How to Get to Valle Nevado, El Colorado, La Parva and Farellones From Santiago
Depending on the service used, road conditions, and day of the week, driving from Santiago to Valle Nevado, La Parva and El Colorado ski areas, generally takes 1.5-2 hours from Santiago.
The road known as, G-21, or Road to Farellones, is narrow and has many switch backs on the steep climb, with over 6,200-8,170 feet (1890-2490 meters) of elevation gain.
The road forks as you arrive to Farellones. The left turn takes you thru the village of Farellones and up to El Colorado and La Parva. The right continues climbing past the cliffs and backcountry terrain known as Santa Teresita on your left, taking you to Valle Nevado.
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 vacation package through our team. English speaking drivers are available upon request. Contact us for ski vacation 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.
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.
Helicopter: Heli service to Valle Nevado, a quick 15 min flight, is an option from the Santiago airport, and a few high-end hotels in Santiago. Prices start at approximately $1240 with capacity of up to 6 passengers.
Hitchhiking: Hitching a ride up to the mountains is not that difficult however on weekends you will be competing with a lot of locals. Bring your best thumb and some patience and you will eventually get a ride.
Best place is a few hundred feet up the G-21 road after it branches off Ave. Las Condes. There are a few ski rental shops and quick markets on the right. If it is too competitive, you can try to find a ride from those stopping to rent skis at one of the shops.