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Small-Group Cajón del Maipo Full-Day Tour and Picnic

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Small-Group Cajón del Maipo Full-Day Tour and Picnic

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icon7 to 8 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 2 more
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Visit the Cajón del Maipo area on this full-day tour from Santiago. Located southeast of the city, Cajón del Maipo is known for its massifs, hills, and rivers and is a 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.
  • 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
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Hotel pick-up and drop-off
Transport by air-conditioned minivan
Live commentary on board
This tour includes English tour guide (the service can be multilingual)
Picnic (snacks cheeses, olives, salami, wine, juices, etc)
Temporary fee of $7 applied from the government to improve security measure on Embalse del Yeso Area

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Departure Point: Your Santiago accommodations in the districts of Providencia, Las Condes (hotels area), Vitacura (hotels area) , or Santiago Centro, or at another meeting point in those districts

Dates: Daily

Return point: Returns to original departure point

Departure Time

7:30 AM
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. 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.
Stop At:  
Cajon del Maipo
Cajón del Maipo is a canyon located in the Andean southeastern portion of the Santiago Metropolitan Region. It encompasses the upper Maipo River basin, where the river has entrenched itself in a narrow valley. The zone features a series of confluent rivers such as El Volcán River, Yeso River and Colorado River, as well as other minor streams, including San Gabriel, Manzanito, Coyanco, El Sauce, El Manzano and San José. The main locality is San José de Maipo, capital of the commune that includes all of the Andean sector of the Metropolitan Region
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Embalse El Yeso
This sector actually corresponds to the “El Yeso Reservoir”, a formidable body of water located over 2,000 m.a.s.l. , it has a capacity of 250,000,000 m3, and a depth of 55 meters. In its emerald green waters, it is possible to practice various water sports such as wind-surfing and sport fishing, all surrounded by gigantic mountains. In this place you are going to enjoy the picnic.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Tunel Ferroviario del Tinoco
The abandoned Tunel del Tinoco tunnels through the mountains along Camino Al Volcán, a remnant from the region’s railways days. Trains ran through the tunnel between 1914 and 1980. Now, it is completely dark, with a strange smell and a chilling past.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Plaza de Armas
San José de Maipo is the communal capital, where the main commercial activities of the sector are located. Its picturesque architecture rescues the classic style that gave rise to the currently existing town. You can tour your Main Square and enjoy a well-deserved rest. Here interesting artisanal samples typical of the area are installed on weekends and holidays, giving the visitor the opportunity to get a nice memory of this trip.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Villa La Obra, San Jose De Maipo
Once we enter the G-25 route, the first town we will know is La Obra, this sector had its beginnings in 1802 because of the tasks that were carried out during the construction of the San Carlos canal, whose mouth was born in the Maipo river.
Pass By:  
El Canelo
Our next destination corresponds to the town of El Canelo, which owes its name to the sacred tree of the Mapuches, which is also found in the wet streams existing in the sector. From here you can access the Purgatory Hill with 2,466 meters high and also enjoy wines and spirits from the area.
Pass By:  
Avenida el Manzano
El Manzano is the fourth town that we can find in the Cajon del Maipo. It offers to the visitors sectors that invite to travel between boldos, thorns and quillayes, the estrus existing in the sector.
Pass By:  
Las Vertientes
It is the second town we will visit, its dawn dates back to 1941 as a result of the lot of an old farm. Currently typical products such as almonds, honey, nuts and quartz crystals, meet the visitor at the sides of the road
Pass By:  
San Alfonso
The identity of this town encourages visitors to enjoy their beautiful natural surroundings more and more peacefully, which in some sectors is confused with the picturesqueness of their local architecture. In addition to enjoying wines and spirits from the Area
Pass By:  
San Gabriel
San Gabriel emerged as a small village born from livestock activities and the exploitation of quarries and mines. In this town it is possible to observe on the rocky slopes of the hills the "Cypress of the Cordillera", one of the few existing confieras in the country. A great attraction are “Los rodados de San Gabriel”
Pass By:  
El Melocotón
Locality that arose from the need to have natural pastures to feed the animals that came down from the mountain range. In this place you can enjoy a beautiful landscape that invites you to travel and enter the sector to enjoy more full contact with nature
Pass By:  
Departure from Santiago city
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Must be of legal drinking age to consume alcoholic beverages
  • May be operated by a multi-lingual guide
  • Assumes no responsibility for events that are not attributable whatsoever to the tour like disease, strikes, weather conditions, natural disasters, riots or any other cause beyond our control
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 99 travelers
  • OPERATED BY MTO Tour Chile
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • 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.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Small-Group Cajón del Maipo Full-Day Tour and Picnic?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
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What is the policy on sanitization during Small-Group Cajón del Maipo Full-Day Tour and Picnic?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Small-Group Cajón del Maipo Full-Day Tour and Picnic.
What is the social distancing policy during Small-Group Cajón del Maipo Full-Day Tour and Picnic?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Small-Group Cajón del Maipo Full-Day Tour and Picnic.
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Small-Group Cajón del Maipo Full-Day Tour and Picnic?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Small-Group Cajón del Maipo Full-Day Tour and Picnic.

