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Time10 hours (Approx.)
TransportHotel pickup offered
TicketMobile ticket
Offered in: English and 2 more

Overview

Visit the Cajón del Maipo area on this 8-hour tour from Santiago. Located southeast of the city, Cajón del Maipo is known for its massifs, hills, and rivers and is great spot for nature lovers looking to explore some of Chile's great outdoors not too far from Santiago. You'll visit San Jose de Maipo to learn about the area's history, and then travel into the mountains and to a lake. A wine and picnic are provided.
  • 8-hour Cajón del Maipo tour from Santiago
  • Enjoy a day in the mountains to admire Andes scenery
  • Visit Embalse del Yeso lake for picturesque views
  • Picnic and glass of wine included
  • Small-group tour limited to 13 provides a more personalized experience
Your day trip starts with hotel pickup from select areas of Santiago (Providencia, Las Condes, Vitacura and Santiago Centro) or at a meeting point. Then begin the drive south of the city to Cajón del Maipo, which sits next to the Andes and marks the start of the road to El Yeso.

Along the volcano road, you'll pass by small towns where residents have escaped city life for a more peaceful countryside existence near the mountains, and then head past Tinoco Tunnel and to Embalse del Yeso on a dirt road. For about 40 minutes, you can admire views of the Andes before stopping at the lake to take in more views and enjoy a picnic of different types of meats. Also included is a bottle of wine to share.

In the afternoon, start the journey back to Santiago, where you'll be dropped off at your hotel or central location in the early evening.

Reviews

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A
, Sep 2018

Great tour and experience. WARNING!! there are no restrooms

D
, Sep 2018

Spectacular ! A wonderful day exploring this visually spectacular jewel in the mountains near Santiago... Could not be more perfect...

S
, Jul 2018

Hi- My guide Salvador was very informative. I did have to switch buses to the one with the bilingual English-speaking guide. Pack accordingly, otherwise there is an option to rent clothes at one of the bus stops. Otherwise my tour was great! A long day, but very worth it!

S
, Jul 2018

I strongly recommend that you DO NOT book with MTO Tours. These guys were very unorganized from start to finish. We didn't hear a word of English for at least 3 hours into the tour despite clearly requesting an English guide. Prepare for unnecessary upselling in our case we rented 60 USD worth of cold-weather clothing that we didn't need because it had snowed a few days prior at Cajon del Maipo. Since we had no explanation of what was going on we ended up renting to be safe but we didn't need them. The picnic is a joke but the scenery once you get to Cajon del Maipo is very beautiful. The town of San Jose de Maipo is underwhelming. We booked this tour based on other strong reviews but our experience was a total let down. We had another tour booked with these guys the following day and we cancelled as soon as we got back from this tour we didn't ask for anything back from this tour but kindly requested a refund for the following day's tour....they said no. My opinion is to AVOID these guys.

F
, Mar 2018

The landscape is worh the day tour and explain the 4 stars. However. I was the only one passenger speaking english with 12 Argentiners.
The guide just spoke 90 spanish and 10 english...Apart of the landscape, I would have given only 2 stars for the journey

c
, Mar 2018

it was horribile. It wasnt a tour... It was just a like drive thru at the cajon del Maipo. We waited 30 minutes for the pick up early in the morning. We had lunch, suggested by the guide. It was an expensive place and the food is not even good. After lunch the whole group was waiting under the sun in a square for more than 45 minutes because we didnt know where the driver and the shuttle is.
Dont book this. Its a waste of money and time.

K
, Feb 2018

An excellent way to get out of the city and see another side of Santiago . Very beautiful , but remember to take a light coat , even in the summer . Ernesto , my driver/guide was first class , very friendly and informative.... infact he made my day !! Thank You buddy . Highly Recommended

R
, Feb 2018

Where do we begin with this one? Lets start! A horrendously early pickup from our hotel and a trek around Santiago for 1 hour picking up other victims.

This was followed by a motorway cafe for breakfast joining other fellow victims which ended up as a farce queueing for coffee/fruit etc. Dont ask us Brits were asked to move to the English speaking minibus where we couldnt sit together.

Our driver obviously hadnt learnt the Chilean Highway Code else he wouldnt have had 1 hand on the wheel and the other on his microphone whilst driving at 100km an hour. We were accompanied on the speaker system with Spanish (Chilean?) songs from another era such as the Eurovision Song Contest circa 1970/2016.

At the lake we were told to vamoose for an hour whilst they prepared the picnic of wine and cheese. After 20 mins of vamoosing we were at a loose end and as there was nowhere to perch hovered haplessly around the preparations which were 20 mins late, we'll have you know.

Flags were set out on the table clothed trestle tables along with potted plants for anyone to take a photo. British flag was absent and we now know this was not due to the Falkland Islands. God help anyone attempting to take a sip of the vino Tinto for fear of being humiliated in front of all our new found family and friends who didnt speak our lingo.

Once allowed to eat we decided to give it a miss owing to a lack of hand hygiene which would have sent our health and safety into a frenzy. The bottle of wine between 2 didnt materialise and instead it was every man and woman for themselves after the 1st glass. As one of us didnt drink red wine and in the absence of vino blanco, she had to endure the powder and water mixture which they pass off as orange juice.

Unhappily replenished we pressed on with the next stage of the journey which would have made top gear look like the London to Brighton rally, hurtling around the hairpin bends at 100 miles an hour listening to yet more Eurovision style songs.

The piece de resistance was stopping at a tunnel which was a shrine to a hero named Wily who were sure was a hero but we dont know why. We were given the opportunity to walk through the 700m pitch black tunnel, along with a few stray dogs and meet our driver at the other end. Dont do it - stay on the bus.

You may have got the impression we didnt enjoy our trip and you would be correct for all the above reasons. However scenery was stunning and the town we stopped at was very authentic.

C
, Jan 2018

Lunch was wonderful. Tour was just ok. Not much commentary in either Spanish or English. Long ride; too much downtime .

M
, Jan 2018

Awesome!!Absolutely stunning and loved the fact we got picked up from our hotel. NOT many English speakers but we managed to understand most of the time. Got a little dizzy with the dramatic altitude change but took a short nap on the last part of the ride which really helped. Make sure to hydrate!!


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