• Location: Santiago, Chile
  • Duration: 10 hours (approx.)
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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.

Highlights

  • Cajón del Maipo day trip from Santiago
  • Follow the course of the Maipo River and take in stunning panoramas of Maipo Canyon
  • Stop at Embalse el Yeso, a beautiful reservoir surrounded by mountains
  • Visit San José del Maipo and learn about its history and architecture from an expert guide
  • Enjoy a picnic with local wine in front of the reservoir
  • Tour limited to eight or twelve passengers, ensuring a more personalized experience
  • Taste of traditional Chilean Empanadas

What You Can Expect

Cajon del Maipo Day Trip from Santiago

Enjoy a glass of local wine

Depart from your Santiago hotel in a comfortable, air-conditioned minivan and relax during the scenic southeastern drive to the heart of the Andean mountain range. Ascend a winding off-road path and admire the stunning sights as you approach your destination.
Arrive at the dramatic valley of Cajon del Maipo and marvel at the hypnotizing landscape; scour the natural panorama for jagged snow-capped peaks, bounteous orchards and verdant vineyards before disembarking at 9,843 feet (3,000 meters) above sea level, at the Embalse el Yeso reservoir.
Set out on a walk around the glittering turquoise waters of the lake; capture incredible photographs as you circumvent the rugged canyons, listening to captivating commentary about the geology and ecology of the area with your guide.
Return to the vehicle and enjoy a delicious picnic-cocktail accompanied with a nice selection of Chilean wines. Then venture along a picturesque rural road to San Jose de Maipo, a charming town enveloped by the Andean mountains. Declared the capital of the region since 1792, the provincial pueblo boasts quaint artisan shops and an ambient central plaza. Take some time to stroll the serene streets, learning about local folklore as you absorb beautiful views of the surrounding mountains and try a traditional "empanada" at a local empanada shop. 
Return to the minivan and appreciate the luscious landscape as you travel back to your Santiago hotel.

Customer Reviews

julie.kolberg

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Excellent guide. Very informative, funny and spoke very good English. Very enjoyable day.

Jerrad Y

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

I loved this tour! Our guide Felipe and our driver Sebastian were both awesome. The guide shared so much information, and was so knowledgeable about any topic we wanted to discuss. For those who don't hike, the hike is not demanding...it's maybe a 5 minute walk to the beach, maximum, with a slight decline and a few rocks. But we were the only group actually at the water! All other groups started way far back, and just saw the lake form afar. The spread Felipe and Sebastian prepared for us was awesome, and then we even had lunch afterward.

Definitely bring a jacket, as the wind is extremely cold, even if the sun is warm.

bill.denisetobaygo

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

Our guide Simon and our driver made the trip extra special for us. We felt like we had been friends forever!

s_onah

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

Ben, the tour guide, was one of the best I've come across. Funny, very knowledgeable and easy going, Ben and our driver delivered a great day. The canon is a must see!

James R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

Very well planned and led. We had 11 in the group and a nice, comfortable mix of ages and nationalities.

First stop was for coffee/tea/hot chocolate on the way to the lake. A couple of photo stops at the lake entailed a bit of walking but nothing at all strenuous. But the lake is about 5000 feet higher than Santiago, so be prepared for it to be cooler there.

Near the lake, we stopped for wine and snacks. The last stop was about 2 pm for empanadas baked in a wood-fired oven.

More than just the beautiful scenery at the lake, the drive out there and back is very nice and, with the stops along the way, gives a view of small towns in the Chilean countryside.

Michael W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

Some lovely scenery with a great guide Felippe...Stopped off in the middle of nowhere for wine and snacks plus a dinner later..A Great day!!

Elvin A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

Great tour knowledgeable and friendly guide nice choice of snacks and drinks including wine at a nice mountain setting good lunch at a small town restaurant and very safe driver. I recommend this tour highly.

Sandra T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

This was my favorite tour in Santiago. Our guide Simon was young and from the mountain town that we visited. We had a great group of tourists and had so much fun talking with each other that we had to re-focus on why we were there! Love the hot chocolate stop at the quaint and cosy restaurant. The stop for empanadas at the end was pretty good. I went with the traditional one and the egg and olive in it was different! I think the picnic at the reservoir was the best. Our guide and the driver had a cooler full of goodies and juice for those who were not drinking the great Chilean wine. Bravo Simon!

andrewthornton1313

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

A very nice way to spend a day in Santiago and experience a little of the Andean scenery. The guide Simon was excellent and very helpful. The driver managed the rather windy road very professionally. Scenery is great but would be better with some snow topped mountains! Need to go back in spring. The first coffee stop was a little disappointing so suggest you go for the hot chocolate. Lunch nibbles and wine and the complimentary empanada and beer was a nice surprise. Easy walking. Could be a bitt cool in the mountains.

Dieter K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Highly recommend this tour where you see a beautiful mountain range, glacier, and huge lake. Light hiking to see a lot of the wild life in the area as well. One of the best tours in Chile.

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