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Portillo is South America's oldest and most well-known ski resort. Located on the edge of Inca Lake, Portillo is 100 percent above treeline and revered by advanced/expert skiers for its steep, off-piste terrain, good hiking and powder that can last for days. With just one hotel and no town, the ambiance lends itself to a lot of skier camaraderie, and the focus is as much on skiing and snowboarding as life off the slopes.
Santiago-Benitez International Airport (SCL) receives numerous flights from around the world. The airport is 17 kilometres (11 miles) northwest of Santiago city.
From North America: Direct from Atlanta, Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami and Toronto. The airlines offering those flights are American, Delta, LAN and Air Canada.
From South/Central America: LAN Airlines is the major Chilean carrier and offers regular, direct flights between Santiago and Peru, Ecuador, Argentina, Mexico, and Brazil.
From Europe: Indirect flights (stops in U.S) with Iberia Airlines, Swiss, bmi, American Airlines, Aer Lingus, Air France, Aerolineas Argentinas, Lan Airlines, DELTA, and TAP Portugal.
Portillo is 164 kilometres (102 miles) north of Santiago, approximately a two-hour drive. The resort is set in the Andes Mountains on the Chile/Argentina border.
From Santiago Airport: Follow Américo Vespucio towards the north. This will take you down ‘La Piramide' and past the Cuidad Empresarial. Exit on the ‘Los Libertadores' highway (just after the entrance to the Mall Plaza Norte). Follow the highway towards the city of Los Andes. At Los Andes, turn right and follow the route to the east through the mountains towards the city of Mendoza, Argentina. Portillo is approximately five kilometres (three miles) from the Chile/Argentina border. The use of car chains is mandatory on mountain roads
Transfers between the airport, Santiago hotels, and Portillo ski resort are available from Portillo Tours and Travel. There is a shuttle available on Saturday and private transfers are available every day. The shuttle bus from Santiago Airport to Portillo costs $70 USD one way; $120 return trip.
Ski Total offer shuttle buses between Santiago and Portillo returning the same day or different days. A day trip costs $48 USD per person, leaving from Santiago at 8 a.m. and returning at 5 p.m. A roundtrip over more than one day costs $80 USD per person.
Another shuttle company serving Portillo is KL Adventure
You won't need a car to get around Portillo; it's just comprised of one hotel complex.
Portillo Tours and Travel (56-2) 263 0606
Ski Total: (56-2) 246 0156 - 246 6881
KL Adventure: (56-2) 217 9101
Renato Sanchez 4270
Phone: (56-2) 2263-0606