El Yeso Dam (Embalse El Yeso) Tours

Located in San Jose de Maipo outside of the Chilean capital, El Yeso Dam (Embalse El Yeso) dammed the Yeso River to create a lovely turquoise reservoir that can hold more than 253 million cubic meters of water. While only 60 miles (98 kilometers) outside of Santiago, El Yeso Dam feels very remote. The views across the reservoir to the snow-capped mountains in the distance rank among the best in the Chilean Andes.

While the El Yeso reservoir provides drinking water to residents of Santiago, it also serves more recreational purposes. Residents and tourists alike head to the turquoise waters for sport fishing, windsurfing or picnicking on the banks.

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El Yeso Dam is located along Rouge G-25 between Santiago and San Gabriel.
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Address: El Yeso Dam, San Jose de Maipo, Santiago, Chile
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Day Trip to Cajon del Maipo Embalse El Yeso

Escape the city for scenic sojourn in the Andes on this full-day tour from Santiago. Journey through the dramatic landscapes of the Cajon del Maipo canyon; stop in the Andean town of San Jose de Maipo; then hike along the Maipo River to the beautiful Embalse el Yeso lagoon. Afterwards, enjoy a delicious picnic before heading back to the city.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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US$109,00
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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Embalse El Yeso Day Trip from Santiago

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.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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  • Duration: 9 hours
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Day Trip to Cajon Del Maipo from Santiago

Escape Santiago to enjoy the natural grandeur of the Andes during this 8-hour 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.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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US$109,00
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  • Duration: 9 hours
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Cajon del Maipo Day Trip from Santiago

Immerse yourself in the natural splendor and spectacular scenery of Cajon del Maipo on a full-day 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 small group tour, where numbers are limited to eight or twelve.
  • Duration: 10 hours
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  • Duration: 10 hours
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Small-Group Cajón del Maipo Full-Day Tour and Picnic

Visit the Cajón del Maipo area on this 8-hour tour from Santiago. Located southeast of the city, Cajón del Maipo is known for its massifs, hills, and rivers and is great spot for nature lovers looking to explore some of Chile's great outdoors not too far from Santiago. You'll visit San Jose de Maipo to learn about the area's history, and then travel into the mountains and to a lake. A wine and picnic are provided.
  • Duration: 10 hours
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Private Tour: Cajón del Maipo with Lunch and Wine from Santiago

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.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Small Group Tour: Cajon del Maipo, El yeso Dam included Hotsprings plus Picnic

Visit the Cajón del Maipo, El Yeso Dam, and mountain hot springs on a full-day tour from Santiago into a dramatic gorge flanked by high peaks. With a picnic lunch and wine served by a gorgeous alpine lake, this tour is a relaxing alternative to more strenuous mountain tours, and all transport is in the comfort of a climate controlled minivan.
  • Duration: 11 to 13 hours
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  • Duration: 11 to 13 hours
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Private Andes Day Trip El Yeso Lagoon with Concha Y Toro Wine Tour

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.
  • Duration: 10 hours
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US$220,00
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  • Duration: 10 hours
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Cajon del Maipo - Embalse el Yeso

Discover the beauty of the Andes Mountains by visiting the Cajón del Maipo, one of the preferred ecotourism zones of the central zone of Chile.The first stop will be in San José de Maipo, a small and picturesque village founded in 1792. Then you will continue to El Yeso Reservoir, located at 2,500 meters above sea level, and Santiago's main water reserve. During the journey you will appreciate a hanging glacier, a wonderful Andean mountain system, flora and fauna typical of the area.
  • Duration: 1 day
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  • Duration: 1 day
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Private Andes Day Excursion to Maipo Valley and El Yeso Reservoir

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.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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US$180,00
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  • Duration: 7 hours
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3-Day Private Tour Exploring Chile

Capture the unique culture and natural splendor of Chile on a private 3-day tour of the country’s principal attractions from Santiago. With a guide, embark on a comprehensive tour of Chile’s vibrant capital, Santiago, and La Moneda Palace, The Museum of Fine Arts and Bellavista neighborhood. Absorb the bohemian spirit of colorful coastal city, Valparaiso; explore the beautiful vineyards of the Maipo Valley; and hike in the Embalse El Yeso water reserve. Selected meals, a wine tasting session, entrance fees and round-trip transport from your Santiago hotel is included. Receive undivided attention from your guide on this private tour. 
  • Duration: 3 days
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  • Duration: 3 days
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Andes Mountain Bike Tour at Embalse El Yeso from Santiago

Pedal your way to the heart of the Andes on this thrilling full-day mountain biking tour from Santiago, including hotel pick-up. Follow your guide on a scenic 9-mile (14.5km) circuit around the El Yeso Reservoir, stopping to enjoy a picnic lunch (included) by the lakeside and admire the panoramic mountain views. End your adventure with am adrenaline-pumping 25km descent through the mountains (optional).
  • Duration: 8 hours
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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Cajon del Maipo and El Yeso Dam from Santiago

Liberate your senses from Santiago’s metropolitan bustle on a 9-hour tour of Cajon del Maipo and the El Yeso Dam (Embalse El Yeso) from Santiago. In a small group limited to nine, you’ll travel into the Chilean Andes and visit natural highlights such as Cajon del Maipo, a narrow canyon through which the Maipo River flows, and El Yeso Dam (Embalse El Yeso), a turquoise body of water which reveals views of snow-capped peaks. WIne and cheese samples, and hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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US$82,00
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  • Duration: 9 hours
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Small-Group Mountain Bike Tour to El Yeso Reservoir and Maipo Valley

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.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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US$265,00
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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2-Day Private Tour Exploring Santiago and Andes Mountains

Experience city streets and mountain landscapes on this 2-day tour of Santiago, the Maipo Valley, and El Yeso Reservoir. In Santiago, visit historic monuments, the Fine Arts Museum, the Central Market, the distinctive home of poet Pablo Neruda, and take in city views from San Cristobal Hill. Head into the Andes on day two, where you’ll hike, picnic, and observe local wildlife. Your last stop is the Concha y Toro Winery, where you’ll enjoy a tour and tastings.
  • Duration: 2 days
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US$430,00
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  • Duration: 2 days
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3-Day Chilean Andes Experience

The mountain range of the Andes offers unparalleled views for those who know the mountain, we invite you to live the experience in the Andes.
  • Duration: 3 days
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  • Duration: 3 days
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