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Cajon del Maipo Day Trip from Santiago

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Discover Cajón del Maipo, an oasis on the outskirts of Santiago, and connect with nature, a sense of tranquillity and the fresh air of the Andes mountain. On this day trip led by an expert guide, capture breathtaking views, including a canyon, river valleys and a bright view of the Andes, the longest mountain range in the world. While driving to the mountains visit the historic city of San

José de Maipo and take a trip through time with the history of this place, learn about its importance in the colony and independence, you can also see and hear about the geology and local folklore. During the trip, we will make stops so you can enjoy the landscapes and stretch your legs being visited the famous tunnel of the mining train "El Tinoco" and then warm up the body

with a short and smooth walk to the waterfall "Bride's vail".

Enjoy a glass of organic wine surrounded by glaciers and high peaks and enjoy lunch at a mountain refuge. Round-trip hotel transport from Santiago is included.
  • Day trip to Cajón del Maipo with hassle-free transport to and from Santiago
  • Professionally guided tour with intimate group size
  • A small group ensures a personalized experience
What to Expect
Start your day with easy hotel pick-up in Santiago, and sit back as your van climbs the Andes to the valley of Cajón del Maipo. Your guide fills you in on the history, geology, and wildlife of the region as you walk around the canyon. It’s no wonder this spot is a traveler’s favorite, with stunning sights and great viewpoints of the Andes. Then, head to a mountain refuge and feast on a delicious lunch accompanied by Chilean wines. Your tour continues in the quaint Andean town of San José de Maipo, which dates back to 1792 and played a key role in Chile’s fight for independence. Explore the central plaza and shop for souvenirs made by local artisans. Sample empanadas before your scenic ride back to Santiago.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Traveler pickup is offered
We pick up from most hotels in the central neighbourhoods in Santiago. (Vitacura, Las Condes,
Providencia, Santiago Centro, Ñuñoa).
Exact pick-up time is confirmed the day before with an email sent by your guide between 6 pm and 8 pm. Pick-up is between 7 AM and 8 AM
Departure Time
Return Details
Between 16:00 - 18:00pm
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (guaranteed only within the pickup range in Santiago)
  • Chilean Wine
  • Lunch in the traditional German-Shelter in the middle of the Andes range
  • Separate professional driver ensures a safest experience
  • Bilingual guide (English-Spanish)
  • Soda/Pop
  • Gratuities
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned on the description
  • Bottled water
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum age is 13 years old
  • A minimum of 2 participants is required for a departure
  • It is recommended that you wear comfortable clothes and shoes, and bring sunglasses and a camera
  • Our guide contacts all the participants the day before the tour with any necessary additional information about the weather and pickup details
  • Important: Subject to favorable weather conditions. If it rains or snows, you will take an alternate route and visit Lagunillas.
  • Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative date or full refund
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Let us know of any important medical information
  • Please let us know of any dietary requirement or food allergy.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Reviewed 8 May 2019

The trip is long with many curves and narrow roads, but when you arrive at the "embalse of the maipo " you can apreciate the gratefull of nature. We first went to a place with swimming pools filled with the mountain´s water near vulcans so...More

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank Aquarius2021
PatriciaEcoChile, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at Ecochile Travel, responded to this reviewResponded 21 June 2019

Thanks for your comment! We are happy to know that you enjoyed this outing! Sadly Embalse El Yeso is no longer operative, so you sure were a lucky one! Thanks, Patricia

Reviewed 19 April 2019

My sister lives in Chile and I got the private tour with her, my bf and I for her birthday. Our guide had SO much interesting knowledge and the driver was fun/friendly. We had plenty of stops and got all the photos we wanted but...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank katemaldjian
EcoChile_Travel, Guest Relations Manager at Ecochile Travel, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hola Kate, Thanks for the review and we are happy to know that you had such a great time. We hope to see you again on your next visit to Chile! Best, Patricia

Reviewed 27 February 2019

Had a great time - stunning scenery, great company and excellent, knowledgeable tour guides (thanks, Paulo!) who went the extra mile for us all. Really as good as advertised - just do it!

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank lodeymart99
EcoChile_Travel, Guest Relations Manager at Ecochile Travel, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your review! We are really happy to know that you enjoyed the excursion! We hope to see you again on your next visit to Chile! Best, Patricia

Reviewed 5 February 2019

This excursion through Isto e Chile (tour agency) was a very pleasant overview of Cajon de Maipo and Embalse El Yeso and surrounds. The guide, Hector, and our driver, Paulisto, couldn’t have been more pleasant and informative. Hector is very knowledgeable about his country (he...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Barbara C
Reviewed 31 December 2018

Sometimes you wonder whether the pictures posted on here are real, but I assure you, this tip is as beautiful as advertised. Our guide Felipe was such a fun person and his knowledge of the area and its geology was fantastic. Felipe and our driver...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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26 January 2019|
Response from ellend270 | Reviewed this property |
You have to contact the tour operator.
Brenda Atzinger C
1 October 2018|
Response from 313peterr313 | Reviewed this property |
It is not at all strenuous. The drive is around 2.5-3 hours one way and depends on traffic in Santiago.
Leo C
29 June 2018|
Response from greenmonstah | Reviewed this property |
You will walk on dirt so just wear hiking shoes or sneakers. We went prepared for the weather, so just bring exactly what they tell you to bring and you should be fine.
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