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Cajón del Maipo Tours

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Cajón del Maipo
Cajón del Maipo, a narrow canyon where the Maipo River flows, begins just 16 miles (25 kilometers) southwest of Santiago, but its picturesque scenery, fresh air, and charming mountain towns feel worlds away from Chile’s capital city. Thanks to its close proximity to Santiago, though, Cajón del Maipo is one of the more popular day trip destinations for an easy escape to Chile’s famed wilderness.

The Basics
Hiking, rafting, horseback riding, climbing, cycling, and skiing all rank among Cajón del Maipo’s offerings for outdoor adventure. Most guided tours will include two or three activities, so shop around for which options appeal to you the most. Look for tours that include hiking the rim around the Embalse el Yeso Reservoir, rafting down the Maipo River, taking in views from the San Jose Volcano, or soaking in the Baños Colina hot springs. For a look at local history, visit San José de Maipo, located at the heart of Cajón and the biggest city in the canyon. The colonial town still retains many of its original adobe structures as well as an 18th-century church in the town center’s Plaza de Armas.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Most Cajón del Maipo tours include round-trip transportation from Santiago.
  • Weather changes quickly in the Andes Mountains; be sure to wear comfortable layers and check the forecast before your trip.
  • Roadside stalls sell fresh-baked bread, empanadas, and other food items to stave off hunger pangs during a day of exploration.
  • Due to the canyon’s popularity, a small-group tour or private tour will help you stand apart from the crowds.

How to Get There
The easiest way to reach Cajón del Maipo is on a day tour that includes round-trip transportation from Santiago, which allows you to get there hassle-free. Otherwise, catch one of the frequent buses to San José de Maipo from Santiago’s Plaza de Puente Alto metro station, or between Bellavista de La Florida station and Baños Morales on the weekends (or every day during the summer). You can also get a taxi for a higher price.

When to Get There
Santiago residents often escape to Cajón del Maipo on the weekends, so try to plan your trip for a weekday to avoid the city crowds. Rafting season lasts from November through March, while winter sports take over from June to September.

Wine and Sunshine
In addition to its status as a perfect weekend getaway, Cajón del Maipo is also known for its Chilean wines. Look for tours that include stops at wineries or other chances to sample the region’s signature varietals.
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Day Trip to Cajon Del Maipo from SantiagoDay Trips

Day Trip to Cajon Del Maipo from Santiago

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Escape Santiago to enjoy the natural grandeur of the Andes during this day-long excursion to Cajón del Maipo with a small group. Enjoy views of gushing waterfalls, icy glaciers, and towering cliffs as you visit this scenic outdoor area. Cap it all off by savoring an included picnic featuring red wine and a snack made with locally-sourced ingredients.
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  • 9 hours
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  • 9 hours
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Andes Day Volcano 8K - Cajón del MaipoDay Trips

Andes Day Volcano 8K - Cajón del Maipo

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Leave Santiago behind for a spectacular hiking tour through the Andes Mountains. Set out through Chile's Cajon del Maipo en route toward San Jose Volcano, a stratovolcano with a 2.5-mile wide caldera. Marvel at the surrounding mountain scenery dotted with glaciers and rivers as you walk, enjoying a leisurely pace while making your way to a secluded spot for lunch. Afterward, spend some relaxing time at a waterfall before completing your 2-hour round-trip trek.
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  • 12 hours
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Cajon del Maipo Parque Salto El Yeso Full Day TourDay Trips

Cajon del Maipo Parque Salto El Yeso Full Day Tour

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Join us in this unique beautiful 8hrs experience of Cajon del Maipo, a true nature spot located 50kms outside the city of Santiago. The breathtaking scenery of the Maipo Valley and the Andes mountain together in a tour that includes comfortable round transportation. We will visit the historical town of San Jose del Maipo and the very best attraction of the area: El Embalse del Yeso. In addition to all of the points of interest in the comuna del Maipo. Picnic with a panoramic view and bilingual guide are also included in the price.
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  • 8 hours
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Andes Day Lagoon - Embalse del Yeso, Cajón del Maipo. Day Trips

Andes Day Lagoon - Embalse del Yeso, Cajón del Maipo.

