- 5 hours (Approx.)
- Hotel pickup offered
- Mobile ticket
This is the perfect trip if you want to see the Andes without too much physical effort. It is a half day trip, mostly a road trip with a couple of short walking to great lookouts. We are going to plant a native tree in Patagonia for each member of the group while you are hiking.
- Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
- Flexibility to customize your itinerary to your own preferences
- Small group ensures personal service
- Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
- Snacks and Beverages included
- Informative, friendly and professional guide
- Local guide
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
- Airport pickup and drop-off (at extra expense)
- Short walking tour
- Transport by private vehicle
- Cheese and wine at our secret private lookout
- Water bottles
- Personal insurance
- 30 fee for airport pickup and drop-off
Centrally located hotels in Santiago or the airport (at extra expense)
Times are subject to change due to local traffic conditions.
Returns to original departure point
The hours on the itinerary below are an approximation of the schedule. These times could vary depending on weather and the speed of your group. A more accurate pickup time will be delivered once we receive your address through the booking process.
9am: You will be picked up at your hotel in Santiago by our bilingual driver and guide. Once all guests are together you will journey west towards the Andes, driving through Las Condes to connect the Farellones road that ends in Valle Nevado. On the way you will have time to take photos of the scenery and look back at the disappearing city of Santiago as we gain altitude.
9:40am: there will be a view point stop to take photos of the Paloma Glacier and Altar Mount.
10:00am – 11:00am: There will be a stop to take a guided hike to the various view points for yet more photo opportunities and to take in the views of The Andes Range. You will be guided to our secret, private lookout where you can sit and drink wine and eat cheese while looking down at Santiago.
11:20am: You will reach Valle Nevado Ski Resort. Here you will have views of the ski resort, the Andes, Iver Glacier, and The Cepo Valley. There will be 40 minutes break to look around Valle Nevado before heading back down the mountain toward Santiago where you will arrive at around 1:30pm.
Please note: This activity could include hiking in irregular terrain, sudden changes of weather, and walking under strong sun.
Hotel pick-up is offered for this tour. Note: if you are booking within 24 hours of the tour/activity departure time, we cannot guarantee hotel pick-up. Once your purchase is complete, we will send you complete contact information (phone number, email address, etc.) for our local operator to organize pick-up arrangements.
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 2 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
- Not wheelchair accessible
- Most travelers can participate
- Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
- The duration of transfers are approximate, the exact duration will depend on the time of day and traffic conditions
- Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
- May be operated by a multi-lingual guide
- Extra charge of $30 USD per person will be added if pickup is at airport
- Minimum drinking age is 18 years
- Minimum two people per booking
- This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
- This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
We opted for the morning tour. Our guide, Nicholas, from Andes Explora Expediciones, was waiting for us in the hotel lobby, and drove us up through the mountains to the Valle Nevado ski resort. Nicholas's passion for the mountains, and his great knowledge and love of the flora and fauna, were evident as he identified the wildlife around us, named the mountain peaks and told us some of their history. At the ski resort we walked through to a vantage point over-looking a deep valley, where Condors were usually sighted. Unfortunately we were out of luck. On the return down the mountain we suddenly went off-road to a secret spot where Nicholas set up a buffet of wine, cheese and olives. This was the highlight of our entire South American vacation soaking up the tranquility, drinking wine and eating olives and cheese whilst watching a condor and its young soaring below us, and, behind and above us, a caracara was teaching its young to hunt. Magical.
This is a very low-key tour. There were only four of us in the vehicle, which made for a pleasant experience. It consists of a drive, with photo-op stops, up the canyon to a ski resort, some time walking around the resort more photo ops, including condors, and then a stop on the way down the canyon for wine and cheese. We went in late summer March, there was no snow even at the ski resort. Our only complaint is that the contact phone number supplied via Viator was inoperative, which was a bit of an issue since the driver was held up in traffic and we tried to make contact to verify that he was coming.
Seb was an absolute star. A wonderful half day trip where nothing was too much of a bother. Couldn't recommend it enough.
Tomás and Nicolas gave us the most amazing trip into the Andes Mountains. Not only were they really friendly, they had so much knowledge and information to share with our family. This is a complete experience that can be enjoyed by all ages as our party ranged 11 to 76 year olds. We were picked up on time from our hotel and whisked away into the mountains where we saw the geological features, Condors circling the skies and the most beautiful wild flowers. The trip ended with a great surprise location for our top quality local wine and cheeses where we had more opportunities to learn about Chile from our amazing guides. I would recommend this experience for anyone who wants to enjoy the Andes with interesting, entertaining and knowledgable guides - this tour has it all.
This excursion with Coigue Expeditions is a wonderful half-day into the foothills of the Andes winding through a beautiful landscape up to the ski resort of Valle Nevado. On arrival there we were greeted with the sight of Condors resting on the rooftops. A small hike to a viewpoint was rewarded with not just stunning glaciated scenery but condors flying gracefully above us and in the valley below. Clearly such viewing is not always guaranteed but it does appear to be a hotspot. On the way back we stopped at another impressive isolated viewpoint for a wine and cheese picnic. With the great food and drink supplied we were watched over by an inquisitive caracara. Our friendly driver and guide Nicolas shared his knowledge and local insights to enhance our experience of this natural environment, stopping frequently for photo opportunities. Usually limited to no more than 6 people this is an excellent personalised, comfortable and enjoyable way to escape from Santiago and see the Andes if your time is more limited.
Guide was very friendly and was a wealth of knowledge - unfortunately due to the weather was unable to see any condors but the views were spectular
The drive to Valle Nevado was incredible. Our driver was also the guide and he knew the area well. He kept the information flowing through those sixty turns to the top. The cheese and wine time was memorable sitting on a rock outcropping watching condors soar above the canyon. Despite the smoke and pollution it was an outstanding trip.
The tour was amazing! We've seen beautiful landscape of the snowed capped mountains from the main sky centers, condores flying over and the best part was sitting in the middle of the Andes tasting a delicious wine and cheese. The guide was very knowledgeable and kind, we loved the tour!
Tour sights and guide were terrific. The only reason this is not a 5 star is because the pickup was over an hour late. The guides excuse was reasonable but we lost 1 hour of our vacation through no fault of ours
This was a nice refuge from the hustle bustle of Santiago. Our guide, Camillo, picked us up on time in a truck, which I came to realize was a great choice. We then climbed up the mountain enduring over 70 hairpin turns until arriving at Valle Nevado. The vistas were pretty, but the ski slopes don't begin to compare with the western US ski areas. Then Camillo surprised us with wine and cheese served on the top of the mountain which we had hiked up. He was a real outdoor enthusiast and we felt totally safe and secure with him as our guide. He was eager to teach us about the great outdoors. Great outdoor experience.