a...

    This was an amazing tour, the guides were really helpful. just be careful some of thr springs are very hot

  • Santiago: Cajon del Maipo Small-Group Tour

    3. Santiago: Cajon del Maipo Small-Group Tour

    Escape the hustle and bustle of Santiago city, and enjoy a day to remember as you embrace the magic of the Andes Mountains on a small-group tour for no more than 16 people. Be picked up at your accommodation and travel in a comfortable, air-conditioned minivan on a scenic drive to Cajon del Maipo. Once there, connect with nature in a peaceful environment of fresh, clear mountain air. Visit the enchanting village of San José del Maipo to admire the colonial-style architecture, and see the church and main Plaza de Armas, where fans of adventure travel often gather. From there, continue the drive following the Maipo river.  Make your way to discover the amazing lagoon at Embalse El Yeso Dam. Take amazing pictures and a relaxing walk, and savor a delicious glass of wine or juice. Head back toward Santiago at around 3 PM and get dropped off at your hotel or in the city center at approximate...

    Excellent experience! Gorgeous scenery on a gorgeous day! Alejandro (and Francisco behind the wheel) were great — very knowledgeable and personable!

  • From Santiago: Valparaiso and Viña del Mar Day Tour

    4. From Santiago: Valparaiso and Viña del Mar Day Tour

    Starting from your hotel in Santiago, meet your guide and travel 120 km to the Pacific Ocean through the Curacavi Valley where you will have the chance to see diverse scenery. On the road, stop in the typical hostelry Millahue for the chance to taste the typical Chilean drink, the "chicha". Arrive in Valparaiso and admire the amazing houses on the hills. Take a sightseeing tour of Victoria Square, Sotomayor Square, the naval heroes monument, and the May 21st Lookout. Take a walk into the hills, using 1 or 2 elevators or explore the bay area. Next stop in Viña del Mar, the city known as the Garden City. Explore some remarkable locations in the resort town including the floral clock, the Casino, and Reñaca beach where you'll have time to stop for lunch at your own expense. After lunch, spend a bit more free time to enjoy relaxing on the beach. Finally, before taking the coast road back t...

    The bus arrived on time for the pick-up and the tour of Valparaiso (“Valpo” according to our guide, as the Chileans will shorten anything they can) was interesting - particularly the street art. You do need to be able to walk down steps for this part of the tour. Unfortunately, 2 members of the group went AWOL (no fault of the guide), so we lost some time waiting for them and our tour of Vina was somewhat curtailed. Our driver also had to take a diversion on the way back to avoid the road closures in Santiago.

  • Portillo Ski Resort and Lagoon Private Trip from Santiago

    5. Portillo Ski Resort and Lagoon Private Trip from Santiago

    Benefit from pick-up at your hotel in selected areas of Santiago, and then journey by air-conditioned van towards the ski resort of Portillo. Stop to look at a giant monument, considered one of the most important in Chile, along the way   Cross the Chacabuco Tunnel to arrive in the wine lands of the Aconcagua Valley. Get a stunning view of the peaks of Mt. Aconcagua, the highest mountain in the southern hemisphere. Get a meet and greet from a large and friendly Saint Bernard dog upon arrival at the Portillo ski resort! Get some free time to make use of the facilities and gaze in wonder at the majestic Laguna del Inca. Use the time to take the ski-lift and enjoy lunch with a beautiful view of the lagoon. Head back to Santiago in the afternoon and get dropped off at your hotel or a central point in the city center on arrival.

  • From Santiago: Cajón del Maipo and Volcán San José Hike 8K

    6. From Santiago: Cajón del Maipo and Volcán San José Hike 8K

    Get back to nature and go for a hike in the Andes mountains. Learn why the region is one of the most active in the world for volcanoes and get up close to one just 100 kilometers from Santiago. Travel to the town of San Jose de Maipo and marvel at the beautiful waterfalls. Head to the refuge of El Cabrerio for the start of your hike in the Engorda Valley and get stunning views of the gorge of Cajón del Maipo and its rock formations. Encounter a breathtaking view of the Volcán San José on the Chile-Argentina border.                                                                                             

    Cajon del Maipo is a great hike with beautiful scenery. Our guide, May, was informative and caring. We really enjoyed our day. The only small negative was, that at 12.5 hours, rather than the advertised 10 hours, it was a bit long.

  • Cajon del Maipo Full-Day Small Group Tour with Picnic

    7. Cajon del Maipo Full-Day Small Group Tour with Picnic

    Admire the stunning massifs, estuaries and rivers of the Andes Mountains on a full-day tour of the Cajon del Maipo. Depart Santiago and journey to San Jose de Maipo as you hear the folklore of the area from your English-speaking guide. Head towards the volcano and see small towns such as Las Vertientes, El Canelo, El Manzano, El Melocoton and San Alfonso. Learn the history of the Tinoco Tunnel as you make your way along a dirt road to the large lake of Embalse del Yeso. Stop at the reservoir to enjoy a picnic style snack with cheese, olives, salami, juice, wine and more.  Start back towards Santiago at around 3:00 PM and get dropped off at your hotel or in the city center at approximately 6:00 PM.

