Taste exquisite wines at the San Esteban Vineyard and journey deep into the Andes to experience the natural beauty of the Portillo Inca Lagoon.
On this Andes Adventure Private Tour, explore the natural beauty and wine traditions deep in the heart of the Andes Mountains. Learn about the unique wine-making process at San Esteban Vineyard and try their premium wines. Drive on an adrenaline-pumping mountain road to the oldest ski resort in South America: Portillo. There, take in spectacular views of the glittering Inca Lagoon. Join us for an unforgettable, fun-filled day in the mountains!
Duration: 8 hours | 8:00am – 4:00pm (16:00)
Start and end location: Santiago
After your hotel pick up, we set out on an adventure into the heart of the Andes Mountains. Admire the scenic surroundings as we head towards the town of Los Andes. On the way we pass by the Monument to the Battle of Chacabuco, which led to Chile’s Independence.
We continue deeper into the Aconcagua Valley and then into the middle of the Andes on a windy road known as “El Caracol” (The Snail), to an altitude of almost 8,800 feet. You will feel your heart race with excitement as your driver expertly maneuvers sharp bends and curves. Aside from stunning mountain scenery on this tour, you will also be able to see ruins of the Inca Empire where llama caravans stopped to rest after a long trip on the Inca Trail. You will also get to observe the ruins of an intricate route of the Transandino Railway winding between tunnels through steep cliffs.
Just miles away from the border with Argentina, we reach our final destination: “Laguna del Inca” (Inca Lagoon). Engross yourself in tales of the lagoon’s legendary past, learning of the myth 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 a cup of coffee or tea (not included) while taking in the spectacular views of the glittering lagoon surrounded by the peaks of the Andes.
Next stop, 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 which creates grapes rich in structure and character. Here, we will have a tour of the vineyard followed by a tasting of their wines.
After the winery tour and tasting there will be time for lunch (not included), if you choose, at a rustic countryside restaurant called “La Ruca” meaning “house” in the Mapuche Indian language. This tour is perfect for those wanting to experience the Andes Mountains and Chilean culture!
After you book your experience, you will receive a confirmation email from us confirming that your payment went through. You will then be connected directly to the tour operator, in case you have any further questions. We are also happy to answer any questions about the tour, or travel in general in your country of destination.