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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.
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!
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 :-)
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.
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.
We really enjoyed this tour! The guides were great and the hot springs and picnic were a really great way to end the day!
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.
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.
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
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 country...it was such a pleasure to spend the day in his company!
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!
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.
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.
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
This was an awesome day with our guide - Francine. The hiking was challenging, the scenery stunning, and the thermal springs were wonderful. The boxed lunch was great, and the dinner of empanadas and wine on the way home was the perfect end to the day. Kudos to our driver - he was excellent under extremely difficult road conditions. Highly recommend - be prepared for a long day!
Alejandro was basically the best tour guide ever. The trip was incredible! The views were amazing and the hot springs were the perfect way to end the day. Alejandro was super personal and made sure we enjoyed every aspect of the tour. I would definitely recommend this one!
Daniel was awesome! Great guide, trip, views, etc. Highly recommend
This was a wonderful tour. Our guide Chris was awesome and very knowledgeable. I would recommend this to anyone traveling in the Santiago area.
This was the highlight of our trip to Chile! Our guide Joaquin Bruna saw to our every need and safety was a priority. He was able to tell us about the sights we were seeing and seemed to be as awed by the scenery as we were, despite him having conducted this tour many times over the years. He was fun yet also careful. The boxed lunch was hearty, then when we arrived at the mineral pools, Joaquin produced a fabulous cheese board with wine that we devoured. The majesty of The Andes will be a treasured memory! We would 100% recommend this day trip for anyone who is reasonably fit.
Really great people and very nice tour. The guys of EcoChile really make us enjoy the whole day (even it was raining half of it). I would recommend it 100%. A must to escape from busy Santiago
Our Guide Alejandro picked us up right on time outside of the hotel on our street. The drive to the Andes was smooth and easy. There were only 4 of us total on the trip which made for some great trekking. 2.5 hour hike up the Andes was awesome and worth getting to the top near the glaciers. Make sure you bring warm clothing as it cools down once you are up there. The hot springs afterwards was the perfect way to end the day. Alejandro is a fantastic guide and answered all of our questions and fed us very well.
Tour was great over all and our tour guid Alejandro was very friendly and knowledgeable.At first the hike was pretty steep but then levelled out after about 45 min to an hour. Lunch was great and we could relax for a good amount of time. Its a little chilly during lunch because you aren't walking anymore, I brought a little blanket for my legs. Sadly, in May the road to the hot springs was closed so we were not able to go. Even though we paid for BOTH trek and hot springs we only went on a trek. We got back to the hotel early as a result, around 6pm. It was disappointing that nothing else could be done as a substitute. If there is snow in the mountains this year already by May 2016 i would recommend inquiring about the road conditions as they could cancel the hot springs. Otherwise great tour and beautiful views.
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