El Morado Natural Monument Tours

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El Morado Natural Monument
El Morado is the name given to one of the most popular hikes in Cajón de Maipo, an area that follows a narrow river valley south east of the city, heading up towards the Andes, and to Argentina. Along this serpentine road, there are loads of places to stop and eat everything from full meals to a traditional coffee and kuchen (German-style fruit pastry), and in the plaza in San José del Maipo (the main town), there are always handicrafts for sale.

But further up the valley is the entrance to El Morado, a wide open uphill hike on which you can see the many striations of natural coloration in the rock, from red to brown to green and yellow. If you continue up, you arrive at the San Francisco Lagoon and Glacier. For those who have never seen a glacier before, it’s a stunning sight, and though you’ll probably want to dip a hand or foot in the milky glacial lagoon below just to say you did, you’ll probably quickly step away, as the water is at near freezing point. When the ice of the San Franciso Glacier is stable, you may see people climbing it, though it goes without saying that that is only for well-equipped experts.

Possible animal sightings here include many different types of birds including a giant hummingbird and some small mammals such as the small, burrowing herbivorous coruro, that looks a bit like a prairie dog.

Practical Info

The El Morado hike and glacier are in an area that is very exposed to harsh weather such as wind and snow. Be sure to go with a qualified guide and be prepared for a very sunny walk, with SPF clothing and good quality sunglasses. There can be snow up on this hike until late December, and the sunlight reflected off the snow is very bright. 
Address: Santiago, Chile
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Small-Group El Morado Trek and Hot Springs Day Trip from Santiago

Plunge into steaming thermal springs and admire spectacular views of snow-capped Andean peaks on a full-day small-group tour to El Cajon de Maipo from Santiago. Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, explore the breathtaking beauty of the Andes mountains on a moderate 5-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.
  • Duration: 14 hours
  • Duration: 14 hours
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Trekking and Hot Springs Day Trip from Santiago

Escape the city for a thrilling outdoor adventure on this full-day trekking tour from Santiago, including hotel pick-up and lunch. Set out on a scenic 4x4 drive through the Andes mountains; admire views of Cajón del Maipo (Maipo Ravine) and Arena Valley; then embark on a 2-hour trek through the El Morado Glacier. Finish with a revitalizing soak in the Baños Colina hot springs.
  • Duration: 12 hours
  • Duration: 12 hours
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Glacier Hike at El Morado Natural Monument from Santiago

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.
  • Duration: 12 hours
  • Duration: 12 hours
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Snowshoeing Hiking Adventure in Cajon del Maipo from Santiago

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.
  • Duration: 12 hours
  • Duration: 12 hours
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Small-Group Andes Mountains Snowshoeing Hiking Tour from Santiago

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. Cap off the day with some empanadas and beer to celebrate.
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