Valparaiso (Region)

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  • From Santiago: Portillo Inca Lagoon and San Esteban Vineyard

    1. From Santiago: Portillo Inca Lagoon and San Esteban Vineyard

    Start with pickup from your hotel in Santiago by a professional guide. Travel through spectacular scenery to one of the most beautiful lagoons in the Andes mountains, Portilla Inca Lagoon. Capture photographs of the water’s iridescent turquoise surface and listen to poignant legends of Incan royalty. Marvel at the archaeological park located in a hill in the middle of San Esteban Vineyard in which you will explore walking trails and find its various petroglyphs which belong to the Aconcagua culture. Ascend to the vertiginous altitude of Hotel Portillo ski resort to take in the verdant beauty of San Esteban Vineyard before pleasuring enjoying some samples of local wine.

    Our guide Michelle and driver Jimmy were really great! Michelle is from the US so she speaks perfect English. Wear hiking boots!!! I had no idea there was a short uphill hike at the winery and did not wear proper footwear. The tour itinerary should be completely reversed. The mountain stop should be first, followed by the wine visit. 2 reasons: the road leading up the mountain is extremely curvy, I did not feel well after drinking wine. The second is that there is no bathroom stop for 2.5 hours from the mountain to the city, me and another traveler felt like our bladders were going to burst!

  • Santiago: Laguna del Inca and Portillo Small Group Tour

    2. 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 ...

    It started off with a hump. The guide came an hour earlier in the morning because the lack of communication between him, the admin services and me. It happened to me in Bueno Aires as well. I twice got the email for pick up time later than the guide suppose to pick up. Apart from that this trip is thoroughly recommended. The guide is extremely knowledgable and professional. We have seen the most beautiful part of Andes. The lunch was expensive and not very nice.

  • From Santiago: Valparaiso and Viña del Mar Day Tour

    3. From Santiago: Valparaiso and Viña del Mar Day Tour

    Starting from your hotel in Santiago, meet your guide and travel 120 km to the Pacific Ocean through the Curacavi Valley where you will have the chance to see diverse scenery. On the road, stop in the typical hostelry Millahue for the chance to taste the typical Chilean drink, the "chicha". Arrive in Valparaiso and admire the amazing houses on the hills. Take a sightseeing tour of Victoria Square, Sotomayor Square, the naval heroes monument, and the May 21st Lookout. Take a walk into the hills, using 1 or 2 elevators or explore the bay area. Next stop in Viña del Mar, the city known as the Garden City. Explore some remarkable locations in the resort town including the floral clock, the Casino, and Reñaca beach where you'll have time to stop for lunch at your own expense. After lunch, spend a bit more free time to enjoy relaxing on the beach. Finally, before taking the coast road back t...

    The bus arrived on time for the pick-up and the tour of Valparaiso (“Valpo” according to our guide, as the Chileans will shorten anything they can) was interesting - particularly the street art. You do need to be able to walk down steps for this part of the tour. Unfortunately, 2 members of the group went AWOL (no fault of the guide), so we lost some time waiting for them and our tour of Vina was somewhat curtailed. Our driver also had to take a diversion on the way back to avoid the road closures in Santiago.

  • From Santiago: Highlights of Valparaiso and Viña del Mar

    4. From Santiago: Highlights of Valparaiso and Viña del Mar

    Start your day with pickup from your accommodation in Santiago and travel 120 km towards the Pacific Ocean to discover the cities of Valparaiso and Viña del Mar. Spend your day in two of the most famous cities in Chile with their very different in characteristics. First, stop at the multicolored port city of Valparaíso, where you will learn its history and discover why it is considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Walk among the valleys and discover the poetic, artistic, and historic characteristics of the city. Stop at some lookouts, squares, and have the chance to take a couple pictures of the sea lions at the port. From there, the tour will continue to Viña del Mar - a more sophisticated town with resorts, casinos and luxurious neighborhoods. Here, you will have the chance to eat lunch and visit the main sights of the city, such as the beach, the flower clock, and a Moai brought fr...

    The guide, Alejandro, and driver, Leo, were excellent but the tour just wasn't that great. it was foggy and both Valparaiso and Vina were dirty and we just didn't find the beauty we expected.

  • Santiago: Valparaiso, Viña del Mar, & Casablanca Valley Tour

    5. Santiago: Valparaiso, Viña del Mar, & Casablanca Valley Tour

    Your tour will begin as you are collected from your accommodation, from where you will board a coach destined for the coastal towns of Valparaiso and Viña del Mar. Once in Valparaiso, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, you will embark on a panoramic tour of the port and Plaza Sotomayor (Sotomayor Square). Following your tour, you will ascend to the summit of the Concepción and Alegre Hills using traditional elevators. You will then take a break for lunch, during which time you can enjoy some Chilean cuisine at your own expense. Your next stop will be to Viña del Mar, which is known as the "Garden City" for its plethora of greenery. Towards the end of your tour, you will visit a coastal area to observe some sea lions, before traveling to your final stop, the Casablanca Valley. There, you can sample wines at the Indomita Vineyard, before returning to Santiago in the early evening.

