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El Yeso Dam (Embalse El Yeso) Tours

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El Yeso Dam (Embalse El Yeso)
El Yeso Dam (Embalse El Yeso), which was built in 1964, created a turquoise reservoir that can hold more than 253 million cubic meters of water. Though just a couple hours outside of Santiago, the snow-capped mountains that surround the site are more reminiscent of rural Patagonia than of the bustling metropolis.

The Basics 
El Yeso Dam (Embalse El Yeso) is a staple of day trips to Cajón del Maipo, a dramatic gorge that boasts some of central Chile’s most arresting scenery. Join an excursion from Santiago to see some of the waterfalls and glaciers that the area is famous for. These tours typically take you to a viewpoint that overlooks the dam, where you can enjoy a picnic that includes Chilean wine.   

Things to Know Before You Go 
  • El Yeso Dam (Embalse El Yeso) is a great outdoor attraction for travelers who don’t have time to venture all the way down to Patagonia. 
  • The dam is a great place to go fishing and windsurfing. 
  • Sturdy shoes and warm, waterproof clothing are essential if you plan to hike in the gorge surrounding the reservoir. 
  • You can camp in the areas surrounding the dam. 

How to Get There
El Yeso Dam is located on Camino Embalse El Yeso, about 2.5 hours from Santiago. A four-wheel-drive vehicle is essential on the rough roads that lead to the dam. Guided day trips typically include round-trip transportation.  

When to Get There 
The best time to visit the dam is during the spring and summer months (September–February). In the fall and winter, snowy and wet conditions can make the dam inaccessible. 

Discovering Cajon de Maipo
While visiting El Yeso Dam (Embalse El Yeso), you can extend your visit and hike to one of several other natural attractions. One popular option is to trek to Termas del Plomo, about 2.5 hours away, to soothe aching muscles with a soak in natural hot springs heated by the San José Volcano. At 9,500 feet (2,900 meters) above sea level, the springs also offer panoramic views. 
Address: El Yeso Dam, San Jose de Maipo, Santiago, Chile
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Day Trip to Cajon del Maipo Embalse El YesoDay Trips

Day Trip to Cajon del Maipo Embalse El Yeso

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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.
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Day Trip to Cajon Del Maipo from SantiagoDay Trips

Day Trip to Cajon Del Maipo from Santiago

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Escape Santiago to enjoy the natural grandeur of the Andes during this day-long 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.
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  • 9 hours
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Small-Group Cajón del Maipo Full-Day Tour and PicnicDay Trips

Small-Group Cajón del Maipo Full-Day Tour and Picnic

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Visit the Cajón del Maipo area on this full-day tour from Santiago. Located southeast of the city, Cajón del Maipo is known for its massifs, hills, and rivers and is a 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.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
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Andes Day Lagoon - Embalse del Yeso, Cajón del Maipo. Nature & Wildlife

Andes Day Lagoon - Embalse del Yeso, Cajón del Maipo.

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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.
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Cajón del Maipo + Embalse el YesoDay Trips

Cajón del Maipo + Embalse el Yeso

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Discover Santiago stands out for the quality of its service, punctuality, kindness and good disposition of the guides generating a pleasant and friendly atmosphere with all those who accompany us. In this tour you can enjoy an incomparable view, beautiful landscapes, Chilean fauna and also a small class of History and Geography of Chile. Our guides are flexible, empathetic, proactive and speak several languages, so we can easily communicate to deliver information and meet the needs and concerns of our travelers.
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Small Group Tour: Cajon del Maipo with Hotsprings plus Picnic and Andinian Zoo Day Trips

Small Group Tour: Cajon del Maipo with Hotsprings plus Picnic and Andinian Zoo

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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.
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Embalse el Yeso experience in the AndesDay Trips

Embalse el Yeso experience in the Andes

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Cruise does not sell tourist rides, sells unforgettable experiences, and the El Yeso Reservoir tour is a true proof of this. We created an itinerary specially designed for tourists to really appreciate the mountain and understand what they are seeing.
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JeepTour OffRoad Termas, Cajón del MaipoDay Trips

JeepTour OffRoad Termas, Cajón del Maipo

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We pass by you where you are staying! The Tour begins with our OFF Road 4x4 vehicles, entering the Andes mountain range and places where the Van´s cannot reach. 1st stop we make it in the Tinoco Tunnel, belonging to the old railway line already in disuse. We always cross the tunnel inside! 2nd stop is made in the Animita by Guillermo Rojas, who committed suicide in 1998 and who is considered miraculous before the requests of the prayers. 3rd stop are at viewpoints that allow us to see the volcano and Maipo Valley with all its attractions of flora and fauna. We arrive at the end of our road and at our 5th stop, “Termas Colina” of hot springs in natural pools (Hot Springs). This does not end! On our way back we will have a lunch / roast / empanadas in the middle of nature where we will also have a variety of nuts, vegetables, wine from the best vineyards. Cascada de la novia and La casa de chocolate are our last stops.
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Private Andes Day Excursion to Maipo Valley and El Yeso ReservoirPrivate Sightseeing Tours

Private Andes Day Excursion to Maipo Valley and El Yeso Reservoir

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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.
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  • 7 hours
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From Santiago, ride to Embalse el Yeso + hidden lagoon in the afternoon in 4x4.Day Trips

From Santiago, ride to Embalse el Yeso + hidden lagoon in the afternoon in 4x4.

