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Cajon del Maipo Semi-Private Day Trip from Santiago

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icon10 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 1 more

Overview

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.
  • Cajón del Maipo day trip from Santiago
  • Follow the course of the Maipo River and take in stunning panoramas of Maipo Canyon
  • Visit San José del Maipo and learn about its history and architecture from an expert guide
  • Enjoy a delicious lunch in a mountain refuge
  • Tour limited to 10 passengers, ensuring a more personalized experience
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.

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 head to a mountain refuge for a delicious lunch 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.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Maipo Canyon
A narrow valley located at the Andean southeast of Santiago, encompasses the upper Maipo River basin with a serie of other tributary rivers such as El Volcán River, Yeso River and Colorado River. This area is also a commune which its capital is San Jose de Maipo, at the valley you can find a serie of other localities such as San Gabriel o San Alfonso.
Duration: 540 Minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Cajon del Maipo
A narrow valley located at the Andean southeast of Santiago, encompasses the upper Maipo River basin with a serie of other tributary rivers such as El Volcán River, Yeso River and Colorado River. This area is also a commune which its capital is San Jose de Maipo, at the valley you can find a serie of other localities such as San Gabriel o San Alfonso.
Duration: 540 Minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Parroquia San Jose De Maipo
Visit the main square of the capital of the Cajon del Maipo valley.
Duration: 45 Minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Tunel Ferroviario del Tinoco
Learn about the importance of the railroads at Cajon del Maipo in the past and learn about the unique story of this particular tunnel.
Duration: 30 Minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Camino al Volcan
Beautiful road to get deeper into the valley.
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Refugio lo Valdes
Enjoy the view from a mountain shelter in the Andes Range
Duration: 90 Minutes
Admission Ticket Free

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Great day trip.
mmargg
, Jul 2019
This small group tour was very enjoyable. Felipe, our guide, was very knowledgeable, entertaining and articulate in English. The lunch provided was of great quality and delicious. I highly recommend this tour.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2019
Hola! Thanks for your comment, and we are happy to know that you enjoyed the excursion. We hope to see you again on your next visit to Chile! Best, Patricia
star-5
What an awesome day with Filipe and...
wrlag
, Sep 2018
What an awesome day with Filipe and Sebastian! There knowledge of local history and the cajon del mail is exceptional. They also know where to suggest you stand for some of the most breathtaking views/photos. We had a stop for some of the best home crafted hot chocolate I have ever tasted at La Cafetería del Cajon. his delightful cafe is constructed from giant barrels bookending a single story building. Seriously we ate inside one barrel and the main kitchen is in another!. We drove up the canyon following Camino Embalse El Yeso. This is a road where the sign Danger Falling Rocks actually has value! We were never at risk though with Sebastian driving. Once the road narrows, you get out and walk the remaining 10 minutes along the banks of the Yeso to where the bank/road makes a hard turn Eastward toward the pass into Argentina. The view at this point is stunning! Rugged beauty and definitely a beautiful sister of the Austrian Alps. Filipe guided the photographers of our group to some of the best locations for pictures. You are high and you are in the Andes so having gloves, warm cap, windbreaker, sunglasses, and sunscreen available at this point definitely will up the personal comfort factor! On the way back down the valley, we stopped at the side of the road for a picnic. The sampler snacks of Chilean wine, juice, cheese, bread, and nuts was a perfect way to enjoy reflections on the Yeso. While Filipe and Sebastian set up the goodies, a few of hiked over to the Rio Yeso canyon for another great view. We stopped for a traditional lunch empanada and beer and water in San Alfonso forgot to write down the Restaurant name then a detour to Casa Chocolate. The chocolate and ice cream is delicious and boutique. Some may find it pricey - though if you are a connoisseur the quality will not disappoint.. I enjoyed walking around the owner's house which is architecturally designed to re-purpose old wood and the furniture style along with the house architecture follows design curves from nature. Then Sebastian took a different route back into the city of Santiago so we could see some of the vineyards before dropping us back at our hotel. A delightful day. Highly recommend this tour because the guides are fun, knowledgeable, committed to you as a guest having fun, and the picnic at the roadside after seeing the Yeso was a first rate experience.
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Very poor experience
nerijusma
, Sep 2018
Very poor overall experience, you are about to spend all day riding in the car.Once you arrive in the Cajon del Maipo, you get half an hour to take pictures and get back in the car, there will be no time to walk around. Then they will take you back home and will make few more stops on the way. First, you will stop for a quick picnic that was actually nice. Next stop is at the restaurant where you will get treated with a lunch for 3000 pesos. Next is San Jose village, yet another 15 minutes stop and hotel. Our guide Martin was terrible as well. The whole trip he kept complaining about how the industry is damaging he valley instead of telling us little more about the history or the nature around.Think twice before taking this tour.
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This was such a great day, we were...
Julia F
, Sep 2018
This was such a great day, we were picked up from our hotel by Felipe and our driver was Sebastian. We were a small group which made for a very personal tour. Our first stop was for hot chocolate and home made cake in a very cosy cafe run by a very friendly lady. Felipe was such great company to be with and Sebastian a first glass driver. The views we had will stay with us for a very long time and to be in the Andes is just so special. After visiting the lagoon Sebastian drove a short while and we had an amazing picnic surrounded by the Andes, life doesn't get any better than this. Last stop was for lunch before we were taking back to our hotel. Thank you both for the memories, and for taking care of us. If visiting Santiago don't miss the change to go on this day tour you will not be disappointed, kind regards from Alan and Julia UK
star-5
Excellent guide. Very informative...
julie.kolberg
, Apr 2018
Excellent guide. Very informative, funny and spoke very good English. Very enjoyable day.
star-5
I loved this tour! Our guide Felipe...
Jerrad Y
, Mar 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.
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Be prepared to spend 5 hours in a...
Laurence P
, Mar 2018
Be prepared to spend 5 hours in a rickety van. It was most uncomfortable and the two of us sat in the back received quite a jolt and concussion...left us feeling sick as we hit the roof badly due to a road ramp. The tour was not very exciting except the mountains were spectacular. Don't bother!
star-5
Our guide Simon and our driver made...
bill.denisetobaygo
, Mar 2018
Our guide Simon and our driver made the trip extra special for us. We felt like we had been friends forever!
star-5
Ben, the tour guide, was one of the...
s_onah
, Mar 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!
star-4
Was a good tour with great guide...
Kay A
, Mar 2018
Was a good tour with great guide. However, double check the tour details with the operator. Viator states tour includes a 2 hour hike, which we were dressed for. Operator does not include a hike at all! Apparently Viator doesnt always get the info correct and the operator doesnt check this properly. Was a little disappointing but we enjoyed the tour immensely nevertheless. Certainly worth getting out of town for a day to see the beautiful Andes, a glacier in the distance with condors flying above. Highly recommend if youre into mountains.

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