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Cajon del Maipo Semi-Private Day Trip from Santiago

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Explore the natural beauty of the Cajón del Maipo canyon on this small-group adventure. Enjoy comfortable transport from Santiago and a delicious lunch with Chilean wines at a mountain refuge. Visit the tranquil mountain town of San José de Maipo and enjoy short walks to admire the area's natural vistas.
  • Day trip to Cajón del Maipo with hassle-free transport to and from Santiago
  • Professionally guided tour with intimate group size
  • Tuck into delicious lunch with wine at a mountain refuge
  • 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
7:30 AM
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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Popular mentions
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 that the temperature inside is hot .
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Response from PatriciaEcoChile, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at Cajon del Maipo Semi-Private Day Trip from Santiago
Responded 19 Jun 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
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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 also learned a lot about the area we were in. The
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Response from EcoChile_Travel, Guest Relations Manager at Cajon del Maipo Semi-Private Day Trip from Santiago
Responded 4 Sep 2019
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
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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!
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Response from EcoChile_Travel, Guest Relations Manager at Cajon del Maipo Semi-Private Day Trip from Santiago
Responded 4 Sep 2019
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
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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
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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 took us as far as we could go on
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Key Details
  • Duration: 10h
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Instant confirmation
  • Hotel Pickup
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