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May 22, 2019
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Details

  • 10 hours (Approx.)
  • Hotel pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
Overview Overview

On this full-day guided tour visit the Cajón del Maipo area, which is located in the southeast part of Santiago city, famous for its hills, massifs, estuaries and rivers. This tour is ideal for lovers of ecotourism who want to experience the tranquility and fresh mountain air. Start by having a panoramic visit of San Jose de Maipo in which you'll learn the history and the folklore of this area. Later, move on through the marvelous landscapes to get into the mountains, towards Embalse el Yeso, a big lake surrounded by mountains. Thanks to the climatic conditions this is the ideal place for your picnic lunch. Enjoy different types of meats and beverage, also included is shared bottle of wine to have a toast. After enjoying more of the views, start back to the city, appreciating this places natural beauty.

Highlights
  • Small group ensures personal service
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • Snacks and Beverages included
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
Inclusions & Exclusions Inclusions & Exclusions
Inclusions
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
  • Live commentary on board
  • This tour includes English tour guide (the service can be multilingual)
  • Picnic (snacks cheeses, olives, salami, wine, juices, etc)
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
Departure & Return Departure & Return
Departure Point

Hotel or address in Santiago

Departure Time

7:30 AM

Please note:

Hotel pickups commence approximately 30 - 60 minutes prior to this time, exact pickup time will be advised on reconfirmation.

Return Details

Return to place of pickup

Operates

Daily

What to Expect What to Expect

Upon pickup from your hotel or address in the districts of Providencia, Las Condes, Vitacura and Santiago Centro, or in a meeting point inside the same districts begin the trek to the south of the city. Cajon del Maipo is located next to the Andes mountains and it's the beginning of the road of "The volcano" the way to "El Yeso". On the volcano road see many little towns like Las Vertientes, El Canelo, El Manzano, San Jose de Maipo, El Melocoton, San Alfonso to name a few. In those little towns the people try to escape the busy streets and the constant noise of the city to live a country life near the mountains.
Later pass next to Tinoco Tunnel that has a special history and is very interesting to learn about. After the last visit start the direct way to "Embalse del Yeso" on a dirt road. Spend about 40 minutes admiring the marvelous views of the Andes. Next stop at the reservoir to see the beautiful views around the place and begin preparing for a picnic that consists of a variety of products with many different flavors, plus a bottle of wine to share.
Around 3pm start back to the city and returning back to your hotel or be dropped off in the central point in the city around 6pm.

Hotel Pickup Hotel Pickup

Hotel pick-up is offered for this tour. Note: if you are booking within 24 hours of the tour/activity departure time, we cannot guarantee hotel pick-up. Once your purchase is complete, we will send you complete contact information (phone number, email address, etc.) for our local operator to organize pick-up arrangements.

Additional Info Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Must be of legal drinking age to consume alcoholic beverages
  • May be operated by a multi-lingual guide
  • Assumes no responsibility for events that are not attributable whatsoever to the tour like disease, strikes, weather conditions, natural disasters, riots or any other cause beyond our control
Cancellation Policy Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

Reviews

19 Reviews
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Daniel F

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5/5
24, April, 2019

Informative tour with fascinating scenary. The picnic and wine in a stunning location is a nice touch. Highly recommended

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Karli E

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5/5
21, January, 2019

That dam and surrounded nature is indescribable (most beautiful colours) .... Beautiful!! The trip is amazing. A must see most definitely

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Angel C

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28, September, 2018

Great tour and experience. WARNING!! there are no restrooms

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Dean G

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5/5
26, September, 2018

Spectacular ! A wonderful day exploring this visually spectacular jewel in the mountains near Santiago... Could not be more perfect...

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Sabrina S

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4/5
22, July, 2018

Hi- My guide Salvador was very informative. I did have to switch buses to the one with the bilingual English-speaking guide. Pack accordingly, otherwise there is an option to rent clothes at one of the bus stops. Otherwise my tour was great! A long day, but very worth it!

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Stuart M

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1/5
02, July, 2018

I strongly recommend that you DO NOT book with MTO Tours. These guys were very unorganized from start to finish. We didn't hear a word of English for at least 3 hours into the tour despite clearly requesting an English guide. Prepare for unnecessary upselling in our case we rented 60 USD worth of cold-weather clothing that we didn't need because it had snowed a few days prior at Cajon del Maipo. Since we had no explanation of what was going on we ended up renting to be safe but we didn't need them. The picnic is a joke but the scenery once you get to Cajon del Maipo is very beautiful. The town of San Jose de Maipo is underwhelming. We booked this tour based on other strong reviews but our experience was a total let down. We had another tour booked with these guys the following day and we cancelled as soon as we got back from this tour we didn't ask for anything back from this tour but kindly requested a refund for the following day's tour....they said no. My opinion is to AVOID these guys.

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Francois F

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4/5
18, March, 2018

The landscape is worh the day tour and explain the 4 stars. However. I was the only one passenger speaking english with 12 Argentiners.
The guide just spoke 90 spanish and 10 english...Apart of the landscape, I would have given only 2 stars for the journey

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chiaragatpo

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1/5
11, March, 2018

it was horribile. It wasnt a tour... It was just a like drive thru at the cajon del Maipo. We waited 30 minutes for the pick up early in the morning. We had lunch, suggested by the guide. It was an expensive place and the food is not even good. After lunch the whole group was waiting under the sun in a square for more than 45 minutes because we didnt know where the driver and the shuttle is.
Dont book this. Its a waste of money and time.