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Depart Santiago for a day trip to Embalse El Yeso, a stunning mountain reservoir tucked within the Andes. Begin with a scenic drive and visit to the town of San Jose de Maipo. Then continue onto Embalse El Yeso, the perfect spot for savoring the beauty of Cajon de Maipo and its ample lagoons and glaciers. Have your camera at the ready as you marvel at these breathtaking sights.
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  • 9 hours
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Glacier Hike at El Morado Glacier, from SantiagoDay Trips

Glacier Hike at El Morado Glacier, from Santiago

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Embark on a thrilling 9-mile guided hike through Chile's spectacular El Morado Natural Monument National Park. Departing from Santiago, your adventure begins in the village of Baños Morales with a steep trek that flattens out as you go. Enjoy stunning natural scenery while making your way toward popular San Francisco Glacier and Morales Glacier pond. Savor a boxed lunch in the mountains, then set back out on your return trek. At the end of your day trip a vehicle will be waiting to whisk you back to your hotel.
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  • 12 hours
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Private Tour: El Morado Hiking and Hot Springs Day Trip from SantiagoDay Trips

Private Tour: El Morado Hiking and Hot Springs Day Trip from Santiago

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Plunge into steaming thermal springs and admire spectacular views of snow-capped Andean peaks on a private tour to El Cajon de Maipo from Santiago. Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, explore the breathtaking beauty of the Andes mountains on a moderate multi-hour hike; marvel at the jagged spires of a colossal glacier; and sooth aching muscles in the wonderfully warm waters of a thermal spring. Convenient round-trip transportation is included from Santiago.
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  • 12 hours
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Private tour Cajon del Maipo Yeso lake Geological Tourism a different experienceDay Trips

Private tour Cajon del Maipo Yeso lake Geological Tourism a different experience

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Geological Tourism is a type of special purpose tourism developed in natural areas, specifically focused on understanding geology and landscape, with the goal to promote the conservation of geodiversity and geosites, through reflection and experiential learning. We provide a unique educational experience, which is safe and responsible with our environment. On this trip we travel to the Yeso valley to finish in the Yeso Lake near of Santiago, Chile. We will know the geological evolution of the Maipo valley and his highlights. This trip is about water importance and hidrological processes that ocurr in a watershed and why this process are important for life and their conservation.
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  • 4 to 8 hours
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  • 4 to 8 hours
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Private Tour: Cajón del Maipo with Lunch and Wine from SantiagoDay Trips

Private Tour: Cajón del Maipo with Lunch and Wine from Santiago

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Discover the dramatic landscape and wildlife of Cajón del Maipo on a private, 8-hour trip from Santiago that includes a barbecue lunch and wine. Watch for the endangered Andean condor as you explore the rugged mountain scenery, passing through remote villages on your way to El Yeso dam and reservoir. This private tour includes a picnic lunch, bottle of wine, and round-trip transport from your Santiago hotel. If you so choose, there's also an option that include entrance to the Baños Colina Hotsprings, a natural thermal spring with waters as hot as 70º C.
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  • 9 to 10 hours
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  • 9 to 10 hours
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Snowhike Adventure 4K in Cajon del Maipo from SantiagoWinter Sports

Snowhike Adventure 4K in Cajon del Maipo from Santiago

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Embark on a thrilling winter hike through Chile's Cajon del Maipo, taking in the beauty of this spectacular canyon disguised in a bed of snow. Set out from Santiago for this incredible snowshoeing adventure, trekking 5-miles toward the base of a glacier, marveling at the stunning scenery—including San Jose volcano—en route. Break for an outdoor lunch, admire a waterfall that takes on new life in winter and then begin your return 5-mile hike before being dropped off at your Santiago hotel.
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  • 12 hours
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Hiking & Hot Springs / Private excursion to Cajón del Maipo Hiking

Hiking & Hot Springs / Private excursion to Cajón del Maipo

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As a rightfully popular destination, Maipo Canyon can get crowded. This private, small-group tour gives you a more intimate experience hiking through the legendary landscapes with no more than four people plus a guide. Then, jump in a hot spring and check out the sights from El Yeso Dam before ending your outing with an included picnic lunch paired with local wines.
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  • 9 hours
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  • 9 hours
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Private Cajon del Maipo Day Trip from Santiago-Group OptionDay Trips

Private Cajon del Maipo Day Trip from Santiago-Group Option

Immerse yourself in the natural splendor and spectacular scenery of Cajon del Maipo on a full-day private tour from Santiago. Awaken your senses to the fragrant mountain air and dramatic landscape of the mountainous enclave while gaining insight into the fascinating flora and fauna with an insightful guide. Visit the traditional town of San Jose de Maipo to learn of the cultural customs of the region. Personalized attention from your guide is guaranteed on this private tour.
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  • 1 day
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Private Snow Hike at Cajon del Maipo from SantiagoDay Trips

Private Snow Hike at Cajon del Maipo from Santiago

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Enjoy an active cold-weather adventure in the Andes during this full-day, small-group, snowshoeing experience from Santiago. Soak up the fresh air and test your mountaineering skills as you follow an expert guide on snowshoes through this winter wonderland of ice and snow-capped peaks.
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  • 12 hours
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Private Andes Day Excursion to Maipo Valley and El Yeso ReservoirDay Trips