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Real Nice trip out of Santiago
, Apr 2020
This trip really showcased the mountain area. The tour guide was real good and knowledgeable. The small group was nice. We had about 12 people.
Stunning Views, Long Day
, Apr 2020
This trip was worth the long hours on the road. The view of the mountains and the water were beautiful. The road leading to the Cajon was a bit scary because it is super close to the edge, but I never felt truly unsafe. The picnic stop could have been longer and it could have had better food. I suggest bringing your own food if you can to make it a better experience. The bus ride back to town was super hot. We felt like we were going to pass out because it seemed like the AC stopped working properly. It made an otherwise wonderful trip into a very uncomfortable one.
Beautiful Cajon del Maipo
, Mar 2020
Excellent tour and you can't beat the price! We were picked up at our hotel at the pre-arranged time. The bus was full, approximately 18 of us all together. Tour guide was very informative and accommodating considering he had to do it in three different languages. The drive to Cajon del Maipo was beautiful and we made several stops on the way for breaks. I would definitely recommend this tour.
A good trip
, Mar 2020
A good trip with main site visit meeting all expectations. Local town visit a bit disappointing with very little to see/ do. Guide was knowledgeable and very friendly. Pickup etc on time. Did not appreciate that park entrance fee had to be paid as an extra.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Relaxing day out in Maipo Valley
, Mar 2020
Everything detailed in the overview were provided. Our guide, Christian, was a very nice man and provided a lot of information about the region. The picnic was quite nice. I enjoyed the opportunity at El Yeso to be able to do a nice walk. Highlight of the day was the Chocolate House ... I could have spent more time there. Very good day out.
Horrible customer service! But a good site to see.
, Feb 2020
Absolutely crappy service!!! Honestly the trip and the tour guide weren't bad!! But the company is so bad!!! They didn't confirm any information and when I contacted their given number all I got was attitude. They confirmed pick up time of 6am at 11pm the night before. When I called their number they just hung up and messaged back with aggression. The bus were taken is was horrible!! It was 34 degrees outside and the aircon wasn't working with 15people in it!! Absolutely disgusting. We also booked transfer with the company and when I messaged to ask about the pick up time all I got again was attitude and aggression. Really really bad customer service. The place where taken to wasn't bad. So strongly suggest to visit the site but with a different company. There are many many more who do the same trip but won't leave you with such a bad taste!!
Fantastic tour
, Feb 2020
Tour was great, went a little longer then expected. Got some amazing photos and guide knew what he was talking about. Just wish the van had better air conditioning as it barely worked.
Amazing Scenery
, Feb 2020
We booked this tour before we left as we were staying in Santiago for a few days and visiting the Andes sounded amazing. Our tour guide was Gonzalo who kept us totally up to date with pick up time and what we should take on the tour i.e. sunscreen, hat etc. Gonzalo was very detailed with information and places we were passing on our away, which was great, but unfortunately most of it was in Spanish. He did do an English version but very watered down compared to commentary in Spanish. Even so we did enjoy our day the scenery on the way and there is amazing just breathtaking. The picnic that was organised was a snack of dry biscuits, meat, cheese, dips and a nice glass of red to top it off or orange juice. The location for the picnic was also excellent viewing some glaciers. On the way back to Santiago we stopped off a cute place for an ice cream and then San Jose to visit a market which l think was unnecessary. Overall we did love our experience but as previous mentioned the lack of English. Gonzalo did send us some photo's of the group at the picnic and Cajon del Maipo in snow which was a lovely touch. When you book this tour just make sure the $5.00 fee to enter is included as our was not and we had to pay on the day. In fact everyone on the bus has to pay this extra fee??
Amazing guides Gonzalo and Danny!
, Feb 2020
The tour was very well organised and the guide and driver were extremely knowledgeable and friendly. There is an additional 5000CLP charge which is not communicated while booking the ticket, however, it is very well worth the tour.
Cajon del Maipo full day tour.
, Feb 2020
I would highly recommend this tour. Beautiful scenery, great driver and tour guide. Fun picnic had enough time to explore at each stop
1 traveler found this review helpful

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