We will leave at 11:00 am from Santiago to the Cajón del Maipo region, after visiting San José de Maipo, we will visit Embalse El Yeso and then continue walking through the region to a special place, where you take a hike to a small hidden lagoon, and we end with a picnic. This tour is carried out in 4x4 vehicles, includes personal insurance for adventure tourism, and a picnic with wine, beer, juice, cheese, homemade jam from southern Chile, chocolate and etc. * available until mid-May, tour operated only from Monday to Friday.
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wetravelelyeso - El Yeso Dam Full-Day tourDay Trips

wetravelelyeso - El Yeso Dam Full-Day tour

Its majestic beauty, breathtaking views, and turquoise waters are just a few of the reasons why wetravelelyeso. Do you?
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Embalse el Yeso - El Plomo Hot Springs - Los Patos Lagoon (PRIVATE EXCURSION)Day Trips

Embalse el Yeso - El Plomo Hot Springs - Los Patos Lagoon (PRIVATE EXCURSION)

The tour is only for you (small group) and nobody else Flexible time tour Custom service 4x4 transportation Picnic Barbecue (roast beef) on the mountain All inclusive First Aid Kit FROM SANTIAGO - VALPARAISO - VIÑA DEL MAR Private tour from your hotel/address to Cajón del Maipo from two to four pax. We will have breakfast and visit viewpoints and waterfall. We will visit El Yeso Dam to 2.568 height meter. Then to 23 km we will enter El Yeso Valley Park by off road track and we get to natural hot springs el plomo where if you want to take bath. Then from there we will through a hiking track and waterfall, about 50 minutes get to reach the Los Patos lagoon to 3.200 meters it beautiful and awesome mountain landscape NOTE: A minimum of 02 people per booking is required
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Cajon del Maipo - The plasterDay Trips

Cajon del Maipo - The plaster

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A unique experience to discover the natural beauty of Cajon del Maipo. Enjoy a different and exciting day.
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Cajón del Maipo Tour (El Yeso Reservoir)Day Trips

Cajón del Maipo Tour (El Yeso Reservoir)

We value the time of the people and their stay in Santiago, so we invest the time in what is really important in this tour as is the nature offered by the reservoir. _______________________________________________________________ We value the time of the people and their stay in Santiago, so we invest the time in what is really important in this tour as is the nature offered by the reservoir.
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Embalse el Yeso - Cajon del Maipo - Small Group (PRIVATE EXCURSION)Day Trips

Embalse el Yeso - Cajon del Maipo - Small Group (PRIVATE EXCURSION)

The tour is only for you (small group) and nobody else Flexible time tour Custom service 4x4 transportation Picnic Barbecue (roast beef) on the mountain First aid kit All inclusive
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Private Mountain Bike Tour to El Yeso Reservoir and Maipo ValleyDay Trips

Private Mountain Bike Tour to El Yeso Reservoir and Maipo Valley

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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.
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  • 8 hours
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Maipo Canyon - El Yeso Dam and Del Plomo Hot Spring - Off Road TourDay Trips

Maipo Canyon - El Yeso Dam and Del Plomo Hot Spring - Off Road Tour

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Experience the best of the Andes with this trip from Santiago. Discover the Cajón del Maipo Valley in a 4X4, admire the turquoise waters of the Embalse El Yeso Reservoir, and take a dip in the Termas del Plomo. Stop at lookout points for stunning mountain and glacier views and check out rarely seen flora and fauna.
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Cajon del Maipo Adventure day trip from Santiago cityDay Trips

Cajon del Maipo Adventure day trip from Santiago city

the time to explore this fantastic country if you like nature this is the day we left the hotel early and for nine hours you will enjoy as an explorer we go to the south of the city and we arrive at the Maipo valley place famous for its vineyards then we will arrive at the reservoir where we stop to stay and enjoy for a couple of hours gorgeous place plus free time to explore the environment of the reservoir. the scenery here is wild then a picnic in which you can enjoy after this we will go to the san jose town to know and to eat a chilean empanada and then We will go to casabosque with a rich gastronomy and beautiful decoration the best time to remember the amazing form of andes and the rivers and lagoons then ready to prepare the return to the city of Santiago and leave you at the hotels
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Private Tour: Cajón del Maipo with Lunch and Wine from SantiagoDay Trips

Private Tour: Cajón del Maipo with Lunch and Wine from Santiago

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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.
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Private Andes Day Trip Maipo Valley with Concha Y Toro Wine TourWine Tasting & Winery Tours

Private Andes Day Trip Maipo Valley with Concha Y Toro Wine Tour

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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.
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3-Day Private Tour Exploring Chile: Santiago - Valparaiso - Andes MountainMulti-day Tours

3-Day Private Tour Exploring Chile: Santiago - Valparaiso - Andes Mountain

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. 
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2-Day Private Tour Exploring Santiago and Andes MountainsPrivate Sightseeing Tours

2-Day Private Tour Exploring Santiago and Andes Mountains

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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.
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Private Culinary Tour Cajon del Maipo with Live CookingDay Trips

Private Culinary Tour Cajon del Maipo with Live Cooking

Use all your senses and discover the beauty of the Embalse el Yeso in Cajon de Maipo. Mountains, nature and fresh air - far away from the busy city live we will prepare a tasty breakfast snack and a lunch at the foot of the mountains. Enjoy a private tour, where you will have some time to discover the place and to make some extra picture stops whenever you like. With us you can enjoy a special experience - we will cook for you right in the andes, while you can go for a walk or just relish a glass of wine by a stunning surrounding.
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3-Day Chilean Andes Experience

If you want to escape from the stress of modern life then look no further than this 3-day experience in Chile, which takes you deep into the Andes mountain range. Perfect for lovers of the outdoors, this excursion lets you skip the stress of advance planning and reveals landscapes that comprise glaciers, lakes, and snow-capped mountains.
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