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Half-Day Trip to Valle Nevado Including Cheese and Wine, Carbon Neutral trip

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Farellones, Chile
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icon5 to 6 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 2 more

Overview

Escape Santiago and experience the beauty of the Andes on this half-day, low-impact trip to Valle Nevado. Set out toward the popular ski resort via private vehicle, stopping at various scenic points along the way. Before reaching Valle Nevado embark on an easy, guided hike for spectacular views of the snow-capped peaks, then pause at a hidden lookout to savor both the moment and views with wine and cheese. Take some time to explore Valle Nevado before returning to Santiago.
  • Savor spectacular vistas of the Andes Mountains en route
  • Savor spectacular vistas of the Andes Mountains en route
  • Linger with wine and cheese at a hidden spot overlooking Santiago
  • Embark on an easy hike, taking in stunning panoramic views as you go
  • Includes the expertise of a knowledgable guide and the personalized attention of a small-group size
  • Enjoy comfy and convenient hotel transport, round-trip

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Reviews by Viator travelers
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Wonderful!
Evan J
, Sep 2019
This trip was wonderful. Our flight was delayed about 1-1/2 to 2 hours, but our driver was still waiting at the airport. Once we got there we drove up to Valle Nevado and walked around the ski resort for a bit. Then we went to a scenic spot and saw several Andean Condors soaring around, plus a Chilean Eagle! The driver / guide (Nicolas - fantastic!) prepared a delicious picnic of olives, nuts, cheese and wine. I would highly recommend if you have enough time on a stopover between flights!
icon Response from Host , Nov 2019
Thanks for travel with Andes Explora. We appreciate your feedback! We are very glad you found this trip and had a wonderful experience. We hope to see you soon in new trips with us! Matías
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This is a very low-key tour. There...
Steve R
, Apr 2018
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.
icon Response from Host , May 2019
Thanks for sharing your review about this trip Steve and give details about the tour. We are glad you had a wonderful experience in the Andes. We sorry about the telephone number, we already fixed it. Matias
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We opted for the morning tour. Our...
Anthony S
, Apr 2018
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.
icon Response from Host , May 2019
Thanks for sharing your wonderful experience Anthony! We work to hear that! People getting in love with nature and the surroundings, a peaceful moment and a memorable adventure. All this make our effort worthwhile We hope to see you soon again in Chile and give you another fantastic experience. Stay in touch with nature! Matias
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Seb was an absolute star. A...
Tom D
, Jan 2018
Seb was an absolute star. A wonderful half day trip where nothing was too much of a bother. Couldn't recommend it enough.
icon Response from Host , May 2019
Thanks for sharing your review Tom! We gave the compliments to Seba. We hope to see you soon in new trips with us! Big hug! Matías
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Tomás and Nicolas gave us the most...
maxfreebert
, Sep 2017
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.
icon Response from Host , May 2019
Thanks for sharing your nice review Max! Im very glad you had an excellent experience with our guides Tomas and Nicolas. Tomas is also co-founder of this company, so we are very compromise with the performance of our trips by getting involved in the trips time to time. As you said this trip has it all and is one of the easiest way to see the Central Andes of Chile. We hope to see you soon back in new adventures! Keep the contact with nature and greetings for all your family. Matias
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This excursion with Coigue...
Kenneth T
, Mar 2017
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.
icon Response from Host , May 2019
Thanks for sharing your comments! The company who provided this experience was Andes Explora. We glad you like the flexibility of the trip. We like small groups because we think in big groups the restorative qualities of the nature are weaker due the noise and distractions. Also for the environment is better and more friendly. We hope to see you soon in new trips with our company Andes Explora. Stay in touch with nature! Matías
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Guide was very friendly and was a...
Malcolm G
, Feb 2017
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
icon Response from Host , May 2019
Thanks for your review! We are happy you had a nice overall experience with the trip and the guiding. We are looking forward to see you back in Chile with better weather... Stay in touch with nature! Matias
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The drive to Valle Nevado was...
Bill S
, Jan 2017
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.
icon Response from Host , May 2019
We appreciate your feedback Bill and we are happy to hear you enjoyed the trip so much. When Santiago is under smog this trip is also a good scape to the city in order to breathe the clean air and enjoy the amazing views. The winding road is very amazing and we like to give information often about what people are seeing. We hope to see you soon in Santiago and take you to a new trips along Chile. Take care of the enviroment! Matias
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The tour was amazing! We've seen...
Jesica Paola I
, Aug 2016
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!
icon Response from Host , May 2019
Hi Jesica, thanks for your comments. We are glad you had a great experience and we hope to see you soon in new trips with Andes Explora. Matias
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Tour sights and guide were terrific...
saabjet
, Feb 2016
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
icon Response from Host , May 2019
Thanks for your review. We appreciate it. Normally we are very timely. We had a meeting with our guides about this and encourage them to be timely even when the traffic is chaotic by leave a bigger margin of time for traffic issues. We are glad you enjoyed the trip anyway and we hope to see you soon in new trips with us! Matías

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