• Location: Santiago, Chile
  • Duration: 9 hours (approx.)
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Depart Santiago for a day trip to Embalse El Yeso, a stunning mountain reservoir tucked within the Andes. Begin with a scenic drive and visit to the town of San Jose de Maipo. Then continue onto Embalse El Yeso, the perfect spot for savoring the beauty of Cajon de Maipo and its ample lagoons and glaciers. Have your camera at the ready as you marvel at these breathtaking sights.

Highlights

  • Escape Santiago for the beauty of Embalse El Yeso
  • Enjoy spectacular Andean scenery, including lagoons and glaciers
  • Includes the expertise of a knowledgable guide
  • The small-group size ensures individual attention

What You Can Expect

Embalse El Yeso Day Trip from Santiago

Enjoy a day trip in the Andes

Customer Reviews

Stephen M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Great trip. Francisco and Pablo were charming and knew their stuff. Highly recommend.

Brian S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

This was my favorite experience in Chile. I wasn't really sure what to expect, but our guide Josefa made a great impression from the start. The group was small, so the tour was very personalized, and despite being the only English speaking Americans on the tour, we felt very comfortable, and Josefa talked with us throughout the entire tour. The drive took a lot longer than I anticipated, but the amount of time we were given at each stop, made up for the time spent in the car. We first stopped in some small town where anyone who wanted to rent supplies could do so. I decided to not rent anything and just suck up the cold, but thankfully it warmed up in the afternoon. There actually isn't any walking through snow, the boots are only recommended because the path occasionally gets flooded, but regular hiking boots will do just fine.
Next we stopped in San Jose del Maipo for breakfast not included in the price, before being given some history and 10 minutes free time in the city plaza.
Next we continued for around an hour to Embalse el Yeso, stopping at a view point on the way. I was expecting us to drive all the way up to the dam, but this is actually not advised because of the road conditions. We had to hike about 30 minutes to the lake. Our tour was the only one that did this, and I was really glad as that is the whole reason I came on this tour. Later Josefa offered anyone who wanted to, an additional hike to another section of the lake. We spent a good two hours at the lake, and she pretty much gave everyone free reign and was open to additional ideas. I was expecting us to have a picnic at the lake, but Josefa actually took us to another area a few miles away. This actually turned out to be better as we had the place to ourselves, away from the hoards of noisy tourists and vehicle fumes.
When dropping us back at our hotels, Josefa took the time to give all of us a proper good bye.
Honestly, I don't care how great the reviews of the other guides are. If I had to do this tour again, I would do it with Josefa each time. She's laid back and has a genuine personality and was very knowledgeable of the places we were visiting, and pointed out a lot of interesting sites along the route that you wouldn't even know were important. I learned a lot about the local history and history of Chile. She's also very responsible and cares about her clients' well being. And you can tell she really loves her job and country, and is proud to share this part of Chile with others.
My only regret is that I didn't book another tour with this company.

Marina P Bulgaria

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

My husband and I have done a lot of trips around the world: Europe, Asia, Middle East and etc., but thanks to our guide Gonzalo, this was the most enjoyable and informative tour that we have ever done and it is the first time I was looking forward to leave a comment! He was supportive all the way, from the very beginning we stepped into the van. Throughout the trip his main concern was our safety and awareness, very welcoming and knowledgeable, making the trip memorable! We highly recommend any trip with a guide like Gonzalo! The tour itself includes amazing, spectacular scenery of the Andes, Glaciers and Lagoons of Cajon de Maipo. The organization was excellent regarding the lunch, including wine, cheese and appetizers.

Noreen Canada

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

A very enjoyable day in the mountains. Our guide gave lots of background information and the driver did a wonderful job on all the back roads.

ashnee2403

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

I would recommend this tour to everyone. If you and #39;re coming to Santiago for the first time and if you love nature, this place will surprise you. Our guide Gonzalo and the driver were very professional. Gonzalo knew his stuff about the country history and the place we visited. Worth it, really! ☺️

Thomas G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

This was a great way to see part of the Andes with amazing scenery, good company and a very welcoming and knowledeable guide. We visited a small rural village and then climbed into the Andes where there was spectacular scenery and a picnic lunch beside Embalse El Yeso. I highly recommend this tour.

Timothy A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

This was a really great tour enjoyed it from start to finish. It was hot and sunny which made the whole experience even more enjoyable. We stopped off at a beautiful lagoon and had our packed lunches with some wine to follow. Our tour guide was very informative and easy to talk to his English was good better than our Spanish!! It was a long day but one we will never forget!! Recommend this tour even if its the only one you do while in Santiago.

Kyle R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Was a great trip out to the Andes. Our guide spoke Spanish, English and Portuguese and was very knowledgeable. The trip ends at a reservoir that is at 6500 feet - colder temps and windy I did this trip in November - had a jacket but needed something more.

Elisabeth v

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Very good, well informed and nice guide. Very safe and well-experienced safe driver. Very punctual, the hotel was called in the morning to inform us about the exact time of pick up.

ngoc thuy d

4 star rating: Recommended March 2016

beautiful. good guide.

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