    Excellent tour! Pancho was very knowledgeable, funny and kind. I don’t remember our driver’s name but he was great also, I felt very safe. He was also very flexible with roads in Valparaiso. Great experience!

  • Portillo Ski Resort and Lagoon Private Trip from Santiago

    6. 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.

  • Casablanca Valley: 4 Vineyards with 1 or 2 Wine Tastings

    7. Casablanca Valley: 4 Vineyards with 1 or 2 Wine Tastings

    Over the course of your tour, you will visit four wineries that represent the Casablanca Valley’s diversity in wine production, from family-run boutiques to industry big-hitters. Look behind-the-scenes on tours of the facilities, talk to winemakers about the production process, and stroll through beautiful vineyards. This tour lets you choose to buy tastings on-site or prepay for two or three tastings - a value deal for tour-goers only. As you sip, your guide will tell you fun facts about the Chilean wine industry. Get dropped off in Santiago at the end of your tour.

  • Santiago: Valparaiso, Viña del Mar, & Winery Private Tour

    8. Santiago: Valparaiso, Viña del Mar, & Winery Private Tour

    Enjoy the comforts of a private tour as you visit the colorful coastal cities of Valparaiso and Viña del Mar and make a stop for wine tasting at a renowned vineyard.  The tour begins with your hotel pick up and then a 1.5-hour journey to the Chilean coastline. Drive along the coast in Concón, known for its seaside restaurants and surf shops.  Pass by the impressive Concón Sand Dunes where we will have panoramic views of Valparaiso Harbor.  The tour continues through the popular beach town of Reñaca where on most days we will spot sea lions lying on the coastal rocks. Afterward, then drive through Viña del Mar, Chile’s “Garden City,” where you will see the city’s landmarks, including the Flower Clock and Casino, a “Moai” statue from Easter Island, as well as the city’s pristine beaches. Finally each the main destination, Plaza Sotomayor, the heart of Valparaiso. Ride up an old funicula...

  • From Santiago: Valparaiso and Viña del Mar Private Tour

    9. From Santiago: Valparaiso and Viña del Mar Private Tour

    No trip to Chile is complete without visiting the colorful coastal cities of Valparaiso and Viña del Mar. Your tour begins with hotel pickup followed by an hour and a half drive to the Chilean coastline. Start the drive along the coast in Concón, known for its seaside restaurants and surf shops. Pass by the impressive Concón Sand Dunes with their panoramic views of Valparaiso Harbor. The tour continues past the popular beach town of Reñaca, where you can usually spot sea lions lying on the coastal rocks. Then, drive through Viña del Mar, Chile’s “Garden City,” where you will see the city’s landmarks, including the Flower Clock and Casino, a “Moai” statue from Easter Island, as well as the city’s pristine beaches. Afterward, reach your main destination, Plaza Sotomayor, the heart of Valparaiso. Then, take an old funicular up to Concepcion and Alegre Hills. Bohemian and colorful, Valpara...

  • Santiago: Chocolate and Sparkling Wine Tasting Private Tour

    10. Santiago: Chocolate and Sparkling Wine Tasting Private Tour

    Get picked up from your hotel in Santiago and drive to the Curacaví Valley, nestled in the Coastal Mountain Range. Stop at a family-run chocolate shop, learn how it's made, and sample some of the store’s specialty chocolates. Try some interesting chocolate flavors, such as oregano, ají chile pepper, and honey-mustard. Enjoy a cup of coffee before heading to Viñamar, Chile’s largest sparkling wine vineyard. Head to the Casablanca Wine Valley, where Viñamar's selection of sparkling wines awaits you. Take a tour of the vineyard and enjoy a tasting of delicious sparkling wines.

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4.5 / 5

based on 435 reviews

The bus arrived on time for the pick-up and the tour of Valparaiso (“Valpo” according to our guide, as the Chileans will shorten anything they can) was interesting - particularly the street art. You do need to be able to walk down steps for this part of the tour. Unfortunately, 2 members of the group went AWOL (no fault of the guide), so we lost some time waiting for them and our tour of Vina was somewhat curtailed. Our driver also had to take a diversion on the way back to avoid the road closures in Santiago.

We had a wonderful day with our tour guide Romi and driver who went out of their way to make sure the day was a success. Both Romi and driver were more than flexible, altering the tour to suit the group based on a consensual decision. Romi has an excellent command of English, great sense of humour and very knowledgeable and friendly. I would highly recommend this tour, Romi and our driver (whose name escapes me).

Very enjoyable day out. Lots of information from a very knowledgeable guide. Walking tour of a hilly area of Valparaiso with some wonderful street art. Lunch on the beach in Viña del Mar was very good and on the way back to Santiago a stop at a vineyard with stunning views and even more stunning wines!

Excellent tour! Pancho was very knowledgeable, funny and kind. I don’t remember our driver’s name but he was great also, I felt very safe. He was also very flexible with roads in Valparaiso. Great experience!

An excting trip to Valparaiso and Viña del Mar. Yuri did a great job, telling about history and culture with a good sense of humour. We loved it .