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Embark on a thrilling 9-mile guided hike through Chile's spectacular El Morado Natural Monument National Park. Departing from Santiago, your adventure begins in the village of Baños Morales with a steep trek that flattens out as you go. Enjoy stunning natural scenery while making your way toward popular San Francisco Glacier and Morales Glacier pond. Savor a boxed lunch in the mountains, then set back out on your return trek. At the end of your day trip a vehicle will be waiting to whisk you back to your hotel.
This trip was absolutely amazing! I had a hard time with this hike because the ascent is very steep, but our guide, Gonzalo, kept me motivated. He stopped to inform us of all the flora and fauna around and got excited when he spotted some hard to find birds. He was well prepared to answer all of our questions. The views are hard to describe, they are some of the most beautiful views we have seen. At the end of our hike we had a lovely surprise planned for us at the end. If you are planning on doing this hike, definitely remember sunscreen, sunglasses, good hiking boots, and I highly recommend trekking poles. If you have the chance, definitely take this trip. Gonzalo is a treat to hike with!
Absolutely wonderful hike! Guides were friendly and knowledgeable and made sure everyone got to hike at a comfortable pace.
The tour guide is very knowledgeable and he make sure that everyone is safe during and after the hiking.
Excellent 16km hike with Fransico, Javier and Philippe! I would highly recommend this full day hike and the views were breathtaking.
This was a great adventure. I recommend it to anyone with the requisite hiking miles under their belt. There were only four of us all together and we kept a pretty good pace. At 67, I a reasonably fit retired American spending the New England winter months in South America was the old guy in the group. The other two were BA flight crew on a 2-day layover, one of whom was an Ironman veteran and had hiked Kilimanjaro. Nevertheless it was a fun, comfortable hike through amazing terrain to a magical destination. I had never actually seen a glacier before.
Our guide and driver for the day was Joaquin Cordua....if you have a choice, get him. A native Chilean Spanish speaker, he has very good English. It may not seem important, but this is Chile so I would like to note that he was a very good and safe driver. A fair portion of the day is spent getting to and from the hike venue.
Joaquin is knowledgeable about the area, the geology, and the cultural history, and as a good communicator he kept us informed and entertained.
It was a pleasure for me to spend an exhilarating day with my Brit hiking companions and our excellent guide.
Amazing tour! This was my second time joining a tour with AndoAndeslocal tour company and everything was perfectly arranged. Our guide Gonzalo was professional! I was picked up on time, received brief information about the tour and started hiking! I have to say, it is definitely not an easy hike, so be prepared! The view was magnificent all the way up to the glacier lookout, and you get to enjoy a box lunch at the lagoon : If you are in Santiago, do not miss this tour!
What a great hike! Definitely one of the highlights of our trip. The hike is about 9 miles round trip, the first mile is somewhat of a steep hike, but then it levels out for awhile, and gets a little steep again for the last half mile or so up to the viewing point for the glacier. Our group was relatively fit, so we finished in 4 1/2 hours I think - I could see this being a difficult hike for those that aren't very active.
Our driver and guide, Gonzalo, was fantastic - very knowledgeable about pretty much everything we asked him, and had great advice about future trips we might take to Chile. He has a real passion for nature, so the trip was also a fun learning experience.
We had a beautiful and warm day, but I could see if clouds rolled in, that this would be a chilly hike - we came prepared for anything. I'd recommend bringing a backpack, jacket, hiking sticks if you have them, and wear sturdy shoes as the trail is good, but has lots of loose rocks/gravel and some shallow water crossings. Also, don't forget your sunscreen on this one as there is no shade.
Provided on the hike was water, lunch sandwich, snacks, and a juice box, and then a snack and celebratory glass of wine at the end.
The drive to and from the hike is approx 1.5-2 hrs each way, so it was especially nice to be able to relax on the way home and not have to worry about navigating Santiago's crazy traffic.
I did the El Morado Hike Day tour as a solo traveller and really enjoyed it. The scenery for the walk is very beautiful, and the guides are entertaining and well informed.
The sandwich in the boxed lunch was very good, better than expected for something to eat out on a trail.
The tour starts at an elevation of 1,850m, and then climbs 400-600m. For most people, this height should not be a problem. at the area closest to the glacier, you walk through a bit of snow, so shoes that keep your feet dry and warm are handy.
One bit of advice, take gloves and a beanie. It can get a bit cold and windy on some parts of the trip, and my one regret was not having this in my day bag.
The hike in El Morado was the highlight of my trip to Chile. Our guide was very knowledgeable and educated us about Chile's history during the drive to the park. Likewise during the hike, she was very helpful with information. The scenery was amazing. The weather was cool. You could heat up while hiking and get cool when stopped to eat - dress in layers.
Here's what went wrong with my trip: the regular guide had an emergency so we had Felipe doing the driving, guiding, trekking and carrying of all our water/lunches/emergency supplies. Also, there was too much snow to actually get to the final destination.
Here's what went right: Felipe told us what the guide circumstance was and then immediately made us feel comfortable. He apologized for his poor English and then spoke awesome English. He was friendly and accommodating we asked him to stop at some random places for picture opportunities and couldn't have been better prepared. While he wasn't as talkative as a guide may be, and that can be a bit much sometimes, he was very knowledgeable and gave us several very interesting facts. He pointed out rare birds and all along kept saying Take all the time you want. If this is how all the employees are at Viator then I would highly recommend a trip with them. I had a great time and the pictures will be in my photo album....forever.
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