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El Morado Natural Monument Tours

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El Morado Natural Monument
Escape Santiago city life for a day, and hike El Morado, one of Cajón de Maipo’s most popular natural monuments. A serpentine trail leads you past the ice-blue San Francisco Glacier, way up high to a lookout. If you need to catch your breath, stop for coffee and German-style sweets while taking in the views of snow-capped peaks.    
 
The Basics
Trace your way along the trail in El Morado—hiking or snowshoeing through the Chilean Andes. Enjoy hassle-free round-trip transportation, and benefit from the expertise of a guide, on a full-day guided tour from Santiago. Some tours include a glacier hike. To fully immerse yourself in this region of natural beauty (and soothe sore muscles), choose a tour that follows an El Morado hike with a soak in nearby hot springs.
 
Things to Know Before You Go

  • El Morado Natural Monument is ideal for active travelers and outdoor enthusiasts.
  • The El Morado hiking route includes several places to stop for food.
  • The water in San Francisco Lagoon might look refreshing, but is near freezing.
  • Dress appropriately, ideally in layers, as weather can change quickly in the mountains. Don’t forget the sunblock and sunglasses—the Chilean sun is strong and reflects off the snow.
  • El Morado is a strenuous hike, and may be challenging for travelers with mobility issues.
  • You can buy souvenir handicrafts in the plaza of San José del Maipo.
 
How to Get There
The safest and easiest way to experience El Morado is accompanied by a guide who knows the area well, typically as part of a tour that includes round-trip transport. El Morado is accessible by public transit from the Metrobus Terminal Bellavista de la Florida in Santiago. Take a bus headed for Baños Morales.
 
When to Get There
The best time to visit El Morado and Cajón de Maipo is between December and March, when the weather is milder and there’s less snow on the trail and on San Francisco Glacier. El Morado is closed between May and September.
 
Other Day Trips from Santiago
El Morado is one of the most popular full-day excursions from Santiago. Another day trip idea is a tour of local wineries, such as Undurraga Vineyard. Valparaíso, a bohemian coastal town covered in street art, is also within easy reach for Santiago-based travelers.
Address: San Jose de Maipo, Santiago, Chile
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Glacier Hike at El Morado Glacier, from Santiago

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
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$117.34
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US$117.34
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Private Tour: El Morado Hiking and Hot Springs Day Trip from Santiago

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
  • Free Cancellation
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US$315.00
Price varies by group size
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US$315.00
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Hiking El Morado Natural Monument

Hiking El Morado Natural Monument

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Cajón del Maipo is a stunning mountainous gorge. It’s an outdoor lover’s paradise, with endless amounts of fresh air and beautiful trails to explore. Together with our local guides who love Cajón del Maipo, you will can enjoy and know everything you need to know about the area.
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  • 6 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$128.00
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US$128.00

Morado Natural Monument

Morado Natural Monument

An alluring hike up the river to the Morales Lagoon with breathtaking views of the photogenic south face of Mount El Morado and the glaciers that rest over the water shaped sedimentary rocks. The first section is the steepest of the route, nevertheless quite friendly. After about an hour hike up we will stop in the sector of "Panimávidas Mineral Waters", where we can admire the stunning scenery that provides the nearby mountains and unique groundwater outcrops resting on stained bodies that tell us about the presence of mineral concentrations such as iron. Then, we continue walking by the now almost flat trail until we get to Morales Lagoon, propitious place to rest and recharge energies with a delicious lunch while we contemplate the great Andean scene. This excursion can be made all year round, even during snowy winters with the help of snowshoes, or in spring and summer, when the valley reflourishes.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$234.67
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Cajon del Maipo Lodge El Morado Spa and Lunch

Cajon del Maipo Lodge El Morado Spa and Lunch

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Enjoy with us a wonderful day touring the beautiful Cajon del Maipo, where the first stop we make is in the historic town of San Jose de Maipo, founded in the Colonial era in 1792. Then we continue our tour to “The Train Station”, where we will have the opportunity to move in the wagons and locomotives. There we can hear the story of how relevant this train of the time was for the development of the Cajon del Maipo. The experience continues towards the El Tinoco Tunnel sector, to continue to the El Morado sector, the closest to our Andes Mountains. Then we will arrive to relax and enjoy the first self-sustaining hotel in the area, “Lodge El Morado”. Here we can use two hours of access to swimming pools, jacuzzi, Turkish baths, sauna and water bar and enjoy a delicious lunch that will allow us to conclude a wonderful day at the foot of the majestic Andes Mountains.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$85.32
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Santiago: Full day Trekking to El Morado glacier, include hot springs entrance.

