- 10 hours (Approx.)
- Hotel pickup offered
- Mobile ticket
Discover Cajón del Maipo — an oasis just outside of Santiago — and connect with nature, a sense of tranquility and fresh mountain air. On this day trip led by an expert guide, capture breathtaking sights, including a canyon, river valleys and a shimmering lake reservoir, as you drive up into the Andes mountains. Tour the historical town of San José de Maipo, learn about the area’s history, geology and folklore, and along the way we will make some stops where you can enjoy and taste some local product.
Numbers limited to eight ensuring a small-group experience.
- Day trip (destination A to B)
- Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
- Fully narrated tour
- Get inside tips from a local
- Informative, friendly and professional guide
- Hotel pickup and drop-off (guaranteed only within the pickup range)
- Picnic lunch (dried fruits, fruits, cheese, local products and delights)
- Local Wine
- Beer or juice sample
- Entry/Admission - Embalse El Yeso
Your Santiago hotel (select hotels only)
Between 16:00 - 18:00pm
After morning pickup from your Santiago hotel, travel with your guide southeast of the city on a winding road that climbs upward alongside the Maipo River.
As you travel through Cajón del Maipo, a canyon and river valley carved into the Andes mountains by the river, enjoy a range of hypnotizing landscapes. Admire lush vineyards and orchards, catch sight of the occasional roadside stall selling homemade goods, and then find yourself amid barren mountainsides and jagged snow-drizzled peaks. During the ride, listen to tales of folklore unique to these lands.
Disembark at Embalse el Yeso, a large lake reservoir enveloped by mountains, located about 9,843 feet (3,000 meters) above sea level. Snap shots of its emerald-colored sheen and, following your guide on a flat trail, learn more about the reservoir and local geology. In this place, close the mountains we will have a delicious picinic-cocktail where you can enjoy local product.
Back in the vehicle, continue along the mountain road to San José de Maipo, the charming and rustic capital of the region founded in 1792. As your guide walks you through the picturesque main square lined with tiny shops and cafes, note its laid-back atmosphere and learn about the town’s history and adobe-style architecture. Finally you will visit a local family restaurant where you can taste one of the typical dish "Empanadas" with a incredible beer or natural juice.
After your day of tranquility amid Andean scenery, you’ll be taken back to your hotel in Santiago.
Please note: A minimum of two people per booking is required.
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.
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Minimum age is 13 years
- A minimum of 2 participants is required for a departure
- It is recommended that you wear comfortable clothes and shoes, and bring sunglasses and a camera
- Our guide contacts all the participants the day before the tour with any necessary additional information about the weather and pickup details
- Important: Subject to favorable weather conditions. If it rains or snows, you will take an alternate route and visit San Jose Volcano and the village of Baños Morales instead of the reservoir
- Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative date or full refund
- This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
- This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
What an awesome day with Filipe and Sebastian! There knowledge of local history and the cajon del mail is exceptional. They also know where to suggest you stand for some of the most breathtaking views/photos. We had a stop for some of the best home crafted hot chocolate I have ever tasted at La Cafetería del Cajon. his delightful cafe is constructed from giant barrels bookending a single story building. Seriously we ate inside one barrel and the main kitchen is in another!. We drove up the canyon following Camino Embalse El Yeso. This is a road where the sign Danger Falling Rocks actually has value! We were never at risk though with Sebastian driving. Once the road narrows, you get out and walk the remaining 10 minutes along the banks of the Yeso to where the bank/road makes a hard turn Eastward toward the pass into Argentina. The view at this point is stunning! Rugged beauty and definitely a beautiful sister of the Austrian Alps. Filipe guided the photographers of our group to some of the best locations for pictures. You are high and you are in the Andes so having gloves, warm cap, windbreaker, sunglasses, and sunscreen available at this point definitely will up the personal comfort factor! On the way back down the valley, we stopped at the side of the road for a picnic. The sampler snacks of Chilean wine, juice, cheese, bread, and nuts was a perfect way to enjoy reflections on the Yeso. While Filipe and Sebastian set up the goodies, a few of hiked over to the Rio Yeso canyon for another great view. We stopped for a traditional lunch empanada and beer and water in San Alfonso forgot to write down the Restaurant name then a detour to Casa Chocolate. The chocolate and ice cream is delicious and boutique. Some may find it pricey - though if you are a connoisseur the quality will not disappoint.. I enjoyed walking around the owner's house which is architecturally designed to re-purpose old wood and the furniture style along with the house architecture follows design curves from nature. Then Sebastian took a different route back into the city of Santiago so we could see some of the vineyards before dropping us back at our hotel. A delightful day. Highly recommend this tour because the guides are fun, knowledgeable, committed to you as a guest having fun, and the picnic at the roadside after seeing the Yeso was a first rate experience.
This was such a great day, we were picked up from our hotel by Felipe and our driver was Sebastian. We were a small group which made for a very personal tour. Our first stop was for hot chocolate and home made cake in a very cosy cafe run by a very friendly lady. Felipe was such great company to be with and Sebastian a first glass driver. The views we had will stay with us for a very long time and to be in the Andes is just so special. After visiting the lagoon Sebastian drove a short while and we had an amazing picnic surrounded by the Andes, life doesn't get any better than this. Last stop was for lunch before we were taking back to our hotel. Thank you both for the memories, and for taking care of us. If visiting Santiago don't miss the change to go on this day tour you will not be disappointed, kind regards from Alan and Julia UK
Excellent guide. Very informative, funny and spoke very good English. Very enjoyable day.
