How to Get to Portillo From Santiago and the Airport
The three Portillo Chile hotels are situated high in the rugged Andes Mountains in the vicinity of Cerro Aconcagua. It is a mere 3 miles (5 km) from the Argentine border, and 102 miles (164 km) from Santiago, Chile’s capital city.
The closest town is Los Andes, which is located 40 miles (63 km) to the west. As the resort is on the main international Ruta 60, getting to Portillo is relatively easy to reach even though it is situated so far from any main towns.
Arriving by Air
For international travelers, the closest major airport to Portillo is actually Santiago’s Comodoro Arturo Merino Benitez International airport (SCL). From this airport, there are many transportation options available to reach the ski resort relatively quickly.
Private vehicle service
PowderQuest includes private vehicles (cars, vans, and mini-buses with professional drivers from both the airport and your hotel in Santiago when booking a 3-7 night stay with us to Portillo. English speaking drivers are available upon request. These services are included with our hotel vacation packages to Portillo. Contact us for rates and reservations.
Public van shuttles
An economical way to get to the mountains. There are several services offered online and in Santiago. If you are on a budget and have the extra time it takes to pick up other passengers around the busy city, and dropping them off at the different ski centers, this can be a good option. We do not offer this service, but can be found online or booked from the airport upon arrival.
Portillo by bus
In addition, there are inexpensive buses that run between Santiago and Portillo. These buses typically pass by the resort on the way to Mendoza, Argentina. Turbus is one example and probably the most recognized. It is important to make sure they are willing to stop and drop you off before buying your bus ticket.
Rent a car
Renting a car or better off, 4×4 truck or SUV is an option. However, considering once you arrive, your vehicle will generally just sit in the parking lot for several nights or a week, it may not be worth it. If you are visiting several areas during your stay or plan to run backcountry road laps, a vehicle can be worthwhile. Just keep in mind gas is expensive, the roads are not easy, and you will need to carry snow chains, even during a dry period. An international drivers license is required.
In general, it takes 2 hours to drive from the Santiago airport. Of course, the Portillo weather and road conditions can extend this time dramatically. Drivers are advised not to attempt the journey without snow chains.
Driving directions to Portillo from Santiago
From Santiago and the Santiago airport, simply head out of town on Ruta 57 (Autopista Los Libertadores) and follow the signs towards Los Andes. There are several tolls that take Chilean pesos and credit cards. Prior to reaching Los Andes, there is a by-pass road which leads to Ruta 60 in the direction of Mendoza, Argentina. Portillo is located directly off of Ruta 60, and there are many signs on the highway that clearly mark the way to the resort. There is a toll plaza on Ruta 60 after you pass the police stop. If you tell them you are going to Portillo, you do not need to pay this toll. The drive takes about 2 hours when the road is clear.
The quickest way to get to Portillo from Santiago is via helicopter. In addition to providing speedy transfer between the city and the ski resort, helicopters can also provide travelers with unparalleled access to fresh powder. Heli-skiing can be booked via PowderQuest or directly at the Hotel Portillo.
Fortunately, helicopters also connect Portillo with several other cities and local clinics in Chile. There is helicopter service connecting the resort with Tobalaba, Clinica Alemana, Guardia Vieja, Los Andes, and San Felipe. Prices per helicopter start at approximately $1700 from Los Andes, $2700 from Santiago and $2900 from the Santiago airport with capacity of up to 5 passengers. Children over 2 years old are considered passengers. Contact us for details to include this in your Portillo package.