    The tour guide was very engaging and funny, and the driver was careful and courteous—we didn’t feel the ride and had a great time. We were two adult sisters traveling with their dad. Try to do this tour if you are visiting Chile, you won’t regret it.

  • San Francisco Glacier & El Morado Natural Monument

    8. San Francisco Glacier & El Morado Natural Monument

    This tour is recommended for adventurous people! A spectacular trip to "El Morado" Natural Monument National Park, located at 93 km from Santiago. The starting point of the trek is in Baños Morales, a mountain village at 1,900 meters of altitude. The trail leads to the beautiful San Francisco Glacier (2,500 meters) and Morales Glacier Pond. During the hike you will have a refreshing stop at "Aguas de Panimávida", iron-rich carbonated water that springs out from  the earth.                                                             The tour is recommended for people in good physical shape. Not recommended for asthmatics, cardiopathies, overweight people or people with recent surgeries. The first hour of the hike is steep and then it becomes flat. Altitude increase of 600 meters. Tour subject to change due to weather conditions (rain or snow).   The tour will be open all...

    We had a very nice day. Our two guides were very nice and we got a lot of information regarding the area / Chile in general. We received the exact pick-up time on the evening bevore via whats-app, and were picked up exactly at the mentioned time the following day. We headed out of Santiago and stopped for breakfast on our way to the hike (about 20 min break). Then we headed up the mountains and stated the walk at approximately 2.500 meters hight. The walk was about 5 km long and 600m elevation gain. On our way back we stopped again at the same restaurant for food - which was included, as well as a sandwich and bananas for lunch. It was a great experience, even tough we did another hike than we booked.

  • From Santiago: Private Maipo Valley Wine Tour

    9. From Santiago: Private Maipo Valley Wine Tour

    Enjoy a private tour of the boutique wineries of Aquitania and Haras de Pirque located at the foothills of the Andes Mountains in the Maipo River Valley. Relax in their gardens, enjoy their wine, the wonderful flowers, and marvelous views.   First stop, Haras de Pirque. The visit starts on the main terrace of the wine cellar where the beautiful valley of Pirque and the majestic Andes Mountains can be appreciated. Moving inside the horse-shoe shaped cellar, visitors get to know the winemaking and barrel aging process, followed by a tasting of three wines – Albaclara Sauvignon Blanc, Reserva de Propiedad and Hussonet Cabernet Sauvignon Gran Reserva in their memorable tasting room. Next, visit Aquitania, also located at the foot of the Andes. They focus on producing high-quality wines in limited quantities. Visitors have the opportunity to observe the entire process of wine production, wh...

  • From Santiago: Maipo Valley Vineyards Tour

    10. From Santiago: Maipo Valley Vineyards Tour

    Departing between 8:00 - 8:30 AM, head towards the wine-producing region of the Maipo Valley. In under an hour, you will arrive at the town of Isla de Maipo where you will make your first stop at the Tarapaca Vineyard. From there, observe the beautiful surroundings and take some fantastic photographs. See the Maipo River, which is so important to Central Chile, and learn about the flora and fauna of the area. Following this, explore the town of Isla de Maipo and get to know its customs, architecture, and distinctive character. The next part of the experience starts with a visit to either De Martino, Santa Ema or Undurraga Vineyard. See the gardens, vineyards, and storage cellar at one of these traditional vineyards, ending with a wine tasting. Next, enjoy a wine and cheese tasting as you visit a small family vineyard that has been producing wines and spirits for 3 generations.  finish ...

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What people are saying about Santiago

The bus arrived on time for the pick-up and the tour of Valparaiso (“Valpo” according to our guide, as the Chileans will shorten anything they can) was interesting - particularly the street art. You do need to be able to walk down steps for this part of the tour. Unfortunately, 2 members of the group went AWOL (no fault of the guide), so we lost some time waiting for them and our tour of Vina was somewhat curtailed. Our driver also had to take a diversion on the way back to avoid the road closures in Santiago.

We had a wonderful day with our tour guide Romi and driver who went out of their way to make sure the day was a success. Both Romi and driver were more than flexible, altering the tour to suit the group based on a consensual decision. Romi has an excellent command of English, great sense of humour and very knowledgeable and friendly. I would highly recommend this tour, Romi and our driver (whose name escapes me).

Very enjoyable day out. Lots of information from a very knowledgeable guide. Walking tour of a hilly area of Valparaiso with some wonderful street art. Lunch on the beach in Viña del Mar was very good and on the way back to Santiago a stop at a vineyard with stunning views and even more stunning wines!

Excellent experience! Gorgeous scenery on a gorgeous day! Alejandro (and Francisco behind the wheel) were great — very knowledgeable and personable!

We had a lot of fun with the guys from Andoandes - really funny and passionate nature lovers!