Portillo Travel Guide

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Portillo Things to Do

  • Ski trails

    This is a view of the hotel and the Inca lake from the beginning of Juncalillo, the run that most skiers prefer in the mornings.

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  • The mountains (3)

    It was also interesting to see that these mountains looks so different to the Alps in my home country Austria ...

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Portillo Restaurants

  • Lunch at the mountain

    This slopeside restaurant offers great views of the Inca Lake and the mountains. Lunch at Tio Bob's includes barbecued meats, fishes and salads. This restaurant is open from 11am to 3pm. Guests who stay for a week at Portillo receive one free lunch at Tío Bob's.

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  • For skiers on a budget

    If you stay at the Inca Lodge, your meals are served at the Cafeteria. Certainly the menu is simpler and more economical and it's a self serve restaurant. Prices here are cheaper than at the main dining room.

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  • Gastronomic orgy

    The food at Portillo is just incredible. You'll be served a full continental breakfast, a 3 course lunch and dinner and a 5 o'clock tea. Waiters are very kind and will try to accomodate to all your needs making changes to the menu as you desire. At first it feels strange to stop skiing at noon and eat a shrimp cocktail and a filet mignon with...

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Portillo Shopping

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    by Frisbeeace Written Oct 11, 2003

    At least one day per week during September, the ski store located in the hotel's lobby offers a 50% off every item. So you'd better ask about this special day or wait to make your purchases. Many things result a bargain after such discount. How about a North Face goretex jacket for $150?

    What to buy: Gloves and sunglasses are specially a good buy

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Portillo Warnings and Dangers

  • Expensive medical services at the Hotel

    Medical services at the Portillo Hotel are very expensive. You'd better check if you medical plan covers your trip to Chile or contract a medical insurance for that week. I injured my leg and it costed me $120 just to see the doctor and get an X-ray plaque. Some credit cards will cover those expenses. My Amex did.

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  • The border station

    Further it is strictly forbidden to take pictures of the chilenian custom station. If you want a memory you buy a post card there (watch the travelogue). When taking photos of the landscape, try to take them without the border station, like in the picture on your left.

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  • The military is watching you .....

    It can sometimes be that military is watching to the tourists, because it´s just a few kilometers to the border with Argentina. Beware of taking photos like this if there are soldiers here. I had luck and so nothing happend to me. But I only wanted to photograph the mountains and I didn´t know that the orange building is a military base ....

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Portillo Tourist Traps

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    by Frisbeeace Written Oct 11, 2003

    Kids 8 years old and up qualify as adults when renting equipment and ski classes so check the hidden costs of these services when planning your trip to Portillo.

    Group classes are held from 10:30am to noon and 3 pm to 4:30 pm so don't count on leaving your kids at the ski school all day long as you may be used to in your local area.

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Portillo Off The Beaten Path

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    by MEdelmann Written Feb 25, 2003

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    ... are different in South America and so I also wanted to have a memory of the traffic sign there. Therefore I asked someone in my travel group to take a picture of me next to the traffic sign ...

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    • Family Travel

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Portillo Favorites

  • Heated Pool

    The heated pool is a big attraction in Portillo. Many guests go there after the 5 o'clock tea to relax before doing some exercise or taking a shower for dinner. If you don't mind freezing your nose...

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  • The mountain road

    The way to Portillo is as spectacular as the mountains. Completed in 1984, it ascend the Caracoles Hill with 60 curves. When I looked down, I couldn´t believe that we went up this way... just amazing!

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