Santiago: Full day Trekking to El Morado glacier, include hot springs entrance.

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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.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$176.00
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Cajón del Maipo & Spa

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Cajón del Maipo & Spa

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Meet the "Cajón del Maipo" and enjoy a day of spa with lunch included. Enjoy an incredible day with us touring the beautiful Cajon del Maipo.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$55.10
US$58.00
US$2.90 savings
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Trekking in El Morado Natural Monument

Trekking in El Morado Natural Monument

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From Santiago we will enter the Cajon del Maipo, in the heart of the Andes Mountains. Our hike will begin in Baños Morales, a picturesque mountain village 1800 meters high to enter the El Morado Natural Monument where we will take a path that leads to Laguna Morales and San Francisco Glacier. In the middle of the route, we will pause in the waters of Panimávida, a sector where underground mineral waters sprout forming colorful pockets dyed by the action of various minerals and we will continue to Laguna Morales where we will have lunch under the San Francisco summits (4940 meters high), Morado Norte ( 4392 m), Cerro El Morado (4627 m), Cerro Unión (3658 m) and overlooking the San Francisco Glacier.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$107.70
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2-Day Private Glacier Hike and Hot-springs from Santiago, Carbon Neutral

2-Day Private Glacier Hike and Hot-springs from Santiago, Carbon Neutral

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The Morado National Monument is an ideal location to find some of the best hikes, glaciers, and hot springs in the Andes Mountain. This tour saves you the trouble of planning all the logistics required for a two-day hike through the Cajon del Maipo Valley to the San Francisco Glacier, Banos del Colina hot springs, and the Morado Lagoon and Glacier.
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
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US$512.00
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US$512.00
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Trekking to El Morado Glacier - Cajón del Maipo - Cordillera de Los Andes - STGO

Trekking to El Morado Glacier - Cajón del Maipo - Cordillera de Los Andes - STGO

The El Morado Hanging Glacier is a national monument, protected by CONAF. We will do a trekking of rustic scenic beauty and little intervention, where you can appreciate the greatness of the Andes Mountains. Our guides are trained to guide you along these paths with complete safety.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$237.50
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Cajon del Maipo and Posada Morado Lodge Spa Full Day (departure from Santiago)

Cajon del Maipo and Posada Morado Lodge Spa Full Day (departure from Santiago)

Enjoy nature in the Andes Mountains when visiting the town of San José del Maipo, declared a National Monument of Chile and located in the Cajon Valley. Finally we will enjoy an exquisite lunch at the foot of the Cordillera de los Andes at Morado Lodge, then relax in a spa with sauna, steam room and heated pool to disconnect and charge energy. Finally, we will try (optional) sweets and ice cream at Casa del Chocolate, a house made of recyclable material that seems to have been extracted from a fairy tale.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$112.83
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Private Snow Hike at Cajon del Maipo from Santiago

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
  • Free Cancellation
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US$230.00
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US$230.00
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Morales Bath Tour

Morales Bath Tour

Enjoy a relaxing day in the Cajón del Maipo sector, a place just 1 hour from the capital, the thermal pools are an excellent place to share with friends, couples or family.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$65.00
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US$65.00

Snowhike Adventure 4K in Cajon del Maipo from Santiago

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
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$123.08
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7-Day Santiago de Chile & Mendoza Adventure tour

7-Day Santiago de Chile & Mendoza Adventure tour

Explore the capital of Chile and Argentina’s main wine region in our 7-day Adventure tour! visit some top attractions of the city of Santiago and hike its beautiful natural surroundings. Then cross the imposing Andes mountains by bus to enjoy a delicious regional barbecue and explore the heart of the Andes Range. In Mendoza, you will visit the Aconcagua provincial park and even opt between a horseback ride or a hike in the mountains at an exclusive area that no many get to visit. This tour makes it easy for you to visit our selected featured attractions and take in all the natural beauty that both destinations have to offer. All transportation, accommodation, and activities are included, plus breakfast every day.
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  • 7 days
  • Taking safety measures
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US$1,863.25
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