Ski, Wine, San Pedro de Atacama
An unforgettable 10-day journey offering the best of Chile’s ski country, wine valleys, and the “Great North.”
In a unique mix of culture, winery visits, and world-class skiing, this itinerary offers the most complete, multi-activity winter experience in Chile.
- Full days of skiing at Valle Nevado, Portillo, and Ski Arpa – South America’s only fully snowcat-serviced ski center
- Half-day tour of cosmopolitan Santiago
- Winery visits and tastings in the Maipo and Aconcagua Valleys
- Three days exploring the natural and cultural wonders of the world’s driest desert, the Atacama
Day 1 – Arrival Santiago & City Tour
Welcome to Chile! Your guide and driver will meet you at the Santiago International Airport and transfer you to your hotel.
After you have had a chance to refresh and get settled, you will set out with your guide on a half day tour highlighting Santiago’s most important historical sites, including the downtown area surrounding the Plaza de Armas and the La Moneda Presidential Palace.
You will also pass by the Mercado Central, one of Chile’s largest fresh seafood markets and stroll by the many bustling stalls to see the tremendous variety available from Chile’s bountiful sea. You will visit the neighborhoods of República and Concha y Toro, historically home to Santiago’s high society.
Continuing through the cobblestoned Lastarria neighborhood, you will walk by the Parque Forestal and pass by the Bellas Artes Museum. For a panoramic vista of the city, you will visit the top of Cerro San Cristobal Hill, 984 feet above the city.
During the tour, you will have the option to visit one of Santiago’s most famous museums, La Chascona, former home to beloved poet and Nobel Laureate Pablo Neruda. The whimsical residence provides a snapshot into the life and mind of Neruda, filled with art, eccentric collections, and even his Nobel Prize.
Hotel: Hotel Ritz Carlton or Hotel Rugendas
Meals Included: On your own
*Note: Early check in at hotel is not guaranteed, and depends on availability of room at time of check-in.
Day 2 – Ski Valle Nevado
After an early breakfast, your guide will meet you in your hotel lobby to head to Valle Nevado. Modeled after the style of European resorts, the Valle Nevado complex straddles the imposing peak El Plomo, includes luxury accommodations, and has the largest skiable domain in Chile.
Tickets can be purchased to connect to neighboring resorts La Parva and El Colorado. The terrain includes expansive intermediate groomers, and a smaller percentage of steep drops off peaks like Tres Puntos and Cerro Negro.
Hotel: Hotel Ritz Carlton or Hotel RugendasMeals Included: Breakfast
Day 3 – Maipo Valley Wine Tour
Your guide will meet you at your Santiago hotel this morning, and you will drive south along the foothills of the Andes to visit some of the top wineries in the Maipo Valley. Chile’s most traditional wine valley is also one of the most internationally recognized and produces many of Chile’s finest red varieties.
Your first stop will be the intriguing small boutique winery, Aquitania. Located just outside Santiago, Aquitania was born from a formidable partnership among four well-respected French and French-Chilean agronomists and oenologists. The idea was to combine the best of French vinicultural practices with the agricultural paradise of Chile to create unique, sophisticated wines. Award-winning labels such as Aquitania, Lazuli, and Sol de Sol are proof of the project’s success.
Next you’ll visit the Haras de Pirque Winery. The winery is part of a larger property which combines the owners’ two passions: viticulture and thoroughbred horse breeding. Notable labels include Equus, Haras, Elegance, and Albis. You’ll enjoy a tour and tasting of two wines as well as a bottle of Elegance.
For lunch, you will enjoy typical Chilean dishes at the Fundación Origen restaurant, nestled within the traditional wine region of Pirque.
In the afternoon, you will be returned to your hotel in Santiago.
Hotel: Hotel Ritz Carlton or Hotel RugendasMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 4 – Transfer to the Aconcagua Valley
Your guide will meet you at your Santiago hotel this morning to depart to the famed Aconcagua Valley. In the shadow of Mt. Aconcagua, the valley is Chile’s smallest, but very well known as “a viticulturist paradise” for its natural balance of wind, heat, and soil diversity, Aconcagua has produced two 97-point wines – Von Siebenthal’s Tatay de Cristobal 2007 and Errázuriz’ Viñedo Chadwick 2006.
Your first stop will be to Errázuriz Winery, one of the largest, oldest, and most beautiful wineries in Chile. Founded in 1870 by Don Maximiano Errázuriz, Viña Errázuriz is one of the most iconic in Chile and has played a crucial role in developing the country’s wine industry. Following a tour of the winery, a delicious lunch awaits in the historic casona. Next, you’ll head to Viña Von Siebenthal for a tour and tasting. Founded by Swiss lawyer Mauro Von Siebenthal, the boutique winery has produced one of the highest scoring wines in Chile. Of the winery’s six different labels, four have scored over 90 points. In the late afternoon you will arrive to Casa San Regis, an historic Chilean casona, where you will spend the next three nights.
