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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.


  • 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

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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

john i

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Brilliant. Martin was an amazing host who shared his passion for his country, its culture and its environment

Christiane S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

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.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

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.

Joanna C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Absolutely magical place.
The glaciers forming a back drop to El Yaso was truthly breathtaking.
The food was simple and for the price it felt very expensive for the entire package, but the views will remain in my memory forever.

Anne M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

A really interesting tour into some beautiful country. Just loved the mountains, snow and awesome scenery. The picnic lunch in the sunshine was an added bonus.

Dagmara J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

The best tour ever!!! Very relaxing, beautiful views, nice picnic. 100 recommended.

Simone W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Wonderful tour! Breathtaking scenario and locations. Our guide and drive were so friendly and easy to speak too. Very knowledgable of the region. The little stops we had at local shops and markets were wonderful.

Kerri M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This tour was great! Amazing views of the Andes and reservoir. Our driver and guide were quite competent and enthusiastic about the area. If you want an authentic experience with knowledgeable guides, then this is the tour for you! It was a day well spent learning about this area of the Andes.

Alicia C B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

We love Alejandro and Christian!

Laurel P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Paulo was awesome! He did a great job as well as his driver. Really enjoyed getting to know him and the others on our trip. Will certainly use Viator again because of Paulo.

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