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The enticing Cajón del Maipo canyon lies right on the doorstep of Santiago — only 25km southeast to be exact. Set against the sublime backdrop of the Andean foothills and with soaring 6,000m peaks visible in the distance, it is the ideal place for hiking, adventure sports, wildlife spotting and simply breathing the fresh ...

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Embalse El Yeso - Cajon Del Maipo

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Thank you Upendra and the local operator team for a memorable adventure in Nepal! It was worth takin ...
  • Tour Type Small Group Tour
  • Activities Natural landmarks sightseeing
  • Accommodation No Accommodation
  • Age Range 5-79 yrs
hours08 From US$ 100 View Tour
Next Departures
  • Dec 11
  • Dec 12
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Cajon del Maipo & Embalse el Yeso Day Trip

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8 hour bicycle tour through Cajon del maipo and Santiago. Read More
  • Tour Type Private Tour
  • Activities Bicycle tours
  • Accommodation No Accommodation
  • Age Range 5-79 yrs
hours08 From US$ 175 View Tour
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  • Dec 11
  • Dec 12
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Andes Horseback Ride & Winery Full-Day Private Tour

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10 hour horseback riding trip through Santiago and Cajon del maipo. Read More
  • Tour Type Private Tour
  • Activities Horseback riding & Wine tasting tours +1 more
  • Accommodation No Accommodation
  • Age Range 12-99 yrs
hours10 From US$ 239 View Tour
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  • Dec 11
  • Dec 12
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Mountain Bike Tour Embalse el Yeso

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8 hour mountain biking tour through Santiago and Cajon del maipo. Read More
  • Tour Type Private Tour
  • Activities Mountain biking
  • Accommodation No Accommodation
  • Age Range 5-79 yrs
hours08 From US$ 240 View Tour
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Cajon del maipo Tour Reviews

5 - Excellent
Based on 13 customer reviews
A highly recommended trip!
5 - Excellent
  • Edina Stephen
“Our tour guide was Vanessa Villablanca. She picked us up at the hotel at 8 am. While we didn't book a private tour, it ended up just being our family of 4. She had a good vehicle that could handle the drive through the Cajon Del Maipo & Embalse El Yeso. Vanessa had great command of the points along the trip. She was so accommodating when we wanted to stop & get pics which we really appreciated. We went on a Saturday and unfortunately it was a long weekend for people of Santiago. As such it was PACKED. We left at 8 am and the drive was perfect up to about a 1/4 mile from Embalse El Yeso. TONS of car packed a very narrow dirt road making it virtually impassable. Luckily Vanessa had parked at the bottom of the entrance area, allowing us to avoid what would have been HOURS trying to get back down the hill. You do not want to do this drive yourself nor with a car that is not an SUV. Hire a driver. We had a little lunch which was very nice. Nothing like enjoying the beauty of the area. Vanessa set up a table and chairs. She is very personable and passionate for nature.”
We thoroughly enjoyed our guide and driver
5 - Excellent
  • Tod Bratt
“Fantastic tour with our guide Frank and Driver Jaime. Frank was amazing with his knowledge about Santiago, its suburbs and the countryside. He made the trip very informative and engaging. Jaime is an excellent driver and it shows he drives this route often. The road get a little dicey in some spots but we never felt to be in danger.”
Great in-depth tour with a personal touch
5 - Excellent
  • Marcos Silva
“This was my second tour with this operator and I had a great time. Vanessa is a terrific tour guide. She is always willing to help you with pictures, and she makes sure to point at and explain important things during the tour. I am into hiking, therefore I truly enjoyed walking around el Embalse for almost two hours. While we enjoyed the views of El Embalse, Vanessa set up a lovely lunch table. Our lunch included a delicious lunch, red wine, juices and snacks. Vanessa talks to everyone in the group, she can do this easily because she speaks Spanish, English, Portuguese (probably more, but these were the languages our group spoke). On our way back we stopped to take pictures and we got to see the majestic condors flying. The van ride is long, but the groups are small so you get to chat with other travelers. And the snow-covered mountains, the sky, the clouds, the afternoon, all make it a worthwhile tour. Vanessa, gracias for a lovely day.”

Cajón del Maipo — Tour Highlights and Travel Tips

The enticing Cajón del Maipo canyon lies right on the doorstep of Santiago — only 25km southeast to be exact. Set against the sublime backdrop of the Andean foothills and with soaring 6,000m peaks visible in the distance, it is the ideal place for hiking, adventure sports, wildlife spotting and simply breathing the fresh air of the countryside. For locals and visitors alike, it is a destination for all tastes, a place that offers both adventure and relaxation, and somewhere you can do just as much or as little as you please.

Cajon del Maipo's biggest attraction is the Embalse el Yeso Reservoir
Embalse el Yeso in Cajon del Maipo against the Andes mountains

Tour Highlights

  • Challenge yourself with one of many rewarding treks and hikes. Trails are available for all levels, but all of them offer exquisite mountain scenery. The Mirador del Morado trail and the El Morado Glacier high-altitude trek are among the most famous.
  • Get your adrenaline fix with adventure sports such as canyoning, white water rafting, ziplining, bungee jumping and more. Horse riding and fly fishing are also available for those who prefer activities of a more sedate nature.
  • Give your tired bones a soak and benefit from the rejuvenating properties of one of the natural hot springs in the area, the perfect end to your Cajón del Maipo holiday.
  • Treat your taste buds with a tour of the famous Concha y Toro vineyard — and sample some of their delicious Casillero del Diablo wine.
  • For a family trip to Cajón del Maipo, the laidback and traditional town of San José de Maipo and its surroundings offer welcoming restaurants and attractive picnic spots that are ideal for kids and parents alike.

Travel Tips

  • The gateway to Cajón del Maipo is the town of San José de Maipo. From there, you can make your way to any of the other points of interest in the valley.
  • Traveling to Cajón del Maipo is simple, and the area is easily accessible from Santiago by public transport. Rural buses run from several metro stations within the city; alternatively, you can take a colectivo (shared taxi), which is only marginally more expensive.
  • Another option is to drive to San José de Maipo with your own vehicle, which you can do in a regular road car. However, to reach many of the attractions beyond San José de Maipo, you will need a 4x4.
  • Perhaps the easiest way to tour Cajón del Maipo is to join an organised trip. This way, the agency will provide a guide, organise transport and take care of everything else that is required, leaving you to simply make the most of your day out.
  • In the summer, all areas are easy to reach by road car or 4x4. In winter, some more inaccessible parts can only be reached by snowmobile, on skis or on foot with snowshoes — although this can make for an exciting adventure in itself.

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