From renowned wineries and vineyards to unmatched ski slopes in the Andes, year-round adventures await Experience the beautiful extremes of Chile from a hotel near Santiago Ski Slopes and Chilean wineries – The Ritz-Carlton, Santiago. Situated between the ocean and the Andes, with verdant valleys to the south where a warm and dry climate provides a hospitable environment for Chile’s vast vineyards, Santiago appeals to both city dwellers and adventurers alike. From the historic Palacio de La Moneda to the most modern high-rises, and from humble street vendors to the many chic designer boutiques that grace its elegant streets, Santiago is a place to discover one-of-a-kind finds and experiences. Explore the many vineyards and wineries conveniently located nearby or take a guided tour showcasing the natural beauty of the area. For sports enthusiasts, our luxury hotel’s proximity to the Andes Mountain Range offers countless recreation opportunities.
With its church a national monument, “Pueblo los Domínicos”, resembles a typical Chilean town. Visitors will delight in the wide variety of local handicrafts, antiques, sculpture and foods available.
Distance: 10 kilometers/15 minutes
Santiago City Tour
We invite you to discover the city of Santiago and visit its main tourist attractions. On the central avenue of Alameda, you can appreciate the Presidential Palace, La Moneda a neoclassical building and its surroundings of old government buildings.
We will also go around to some 19th century neighborhoods such as a Republic, Blanco, and Cumming avenues, the Cousino Palace and Equestrian Club. We will also have the opportunity to get into the historical heart of the city, Plaza de Armas, the Cathedral, the renowned Central Market and Santa Lucia Hill.
Another interesting area is the Barrio (neighborhood) Bellavista, unique section with lots of history and home to the house and museum of our poet Pablo Neruda. This area is interesting not only for being at the foot of Cerro San Cristobal and its cable car, but also for its picturesque narrow streets and gastronomic diversity in a very pleasant atmosphere.
Latter we will take you to visit an important part of modern Santiago, the main financial area and neighborhoods, like Las Condes, Providencia and Vitacura, where modernization and development are rapidly taking place.
Tour around the Maipo Valley
Going south of Santiago and still in the metropolitan region, we will find The Maipo Valley, an area with the most fertile and best microclimates in Central Chile for the production of superb wines. The Maipo Valley is located just beside the Maipo River and has beautiful natural surroundings inhabited by farmers that work the land using ancient techniques.
We invite you to enjoy this fascinating tour, visiting ancient and modern style vineyards, such as: Aquitaine, Alma Viva, Cousino Macul, Concha y Toro, Haras de Pirque, Perez Cruz and Santa Rita. These entire well know places have been making the most of the microclimate and the soil to produce some of the famous wines in Chile, especially the Cabernet Sauvignon variety, with its delicate fruity perfume and deep color.
Tour Concha y Toro
The visit starts at Don Melchor Square, where you are going to be welcomed by a bilingual guide who will invite you to enjoy a panoramic view of Vineyard Pirque.
Visitors walk around the ancient park, going back in time while they appreciate the original winery house dating for more than a century, which use to be the residence of the Concha y Toro family. Here was born more than 100 years ago the largest wine company in Chile.
One of the most important sections of the vineyard are the underground cellars where founder Don Melchor Concha y Toro, kept some of his best wines. The guest will listen the “Legend of the Devil's Box" which became one of the most famous Chilean wines in the world.
Tour to the Andes Mountains
We will leave Santiago towards the Andes driving through a gorge at the mountains foot hills to later climb up through a road with more than 40 curves till we arrive to Farellones, La Parve and El Colorado.
After we visit these places, we will go up another 20 more curves along these amazing mountains to get to Valle Nevado. So, in just one hour and half we can get to three thousand meters high and be surrounded by enormous mountains of over six thousand meters high (about 9,000 feet).
Valle Nevado is a favorite for skiers from all over the world. The views will make us stop to think about the enormity of the mountains that surrounds us and we’ll also enjoy the views of Santiago down in the distance.
