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Private Tour to Valle Nevado and Farellones from Santiago

1. Private Tour to Valle Nevado and Farellones from Santiago

Your 4-hour excursion begins with a drive along the Farellones Road with scenic views of the hills leading to the Andes. During the winter you’ll be able to stop to rent clothing suitable for snow sports. As you continue on you’ll enjoy views of the valley and of Farellones, the only town in the central region. Learn about the history of this little community. Stop at the Colorado Ski Resort to take in panoramic views before resuming the drive to the Valle Nevado Ski Center. Choose from the activities on offer (fees not included in the tour price), or take a gondola ride for magical views of the Andes and the Paloma Glacier. If you like you can have lunch at one of the 3 restaurants on site (at your own expense).

Private-Tour of Chilean Wine Country: Colchagua

2. Private-Tour of Chilean Wine Country: Colchagua

Visit one of the country’s most famous wine regions, the Colchagua Valley, set in the heart of the Central Valley, 100-miles (160 kilometers) from Santiago, is the epicenter of wine production in Chile. Production started here shortly after the Spanish conquest in the mid-16th-century with the introduction of vineyards by Jesuit missionaries. The mining boom of the late 19th-century brought wealth and noble grapes of French origin. The area is known for its award-winning Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot, Syrah and, Carmenere. After a three-hour drive to Santa Cruz, the region’s capital, first stop at Viña Santa Cruz. Here, see the place where the body connects with the soul. Begin your tour by conquering the body in the garden of varieties and learn how to differentiate their strains. Then get to know the soul by using the cable car to enjoy the most amazing views on your way to Cerro El Chaman. There, learn firsthand how the Aymara culture, Mapuche and Rapa Nui lived in harmony with nature and their environment through their rituals and beliefs. But especially, meet their guides Machi and Chaman, the inspiration behind their wines. Next, stop for lunch at a countryside restaurant. In the afternoon, visit Viu Manent Vineyard, a model for wine tourism in Chile. Climb aboard a horse-drawn carriage for a remarkable experience visiting the historic Malbec Hall, gardens, and wine cellars. Explore the wine shop and handicraft emporium. The visit ends with a tasting of the vineyard’s best wines. Internationally renowned for the quality of its wines, Viu Manent is particularly famous for its Malbec.

From Santiago: Farellones Park Resort Entry & Ski Classes

3. From Santiago: Farellones Park Resort Entry & Ski Classes

Be picked up at your accommodation and travel to the resorts. Your guide will provide a brief overview of what to expect for the day. Your first stop will be the Valle Nevado Resort. The resort is at an elevation of 3000 meters above sea level and was inspired by resorts in the French Alps. You’ll have some time to explore the resort and get a chance to do some skiing independently before heading to Farellones. Farellones is a village and ski resort that is a great place for families. Spend some time here exploring and taking in the views and partaking in some ski classes. Spend the rest of the day discovering mountains and waterfalls in the ski center. After the tour comes to an end, you’ll be dropped off at your hotel.

Santiago: Andes Horseback Ride with Wine Tour and Tasting

4. Santiago: Andes Horseback Ride with Wine Tour and Tasting

After a two-hour drive from Chile’s capital, arrive at a ranch in a small town on the banks of the Maipo River. Once there, get ready for a spectacular horseback riding adventure guided by “arrieros” (local cowboys). Enjoy the stunning views and admire the abundant flora and fauna from horseback. Scale narrow mountain trails and have a short break on a plateau while enjoying the gorgeous surroundings. Try to spot Chilean condors flying high in the sky. After horseback riding, have some free time for lunch. Then, visit internationally-renowned Concha y Toro Wine Vineyard in the picturesque town of Pirque. Walk around the gardens of the residence, discover the variety garden, visit their cellars, and taste a selection of three of their fine wines.

Santiago: Maipo Valley Full-Day Historic Wine Tour

5. Santiago: Maipo Valley Full-Day Historic Wine Tour

The Maipo Valley is the closest Chilean wine region to Santiago. It is a historic wine-producing region and the birthplace of the Chilean wine industry with vines growing there for the past 150 years. We first visit the internationally-renowned Concha y Toro Vineyard, which dates back to 1883. The founder was Don Melchor Concha y Toro who brought the first vines from the Bordeaux region in France that were planted in Chile and grew prosperously in the Maipo River basin. Walk around the gardens of the summer residence of the Concha y Toro family, discover the variety garden, visit their cellars and taste a selection of three of their fine wines. Then, we visit Santa Rita Vineyard, which dates back to the 1880s and plays an important role in Chilean history as the site of one of the battles during the War for Independence. Admire the old hacienda-style Estate house and enjoy your wine while you stroll through the old cellars. You will see the grape variety garden, vineyards, winemaking and cellaring facilities, and bottling process, visiting “Bodega 1” – the winery’s first cellar and the “Cellar of the 120 Patriots”. You will discover the exciting story that gives 120 its name. The tour ends with a tasting of Reserva and Gran Reserva wines. After the tour, you can visit the neighboring “Museo Andino” (Andean Museum), which contains a special collection of pre-Columbian pottery, textiles and other artifacts.