Hotel: Casa San Regis Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5 – Ski Portillo
Today you’ll visit Portillo, South America’s oldest and most famous ski resort, first opened in 1948. Portillo has the ambience of a “boutique” ski resort, with limited hotel capacity, no lift lines and open slopes. Enjoy great trails, a juicy burger at Tío Bob’s, and lots of South American sunshine. The more adventuresome can explore the backcountry off “Roca Jack.”
Hotel: Casa San RegisMeals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 6 – Ski Arpa: Cat Skiing in the Shadow of Aconcagua
Today you’ll experience a full day of Cat Skiing at Ski Arpa. A place unlike any other in the world, Valle el Arpa is sweet music to the skier’s soul. Unparalleled vertical snow conditions and views of both Mt. Aconcagua and the Pacific Ocean make for an unforgettable adventure. In an anything-but-typical day, you’ll ski over 13,000 vertical feet of some of the best untracked powder in the world. Intermediate or advanced level of skiing experience required.
Hotel: Casa San RegisMeals Included: Breakfast, Box Lunch, Dinner
Day 7 – Santiago / San Pedro de Atacama
Your local guide will meet you at your hotel early this morning to transfer you to the Santiago Airport in time for your late morning flight to Calama, in the north of Chile. Upon arrival in Calama, your selected hotel’s representative will meet you at the airport for the one hour drive to the oasis town of San Pedro de Atacama. The quaint adobe village sits on the northern edge of the world’s driest desert. An important center of commerce for the Inca tribe and, later, the Spanish conquistadors, San Pedro now hosts visitors from around the world attracted to its archaeological and natural wonders.
In the afternoon, you will embark on your first excursion to Valle de la Luna (Valley of the Moon), aptly named for its seemingly lunar landscape.
Unique rock and salt formations carved over millions of years by floods and wind appear as though sculpted by man.
Perhaps the most interesting of these salt depositions is Tres Marías with its three female figures rising out of the vast landscape.
Be sure to have your camera on hand to capture the changing colors of the mountains and breathtaking sunset over the Cordillera de la Sal from your perch atop the massive sand dunes.
Hotel: Hotel Alto Atacama or Hotel Terrantai Meals Included: Breakfast, (Lunch and Dinner also provided for guests lodging at Alto Atacama)
Day 8 and 9 – San Pedro de Atacama – Day Excursions
San Pedro is surrounded by a fascinating geological environment, native flora, and diverse fauna waiting to be explored. Don’t miss a visit to Laguna Chaxa, located in the middle of the expansive 2,000-square-mile Atacama Salt Flat, which provides a unique opportunity to observe the three species of flamingos which live on the lake. A stop in the historically agricultural village of Toconao provides insight into the traditional culture of the region.
Explore Laguna Cejar, an anomalous sink hole in the middle of the salt deposits near San Pedro. Similar to the Dead Sea, the extremely high salt concentration in this lagoon allows swimmers to float effortlessly in the clear water. For an early morning excursion, set out to meet the sunrise at 4,300m above sea level as dozens of geysers burst forth from the ground in spectacular form.
If you are an archaeologist (by profession or at heart), be sure to visit the 4,000-year-old ruins of Tulor, the Inca ruins at Pukara de Quitor, and the petroglyphs in Yerba Buena. In San Pedro, the Museum Padre Le Paige provides an excellent overview of regional history dating from pre-Colombian populations to the present day. The museum is internationally known and home to some of the oldest and best-preserved mummies in the world.
Hotel: Hotel Alto Atacama (or similar) or Hotel Terrantai (or similar)Meals Included: Breakfast, (Lunch and Dinner also provided for guests lodging at Alto Atacama)
Day 10 – Santiago / Return Home
You will be transferred to Calama in time for your flight back to Santiago to connect with onward travel or your next adventure.
Meals Included: Breakfast
- All ground transportation in comfortable vehicle
- Full days of skiing at Valle Nevado, Portillo, & Ski Arpa
- Nine (9) nights lodging as detailed in itinerary
- Some meals
- Guided half-day Santiago city tour
- Four (4) winery visits and tastings as described in itinerary
- Excursions in San Pedro de Atacama (regular, not private), includes park entrance fees
Consult your Travel Specialist to upgrade to private excursions
$5,100 per person (group size 2-4 people)