Cajon del Maipo Day Trip from Santiago

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Cajon del Maipo Day Trip from Santiago
from USD $132.00
Discover Cajón del Maipo, an oasis on the outskirts of Santiago, and connect with nature, a sense of tranquillity and the fresh air of the Andes mountain. On this day trip led by an expert guide, capture breathtaking views, including a canyon, river valleys and a bright view of the Andes, the longest mountain range in the world. While driving to the mountains visit the historic city of San

José de Maipo and take a trip through time with the history of this place, learn about its importance in the colony and independence, you can also see and hear about the geology and local folklore. During the trip, we will make stops so you can enjoy the landscapes and stretch your legs being visited the famous tunnel of the mining train "El Tinoco" and then warm up the body

with a short and smooth walk to the waterfall "Bride's vail".

Enjoy a glass of organic wine surrounded by glaciers and high peaks and enjoy lunch at a mountain refuge. Round-trip hotel transport from Santiago is included.
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In Brief

Santiago, Chile
10 hours
Day trip (destination A to B)
Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
Fully narrated tour
Get inside tips from a local
Informative, friendly and professional guide
Important InfoInfo
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Maipo Canyon, 19790, - Comercio 19708, San José de Maipo, Región Metropolitana, Chile

A narrow valley located at the Andean southeast of Santiago, encompasses the upper Maipo River basin with a serie of other tributary rivers such as El Volcán River, Yeso River and Colorado River.

This area is also a commune which its capital is San Jose de Maipo, at the valley you can find a serie of other localities such as San Gabriel o San Alfonso.

Duration: 9 hours

Stop At: Cajon del Maipo, Detras de la Municipalidad, San Jose de Maipo Chile

A narrow valley located at the Andean southeast of Santiago, encompasses the upper Maipo River basin with a serie of other tributary rivers such as El Volcán River, Yeso River and Colorado River.

This area is also a commune which its capital is San Jose de Maipo, at the valley you can find a serie of other localities such as San Gabriel o San Alfonso.

Duration: 9 hours

Stop At: Parroquia San Jose De Maipo, Comercio, 369 Centro, San Jose de Maipo 9460000 Chile

Visit the main square of the capital of the Cajon del Maipo valley.

Duration: 45 minutes

Stop At: Tunel Ferroviario del Tinoco, Camino Al Volcan, San Jose de Maipo Chile

Learn about the importance of the railroads at Cajon del Maipo in the past and learn about the unique story of this particular tunnel.

Duration: 30 minutes

Pass By: Camino al Volcan, Cajon del Maipo, San Jose de Maipo Chile

Beautiful road to get deeper into the valley.

Stop At: Refugio lo Valdes, San José de Maipo, Región Metropolitana, Chile

Enjoy the view from a mountain shelter in the Andes Range

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes


  • 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

Departure Time

7:30 AM

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

Returns To

Between 16:00 - 18:00pm

Additional Information

  • 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

Booking Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation Terms

This trip is fully refundable up to 96 hours prior to the commencement of your trip.

Booking Terms and Conditions

When you book this trip, you need to read and accept the terms and conditions for booking our day trips in excursions.

Hotel Pickup

When you book, we will ask you to select a hotel to be picked up from. Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you a confirmation voucher with full contact information (phone number, email address) for our local operator in case you need to update or change your hotel pick-up details.

Here are answers to some commonly asked questions about hotel pickup:

What if my hotel is not listed?
That's okay. When you book you can select an hotel from our list and make your way there on the day of departure; or you can contact our local operator directly to make alternate pick-up arrangements.

What if I have not yet booked a hotel?
Once your hotel arrangements are finalised, you can contact our local operator directly with your hotel details.

What if I live locally, am staying with friends or relatives, and/or don't require pick-up?
Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you complete details and directions to the tour/activity departure point.

Scoring an average traveller rating of 5 out of 5 based on the last 24 recent reviews