Private Andes Day Excursion to Maipo Valley and El Yeso Reservoir

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Swap city skyscrapers for scenic countryside on this full-day retreat to the Andes from Santiago. Journey through the dramatic landscapes of the Maipo valley, then embark on a 3 km walk along the Maipo River to reach the beautiful El Yeso Dam. After working up an appetite, tuck into a delicious picnic lunch by the waterfront before heading back to the capital.
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  • 7 hours
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Santiago: Half day, Maipo River Rafting, include equiptment and transportDay Trips

Santiago: Half day, Maipo River Rafting, include equiptment and transport

Prepare to get wet and wild on this thrilling white water rafting adventure from Santiago. Tackle Class III and IV rapids as you careen down the Cajon del Maipo (Maipo Ravine) against a backdrop of rugged peaks and crystalline waters, then tuck into a barbecue lunch (optional) by the waterfront. This adrenaline-fuelled 4-hour tour is suitable for all levels, including first-time rafters and includes hotel pick-up from Santiago. 
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  • 6 hours
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Volcano & Hotsprings 4K Day Trips

Volcano & Hotsprings 4K

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Go trekking in the Andes and wind down with a relaxing visit to Baños Colina Hot Springs. Depart from Santiago for a nearly 2-mile guided hike through spectacular Andean scenery, making your way through a lush canyon to view Chile's San Jose Volcano. Continue afterward to the natural mountain hot springs and soak in baths as warm as 122-degrees F (50°C). Spend several hours enjoying the various pools—and savoring a boxed lunch—before setting off on your return hike. This day trip includes round-trip hotel transport.
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  • 12 hours
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Private Andes Day Trip Maipo Valley with Concha Y Toro Wine TourDay Trips

Private Andes Day Trip Maipo Valley with Concha Y Toro Wine Tour

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This private tour of Cajon del Maipo and Embalse el Yeso lets you walk to waterfalls, sip Chilean wines, and take in stunning Andes Mountain scenery in just one day. Admire views as your guide handles the drive across the Maipo Valley, stopping as often as you want to take photos or ask questions—a private tour means you can customize your itinerary. Details like a picnic breakfast and wine tasting bring effortless luxury to the day.
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  • 10 hours
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Private Mountain Bike Tour to El Yeso Reservoir and Maipo ValleyDay Trips

Private Mountain Bike Tour to El Yeso Reservoir and Maipo Valley

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Unleash your inner adventurer on a full-day private bike tour to El Teso Dam and Maipo Valley from Santiago. Alongside a qualified instructor, you’ll travel deep into the heart of the Andes mountain range and embark on a mountain biking excursion around the magnificent El Yeso Dam. On arrival, begin a 12-mile (19-km) downhill bike ride — the difficulty level of which can be adapted according to your skill level — and then enjoy a picnic before returning to Santiago.
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  • 8 hours
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3-Day Chilean Andes ExperienceNature and Wildlife

3-Day Chilean Andes Experience

If you want to escape from the stress of modern life then look no further than this 3-day experience in Chile, which takes you deep into the Andes mountain range. Perfect for lovers of the outdoors, this excursion lets you skip the stress of advance planning and reveals landscapes that comprise glaciers, lakes, and snow-capped mountains.
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  • 3 days
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Andes & Hotsprings- Cajon del MaipoCultural Tours

Andes & Hotsprings- Cajon del Maipo

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Spend a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city on this full-day trip to the Maipo Canyon. Take a tour of the Yeso Dam, which supplies the energy to the Chilean capital, admire the beautiful mountain scenery, and take a relaxing dip in the Colina hot springs heated by the nearby San Jose Volcano. Enjoy complimentary snacks and beverages, insurance, and round-trip hotel transportation during this tour.
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  • 12 hours
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Glacier Hike 16K- El Morado Natural Monument, San Francisco Glacier Private TourDay Trips

Glacier Hike 16K- El Morado Natural Monument, San Francisco Glacier Private Tour

Enjoy this spectacular trip to “El Morado” Natural Monument National Park, located at 93 kms (57 miles) from Santiago.  The starting point of the hike is in Baños Morales, a mountain village at 1,900 meters of altitude (6,200 ft). The trail leads to the beautiful San Francisco Glacier lookout at 2,500 meters (8,200 ft) and the Morales Glacier lagoon. During the hike we will have a refreshing stop at “Aguas de Panimávida”, iron-rich carbonated waters that directly spills out from the earth. Difficulty level is HIGH. This tour is recommended for people in good physical shape. The first hour of the hike is steep and then it becomes flat. The difference of altitude is of 600 meters (1,900 ft).
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