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Cajón del Maipo: Our most recommended tours and activities

Santiago: Cajon del Maipo/Embalse del Yeso Tour with Picnic

1. Santiago: Cajon del Maipo/Embalse del Yeso Tour with Picnic

Admire the stunning massifs, estuaries, and rivers of the Andes Mountains on a full-day trip to the Cajon del Maipo on this van tour. Enjoy a delicious picnic in a stunning natural setting along the way. See sights like the Tinoco Tunnel and pass by charming, traditional towns.  Depart Santiago and journey to San Jose de Maipo in a spacious and air-conditioned van. Listen as your guide tells you about the folklore of the area. Head towards the volcano and see small towns like Las Vertientes, El Canelo, El Manzano, El Melocoton and San Alfonso.  Learn the history of the Tinoco Tunnel as you make your way along a dirt road to the large lake of Embalse del Yeso. Stop at the reservoir to enjoy a picnic-style snack with cheese, olives, salami, juice, wine, and more.  Start back towards Santiago at around 3:00 PM and be dropped off at your hotel or in the city center at approximately 6:00 PM.

Santiago: Cajon del Maipo & Embalse El Yeso Trip with Picnic

2. Santiago: Cajon del Maipo & Embalse El Yeso Trip with Picnic

Discover the magnificent Andes Mountains on a guided day trip from Santiago. Pass by the Tinoco Tunnel, admire the picturesque Cajón del Maipo gorge, and enjoy a picnic lunch overlooking the El Yeso Dam. Start your tour early in the morning with a convenient pickup directly from your accommodation. Hop into the air-conditioned van and set out towards the Maipo Canyon. As you travel, admire the wonderful views of this natural landscape full of high mountain passes, lakes, and forests. Hear about the area's traditions and listen to folktales told by your guide. Along the way, you'll pass the Tinoco Tunnel, a dark disused train tunnel that runs along the Camino Al Volcán, a remnant from the region's railway days. Listen as your guide tells you about the history of this unusual attraction and the tragic story behind the shrines located at the tunnel's entrance and exit. Not far from here, you'll reach the El Yeso Dam. This large reservoir was created in 1964 by damming the Yeso River and now serves as one of the major sources of water for Santiago. Stop here to enjoy a picnic-style lunch served with a glass of wine and some juice. Then, sit back and relax as you set out on your return journey to Santiago, where your driver will drop you off directly at your accommodation.

Santiago: Cajon del Maipo Termas Colina Trip

3. Santiago: Cajon del Maipo Termas Colina Trip

Discover the magnificent Andes Mountains on a guided day trip from Santiago. Pass by the Tinoco Tunnel only from September to December and in the winter months we go straight to the termas and admire the picturesque Cajón del Maipo gorge, and enjoy the Termas Colinas Hot Springs. Start your tour early in the morning with a convenient pickup directly from your accommodation. Hop into the air-conditioned van and set out towards the Maipo Canyon. As you travel, admire the wonderful views of this natural landscape full of high mountain passes, lakes, and forests. Hear about the area's traditions and listen to folktales told by your guide. Along the way, pass the Tinoco Tunnel, a dark, disused train tunnel that runs along the Camino Al Volcán, a remnant from the region's railway days. Listen as your guide tells you about the history of this unusual attraction and the tragic story behind the shrines located at the tunnel's entrance and exit. Not far from here, you'll reach the Termas Colinas Hot Springs. Relax in any of the seven pools with temperatures ranging from 130ºF to 86ºF, heated by the nearby volcano. Stop here to enjoy a picnic-style lunch (only from September to December) served with a glass of wine and some juice. Then, sit back in the winter months we go straight to the spa and relax as you set out on your return journey to Santiago, where your driver will drop you off directly at your accommodation.

From Santiago: Cajón del Maipo and Volcán San José Hike 8K

4. From Santiago: Cajón del Maipo and Volcán San José Hike 8K

Get back to nature and go for a hike in the Andes mountains. Learn why the region is one of the most active in the world for volcanoes and get up close to one just 100 kilometers from Santiago. Travel to the town of San Jose de Maipo and marvel at the beautiful waterfalls. Head to the refuge of El Cabrerio for the start of your hike in the Engorda Valley and get stunning views of the gorge of Cajón del Maipo and its rock formations. Encounter a breathtaking view of the Volcán San José on the Chile-Argentina border.                                                                                             