This small group tour was very enjoyable. Felipe, our guide, was very knowledgeable, entertaining and articulate in English. The lunch provided was of great quality and delicious. I highly recommend this tour.
• Submitted 18 Jul 2019
What an awesome day with Filipe and Sebastian! There knowledge of local history and the cajon del mail is exceptional. They also know where to suggest you stand for some of the most breathtaking views/photos. We had a stop for some of the best home crafted hot chocolate I have ever tasted at La Cafetería del Cajon. his delightful cafe is constructed from giant barrels bookending a single story building. Seriously we ate inside one barrel and the main kitchen is in another!. We drove up the canyon following Camino Embalse El Yeso. This is a road where the sign Danger Falling Rocks actually has value! We were never at risk though with Sebastian driving. Once the road narrows, you get out and walk the remaining 10 minutes along the banks of the Yeso to where the bank/road makes a hard turn Eastward toward the pass into Argentina. The view at this point is stunning! Rugged beauty and definitely a beautiful sister of the Austrian Alps. Filipe guided the photographers of our group to some of the best locations for pictures. You are high and you are in the Andes so having gloves, warm cap, windbreaker, sunglasses, and sunscreen available at this point definitely will up the personal comfort factor! On the way back down the valley, we stopped at the side of the road for a picnic. The sampler snacks of Chilean wine, juice, cheese, bread, and nuts was a perfect way to enjoy reflections on the Yeso. While Filipe and Sebastian set up the goodies, a few of hiked over to the Rio Yeso canyon for another great view. We stopped for a traditional lunch empanada and beer and water in San Alfonso forgot to write down the Restaurant name then a detour to Casa Chocolate. The chocolate and ice cream is delicious and boutique. Some may find it pricey - though if you are a connoisseur the quality will not disappoint.. I enjoyed walking around the owner's house which is architecturally designed to re-purpose old wood and the furniture style along with the house architecture follows design curves from nature. Then Sebastian took a different route back into the city of Santiago so we could see some of the vineyards before dropping us back at our hotel. A delightful day. Highly recommend this tour because the guides are fun, knowledgeable, committed to you as a guest having fun, and the picnic at the roadside after seeing the Yeso was a first rate experience.
• Submitted 22 Sep 2018
This was such a great day, we were picked up from our hotel by Felipe and our driver was Sebastian. We were a small group which made for a very personal tour. Our first stop was for hot chocolate and home made cake in a very cosy cafe run by a very friendly lady. Felipe was such great company to be with and Sebastian a first glass driver. The views we had will stay with us for a very long time and to be in the Andes is just so special. After visiting the lagoon Sebastian drove a short while and we had an amazing picnic surrounded by the Andes, life doesn't get any better than this. Last stop was for lunch before we were taking back to our hotel. Thank you both for the memories, and for taking care of us. If visiting Santiago don't miss the change to go on this day tour you will not be disappointed, kind regards from Alan and Julia UK
• Submitted 02 Sep 2018
Excellent guide. Very informative, funny and spoke very good English. Very enjoyable day.
• Submitted 02 Apr 2018
I loved this tour! Our guide Felipe and our driver Sebastian were both awesome. The guide shared so much information, and was so knowledgeable about any topic we wanted to discuss. For those who don't hike, the hike is not's maybe a 5 minute walk to the beach, maximum, with a slight decline and a few rocks. But we were the only group actually at the water! All other groups started way far back, and just saw the lake form afar. The spread Felipe and Sebastian prepared for us was awesome, and then we even had lunch afterward. Definitely bring a jacket, as the wind is extremely cold, even if the sun is warm.
• Submitted 23 Mar 2018
Our guide Simon and our driver made the trip extra special for us. We felt like we had been friends forever!
• Submitted 19 Mar 2018
Ben, the tour guide, was one of the best I've come across. Funny, very knowledgeable and easy going, Ben and our driver delivered a great day. The canon is a must see!
• Submitted 19 Mar 2018
Very well planned and led. We had 11 in the group and a nice, comfortable mix of ages and nationalities. First stop was for coffee/tea/hot chocolate on the way to the lake. A couple of photo stops at the lake entailed a bit of walking but nothing at all strenuous. But the lake is about 5000 feet higher than Santiago, so be prepared for it to be cooler there. Near the lake, we stopped for wine and snacks. The last stop was about 2 pm for empanadas baked in a wood-fired oven. More than just the beautiful scenery at the lake, the drive out there and back is very nice and, with the stops along the way, gives a view of small towns in the Chilean countryside.
• Submitted 12 Mar 2018
Some lovely scenery with a great guide Felippe...Stopped off in the middle of nowhere for wine and snacks plus a dinner later..A Great day!!
• Submitted 26 Feb 2018
Great tour knowledgeable and friendly guide nice choice of snacks and drinks including wine at a nice mountain setting good lunch at a small town restaurant and very safe driver. I recommend this tour highly.
