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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

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What You Can Expect

Small-Group El Morado Trek and Hot Springs Day Trip from Santiago

Glacier trek and hot springs day trip

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.

Customer Reviews

Zhava K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 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!

Brenna C D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 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.

Priya B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 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.

Richard G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Great day of out, highly recommended

Linh N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

This was such an incredible experience. I was in Chile for school so there were 4 of us that went and ended up meeting 2 Americans on the trip! The small group size was perfect.

Sofia was an amazing tour guide and made sure everyone was okay. We stopped on the way to the Andes to pick up lunch they ask if anyone has any dietary restrictions and you can buy drinks and snacks at the shop. I recommend bringing A LOT of water I had 4 bottles and a bottle of Gatorade and drank it all and snacks. I'm pretty active and this hike was very difficult--at times I didn't think I could do it! I wore layers because some points it was really hot and when you get to the top it's freezing and windy.

Pack your bathing suit and a towel and flip flops and a bag to hold all your dirty clothes in for the hot springs. The bathrooms were kind of dirty as other travelers pointed out but it wasn't that bad. The picnic afterwards was great!

It was a very long day--we didn't get back to our hotel in Santiago until about 11PM. BUT, it was worth it.

Bonnie H Canada

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Feb 8,2016...What a fantastic day!! Our amazing guide Alejandro led us with 2 other couples up to the glacier lagoon 15 km return trip where we enjoyed a delicious bag lunch which was picked up just outside of Santiago from a delightful local organic vendor. Bring a windbreaker....just over the rise at the top, it got windy and cool, otherwise a clear sunny day with breathtaking views! After our hike, we drove to the hot springs, the end point of a very rugged road close to the Argentine border. After a wonderfully physically exerting hike, the hot springs were lovely and relaxing and Alejandro gave us all the time we needed to relax and enjoy....while he and our driver prepared a wine and cheese picnic which we thoroughly enjoyed before the return trip to Santiago. We were picked up at 8:30 a.m. and dropped off at 9:30 p.m. so this was a long day.....but we returned with that great physically tired but happily so kind of feeling. Alejandro was interesting, engaging and full of information about Chile and the Andes....showing a deep respect and appreciation for the natural beauty of his was such a pleasure to spend the day in his company!

Jonathan M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Wonderful tour and wonderful guide and driver! To those who have not done this, there is a of driving involved around 3 hrs each way from Santiago to El Morado and back. But it was worth it for a wonderful trek into the Andes mountains near the border of Argentina, an amazing view of glaciers and ice lake, then over to Hot Springs to relax after a 5 hour hike. Tour even provided wine, cheese, and other snacks after the hot springs. Really magical. Thank you so much for an amazing day!

Janne S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Well worth it, had an amazing day, Franko was a great guide and made sure everyone made it to the top, best advise he gave when a couple of people were struggling was to take smaller steps and breathe through your nose, would suggest level of fitness should be between moderate to high. Hot springs were great to unwind and relax afterwards, with a great view of the mountains. Thanks for a fantastic experience and a great bunch of people in our group.

Leon L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Very good. I highly recommend this tour. Alejandro was an excellent tour guide and was very informative. The tour included a very nice hike and followed by the hot springs. The hot spring pools were outdoors and the view was fantastic. I've been to several before in several countries. This one had the least infrastructure development to spoil the view and atmosphere.

Belinda V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

This is a must-do! Daniel was professional, interesting, basically fun to climb a glacier with! He accommodated everyone on the tour to make it special. I got to the top of the glacier and the view was spectacular! I'd do it again in a heart beat. John Vozenilek 11/23/2015

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