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Portillo Ski Center

Portillo Ski Center: Our most recommended tours and activities

Santiago: Portillo and Laguna del Inca Day Trip with Picnic

1. Santiago: Portillo and Laguna del Inca Day Trip with Picnic

The tour begins with pickup from your hotel in a van. You will head north of the city of Santiago along the Los Libertadores highway. On the way you will pass the famous Autopista Caracoles which is known for its curves. We will arrive at the border with Argentina where you can take a picture with the Welcome to Chile sign. You will know the Portillo Ski Center. You will have a time determined by the guide to visit the ski resort and the wonderful Inca Lagoon that is located between the mountains, this lagoon also has a beautiful story about an Inca king. You will also participate in a picnic on the mountain at no additional cost. At the end of the tour, you will be taken back to your hotel in Santiago.

From Santiago: Portillo Inca Lagoon and San Esteban Vineyard

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

With a professional guide, travel through spectacular scenery to one of the most beautiful lagoons in the Andes Mountains; capture photographs of the water’s iridescent turquoise surface and listen to poignant legends of Incan royalty. Ascend to the vertiginous altitude of Hotel Portillo ski resort; and absorb the verdant beauty of San Esteban vineyard before pleasuring your palate with wine samples. Note: The San Esteban vineyard closes its doors on Sundays and the wine tasting takes place at the Ventisquero Guardia Vieja restaurant.

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.

Santiago: Portillo, Inca Lagoon with Optional Aconcagua Park

4. 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.

Santa Rita Classic Vineyard Tour

5. Santa Rita Classic Vineyard Tour

A journey through the cultural heritage and history of Chilean wine! This experience takes us to Viña Santa Rita, located on the foothills of the Andes just 45 minutes from Santiago, in the middle of a unique natural landscape set between vineyards with panoramic views of the Andes Mountain range. To commence, we shall visit the Santa Rita Centennial Park, a French design from 1883 and a National Historical Heritage since 1974, where you can see the largest bougainvillea in South America and one of the largest in the world. Then we will visit the storage cellar of one of the oldest wines in Chile, where we will learn about its history and the legend of "The 120" of Santa Rita. We will finish the visit to the winery with a tasting of 3 wines. For the conclusion of the trip, we will visit the Andean Museum, a modern construction that houses a collection of around 3,000 archaeological and ethnographic pieces from pre-Columbian peoples who lived in our territory along with expressions of the miscegenation of cultures from America and Chile.

Portillo and Laguna del Inca Tour

6. Portillo and Laguna del Inca Tour

Enjoy a beautiful panoramic view of the lagoon and snowy mountain! Located 30 km from the Argentina border, nestled in the Andes Mountains, you can explore the pioneer ski center of South America. During the journey, you will also visit the Salto del Soldado viewpoint, a geomorphological formation with rocky walls where the Aconcagua River flows. Legend has it that a patriotic soldier escaped a pursuit by making a great leap at this spot, hence its name. Your trip will continue to the Portillo Ski Center, one of the most renowned in South America and a favorite among professional skiers. Here, you will have the privilege of witnessing the intense blue and crystalline Laguna del Inca, which stands out amidst the white landscape. An ideal spot for capturing unforgettable memories with incredible photos!

From Santiago Chile: Kayaking Tour in Laguna del Inca

7. From Santiago Chile: Kayaking Tour in Laguna del Inca

Enjoy a day of guided kayaking on the Laguna del Inca, a crystal-clear lake with magnificent views of the Andes just a short drive from Santiago. Get picked up from your hotel and travel by car to the Laguna del Inca in Portillo, the first ski resort founded in South America. Explore the lake by kayak with your guide, paddling through emerald green waters at an elevation of 9,200 feet above sea level. See the spectacular peaks of the Andes from a unique perspective, including Mount Aconcagua, the highest peak in the Americas. Marvel at picturesque vistas of these snow-capped mountains reflected in the aquamarine waters. After your paddle, enjoy a picnic lunch at the water’s edge, then return to Santiago by car.

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What people are saying about Portillo Ski Center

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4.4
(85 reviews)

we had a fabulous trip to Lagoon des Incas. what a beautiful place. our guide was very easy to talk to and shared so much information with us. We enjoyed the wine tasting as well and bought 2 bottles to drink during our stay in Santiago!

Beautiful lagoon during the summer and with the possibility of great photos. Cheese and wine at the end of the tour to start the afternoon off right

The activity was very good, the guide and driver were very attentive and friendly, all as promised by the application. 10 points

This was very well organized and carried out. Also handled on time. Tiptop provider. Can be recommended without reservation.

The guide and driver are very experienced and kind. We are very satisfied with his work.