• Submitted 25 Feb 2018
A very nice way to spend a day in Santiago and experience a little of the Andean scenery. The guide Simon was excellent and very helpful. The driver managed the rather windy road very professionally. Scenery is great but would be better with some snow topped mountains! Need to go back in spring. The first coffee stop was a little disappointing so suggest you go for the hot chocolate. Lunch nibbles and wine and the complimentary empanada and beer was a nice surprise. Easy walking. Could be a bitt cool in the mountains.
• Submitted 19 Feb 2018
This was my favorite tour in Santiago. Our guide Simon was young and from the mountain town that we visited. We had a great group of tourists and had so much fun talking with each other that we had to re-focus on why we were there! Love the hot chocolate stop at the quaint and cosy restaurant. The stop for empanadas at the end was pretty good. I went with the traditional one and the egg and olive in it was different! I think the picnic at the reservoir was the best. Our guide and the driver had a cooler full of goodies and juice for those who were not drinking the great Chilean wine. Bravo Simon!
• Submitted 19 Feb 2018
Highly recommend this tour where you see a beautiful mountain range, glacier, and huge lake. Light hiking to see a lot of the wild life in the area as well. One of the best tours in Chile.
• Submitted 31 Jan 2018
We had an amazing day at Cajon del Main. Our guide, Ben, was so knowledgeable and shared so much information with us. He had a great sense of humor as well. He went well beyond the typical information on a tour. We started off the day with a stop for hot chocolate, and there was a light lunch with wine at the glacier and empanadas on our way home.He offered extended info on the animals and birds as well.He took pictures for us as well. It was a wonderful full day tour and I recommend the tour and Ben especially.
• Submitted 30 Jan 2018
This was an excellent Day Trip. Our guide Alejandra was well versed with the terrain. A small picnic savoring local Wines Cheese and snacks was icing in the cake. Highly Recommended to anyone visiting Santiago, Chile.
• Submitted 25 Dec 2017
This was an outstanding trip up into the Andes Mountains, The driver was superb and our guide Alejandrawas awesome her knowledge of the area was fantastic, the trip started with hot chocolate then on to Cajon del Maipo we had a great time and a wonderful picnic in the mountains, Plus we stopped off on the way home for some local Chilean food this was the cherry on the cake of the day, Pictures to follow
• Submitted 12 Dec 2017
Best tour, can't recommend it enough. Our tour guide was AMAZING, we loved how much information we learned and had a wonderful day with those around us. This was our favorite tour of the trip.
• Submitted 11 Dec 2017
We’re so glad we did this tour. It was a fantastic day and our guide Ben was amazing. Highly recommended.
• Submitted 24 Nov 2017
The most amazing tour! Our tour guide and driver were excellent. We learned so much about the area. We had a lovely coffee break, delicious snacks, wine and then yummy empanada lunch! The highlight of course was the stunning Cajon del Maipo! A great day out!
• Submitted 17 Nov 2017
Pick up was on time. Our guide, Simon was engaging and knowledgeable. The driver, Phillipi drove very well through some rugged countryside. The scenery was stunning, the picknic was nice and refreshing. Our stop at a local restaurant for empanadas lovely. It was a great experience.
• Submitted 31 Oct 2017
We had a great trip with Felipe to the Cajon del Maipo! The group was 12 large and quite diverse from a origin base Australian, Canadian, American, Hong Kong, Australian, German, Argentinians, Uruguay and Dutch. The little mini van was good and comfortable for the journey. We had several stops during the trip to stretch our legs, get some coffee/tea and food as well as great spots to admire the unique nature and scenery we were finding ourselves. Felipe was full of knowledge and did not hold back in sharing it with the group, which was greatly appreciated! The tour was completely free from any stress or sales pitches which is highly appreciated and this makes the experience even greater. We can definitely recommend this tour for everyone who would like to see the Andes in a day trip from Santiago!
• Submitted 28 Oct 2017
What an Awesome experience! Everything ran smoothly and on-time, and we had a really great day. Our guide and driver were great, informative and very friendly. I really loved everywhere we stopped - the cafe for coffee/treats, the mountains of course were the most beautiful I've ever seen, the waterfall, the picnic with snacks and wine, the empanadas cafe - Everything was fantastic. We got great weather that day, so it was perfect for being outside and enjoying the sun and breeze. We couldn't have asked for a better trip!
• Submitted 24 Oct 2017
This was an amazing trip! The guide was very friendly and took us to some wonderful places along the way. The scenery at the dam was very beautiful. Definitely worth it!
• Submitted 24 Sep 2017
This was a great trip! We had the most gorgeous day! Our tour guide and the driver, the Felipes, were great! Made the trip super fun with the delicious food they provided us! 100 recommended! Definitely recommend Felipe our tour guide, great knowledge of the place!
• Submitted 23 Sep 2017

In Brief

Santiago, Chile
10 hours
Day trip (destination A to B)
Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
Fully narrated tour
Get inside tips from a local
Informative, friendly and professional guide