I loved this tour! Our guide Felipe and our driver Sebastian were both awesome. The guide shared so much information, and was so knowledgeable about any topic we wanted to discuss. For those who don't hike, the hike is not demanding...it's maybe a 5 minute walk to the beach, maximum, with a slight decline and a few rocks. But we were the only group actually at the water! All other groups started way far back, and just saw the lake form afar. The spread Felipe and Sebastian prepared for us was awesome, and then we even had lunch afterward.
Definitely bring a jacket, as the wind is extremely cold, even if the sun is warm.
Ben, the tour guide, was one of the best I've come across. Funny, very knowledgeable and easy going, Ben and our driver delivered a great day. The canon is a must see!
Our guide Simon and our driver made the trip extra special for us. We felt like we had been friends forever!
Very well planned and led. We had 11 in the group and a nice, comfortable mix of ages and nationalities.
First stop was for coffee/tea/hot chocolate on the way to the lake. A couple of photo stops at the lake entailed a bit of walking but nothing at all strenuous. But the lake is about 5000 feet higher than Santiago, so be prepared for it to be cooler there.
Near the lake, we stopped for wine and snacks. The last stop was about 2 pm for empanadas baked in a wood-fired oven.
More than just the beautiful scenery at the lake, the drive out there and back is very nice and, with the stops along the way, gives a view of small towns in the Chilean countryside.
Some lovely scenery with a great guide Felippe...Stopped off in the middle of nowhere for wine and snacks plus a dinner later..A Great day!!
Great tour knowledgeable and friendly guide nice choice of snacks and drinks including wine at a nice mountain setting good lunch at a small town restaurant and very safe driver. I recommend this tour highly.
A very nice way to spend a day in Santiago and experience a little of the Andean scenery. The guide Simon was excellent and very helpful. The driver managed the rather windy road very professionally. Scenery is great but would be better with some snow topped mountains! Need to go back in spring. The first coffee stop was a little disappointing so suggest you go for the hot chocolate. Lunch nibbles and wine and the complimentary empanada and beer was a nice surprise. Easy walking. Could be a bitt cool in the mountains.
This was my favorite tour in Santiago. Our guide Simon was young and from the mountain town that we visited. We had a great group of tourists and had so much fun talking with each other that we had to re-focus on why we were there! Love the hot chocolate stop at the quaint and cosy restaurant. The stop for empanadas at the end was pretty good. I went with the traditional one and the egg and olive in it was different! I think the picnic at the reservoir was the best. Our guide and the driver had a cooler full of goodies and juice for those who were not drinking the great Chilean wine. Bravo Simon!
Highly recommend this tour where you see a beautiful mountain range, glacier, and huge lake. Light hiking to see a lot of the wild life in the area as well. One of the best tours in Chile.
We had an amazing day at Cajon del Main. Our guide, Ben, was so knowledgeable and shared so much information with us. He had a great sense of humor as well. He went well beyond the typical information on a tour. We started off the day with a stop for hot chocolate, and there was a light lunch with wine at the glacier and empanadas on our way home.He offered extended info on the animals and birds as well.He took pictures for us as well. It was a wonderful full day tour and I recommend the tour and Ben especially.
This was an excellent Day Trip. Our guide Alejandra was well versed with the terrain. A small picnic savoring local Wines Cheese and snacks was icing in the cake. Highly Recommended to anyone visiting Santiago, Chile.
This was an outstanding trip up into the Andes Mountains, The driver was superb and our guide Alejandrawas awesome her knowledge of the area was fantastic, the trip started with hot chocolate then on to Cajon del Maipo we had a great time and a wonderful picnic in the mountains, Plus we stopped off on the way home for some local Chilean food this was the cherry on the cake of the day, Pictures to follow
Best tour, can't recommend it enough. Our tour guide was AMAZING, we loved how much information we learned and had a wonderful day with those around us. This was our favorite tour of the trip.
We’re so glad we did this tour. It was a fantastic day and our guide Ben was amazing. Highly recommended.
The most amazing tour! Our tour guide and driver were excellent. We learned so much about the area. We had a lovely coffee break, delicious snacks, wine and then yummy empanada lunch! The highlight of course was the stunning Cajon del Maipo! A great day out!
Pick up was on time. Our guide, Simon was engaging and knowledgeable. The driver, Phillipi drove very well through some rugged countryside. The scenery was stunning, the picknic was nice and refreshing. Our stop at a local restaurant for empanadas lovely.
It was a great experience.
We had a great trip with Felipe to the Cajon del Maipo! The group was 12 large and quite diverse from a origin base Australian, Canadian, American, Hong Kong, Australian, German, Argentinians, Uruguay and Dutch.
The little mini van was good and comfortable for the journey. We had several stops during the trip to stretch our legs, get some coffee/tea and food as well as great spots to admire the unique nature and scenery we were finding ourselves.
Felipe was full of knowledge and did not hold back in sharing it with the group, which was greatly appreciated! The tour was completely free from any stress or sales pitches which is highly appreciated and this makes the experience even greater.
We can definitely recommend this tour for everyone who would like to see the Andes in a day trip from Santiago!