Santiago: Cajón del Maipo Hot Springs & Chilean Barbecue

5. Santiago: Cajón del Maipo Hot Springs & Chilean Barbecue

Discover Cajón del Maipo on an afternoon trip from Santiago. Relax in the medicinal hot springs and enjoy a traditional Chilean barbecue. Head into the Andes to see a majestic valley called Cajón del Maipo during the afternoon. Cross the old train line and the Maipo river to enter Cajón del Maipo. Drive past picturesque towns before stopping at the House of Chocolate. Continue through the valley until the beautiful Veil of the Bride Waterfall. Then, go to the natural hot springs of Termas Valle de Colina. Relax in any of the 7 pools with temperatures ranging from 130ºF to 86ºF (55ºC to 30ºC), heated by the nearby volcano. Head back through the hills to several viewpoints and enjoy panoramic views of the volcano and mountains while watching the sunset. Discover our lounge in order to enjoy a Chilean barbecue of finger foods, including empanadas, pebre, olives, fruit, nuts, grilled vegetables, sausages, choripanes, and beef. Enjoy as much food as you can eat, along with wines from central and southern Chile, beer, juice. Vegetarian and vegan options are also available. Once you've finished eating, lay down at the lounges while stargazing by the Campfire. Relax on the return journey to Santiago with drop-off at your hotel. Insta gram @jeep_ontour Important: 1) This tour runs on two schedules during the year: -Summer Season from November to April (3 pm to 1 am) -Winter Season from May to October (6 am to 5 pm). 2) This experience takes place in all weather conditions, come prepared.

From Santiago: Maipo Canyon Volcano and Hot Spring Tour

6. From Santiago: Maipo Canyon Volcano and Hot Spring Tour

Depart Santiago and journey to the foothills of the Andes Mountains, where you will find the remote and peaceful Baños Colina. Depart at 07:00 for an estimated arrival time at San José de Maipo at 09:00. Admire the stunning beauty of the Maipo Canyon (Cajón del Maipo) along the way. Upon arrival at the volcano of San José de Maipo, take a 2-hour, 4-kilometer round-trip hike to a glorious viewpoint. Get breathtaking views of one of the most active volcanoes in the metropolitan region, and learn why the area is one of the world's most lively, geologically speaking. Stop for lunch and a glass of wine at 12:30 PM, and then continue to the hot springs of Baños Colina, located about 100 kilometers from Santiago at an altitude of 2,500 meters above sea level. Enjoy panoramic views of the Andes Mountains while sitting in a natural pool that can reach temperatures of 50°C. Return to Santiago at 3:30 PM for an arrival and drop off at approximately 7:00 PM.  

Embalse el Yeso + Termas de Colina with picnic - Full day

7. Embalse el Yeso + Termas de Colina with picnic - Full day

A magical place where you can stroll, have a delicious picnic and toast in this lush setting. You will also have stops and get to know the rustic city of San José de Maipo, marvel at the Maipo River, marvel at the Cristo Bridge, marvel at the Las Melosas Waterfall, adore the Valle Yeso viewpoint, delight in the Casa de Chocolate, explore and relax in the pools of Termas de Colina and marvel at the lush Embalse el Yeso. We pick up and drop off at the hotel Leave your hotel and address In summer this is the most popular tour in Santiago, as it is closed in winter for safety reasons. Cancellation policy - If you cancel less than 24 hours before the tour, there will be no refund of the amount paid. In case of weather conditions it is not possible to carry out the tour, the tour will be rescheduled. Rates and policies subject to change without notice, please consult the Reservations Department if you have any questions. contato@conexionchile.com.br *We have 24 hours to respond to emails from Monday to Friday from 10am to 6pm *Please carefully read all the information contained in your reservation, such as the period and details of what was requested. *Cancellations, after confirmation, may result in a partial or total fine for the reservation. Meteorological: Mountain tours require certain weather conditions. Therefore, the tour may be canceled/rescheduled when bad weather is confirmed. If it is not possible to reschedule or change the tour, request it on the website where you purchased it, we will refund 100% of the amount paid.

Santiago: Cajón del Maipo & Termas Colinas Tour w/ Transfer

8. Santiago: Cajón del Maipo & Termas Colinas Tour w/ Transfer

Admire the wonderful Andes Mountains on a thrilling excursion during your visit to Santiago. Discover the striking Cajón del Maipo, visit the town of San José de Maipo, and take in the beauty of the Termas Colinas hot springs. Begin your adventure with a hotel pickup and make your way to the world-famous Cajón del Maipo. Immerse yourself in beautiful natural scenery and gaze in awe at this iconic canyon. Explore San José de Maipo, enjoy a delicious picnic lunch, and head over to Termas Colinas. Enjoy a scenic drive, surrounded by rivers and mountains, and reach the breathtaking hot springs to relax in any of the seven pools with temperatures ranging between 86ºF and 130ºF. On your way back to Santiago, make a stop at the Chocolate House, seemingly straight out of a fairy tale, built with recycled materials. Browse through its exquisite products, from ice cream and artisanal vegan chocolates to the perfect hot chocolate.

