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This day trip was super! The hotel pick-up was right on time, and we were greeted with hugs by our friendly, knowledgeable, and energetic guide, Valentina. Our driver, Sebastian, was excellent as well. We would never have gotten into the mountains at all if not for this tour. The scenery is beautiful, and the natural reservoir a stunning turquoise. We had a short stop before we got there for light breakfast, then a picnic snack that we all thought was lunch at the reservoir . We had a short stop at the entrance to an old train tunnel where if you say your dreams, they're supposed to come true. Then we continued along, stopping for real lunch, giant and delicious homemade empanadas. We were back at the hotel about 4:15, ready for a siesta before going out again. A wonderful day! Especially excellent for people like us who cannot do a big hike but still love to get out in nature.
Great tour! Beautiful scenery, very informative tour guide and driver. Highly recommended tour.
Absolutely fantastic! There were 10 tourists, the driver Sebastian, I think - superb driver! and the guide in a minivan. Alejandro, the guide, was a delight! Very personable and knowledgeable. Early pickup 7:30 for us, then off to the mountains. Coffee and tea break and rest stop at a charming little place that reminded me of the English tea rooms in the Los Angeles area. Then up into the mountains to Embalse el Yeso, a long turquoise lake fed by 3 rivers and held by a dam. Gotta warn you - it's all natural up there, which means a lot of unpaved therefore bumpy roads and no restroom facilities. They served us a picnic put together by the place where we had our break - yummy watermelon, ceviche I think it's the national dish of Chile, cheese chunks, a cheese spread with pine nuts, bread, carrot and celery sticks, a raisin and nut mix similar to trail mix, some fantastic non-oily non-salty black olives, strawberry juice, and a Chilean wine made from the French grapes that the French no longer have. What a feast! Note: the feast may vary from trip to trip. We gorged on it, then discovered we were headed for a lunch stop with restrooms where we ate the local empanadas huge! with local craft beer.
It sounds like all we did was eat. The food was all included in the price of the tour, although notes on Viator indicate the lunch might not always be.
The minivan can theoretically hold 13 passengers. Glad we had a little space. The far back corner behind the driver where I was sitting didn't get much of the air conditioning, but I consider that a minor discomfort far outweighed by the rest of the experience.
The scenery was magnificent. We went up to about 9800 feet in the Andes. It was a hot sunny day in Santiago about 100 degrees, but there was a cold wind blowing when we got up to the lake, and we were glad to have windbreakers. The turquoise waters of the lake are such an unbelievable color! Occasionally mixed with brown where one of the rivers fed into it. Surrounded by mountains that still had some snow on the peaks. A condor sailing overhead - unusual for the time of year, we were told. Rushing rivers and waterfalls. The old camp where the workers lived while they built the dam. Plenty of photo opportunities.
We are so glad we went on this trip! It was a fabulous day out!
We enjoyed it very much.
It was quite a tour. The views were excellent. The driver and guide were top notch. I would recommend this tour.
This is a great tour. The views were beautiful, and the picnic by the lagoon was very nice.
We really enjoyed this excursion, and our guide Bernadita was awesome! Getting to get out of the smog of Santiago and see the Andes up close made the trip worthwhile.
Brilliant. Martin was an amazing host who shared his passion for his country, its culture and its environment
Best viator tour ever. Guide outstanding, its the best way to get well into the Andes small van, see the bluest lake imaginable lagoon providing all water to Santiago, have a wilderness experience, and stop at 2 local small cafes one for morning coffee and cake, one for afternoon drink and empanada. Dont miss this one.
The driver Sebastien and guide Alejandro were great! We drove up one side of the canyon, enjoyed the view and short hike at the end of the trail and enjoyed a picnic lunch with wine fruit nuts and crudites. On the return trip we went down the other side of the canyon and stopped for an empanada lunch and beverage. Friendships were made. It was an amazing experience and Alejandro told history and geography lessons along the way.
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