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An unforgettable day in the Andes!
We had only one day to spend in Santiago before our cruise, and we wanted to see the Andes.
Hiking was too strenuous for us after the long fly from Europe, sowe booked a tour with Isto e Chile to Cajon del Maipo. Gabriel picked us up at our hotel at7:15am, which brought us to the Maipo valley early enough to be nearly alone. He was immediately sympathetic to us and proved to be an excellent tour guide. We really enjoyed all his stories and information about the area and the land, and he happily answered all our questions.
The road of this tour is meanwhile mostly paved, and after 2 stops on the way we finally reached the lakein 2500m altitude, shining in all hues of blue. Gabriel picked out a very nice, protected area for a wonderful picnic with breathtaking views. While we were walking along the lake shore and taking countless photos, Gabriel prepared our picnic table with olives, cheese, nuts and sandwiches, and of course authentic Chilean wine. We could have not found it better in any restaurant!! We enjoyed the peace and the great views while we were eating, and the sun was shining atthe bizarre and grand mountains in front of us. What a wonderful start into our South America visit! On our way back we stopped briefly in San Jose de Maipo.
Thank you so much, Gabriel!
This was a fantastic small group tour for my wife and I. The trip was well organized with punctual pick-up of all passengers at our hotels and expert accounts of many beautiful sights and scenes along the way. Driver (Patricio) and Guide (Hector) were superb - friendly, out-going, and professional. Most notably, Hector's running dialogue explaining sights and orienting us on local lore (in excellent English) the entire route up to the reservoir and Patricio's expert negotiation of narrow roadways, kept us involved and relaxed the entire day. The lunch they prepared for us at 2,500 meters was also superb. Thanks to this team for a great day. MD
O lugar é maravilhoso, com uma paisagem de "tirar o fôlego" ! O guia Francisco foi super atencioso e dedicado; preocupa-se com cada detalhe, a fim de tornar o passeio inesquecível. O motorista Patrício também foi muito dedicado e competente. E para completar o passeio, um delicioso picnic. Não poderia ser melhor!
The BEST tour during our vacation in Santiago de Chile! Hector our tour guide and Gabriel our driver were EXCELLENT! They had the inside track on all the places to go and what time to arrive to avoid the crowds and make it a unique experience. We arrived at the base of the Andes mountains to see the mirror image of the Andes reflected on the water truly a magical experience. Nature as it's BEST. It was a beautiful day the sky was the most beautiful shade of blue with fluffy white clouds against the Andes mountains backdrop breathtaking. While we were taking selfies and 1,000 pictures Hector and Gabriel set up a table for the picnic which included wine! We then travel to see a waterfall and raging river followed by a pit stop to have cheese empanadas with a view of the Andes. Highly recommend this day trip if you are going to Chile!
Our guide, Hector, and our driver, Rodrigo, were fabulous guys to spend the day with. This is a long drive out of the City through small Chilean towns to the beautiful reservoir that supplies the water to Santiago. The location is stunning, set at the base of the Andes mountains. Hector shared very interesting historic and current information. We stopped at a classic Chilean farm for empanadas on the drive home. The other fabulous guests along with Hector and Rodrigo made it a perfect day.
This was a fantastic tour experience of a must-see landmark in Chile. Our tour guides, Gabriel and Hector, delivered a high quality experience that was educational, convenient and fun! Based on our observations in the area, this tour seems like the best bang for your buck, between direct drop-off at the sites (no walking required) and a delicious spread of cheeses, wine and savory snacks once in the valley. Overall would highly recommend this tour!
Our guide, Francisco took my daughter, my grandson, and me along with two others on a one-day trip on September 30, 2018 into the Andes from Santiago, Chile. Francisco was excellent in every way: giving us information along the way as well as being an excellent driver on roads and in weather (it snowed) that was challenging. We made several stops at high altitudes that were interesting and provided astonishing views. On the way we stopped to rent heavy clothing, and the price was reasonable. More importantly, the extra clothing (especially the boots) were really necessary to get around once we passed the snow line. This was an excellent trip.