We invited you to enjoy this unique experience, to be in the middle of the Andes, surrounded by nature, the whole year round.
To visit the ski resort during the winter season you have the following timetable:
Monday to Friday no restriction of time to go up and come back
Saturday, Sunday and festivities allowed to go up from 8 a.m. to 2 pm.
Coming back only from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Tour to the Casablanca Valley
Located 80 kilometers from Santiago, the Casablanca Valley offers a panoramic view of some of this country finest and best vineyard with its beautiful surroundings.
This excellent location has a moderate climate because of the pacific coast winds.
The climatic conditions are the best to produce fine wine varieties such a: Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir and Merlot, giving them their delicate taste and its finest flavor.
We are able to visit a variety of vineyards with famous names including: Veramonte, Casa del Bosque, Emiliana, Untamed, Viña Mar.
We invite you to visit this exclusive world class vineyard valley, which will be proving to be an unforgettable experience.
Tour Valparaíso - Viña del Mar
As we leave Santiago and go west across route 68 we are going to pass the second most important mountain range in Chile, the “Cordillera de la Costa”. Route 68 is the highway that connects the capital Metropolitan Region to Valparaiso, Chile’s most important port and Viña del Mar, probably the best resort city in central Chile. Along this route we are going to cross the valleys of Curacavi and Casablanca, probably the most important on quality white wines production in the country.
During the trip we will first visit Valparaiso, the country main port, declared cultural heritage by Unesco just a few years ago.
We will explore the steep hills and avenues of the city, which began developing at the beginning of the 20th century.
As we leave Valparaiso behind taking Avenida España to the north, in just a few minutes we are going to get to Viña del Mar, a very well established resort city, very popular during the summer. This is a place with lots of parks and green areas which gives the city its second name “The Garden City”.
During the tour we will also visit its main beaches and the Casino Municipal.
Valparaíso, immortalized in the words of Pablo Neruda, is one of South America's most charismatic and historic ports, with its charming ascensores (funicular railways) and colorful hillside constructions.
Distance: 120 kilometers/1 hour 30 minutes
Located mostly in the center of the country, the Chilean vineyards have gained worldwide fame and prestige for the quality and variety of their wines. Along the wine country route, visit vineyards such as Concha y Toro, vineyard Errázuriz, Cousiño Macul and vineyard Undurraga, to mention a few. The exceptional climate and terrain of the valleys of Santiago, Aconcagua and Cachapoal allow for a great variety of large and small vineyards that produce prestigious wines for export.
Distance: 80 kilometers/45 minutes
Cajón del Maipo
A glacially sculpted valley just southeast of Santiago, Cajon del Maipo makes an excellent day or weekend trip. Whitewater rafting, hiking, and horseback riding are among the activities offered in Santiago's backyard getaway.
Distance: 115 kilometers/1 hour 15 minutes
On arriving at El Colorado ski area you will find magnificent ski terrain, remarkable snow conditions and pleasant outdoor temperatures. These conditions are due to a combination of the altitude and latitude which generate excellent powder snow and sunny days. It is not uncommon to have up to 17 feet of snowfall during the ski season.
Metropolitan Park, the Green Garden of Santiago, comprises 1,784 acres and a Zoo, and is the biggest urban park in Chile. Funicular and cable carts ride to the top of the San Cristobal Hill offering great views of Santiago. The Park’s mission is to improve citizens’ lives by preserving an amazing natural environment enhanced by touches of art, culture and sports.
The Portillo ski resort is like a cruise ship nestled in the magnificent Andean peaks. With no neighboring towns, Portillo is a totally self-contained mecca for skiing or snowboarding, socializing and relaxing, in a natural environment that is nothing less than spectacular.
Valle Nevado lies at an altitude of 10,000 feet, amidst incredibly breathtaking landscapes in the Andes Mountains. With an abundance of sun and quality snow, it is the largest skiable acreage in the Southern Hemisphere. Perfect for snowboarding too.