Small-Group El Morado Hiking and Hot Springs Day Trip from Santiago

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Small-Group El Morado Hiking and Hot Springs Day Trip from Santiago
from AUD $280.15
A hike with views of snow-drizzled peaks, followed by soaks in thermal pools — can you picture a more perfect day? On this small-group tour led by an expert guide, drive through the breathtaking canyon of Cajón de Maipo at the Andes mountains. Then undertake a 5-hour medium-level hike through El Morado Natural Monument to enjoy a glacier-side lunch, or trek through a similar valley in the Andes and gaze in awe near the massive Andean summits and lagoon while you eat. Unwind at the hot springs of Baños Colinas. Round-trip hotel transport from Santiago is included.
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In Brief

Santiago, Chile
12 hours
All entrance fees included
Day trip (destination A to B)
Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
Free drinks included
Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
Free snacks included
Informative, friendly and professional guide
Lunch included
Small-group tour
Important InfoInfo
This is a typical itinerary for this product

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

Stop to visit our local supplier (food, bathrooms)

Duration: 45 minutes

Stop At: Monumento Natural El Morado, Ruta G-25, Km. 93, San Jose de Maipo Chile

Trekking at Natural Monument El Morado or similar valley in the Andes mountains

Duration: 5 hours

Stop At: Termas de Banos Colina, Nar San Jose del Maipo and San Jose Volcano, San Jose de Maipo Chile

Relaxing bath after the hot-springs.

Duration: 1 hour


  • Mountaineering Certified bilingual guide (English-Spanish)
  • Wine and juice
  • Cheese and snacks
  • Boxed lunch
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (guaranteed only within the pickup range in Santiago)
  • Separate professional driver ensures a safest experience
  • Entrance fee to the hot springs
  • Entry/Admission - Monumento Natural El Morado
  • Entry/Admission - Termas de Banos Colina


  • Gratuities
  • Bottled water

Departure Time

7:00 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 20:00 - 21:00pm

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum age is 13 years
  • Our guide contacts all the participants the day before the tour with any necessary additional information about the weather and pickup details
  • A minimum of 2 participants is required for a departure
  • It is recommended that you wear comfortable clothes and hiking shoes, and bring sunglasses, sunscreen and a camera.
  • Please bring a swimming suit and a towel
  • Seasonal product operating October to May
  • Passport name, number, expiry and country is required at time of booking for ALL participants
  • 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
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Intermediate Hike: Good fitness required
  • Please let us know of any dietary requirements. Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • Good fitness level is required
  • Let us know of any important medical information
  • Travelers should have a moderate 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
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 7 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 tour, provided by Ecochile, was a fantastic all-day experience. Our guide Felipe was extremely knowledgeable, very organized and provided a lot of interesting information on our trek to the glacier. Our driver also Felipe did a phenomenal job navigating some pretty tricky roads up in the mountains. While it is quite a long full-day excursion, the activities are thoughtfully planned for example, the wine and cheese spread after the thermal hot springs was a nice way to split up the drive back to Santiago, and done in a spot with a beautiful view of all the colors of the mountains. This is just the tour my wife and I were hoping for in order to get to know the Andes a little better. Highly recommended.
• Submitted 05 Mar 2018
Excellent day. Wonderful driver and Felipe excellent Guide. Full of enthusiasm. Walk was demanding, mainly due to heat and altitude, but OK if taken time over. Mountains glorious, glacier at little smaller than expected. Road to Hot springs an experience. Lovely to soak in the hot springs. A long day, not back till near 10 so the parting cheese and wine /drink welcome . Well worth going.
• Submitted 15 Jan 2018
Our guide, Felipe, was fun, energetic and very informative! The hike itself was beautiful, but a lot more demanding than what I had anticipated. After the hike, we drove to the hot springs about 30 minutes away. The view was nothing short of breathtaking. This tour was well worth the money spent!
• Submitted 29 Oct 2017
We had an amazing experience with EcoChile! Simon was a super guide, very helpful and smiling at all times, so the atmosphere was very relaxed and nice. You should defenetly book this tour if you love nature and a good hike, followed by relaxation! The views from the mountains was spectacular :-)
• