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From Santiago: Cajon del Maipo Full-Day Tour with Picnic

1. From Santiago: Cajon del Maipo Full-Day 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 & El Yeso Dam Day Trip with Picnic

2. Santiago: Cajon del Maipo & El Yeso Dam Day 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.

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What people are saying about El Yeso Dam

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 444 reviews

Everything started badly early on because the guide got sick, which can happen to all of us, but the problem was that no one reported anything, not the wholesaler, not the operator, not the contractor, in short, no one gave any reason for anything and it was as easy as put a message and explain everything easily. Finally the designated guide showed up and the tour was an excellent adventure. Very well operated but they must require the operators that when there is a delay, they inform immediately, the client will always understand but you have to notify him out of respect.

Super good! A tour with a short walking route. More to see the landscapes and take photos, you do not have to be in great physical shape. I do recommend renting the snow clothing that they offer you because it is warmer and gets very dirty in winter. At the end, the Picnic of cheeses, sausages and a great Chilean wine are the finishing touch to the activity. Our guide Isabel was very good and attentive to all the details. I recommend it !!

No one picked me up, received no calls or emails. I waited 2 hours and nothing. I left messages on the emergency number provided. No one got back to me. I booked with my email and left a phone number. Very disappointed indeed. I am waiting for a refund. A Chilean friend rang to find out what went wrong but even she didn't get an explaination. No apology, too much technology and no real time communication.

It is a place that leaves you breathless and the whole subsequent tour that they make to the chocolate house is beautiful. And the driver guide Sebas was exceptional. Always attentive to our requirements and without rushing. My sister and I loved it

Everything was very nice. Just remember to bring winter clothes or you will have to rent some.