Marvelous sight, perfect just to sit and contemplate. Had a funtastic time with Gabriel guide, he has many interesting things to say and makes you want to hear more. Great organisation. I can honestly recommend it.
And do not forget the sunblock!
Vanessa and Patrick made for a very enjoyable day. The scenery was spectacular..
My and I just did this tour and we had an amazing time. I don't even know where to start. Gabriel was supposed to pick us up at 7:05 and he was there at 7:04, he informed us that another group had joined the tour and that we were all good because they spoke English, little did I know that he speaks portuguese, spanish and perfect english! This is a familg business and take good care of their clients, his wife Alexandra kept me up to date with everything the days before the trip and responded right away to my messages.
The tour itself was amazing on the way to the maipo region we were able to stop twice once for a restroom stop and another for a cool stop that I dont want to give the details because then I would ruin the surprise for you. Gabriel is very knowledgeable of the region and explains you everything you see and ask on the way there. Aside from the scenery he keeps you entertained by telling you the story of things you see as well as some history of Chile. We couldn't have asked for a better tour person. He knew everything, he starts early because he wants to beat the crowd and also because he wants to get his spot, which is amazing by the way and is totally worth it. He parks his van a certain way to block the cold winds from ruining the special meal that he prepares on a very cool table setup.
Once at the Embalse you are free to roam around for a good amount of time while he sets up the table and he is always available if you need him to take a picture of you and did I mention he has an amazing camera? And knows all the good angles!
Overall I recommend this trip to everyone, there is absolutely no way you will get the attention, the little secrets, the stops and the experience you get from this tour! It is totally worth it and it is an experience that I would never forget
My wife and I did this tour just 2 days ago and thoroughly enjoyed it. The tour guide/driver, Gabriel, has a very engaging personality and it was not long into the tour that all the passengers all four of us as this is a very personalized tour were already friends! The scenery on the way up into the Andes changed dramatically as we ascended and Gabriel gave us several opportunities for photo stops on the way up to the lake. He also gave a very informative commentary about the geography and history of Chile. The lake itself was just beautiful and, as Gabriel knows his tour destinations so well, had us up there well before any other people or tour groups arrived. This meant that our picnic near the lake was very peaceful as we nearly had the entire vista to ourselves! The food, prepared by Gabriel as we looked around the lake area, consisted of olives, Chilean cheese, strawberries, homemade sandwiches and Chilean wine! On the way down again we stopped at a roadside waterfall and enjoyed a short uphill walk to the base of the waterfall. As we left the area we noticed other tourists and tour groups making their way up the mountain, so we certainly had the best chance of seeing the lake and getting the best photos by going early!
We enjoyed our tour with Gabriel so much that we organized to do his company's tour to Valparaiso, Vina Del Mar and a winery the next day. This trip was equally good and, once again, Gabriel's timing was perfect, allowing us to get to the points of interest before all of the other groups. I highly recommend this tour also as the scenery is beautiful and there are a lot of stops for photos and even a chance for a walk on the beach. On the way to Valparaiso Gabriel gave us the choice of which winery to go to, with good information about each one to help us choose. We did a wine tasting at the winery price not included in tour cost and in Valparaiso we had lunch at a very nice restaurant with a great view over the bay cost of lunch also not included in tour cost. Gabriel's timing again was perfect as we got there before it got busy so did not have to wait for service.
This tour group offers very personal touring with only small groups and a very friendly guide. We feel that we now are friends of Gabriel rather than clients!
Highlight of our trip! Gabriel was our tour guide and was fantastic! He really knew what he was doing and really tried his best to give us a wonderful trip. He was very knowledgeable about the area and made sure that we were able to have a picnic and enjoy the scenery away from the crowds. Highly recommend!
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