Chilean Treasures: Penguins and Alpacas Private Tour

6. Chilean Treasures: Penguins and Alpacas Private Tour

After your hotel pick up, venture towards the Pacific Coast. You will visit the largest privately-owned alpaca farm in the world where you can interact with these beautiful animals up close. See the entire alpaca wool production process and enjoy a broad selection of exclusive creations and handmade art crafts. Afterwards, you will continue up the coastline on the Ruta del Pacifico to the town of Cachagua, a stone's throw from Penguin Island. Try to catch a glimpse of penguins by the naked eye or using binoculars. Walk along a beautifully carved pathway to a small cove with gorgeous views of the ocean. Afterward, stop for lunch in the quiet seaside resort town of Zapallar. Penguin sightings from the shore are most common during the summer months of November to March. During these months there are several hundred penguins on the island. Between April and October, the penguin population reduces to only a dozen or so. Therefore, please be aware that during these months it may not be possible to see the penguins on the island from the shore. However, you will have the option of joining a private boat tour for an extra fee. This option is available throughout the year.

Private Tour of Isla Negra, San Alfonso & Pomaire

7. Private Tour of Isla Negra, San Alfonso & Pomaire

Following pick-up from your Santiago hotel, board the air-conditioned minivan and head towards the central Chilean coast. Upon arrival in Isla Negra, spend about 1.5 hours visiting Pablo Neruda's former home. Explore its personal artifacts, including his collection of ship figureheads and ships in bottles. Drive through some little towns, such as El Tabo, El Quisco and Canelo. Spend the second part of the day at Algarrobo and San Alfonso del Mar, home to the second largest swimming pool in the world and a variety of marine life. Head to Pomaire and take a break for lunch or to explore its famous clay scene. Next, take a walking tour around the craft market to see the variety of designs made by local artists. After driving back to Santiago, end your tour with a drop off at your hotel or meeting point.

Welcome to Santiago: Private Tour with a Local

8. Welcome to Santiago: Private Tour with a Local

Transform the way you travel and make it as much about the people you meet as the places you see. Get a welcome to Santiago from a local host eager to share all the tips and tricks to help you make the most of your stay. You can meet at your hotel or Airbnb accommodation and get familiar with the neighborhood. Learn all the insider tips, such as the best places to eat and buy groceries, and the easiest ways to get around. Alternatively, arrange to meet at a central landmark or intersection to start your walking tour. Benefit from the option of taking public transportation or a taxi to get around, or arrange a private car with advanced notice. Hear about the top things to see and do in the city, customized to your interests. By the end of your tour, you will feel more comfortable navigating the city and confident that you have all the information you need.

Santiago: Incan Petroglyphs, Alpacas, and Wine Experience

9. Santiago: Incan Petroglyphs, Alpacas, and Wine Experience

After being collected from your Santiago accommodation, your tour will begin with a stop at Paidahuén Archaeological Park. Paidahuén is an isolated hill located along the northern bank of the Aconcagua River in the rural town of San Esteban. At the top of Paidahuén, you will be able to appreciate slabs of large rocks adorned with petroglyphs. Full of symbolism and mystery, these rock drawings are work of native populations dating from 450 to 1,000 years ago. From the top of the hill, you may ponder unanswered questions while taking the natural context into consideration. Specifically, the relationship between Paidahuén Hill and other peaks in the valley, the hill’s strategic positioning, and the prevalence of north-facing petroglyphs. Following this, you will visit the San Esteban Winery for a vineyard tour and tasting. San Esteban is a family-owned and operated producer of high quality wines and table grapes. The vineyard exports to more than 20 countries, and their grapes are planted along the banks of the Aconcagua River, along the surrounding hillsides. This geography creates a micro-climate ideally suited for wine and table-grape production, with a soil quality that rivals the best wine-growing regions in other parts of South America. After lunch at a rustic restaurant in the mountains, you will venture to the largest privately-owned alpaca farm in Chile. Here you will be able to indulge in nature and discover this beautiful animal up close. You will see the entire alpaca wool production process, and also enjoy a broad selection of exclusive creations and handmade alpaca wool items that portray the patrimony and spirit of the Andean culture.

Santiago: Private Half-Day City Tour

10. Santiago: Private Half-Day City Tour

Get to know the Chilean capital of Santiago on a private 3.5-hour tour. Explore the city, taste local food specialties, and learn about the history of indigenous groups and Spanish colonization of Chile. Discover this fascinating city surrounded by the snowy Andes mountains, and experience local life. After pickup at your hotel, your guide will lead you on a tour of this modern city by private vehicle. Admire the cityscape from stunning viewpoints, wander through beautiful parks, and visit museums. See the famous sights as well as hidden local gems, before being dropped off back at your hotel.

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This trip was perfectly planned and had a great balance between driving and walking! The views were stunning, the winery was beautiful and delicious and the guide even took pictures of us to send later so we didn’t have to worry about it!

Leo was an awesome tour guide. He arrived early so that we could get the day started (before the rain). He also had so much knowledge to share on Chile and Santiago. What a perfect day!

It was a great trip to the mountains. Ricardo’s English was very good which made it very easy to ask questions. He was very knowledgeable about the area and the history.

Please note that the shops in Pomaire are open on weekends. Otherwise our Guide Alexis was really nice and attentive. I highly recommend this tour.

Camilo was an amazing tour guide!! Really highly recommend working with him.