• 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

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.

Michele G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

We had an amazing day at Cajon del Main. Our guide, Ben, was so knowledgeable and shared so much information with us. He had a great sense of humor as well. He went well beyond the typical information on a tour. We started off the day with a stop for hot chocolate, and there was a light lunch with wine at the glacier and empanadas on our way home.He offered extended info on the animals and birds as well.He took pictures for us as well. It was a wonderful full day tour and I recommend the tour and Ben especially.

rvsukhi

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

This was an excellent Day Trip. Our guide Alejandra was well versed with the terrain. A small picnic savoring local Wines Cheese and snacks was icing in the cake. Highly Recommended to anyone visiting Santiago, Chile.

Christopher I

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

This was an outstanding trip up into the Andes Mountains, The driver was superb and our guide Alejandrawas awesome her knowledge of the area was fantastic, the trip started with hot chocolate then on to Cajon del Maipo we had a great time and a wonderful picnic in the mountains, Plus we stopped off on the way home for some local Chilean food this was the cherry on the cake of the day, Pictures to follow

jmclarici

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

Best tour, can't recommend it enough. Our tour guide was AMAZING, we loved how much information we learned and had a wonderful day with those around us. This was our favorite tour of the trip.

Craig M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

We’re so glad we did this tour. It was a fantastic day and our guide Ben was amazing. Highly recommended.

hjohnst1

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

The most amazing tour! Our tour guide and driver were excellent. We learned so much about the area. We had a lovely coffee break, delicious snacks, wine and then yummy empanada lunch! The highlight of course was the stunning Cajon del Maipo! A great day out!

gehenggeler

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Pick up was on time. Our guide, Simon was engaging and knowledgeable. The driver, Phillipi drove very well through some rugged countryside. The scenery was stunning, the picknic was nice and refreshing. Our stop at a local restaurant for empanadas lovely.
It was a great experience.

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