- 10 hours (Approx.)
- Mobile ticket
Get to know the Andes – from mountaintop to Maipo Valley vineyard – on a day trip from Santiago with a knowledgeable guide. In the morning, visit Valle Nevado ski resort for some fun in the snow (during winter months) and drive to the highest point for magnificent views of the Andes. After lunch (own expense), enjoy a winery tour of Aquitania and a tasting of 3 reserve wines. You’ll be delighted by a day of fresh air amid this breathtaking landscape!
- Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
- Led by a local guide
- All entrance fees included
- Guided winery tour
- Local English- and Spanish-speaking guide
- 2 bottles of water
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
- Entry/Admission - Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile
- Entry/Admission - Vina Cousino Macul
- Wine tastings
Traveler pickup is offered
Returns to original departure point
Upon pickup from your hotel around 8am, relax on the approximate 1.5-hour drive (depending on weather conditions) to the Valle Nevado ski resort, located about 42 miles (68 km) to the east of Santiago. Your guide will follow the steep and winding road through the cordillera (mountain range) along most of the Mapocho River Canyon (Cajon de Mapocho) until reaching the ski resort high in the Andes mountains.
Once you arrive at Valle Nevado, you’ll spend about one hour at the ski resort, including a drive by 4x4 vehicle or van to the highest point, reaching approximately 9,840 feet (3,000 meters). Step out of your vehicle into the fresh mountain air and enjoy a bit of free time playing in the snow (May-Sept), or purchase a cup of coffee at a resort cafe as you take in the stunning views.
Admire the 17,814-foot (5,430-meter) summit of El Plomo, the highest visible peak that can be seen from the resort and considered by the Incas to be sacred. Learn about the Niño de Plomo (Plomo Boy) who was buried there in a ritual sacrifice more than 500 years ago, and how the well-preserved mummy was discovered in 1954 – now on permanent display in the Natural History Museum of Chile.
Afterward, your guide will drive your group for approximately one hour back to Santiago for lunch. Enjoy mouth-watering French cuisine accompanied by a large assortment of wine by the glass (own expense).
Follow up your meal with a visit to Aquitania. Aquitania is a small boutique winery located at the foot of the mountains in Santiago.
Learn about the clay loam of the soil and the Mediterranean climate that makes ideal growing conditions for these Maipo Valley varieties, such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. You’ll hear about the mineral-rich water that irrigates the vines from the Maipo River, which flows down from thawed snow high in the Andes – making Chile an exceptional grape-growing region of the world.
You’ll have a chance to try the best Aquitania wines with a wine tasting before the one-hour drive to downtown Santiago, with drop-off at your hotel by 6pm.
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Please note: snow is only present on the mountains from May-September
- It is recommended that you dress according to the weather and wear comfortable walking shoes
- A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
High rating as everything was easy from booking our tour online to being picked up on time (actually a little earlier but not so much that we were rushing around), to being dropped off at the end of the day.
Our tour guide was lovely, friendly and well knowledgeable about the tour and locations, who also gave us a little gift pack that was helpful on the tour and a momentum to take home. Our driver was friendly as well and very good at driving the narrow roads. We thoroughly enjoyed our day and recommend this if you are in Santiago for a short time as we were only in Santiago for 3 days and this tour is a must.
Char and Corrie
A great way to see the Andes if you don't have much time in Santiago. Views on the drive and from the ski resort are great. Our guide Tessa was great and told us lots about Santiago and South America. The winery in the afternoon was very picturesque and almost historic. An enjoyable day!