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clock-o14 hours (Approx.)
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Overview

Plunge into steaming thermal springs and admire spectacular views of snow-capped Andean peaks on a full-day small-group tour to El Cajon de Maipo from Santiago. Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, explore the breathtaking beauty of the Andes mountains on a moderate 5-hour hike; marvel at the jagged spires of a colossal glacier; and sooth aching muscles in the wonderfully warm waters of a thermal spring. Convenient round-trip transportation is included from Santiago.
  • Day trip to El Morado Natural Monument or Valle de las Arenas with Baños Colinas hot springs in El Cajón de Maipo region
  • Take a 5-hour (round-trip) guided hike in the Andes mountains
  • Enjoy lunch with stunning views of the hanging glacier of El Morado glacier, or its snowcapped summit and lagoon
  • Sip a pisco sour cocktail and soak in the cliffside thermal pools of Baños Colinas, nestled at the base of San José volcano
  • Capture stunning panoramas of El Cajón de Maipo, jagged peaks and valleys
  • Tour limited to 8 passengers ensures a more personalized experience
  • Box lunch, pickup and drop-off from most Santiago hotels included
Depart from your Santiago hotel in a comfortable, air-conditioned minivan to begin the journey into the splendid natural scenery of El Cajon de Maipo. Follow a curvaceous road chiseled into the mountain range, admiring rushing rivers, verdant vineyards and beautifully sculpted rock formations as you travel.
Stop at of San Jose de Maipo, a traditional town declared the regional capital, to appreciate the quaint architecture and purchase snacks for the energetic hike. Climb back aboard the vehicle and continue to marvel at your scenic surroundings. Feel your excitement heighten as you approach either El Morado Natural Monument or Valle de las Arenas (dependent on weather conditions) to begin your exhilarating 5-hour hike.
Follow your guide through a diverse spectrum of natural tableaus, encountering steep rocky inclines and lush meadows of blooming wild flowers as you walk; gaze at the jagged snow-capped spires of the Andes as you keep your eyes peeled for graceful condors gliding up above.
Enjoy a well-deserved rest at the majestic El Morado glacier after a 2.5-hour ascent; admire the frozen witchery of the feature while eating a fulfilling box lunch consisting of a fresh sandwich, a cereal bar, fruit and refreshing juice. Marvel at the enchanting vision of El Morado’s glittering lagoon as you absorb the icy tranquillity of the enclave.
Next, return to the vehicle and indulge your aching muscles in the therapeutic waters of the Banos Colinas; inhale fragrant mountain air as you massage your muscles in the steaming hot waters of the natural springs. After a relaxing respite in the springs, return to your vehicle and sink into the comfortable seats for the journey back to Santiago.

Reviews

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G
, Mar 2018

This tour, provided by Ecochile, was a fantastic all-day experience. Our guide Felipe was extremely knowledgeable, very organized and provided a lot of interesting information on our trek to the glacier. Our driver also Felipe did a phenomenal job navigating some pretty tricky roads up in the mountains. While it is quite a long full-day excursion, the activities are thoughtfully planned for example, the wine and cheese spread after the thermal hot springs was a nice way to split up the drive back to Santiago, and done in a spot with a beautiful view of all the colors of the mountains. This is just the tour my wife and I were hoping for in order to get to know the Andes a little better. Highly recommended.

j
, Jan 2018

Excellent day. Wonderful driver and Felipe excellent Guide. Full of enthusiasm. Walk was demanding, mainly due to heat and altitude, but OK if taken time over. Mountains glorious, glacier at little smaller than expected. Road to Hot springs an experience. Lovely to soak in the hot springs. A long day, not back till near 10 so the parting cheese and wine /drink welcome . Well worth going.

M
, Oct 2017

Our guide, Felipe, was fun, energetic and very informative! The hike itself was beautiful, but a lot more demanding than what I had anticipated. After the hike, we drove to the hot springs about 30 minutes away. The view was nothing short of breathtaking. This tour was well worth the money spent!

F
, Oct 2017

We had an amazing experience with EcoChile! Simon was a super guide, very helpful and smiling at all times, so the atmosphere was very relaxed and nice. You should defenetly book this tour if you love nature and a good hike, followed by relaxation! The views from the mountains was spectacular :-)

M
, Apr 2017

Valentina was a wonderful guide! Scenery was beautiful!

J
, Apr 2017

Had to change our tour to a snowshoe hike through the Fat Valley due to weather issues the week prior. However this was an excellent substitute! The weather and scenery were beautiful. Our guide was a lot of fun and taught us a lot about Chilean culture and hiking in general. I'd definitely recommend this activity to anyone who is able to hike about 2 miles on uneven ground.

R
, Mar 2017

Very good indeed. Philippe went out of his way to give us a truly memorable experience. No time pressures at all. We saw everything and did everything - and even got a lovely personal surprise nibbles and wine at the end. Absolutely recommended.

Z
, Jan 2017

We really enjoyed this tour! The guides were great and the hot springs and picnic were a really great way to end the day!

B
, Jan 2017

This day trip was excellent and well worth the money. The hike to the lagoon at the base of the glaciers is moderately challenging and incredibly rewarding. The hot springs are a super plus after a nice hike, and the setting could not be more beautiful. We received breakfast and lunch and a cheese spread with wine at the end - which were perfect. Plus, our guide, Benjamin Bertie could not have been better, nor our driver. Benjamin was knowledgeable, kind, and excited to be on the trip - I can't rave about this day trip more. It was perfect.

P
, Dec 2016

Stunning. Worth every penny. Our guide Alejandro was super friendly, knowledgeable and understood we each had our own paces. The beginning of the hike is a bit steep, but then flattens a bit and becomes easier. Wouldn't recommend for those very out of shape. SUCH an amazing experience.


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