Depart from your Santiago hotel in a comfortable, air-conditioned minivan to begin the journey into the splendid natural scenery of El Cajon de Maipo. Follow a curvaceous road chiseled into the mountain range, admiring rushing rivers, verdant vineyards and beautifully sculpted rock formations as you travel.
Stop at of San Jose de Maipo, a traditional town declared the regional capital, to appreciate the quaint architecture and purchase snacks for the energetic hike. Climb back aboard the vehicle and continue to marvel at your scenic surroundings. Feel your excitement heighten as you approach either El Morado Natural Monument or Valle de las Arenas (dependent on weather conditions) to begin your exhilarating 5-hour hike.
Follow your guide through a diverse spectrum of natural tableaus, encountering steep rocky inclines and lush meadows of blooming wild flowers as you walk; gaze at the jagged snow-capped spires of the Andes as you keep your eyes peeled for graceful condors gliding up above.
Enjoy a well-deserved rest at the majestic El Morado glacier after a 2.5-hour ascent; admire the frozen witchery of the feature while eating a fulfilling box lunch consisting of a fresh sandwich, a cereal bar, fruit and refreshing juice. Marvel at the enchanting vision of El Morado’s glittering lagoon as you absorb the icy tranquillity of the enclave.
Next, return to the vehicle and indulge your aching muscles in the therapeutic waters of the Banos Colinas; inhale fragrant mountain air as you massage your muscles in the steaming hot waters of the natural springs. After a relaxing respite in the springs, return to your vehicle and sink into the comfortable seats for the journey back to Santiago.