From Santiago: Tour Cajon del Maipo, Pool and Spa

9. From Santiago: Tour Cajon del Maipo, Pool and Spa

Cajón del Maipo & El Morado Piscina & SPA One of the most incredible experiences to enjoy during this time of the year. We will tour one of the main tourist attractions, the imposing “Cordillera de los Andes”, where Cajón del Maipo is located, a place that has been selected for four consecutive years as the “Best Adventure Tourism Destination in South America”, in the category of the World Travel Awards (WTA) 2018, also known as the “Oscars of Tourism”. Our experience begins, at our first stop, which is the Plaza de San José de Maipo, declared a National Monument of Chile. San José de Maipo was founded as a Villa by act of Don Ambrosio O'Higgins in 1792. The Governor of Chile and future Viceroy of Peru considered it necessary to give it the quality of Villa as a way to support the mining operations that took place in the area, in these mines there was an important production of silver, which was of great importance for the coffers of the colony. Then we continue towards the interior of the Cajón del Maipo, to San Alfonso, to the Casa del Chocolate, recognized for its great architecture in the zone, built 37 years ago at the hands of the Artist Sergio Andrade, who gave it life with recycled materials such as wood, clay and beautiful stones. Where visitors are now open to experience and enjoy natural products from the land without chemicals, there is an ice cream parlor and chocolate shop with unique products, led by Lorenzo Andrade, alongside his mother Liliana Astorga. After we are done enjoying this sweet stop, we continue with our exploration of the Andes Mountains towards the El Morado sector, where after approximately one hour we will arrive at our ""Scenic photographic point"", where we can come to understand how this Andean range came to be, one of the largest mountain systems in the world with minerals contained within it, such as copper and gypsum. To end our adventure in the mountain range, we arrive at El Morado Lodge & Spa, it is located in one of the Precordilleran Villages of the Cajón del Maipo in Lo Valdés, it is the first self-sustaining hotel in the area, located in one of the highest points of the Cajón del Maipo, it houses a restaurant, fitness center, spa center, sauna, Turkish baths, indoor pool. In this beautiful place we will enjoy a ""healthy lunch"" and then we will have time to enjoy its pools surrounded by nature.

Horseback riding in the middle of Los Andes with Chilean BBQ

10. Horseback riding in the middle of Los Andes with Chilean BBQ

Our experience starts at 6 am, we will pick you up in our 4x4 jeeps. As we enter the valley we will see the sunrise coming above the Andes Mountains, following the river, we will arrive to our first stop, in a luxury Lodge where we will have a buffet breakfast with a view to the volcano. We will continue through the mountain to some viewpoints for then arriving to where the horses wait ready to start the adventure. We will horse ride following the river, then we will enter a road that will take us to a nice spotview where we can appreciate the division of the valleys and beautiful landscapes with colorful mountains. The horse ride lasts for 2:30 approx. Then we will descend to our Quincho where we will enjoy a complete Chilean barbecue. The Chilean grill is the most common celebration among the Chileans, whether between family, friends or to celebrate or commemorate a special day there is always an "Asado" to reunite. This consists of an appetizer and then 4 courses, all in Finger Food format, you can also taste different Chilean wines and the famous pisco sour. It's an all-inclusive tour from the drinks to the food. You will return to Santiago at approximately 5PM. Drop Off included

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(765 reviews)

We really enjoyed the experience. One of the most beautiful places we have ever seen. The guide Alex is excellent and the driver Cláudio is super competent in moments that required his mastery. It's very worth it. We just didn't think it was necessary to stop at the chocolate house.

This activity was excellent in all aspects: the views while driving through the cordillera de Los Andes, the delicious lunch at El Morado Lodge and the spa. . We also had Javier’s , our guide who was very professional

We had so much fun on our hike. We were picked up right on time in the morning. Our guide Fransisco was amazing and really knowledgable. We got some great pictures and met awesome people in our hiking group.

The place is beautiful! The guide Renzo was very attentive and friendly. Only the path is quite dangerous, but I highly recommend the tour.

Just loved the experience, well done. Highly recommended day trip!