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From Santiago: Valle Nevado and Farellones Small Group Tour

1. From Santiago: Valle Nevado and Farellones Small Group Tour

Following pick-up from your hotel (available from the districts of Providencia, Las Condes, Vitacura and Santiago Centro), depart Santiago and journey to the beautiful ski resort of Farellones. Nestled in a small valley in the Andes Mountains, Farellones was the first ski center to open in Chile and continues to attract skiers of all abilities. Take a scenic 2-hour drive along a mountain road to get wonderful views of the mountains.  During the winter, benefit from the chance to stop to rent snow gear (at your own expense), and learn more about the historical aspects of how this little community works during the winter season. Stop at the Colorado Ski Resort, the second most popular ski resort in the central region. After a brief stop, continue on the road again to adventure towards the Valle Nevado Ski Resort. Once there, enjoy free time to explore the activities available at your own expense. Try out a variety of snowsports, take the air-conditioned Gondola for amazing views of the Andes and the Paloma Glacier, or you can enjoy lunch at one of the 3 different restaurants. If you prefer, relax in the lodge and enjoy lunch (at your own expense) overlooking the snow-capped mountains. Return to Santiago and get dropped off at approximately 06:00 PM.

Private Tour to Valle Nevado and Farellones from Santiago

2. 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).

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.

Santiago: Valle Nevado and Farellones Ski-Center Day Trip

5. Santiago: Valle Nevado and Farellones Ski-Center Day Trip

Your experience begins from your hotel between 7:00AM-8:00AM, from where you head towards the Andes Mountain Range through a 40-bend road. Along the way, take in Santiago from above and breathe the fresh mountain air. At approximately 10:00AM you ascend to 2,700 meters above sea level, where Farellones is located. This area is known as one of the few mountain villages of Chile. Visit the famous center of El Colorado, before continuing your ascent towards Valle Nevado. From there, a further 20 bends in the road remain to reach a prestigious ski center located at 3,000 meters above sea level. This area is the headquarters of important championships such as snowboarding, which are held annually. You are then granted time for lunch, before your return trip to Santiago takes place. Your expected return time to Santiago is approximately 6:00PM.

From Santiago: Farellones/Valle Nevado Roundtrip Transfer

6. From Santiago: Farellones/Valle Nevado Roundtrip Transfer

The tour will start by picking up all customers from their respective hotels, and will go directly to a stop where you can rent snow clothes. After renting your clothes, you will continue up the mountain towards Farellones Park. The tour guide will help you to enter the farellones park. The Transport Cart will be available as a support location for any urgent need. If you do not wish to enter the farellones park, it will be possible to leave in the city of farellones. We will start picking up everyone in Farellones at the time before the park closes.

Portillo Ski Resort and Lagoon Private Trip from Santiago

7. 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.

Santiago: El Colorado Ski Center Snow Day Tour

8. Santiago: El Colorado Ski Center Snow Day Tour

Starting from your hotel in Santiago, meet your driver and travel for approximately 1.5 hours to the Ski Farellones - El Colorado Ski Center. Farellones is a small town and ski resort located 36 km from Santiago de Chile, nestled in the Andes mountains and close to other ski resorts such as Valle Nevado, La Parva, and El Colorado. Enjoy all the benefits that the mountain offers, including sledding, tubing, panoramic chair, fat bike, canopy, and games for children. These activities are not included in the price but you can purchase them in advance to save money. Leave the mountain at 4 PM and return to your hotel by 6 PM. 

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Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 33 reviews

Our driver, Jimmy, was on point at the pick-up time and took us safely to the Farellones Park, even providing us all the necessary tips concerning renting the proper outfits, how to spend our time at the Park and with every doubt we had. He also dropped us closer to our Airbnb when we came back, which was really kind of him. Basically, for those who are unclear on how the tour works: - You pay for the transportation and tips provided and that is extremelly fair, taking in consideration the difficulty of the road and the fact that you need the information the driver/guide provides. - Every other expense has to be paid apart (the tickets to the park, the outfits to use in the park and any other thing you need inside, including lockers and food). - The tour picks you up, it takes arround an hour and a half to get there (after everyone is picked up) and at the Farellones Park you have five hours to do whatever you want to. The way back takes the same time. Trully worth it!

Puntos a tomar en cuenta para el tour: 1- En Farellones es donde encuentran las actividades de nieve, subir a Valle Nevado es de miradores y profesionales de ski. Por lo que si se quiere ir principalmente a hacer actividades recomiendo que se bajen en Farellones y no ir hasta Valle Nevado para poder disfrutar más tiempo en el parque. 2- No ir los dias viernes, sábado o domingo porque son los dias en los que se encontrarán más personas en el parque y puede que no alcance el tiempo de hacer todas las actividades por las filas. 3- Tener en cuenta que la entrada al parque no está incluida en el tour

Very good service, they were punctual and attentive at all times. We had a small mishap on the way that could have been avoided, however, they were able to correct it correctly.

I loved ! Super friendly! It is a safe tour, the I went gives you a lot of help, he has a lot of patience, I highly recommend it !!!

Great experience. Our tour guide Isabel was wonderful. Really enjoyed the wine tasting at the end of the tour.