Portillo is a must see place in Chile! We had a magical experience as we saw sunshine to snow on this tour. Throughly enjoyed the views of waterfalls and condors on the way to Portillo. The lagoon is stunning with clear blue/green water. San Esteban vineyard is beautiful with views of the Andes. We also got to see the Incan petroglyphs. We had an absolutely wonderful time with Vanessa our tour guide. She was very funny!! Thank you for looking after us Vanessa. hola hola!!!
Thanks Stamps tours!!
The best trip I did on Chile. Stamp and #39;s Tour guides are very well prepared, know a lot of the history and details of places being visited. It was an amazing experience. The place is astonishing, and deserves the visit.
Atenção especial da parte do guia Patrício da Stamp and #39;s Turismo. Lugar de paisagens impressionantes e exuberantes. A viagem também reserva paisagens incríveis. Porém, a estação de ski é pra quem adora esquiar e quer só fazer isso o dia todo. Não há opções de outras atividades. Hotel antigo mas aconche
We thoroughly enjoyed our guide and driver, as well as the beautiful Andes, winery, Portillo Ski Lodge and the beautiful lagoon!! It was the highlight of our stay in Santiago. We went on to cruise around South America, across the Pacific to the Mediterranean and Adriatic Seas, but our memories of this day tour in Santiago are some of the most enjoyable!
We had a wonderful time visiting Portillo and the Inca Lagoon, then having a wine tasting at the Errazuiz Winery. Our guide, Emmanuel from Stamps Tours, was excellent - very informative, and nothing was too much trouble for him. We were the only people on this tour and learned so much about Chile. Emmanuel's English was great which helped as our Spanish was negligible.
Our guide/driver was Emmanuel of Stamp's Tour - he was perfect for the job as he loves to talk/banter and provide information! He made the long round trip drive from Santiago up to the San Esteban Vineyard and Portillo Inca Lagoon fun. We had an unexpected treat at the vineyard - we were given a choice of a tour of the wine-making or a trek up the hill to see the petroglyphs by native inhabitants hundreds of years ago. We chose the trek to see the petroglyphs in keeping with the theme of our trip as we just came from Macchu Picchu and Easter Island. It was an excellent choice for us. And the wines we tasted after the trek were divine, especially the In Situ Chardonnay Reserve. They export to the U.S.A. under private labels so we decided not to buy from there as it will be difficult to bring in wine bottles and we were not sure if there will be customs duties. The Portillo Inca lagoon was picturesque with the snowy mountains in the background. I gave a 4-star instead of a 5-star review only because we couldn't get near the lagoon and the lunch at the hotel wasn't that great. With the long drive, I expected to be able to actually get near the lagoon and maybe picnic nearby. I guess if we did the tour in the summer we may have been able to do that. All in all, the tour went well with the cool but sunny and clear weather and we were glad to get away from cloudy Santiago.
Had a very enjoyable day, polite and informative guide/driver and plenty of time to take in the sights - only one issue don't recall seeing ruins of the Inca empire. Restaurant at the lagoon and the winery were great.
Due to the weather, we were not able to go on this tour but Emmanuel from Stamp Tours was able to quickly put together a different tour to Valparaiso/Vina Del Mar that was great and very memorable. They did a great job!
The trip was extremely expensive for what was provided. The guide was checking her phone for directions whilst driving me which from a safety perspective was very poor, and had to break quite quickly a couple if times.
The tour mentions visiting the inca ruins near the vineyard, though the ruins were mentioned by the winery guide, when we left and I mentioned the ruins to our guide, her response was to point to the hill where they were, and when I asked if we could see them, it's too hot. Given our guide knew we had just come from Peru and I asked if we could go it was disappointing that we didn't, additionally she advised that our winery guide should have taken us on bikes, this would have been extra though. This wasn't mentioned at anytime, nor did our guide follow up to ask if we wanted to go see them as well.
The tour mentions being able to see the inca rail tunnels and tracks, eventually you 'see' them from afar, which isn't really 'seeing' them .. The tour should mention you drive past the tunnels and don't stop for pictures. Finally the Portillo inca lagoon, though extremely beautiful, we could not head down to stand by the lake because it was ski season, there was no mention of being prohibited from standing by the lake due to such restrictions, the lagoon though beautiful was literally a lake to take pictures for 2 hours, no ability to walk around the resort due to ski season, the lunch in the hotel was extremely expensive and should have been included in the trip especially given we spent 6 hours in a car , which was the majority of the trip. There was no mention of this amount if time sat in a car, finally we felt the trip to the lagoon was more of a catch up for the guide and her friends rather than interested in entertaining us around the lake area.
In all I will be recommending my friends who travel in two weeks to hire a car and do this themselves, which is what we found out a couple did today for half the price.we would hope for some back
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