Just two hour's drive from the capital Santiago, Portillo is the finest ski resort in Latin America, with a majestic Andean setting and superb powder conditions.

Ollie and Kate B are here to help give you the inside track.

Key Stats

Best Time To Visit

Jul - Sep

Flight from London London

14:15 hrs

Time Difference

GMT -4 hrs

Portillo is unique because there is no town and only one hotel of note. This has been South America's premier destination ski resort for more than 50 years.

The skiing is predictably excellent, with lengthy runs to suit all abilities and some of the finest powder conditions around. Thanks to a strict policy of only allowing 450 people on to the slopes on any one day, there are never queues at the lifts. The lift system itself consists of 14 lifts (including five chairlifts), and for the more adventurous skier, the unique Va et Vient lifts allow access to the high avalanche couloirs across the Roca Jack and the Condor slopes with their open-slope powder skiing.

Add in world class service and facilities and this is a resort experience that leaves many in Europe found wanting.

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Original Highlight

Skiing in Portillo
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Portillo is the location for summer season training camps by Northern hemisphere skiing teams.

Saskia, Original Traveller

Where to stay

Tierra Patagonia

Tierra Patagonia

Tierra Patagonia is just 15 minutes’ drive from the entrance to Torres del Paine National Park, set on a bluff where the pampas meet Lake Sarmiento, and with amazing views of the peaks of the national park.

Awasi Patagonia

Awasi Patagonia

This luxury lodge in Patagonia provides an unrivalled base from which to discover the wild and remote Torres del Paine National Park.

Cruceros Australis

Cruceros Australis

The Cruceros Australis offers two vessels, the M/V Via Australis or M/V Stella Australis, which will take guests between the Chilean city of Punta Arenas and Ushuaia in Argentina.

Explora Patagonia

Explora Patagonia

Located in the renowned Torres del Paine National Park in the heart of Patagonia, Explora Patagonia must rank as one of the most spectacularly positioned hotels in the world.

Patagonia Camp

Patagonia Camp

Patagonia Camp is an original, eco-friendly camp located amid spectacular surroundings on the shore of Lake Toro in Chilean Patagonia.

The Singular Patagonia

The Singular Patagonia

The Singular began life as a factory (a cold storage plant to be precise) in 1915. Opening as a luxury hotel at the end of 2011, this factory-come-hotel has lashings of charm.

EcoCamp Patagonia

EcoCamp Patagonia

Located in the stunning Torres del Paine National Park in Chilean Patagonia, the Eco Camp offers the perfect compromise between hotel accommodation and camping.

Explora Atacama

Explora Atacama

In sweeping private grounds on the outskirts of the oasis town of San Pedro, the Atacama property “Hotel de Larache”, from the portfolio of renowned Chilean hotel group explora, is the best hotel in this region.

Awasi Atacama

Awasi Atacama

Awasi Atacama is an intimate luxury-in-the-desert hotel that ranks with South America’s best retreats.

Tierra Atacama

Tierra Atacama

From the same sophisticated stable as Tierra Chiloe, Tierra Atacama is an immaculate boutique hotel in the Atacama Desert.

Alto Atacama

Alto Atacama

Located about 10 minutes drive from San Pedro, Alto Atacama is ideal for those who prefer to be away from town (even if San Pedro is dictionary definition one-horse) and fully immerse themselves in the stunning desert surroundings.

The Aubrey

The Aubrey

Situated in the boho barrio of Bellavista, the Aubrey (dating from 1927), is Santiago's first real boutique hotel.

Casa Higueras

Casa Higueras

Housed in a converted 1920’s mansion, Casa Higueras is a stylish yet comfortable boutique hotel, and the first boutique hotel to open in the UNESCO World Heritage town.

Lapostolle Residence

Lapostolle Residence

Nestled into the forested hills of the Colchagua Valley, the exclusive Lapostolle Residence Winery & Lodge, run by the Marnier-Lapostolle family, is located 3 hours south of Santiago.

La Casona at Matetic Vineyard

La Casona at Matetic Vineyard

Just over a hundred kilometers from Santiago, La Casona at Matetic Vineyard is a seven room, century-old guesthouse which is the perfect base from which to explore the biodynamic Matetic Vineyard.

Lastarria

Lastarria

The central location in trendy Barrio Lastarria means guests are never far from the action, and just a stone's throw from many of the city’s cultural attractions.

Ritz Carlton

Ritz Carlton

The Ritz-Carlton Santiago is located in the El Golf neighbourhood of the Chilean capital.

vina-vik-Fornasetti-Suite

Vina Vik

Vina Vik is an avant-garde retreat and wine spa designed by the ever successful Alexander and Carrie Vik. This cutting edge contemporary cabin overlooks the vineyard below and offers guests a cultural wine experience amidst 11,000 acres of nature.

Hotel Portillo

Hotel Portillo

Portillo is unique because there is no actual town and only one hotel of note - Hotel Portillo.

The Singular Santiago

The Singular Santiago

The Singular hotel in Santiago is set to provide a trendy stay for Chile’s visitors. The hotel is located in the city’s centre of arts and all things cultural. Its architecture combines the style of 20th century buildings with neoclassical French architectural influences.

Palacio Astoreca

Palacio Astoreca

Sitting pretty on the crest of Monte Alegre, one of the many hills which make up the coastal town of Valparaiso, Palacio Astoreca is a beautifully restored Victorian mansion which is one of the best hotels in the region.

Explora Rapa Nui

Explora Rapa Nui

Explora’s Rapa Nui property is Easter Island’s most comfortable hotel and offers guests a wide range of excursions to discover the many wonders of this mythical Pacific island.

Antumalal Hotel

Antumalal Hotel

Set in lush hillside gardens a mile or so outside the town of Pucón, the Antumalal hotel is built in the distinctive Bauhaus architectural style which influenced the design of Chile’s famous explora hotels.

Hotel Vira Vira, Chile

Hotel Vira Vira

Set in 23 acres of Native Park along the shores of the Liucura River, Vira Vira will introduce a true hacienda experience to the region. It will expose aspects of regional cuisine and traditions, immersing travellers in the surrounding scenery and adventurous pursuits of Pucón.

Tierra Chiloe

Tierra Chiloe

This avant-garde geometric masterpiece is home to five-star boutique hotel Tierra Chiloe; the newest member of the Tierra Hotel family and the pioneer of luxury hotels in Chile’s Northern Patagonia.

Nomads of the Seas

Nomads of the Seas

MV Atmosphere by Nomads of the Seas is a stunning expedition vessel, which comes complete with helicopters and zodiac ribs, enabling guests to explore some of the lesser known areas of the great wilderness that is Chilean Patagonia. This is quite simply the perfect escape for the 21st Century explorer.

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