- 9 hours (Approx.)
- Hotel pickup offered
- Mobile ticket
Discover the magic of the Andes during your visit to Santiago! The Embalse is one of the best spots of the mountain range. Disconnect yourself from chaos of the city and recover your energy. Be ready with your camera to go through a waterfall, a tunnel, a millenarian glacier and the suggestive main town of San Jose de Maipo.
Our professional mountain guides will show you the best of the area and you will have the possibility to taste appetizzers and chilean wine in the best company!. Live a unique experience and an unforgettable day at Cajon del Maipo!
- Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
- Small-group tour
- Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
- Family friendly
- Informative, friendly and professional guide
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
- Bilingual guide
- Gourmet Sandwich and apetizzers
- Glass of wine
- Entry/Admission - Cajon del Maipo
- Entry/Admission - Embalse El Yeso
- Pick ups in private residences
Hotels and hostels in Providencia, Vitacura, Los Condes, and Santiago Centro
Hotel pickups commence prior to this time, you must contact the local service provider to verify your exact pickup time.
Times are subject to change due to local traffic conditions.
Returns to original departure point
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
We are going to a unique area close to the city of Santiago, named Cajon del Maipo. This is the place where you can do adventure tourism activities and enjoy nature and the majestic Andes Mountain range. We will leave Santiago towards San José de Maipo where if you want, you can have a delicious traditional breakfast for later, start again the trip. Here we can learn about the local history and culture. Later we are going to continue the trip on the side of the Maipo river up to the Mountains and we will have a stop at Tunnel Tinoco, which was declared National Historic Monument and nowadays is a point of interest due to local paranormal stories. Afterwards we will continue towards the embalse and make a stop at a viewpoint from the wonderful Yeso valley to also later stop at el Yeso waterfall. From this point we will have the possibility of sightseeing mountain peaks and one of the most emblematic glaciers of the area, Meson Alto. Finally, we are going to arrive at the Embalse del Yeso for enjoying the incredible landscape of the Andes mountain range and share a glass of chilean Wine (Cheese&Wine), a delicious sandwich and a moment of peace in nature. Discover the magic of the Andes mountain range! One of the best spots in this range is Embalse el Yeso. Disconnect yourself from the city and refresh your vitality. Live a unique experience and an unforgettable day with our expert guides at Cajon de Maipo! Tour subject to changes due to weather conditions like rain or snow. Note: During the Winter season (from May to the end of October) the Tour, due to winter conditions and the presence of snow, it could present a walk of 20 to 25 minutes before arriving to the Embalse.
Difficulty: Low. From 7 to 60 years old. Trip with a low altitude difference. It requires healthy condition compatibles with the activity. Previous experience is not required. The maximum altitude is 2.500 meters (8.200 ft) above the sea level.
Season: ALL YEAR.
Trekking shoes or comfortable, warm in winter
Gloves and windbreak layers on winter
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
- Not wheelchair accessible
- Minimum age to drink wine is 18 years
- Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
- 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.
Great trip. Francisco and Pablo were charming and knew their stuff. Highly recommend.
This was my favorite experience in Chile. I wasn't really sure what to expect, but our guide Josefa made a great impression from the start. The group was small, so the tour was very personalized, and despite being the only English speaking Americans on the tour, we felt very comfortable, and Josefa talked with us throughout the entire tour. The drive took a lot longer than I anticipated, but the amount of time we were given at each stop, made up for the time spent in the car. We first stopped in some small town where anyone who wanted to rent supplies could do so. I decided to not rent anything and just suck up the cold, but thankfully it warmed up in the afternoon. There actually isn't any walking through snow, the boots are only recommended because the path occasionally gets flooded, but regular hiking boots will do just fine.
Next we stopped in San Jose del Maipo for breakfast not included in the price, before being given some history and 10 minutes free time in the city plaza.
Next we continued for around an hour to Embalse el Yeso, stopping at a view point on the way. I was expecting us to drive all the way up to the dam, but this is actually not advised because of the road conditions. We had to hike about 30 minutes to the lake. Our tour was the only one that did this, and I was really glad as that is the whole reason I came on this tour. Later Josefa offered anyone who wanted to, an additional hike to another section of the lake. We spent a good two hours at the lake, and she pretty much gave everyone free reign and was open to additional ideas. I was expecting us to have a picnic at the lake, but Josefa actually took us to another area a few miles away. This actually turned out to be better as we had the place to ourselves, away from the hoards of noisy tourists and vehicle fumes.
When dropping us back at our hotels, Josefa took the time to give all of us a proper good bye.
Honestly, I don't care how great the reviews of the other guides are. If I had to do this tour again, I would do it with Josefa each time. She's laid back and has a genuine personality and was very knowledgeable of the places we were visiting, and pointed out a lot of interesting sites along the route that you wouldn't even know were important. I learned a lot about the local history and history of Chile. She's also very responsible and cares about her clients' well being. And you can tell she really loves her job and country, and is proud to share this part of Chile with others.
My only regret is that I didn't book another tour with this company.
My husband and I have done a lot of trips around the world: Europe, Asia, Middle East and etc., but thanks to our guide Gonzalo, this was the most enjoyable and informative tour that we have ever done and it is the first time I was looking forward to leave a comment! He was supportive all the way, from the very beginning we stepped into the van. Throughout the trip his main concern was our safety and awareness, very welcoming and knowledgeable, making the trip memorable! We highly recommend any trip with a guide like Gonzalo! The tour itself includes amazing, spectacular scenery of the Andes, Glaciers and Lagoons of Cajon de Maipo. The organization was excellent regarding the lunch, including wine, cheese and appetizers.
A very enjoyable day in the mountains. Our guide gave lots of background information and the driver did a wonderful job on all the back roads.
I would recommend this tour to everyone. If you're coming to Santiago for the first time and if you love nature, this place will surprise you. Our guide Gonzalo and the driver were very professional. Gonzalo knew his stuff about the country history and the place we visited. Worth it, really! ☺️
The charge of US90 is too expensive for the trip like this. There is not much to see the scenery.
It is quite boring except the tour guide is a wonderful person
This was a great way to see part of the Andes with amazing scenery, good company and a very welcoming and knowledeable guide. We visited a small rural village and then climbed into the Andes where there was spectacular scenery and a picnic lunch beside Embalse El Yeso. I highly recommend this tour.
THe drive was long over some unsealed roads. The vehicle was not comfortable on unsealed roads. The scenery from Maipo to the lake was boring.
This was a really great tour enjoyed it from start to finish. It was hot and sunny which made the whole experience even more enjoyable. We stopped off at a beautiful lagoon and had our packed lunches with some wine to follow. Our tour guide was very informative and easy to talk to his English was good better than our Spanish!! It was a long day but one we will never forget!! Recommend this tour even if its the only one you do while in Santiago.
Was a great trip out to the Andes. Our guide spoke Spanish, English and Portuguese and was very knowledgeable. The trip ends at a reservoir that is at 6500 feet - colder temps and windy I did this trip in November - had a jacket but needed something more.
Very good, well informed and nice guide. Very safe and well-experienced safe driver. Very punctual, the hotel was called in the morning to inform us about the exact time of pick up.
Guides were great. The trip is quite limited - a drive, followed by a short walk to the reservoir. The location is superb, and particularly during winter. Lunch was good. There was some confusion about payment several of the group had paid online, but the guides did not always have evidence of this, and it seems that people payed quite different prices this may be because of brokers/travel agents, however.