Glacier Hike at El Morado Glacier, from Santiago

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Glacier Hike at El Morado Glacier, from Santiago
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Enjoy this spectacular trip to “El Morado” Natural Monument National Park, located at 93 kms (57 miles) from Santiago.  The starting point of the hike is in Baños Morales, a mountain village at 1,900 meters of altitude (6,200 ft). The trail leads to the beautiful San Francisco Glacier lookout at 2,500 meters (8,200 ft) and the Morales Glacier lagoon. During the hike we will have a refreshing stop at “Aguas de Panimávida”, iron-rich carbonated waters that directly spills out from the earth.

Difficulty level is HIGH. This tour is recommended for people in good physical shape. The first hour of the hike is steep and then it becomes flat. The difference of altitude is of 600 meters (1,900 ft).
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In Brief

Location:
Chile, Chile
Country:
Chile
Duration:
12 hours
Operates:
Monday and Friday
Highlights:
Once-in-a-Lifetime Experience
Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
Small group ensures personal service
Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
Lunch included
Vegetarian meal option available
Overview
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Your tour starts with early morning pickup from your hotel in the Santiago area. From there, you will head to El Morado Natural Monument National Park, which is located 93 kms (57 miles) from Santiago.

The trek will start in Baños Morales, a mountain village at 1,900 meters (6,200 ft) above sea level. The first hour of the hike is steep and then it becomes flatter. Altitude increase of 600 meters (1,900 ft). You will take a trail that leads to the beautiful San Francisco Glacier 2,500 meters altitude (8,200 ft) and the Morales Glacier lagoon.

During this hike, you will stop at a natural spring of iron-rich carbonated water called “Aguas de Panimávida”. Then, enjoy a box lunch in the mountains and then hike back for about 5 miles (4 kms) to the starting point. You will then board your vehicle back to Santiago and be dropped-off at your hotel. Connect with nature and enjoy this park on a great day trip. At the end of the tour you will be able to taste some good appetizzrs and some chilean wine.

Inclusions

  • Bottled water
  • Box lunch
  • Bilingual guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Complimentary Insurance

Exclusions

  • Gratuities
  • We stop for breakfast, but its no included in the total price

Departure Time

6:30 AM

Departure Point

Santiago Metropolitan Region, Santiago Metropolitan Region

Traveler pickup is offered
Hotels or hostels in Providencia, Vitacura, Los Condes, and Santiago Centro, or our centrally located meeting point. If you are out of our range please contact us !

Returns To

Returns to original departure point

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Recommended for people in good physical shape
  • It is recommended that you wear sunscreen, trekking shoes, a sun hat, and bring a camera, warm jacket and a backpack
  • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Travelers should have a strong physical fitness level
  • 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

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.

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Scoring an average traveller rating of 4.75 out of 5 based on the last 12 recent reviews

This trip was absolutely amazing! I had a hard time with this hike because the ascent is very steep, but our guide, Gonzalo, kept me motivated. He stopped to inform us of all the flora and fauna around and got excited when he spotted some hard to find birds. He was well prepared to answer all of our questions. The views are hard to describe, they are some of the most beautiful views we have seen. At the end of our hike we had a lovely surprise planned for us at the end. If you are planning on doing this hike, definitely remember sunscreen, sunglasses, good hiking boots, and I highly recommend trekking poles. If you have the chance, definitely take this trip. Gonzalo is a treat to hike with!
• Submitted 02 Apr 2018
Absolutely wonderful hike! Guides were friendly and knowledgeable and made sure everyone got to hike at a comfortable pace.
• Submitted 30 Mar 2018
The tour guide is very knowledgeable and he make sure that everyone is safe during and after the hiking.
• Submitted 27 Mar 2018
Excellent 16km hike with Fransico, Javier and Philippe! I would highly recommend this full day hike and the views were breathtaking.
• Submitted 19 Mar 2018
This was a great adventure. I recommend it to anyone with the requisite hiking miles under their belt. There were only four of us all together and we kept a pretty good pace. At 67, I a reasonably fit retired American spending the New England winter months in South America was the old guy in the group. The other two were BA flight crew on a 2-day layover, one of whom was an Ironman veteran and had hiked Kilimanjaro. Nevertheless it was a fun, comfortable hike through amazing terrain to a magical destination. I had never actually seen a glacier before. Our guide and driver for the day was Joaquin Cordua....if you have a choice, get him. A native Chilean Spanish speaker, he has very good English. It may not seem important, but this is Chile so I would like to note that he was a very good and safe driver. A fair portion of the day is spent getting to and from the hike venue. Joaquin is knowledgeable about the area, the geology, and the cultural history, and as a good communicator he kept us informed and entertained. It was a pleasure for me to spend an exhilarating day with my Brit hiking companions and our excellent guide.
• Submitted 05 Mar 2018
Amazing tour! This was my second time joining a tour with AndoAndeslocal tour company and everything was perfectly arranged. Our guide Gonzalo was professional! I was picked up on time, received brief information about the tour and started hiking! I have to say, it is definitely not an easy hike, so be prepared! The view was magnificent all the way up to the glacier lookout, and you get to enjoy a box lunch at the lagoon : If you are in Santiago, do not miss this tour!
• Submitted 24 Jan 2017
What a great hike! Definitely one of the highlights of our trip. The hike is about 9 miles round trip, the first mile is somewhat of a steep hike, but then it levels out for awhile, and gets a little steep again for the last half mile or so up to the viewing point for the glacier. Our group was relatively fit, so we finished in 4 1/2 hours I think - I could see this being a difficult hike for those that aren't very active. Our driver and guide, Gonzalo, was fantastic - very knowledgeable about pretty much everything we asked him, and had great advice about future trips we might take to Chile. He has a real passion for nature, so the trip was also a fun learning experience. We had a beautiful and warm day, but I could see if clouds rolled in, that this would be a chilly hike - we came prepared for anything. I'd recommend bringing a backpack, jacket, hiking sticks if you have them, and wear sturdy shoes as the trail is good, but has lots of loose rocks/gravel and some shallow water crossings. Also, don't forget your sunscreen on this one as there is no shade. Provided on the hike was water, lunch sandwich, snacks, and a juice box, and then a snack and celebratory glass of wine at the end. The drive to and from the hike is approx 1.5-2 hrs each way, so it was especially nice to be able to relax on the way home and not have to worry about navigating Santiago's crazy traffic.
• Submitted 09 Dec 2016
I did the El Morado Hike Day tour as a solo traveller and really enjoyed it. The scenery for the walk is very beautiful, and the guides are entertaining and well informed. The sandwich in the boxed lunch was very good, better than expected for something to eat out on a trail. The tour starts at an elevation of 1,850m, and then climbs 400-600m. For most people, this height should not be a problem. at the area closest to the glacier, you walk through a bit of snow, so shoes that keep your feet dry and warm are handy. One bit of advice, take gloves and a beanie. It can get a bit cold and windy on some parts of the trip, and my one regret was not having this in my day bag.
• Submitted 26 Oct 2016
The hike in El Morado was the highlight of my trip to Chile. Our guide was very knowledgeable and educated us about Chile's history during the drive to the park. Likewise during the hike, she was very helpful with information. The scenery was amazing. The weather was cool. You could heat up while hiking and get cool when stopped to eat - dress in layers.
• Submitted 31 Jan 2016
Here's what went wrong with my trip: the regular guide had an emergency so we had Felipe doing the driving, guiding, trekking and carrying of all our water/lunches/emergency supplies. Also, there was too much snow to actually get to the final destination. Here's what went right: Felipe told us what the guide circumstance was and then immediately made us feel comfortable. He apologized for his poor English and then spoke awesome English. He was friendly and accommodating we asked him to stop at some random places for picture opportunities and couldn't have been better prepared. While he wasn't as talkative as a guide may be, and that can be a bit much sometimes, he was very knowledgeable and gave us several very interesting facts. He pointed out rare birds and all along kept saying Take all the time you want. If this is how all the employees are at Viator then I would highly recommend a trip with them. I had a great time and the pictures will be in my photo album....forever.
• Submitted 09 Nov 2015
This is a wonderful hike- not ridiculously difficult but not a walk in the park either- a few hills and steep bits to keep it interesting. The guide was excellent- bursting with knowledge about the history of Santiago, its peoples and also well grounded in natural science- geology, plant and animal knowledge- the works. He was also flexible to the needs of the group- when an older gentleman confessed to not wanting to go any further we went on ahead while a few others rested. In terms of scenery there was a variety of bird life, horses and picturesque valleys, lakes and mountains. The glacier itself is a great landmark to make it to but for me I snapped photos of the valley along the way. It was one of those hikes where I rarely put my camera down. The hike altogether took us about 5 hours, none of it rushed. I highly recommend this tour. I've been living in Chile for one and a half years now and it's the best one we've done yet in terms of guide knowledge, suitably challenging and well organised.
• Submitted 22 Mar 2016
It was a lot of fun. The only thing we did not like was that the first part of the hike was close to a mining operation and you could hear the machinery in the distance. That kind of spoiled the first part of the hike
• Submitted 01 May 2017

In Brief

Location:
Chile, Chile
Country:
Chile
Duration:
12 hours
Operates:
Monday and Friday
Highlights:
Once-in-a-Lifetime Experience
Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
Small group ensures personal service
Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
Lunch included
Vegetarian meal option available