Day trip

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

Activity provider: MTO Tour Chile
Day trip

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

Activity provider: MTO Tour Chile
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Get back to nature and experience the fresh mountain air of the Cajon de Maipo on a full-day tour from Santiago. Visit the lake of Embalse el Yeso, pass the Tinoco Tunnel, and more.

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Duration 8 hours
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Live tour guide
Spanish, English, Portuguese
Pickup included
You will be picked up from your accommodation in Santiago Centro


  • Get back to nature in the beautiful Cajon de Maipo
  • Journey along a road with magnificent mountain views
  • See the small towns and settlements of the Andes Mountains
  • Enjoy a picnic snack at the lake of Embalse del Yeso
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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.

  • English-speaking guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Drop off at a central location in Santiago if you want to visit the Costanera Center
  • Picnic snack
  • Tips (optional)

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  • Confirmation will be received at the time of booking
  • This tour may be conducted in more than one language
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4.4 /5

based on 505 reviews

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A full day of spectacular views with several stops. Jaimie was a great tour guide/driver. The minibus was comfortable and clean. The only part I didn't like was having to be ready for hotel pickup at 0500 a.m. Be sure to turn off your night time automatic "do not disturb' function off on your phone. The guide tried to message me with Whatsapp at 5 a.m. to let us know he was parked at the corner, waiting for us, but I didn't get the message. Good thing I reached out to him.

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March 17, 2023

It is a trip well worth the price. The pick up and drop off were efficient, the sights were magnificent and the driver Gonzales was courteous but not a tour guide. It started too early but if the unnecessary lunch stop of 90 minutes is taken out the timings can be made more comfortable. Our van was a bit old, smelling of fumes, cramped and unsuitable for a journey of almost 11 hours on winding and bumpy roads. A more spacious vehicle and shorter duration is recommended.

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February 22, 2023

Diego brought us safely through the Maipo Valley with his Ford vehicle. After all, it was 250km that we drove safely with him. A few stops with necessary toilet breaks later, we were at the impressive lake. The asphalt road is long gone there. Then came the picnic and on the way back there was a chocolate house with ice cream to visit. You sit in the car a lot, but you also have plenty of time to enjoy everything. We also saw flying condors. Unfortunately, the glaciers are retreating more and more. There is no snow to be seen in summer (Feb./2023). The promotional image is a bit, well, irritating. The picnic is not at the lake! But OK. Value for money. Thanks again.

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February 19, 2023

Product ID: 85617