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KEVAN T

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16, February, 2018

An excellent way to get out of the city and see another side of Santiago . Very beautiful , but remember to take a light coat , even in the summer . Ernesto , my driver/guide was first class , very friendly and informative.... infact he made my day !! Thank You buddy . Highly Recommended

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Roger F

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08, February, 2018

Where do we begin with this one? Lets start! A horrendously early pickup from our hotel and a trek around Santiago for 1 hour picking up other victims.

This was followed by a motorway cafe for breakfast joining other fellow victims which ended up as a farce queueing for coffee/fruit etc. Dont ask us Brits were asked to move to the English speaking minibus where we couldnt sit together.

Our driver obviously hadnt learnt the Chilean Highway Code else he wouldnt have had 1 hand on the wheel and the other on his microphone whilst driving at 100km an hour. We were accompanied on the speaker system with Spanish (Chilean?) songs from another era such as the Eurovision Song Contest circa 1970/2016.

At the lake we were told to vamoose for an hour whilst they prepared the picnic of wine and cheese. After 20 mins of vamoosing we were at a loose end and as there was nowhere to perch hovered haplessly around the preparations which were 20 mins late, we'll have you know.

Flags were set out on the table clothed trestle tables along with potted plants for anyone to take a photo. British flag was absent and we now know this was not due to the Falkland Islands. God help anyone attempting to take a sip of the vino Tinto for fear of being humiliated in front of all our new found family and friends who didnt speak our lingo.

Once allowed to eat we decided to give it a miss owing to a lack of hand hygiene which would have sent our health and safety into a frenzy. The bottle of wine between 2 didnt materialise and instead it was every man and woman for themselves after the 1st glass. As one of us didnt drink red wine and in the absence of vino blanco, she had to endure the powder and water mixture which they pass off as orange juice.

Unhappily replenished we pressed on with the next stage of the journey which would have made top gear look like the London to Brighton rally, hurtling around the hairpin bends at 100 miles an hour listening to yet more Eurovision style songs.

The piece de resistance was stopping at a tunnel which was a shrine to a hero named Wily who were sure was a hero but we dont know why. We were given the opportunity to walk through the 700m pitch black tunnel, along with a few stray dogs and meet our driver at the other end. Dont do it - stay on the bus.

You may have got the impression we didnt enjoy our trip and you would be correct for all the above reasons. However scenery was stunning and the town we stopped at was very authentic.

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Cathleen A

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3/5
26, January, 2018

Lunch was wonderful. Tour was just ok. Not much commentary in either Spanish or English. Long ride; too much downtime .

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Megan N

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5/5
12, January, 2018

Awesome!!Absolutely stunning and loved the fact we got picked up from our hotel. NOT many English speakers but we managed to understand most of the time. Got a little dizzy with the dramatic altitude change but took a short nap on the last part of the ride which really helped. Make sure to hydrate!!

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Anna R

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05, January, 2018

Симпатичный необременительный тур подходит для людей любого возраста и физической подготовки. Самая лучшая часть - пикник на живописном озере El Yesso. Мы были с испаноязычным гидом по имени Оскар, это веселый парень и хороший водитель, но если вы надеетесь получить англоязычную экскурсию, обговорите это заранее.

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Anna R

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05, January, 2018

Симпатичный необременительный тур подходит для людей любого возраста и физической подготовки. Самая лучшая часть - пикник на живописном озере El Yesso. Мы были с испаноязычным гидом по имени Оскар, это веселый парень и хороший водитель, но если вы надеетесь получить англоязычную экскурсию, обговорите это заранее.

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Patodonnell53

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21, December, 2017

Brilliant day good company to use half the price of their competitors guide was excellent would highly recommend this.

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Eric L

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14, December, 2017

The trip was fun. We met some really nice people and Danny, the tour guide really did everything possible to make our trip enjoyable. The subject matter is in my opinion limited, a relatively uninteresting dam, but the ride was fun and it was good to see the outskirts of Santiago
Probably not the place to bring this up, but I would like to warn travellers to chile to not be screwed like we were on arrival. We got a taxi ride and at the end paid with 20000 peso note. The driver took it. And then said, can you rather gibpve me 2 10000 notes. We did and in return were given a counterfeit 20000 instead of our original note. This us a scumbag trick taken on 2 tired travellers who had been on an aircraft or airport for 20 hours. Please be careful travellers and don't let scumbags like that cause disappointment in your trip

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Paul S

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5/5
23, October, 2017

This was my favourite experience in Santiago! Our guide Hernan was a fun knowledgable guide and great driver who took us to the amazing snow-filled lakes Cajon de Maipo. Despite being warm in the city it was -10 degress celcius with some of the finest snow of seen. The lakes were beautiful and we were served an amazing picnic and a great local wine to enjoy with the sights. We then went to the small town of San Jose de maipo which was great for just sitting and enjoying an Empanada whilst watching the clouds go by over the andes. A sight that cannot fully be described. If you do one thing in Santiago, do this!

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Charles M

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5/5
03, July, 2017

We loved this tour...however, our only negative comment would be that we didn't know beforehand that we had to rent hiking/ski equipment nor that it would be so much 75.00 each. That would have been helpful to know on the tour webpage. It wasn't that we minded having to rent and prepare for the hike with appropriate clothing, but 75.00 per person was exorbitant! However, we chose to not let it ruin our day and experience.

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Lucinda M

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5/5
28, December, 2016

This was absolutely AWESOME a must see. Our guides Paulo and Guillemo was fantastic very knowledgeable on the area and was very helpful. What was great is that we were the only English speaking so it was easy to relate. Definitely recommend

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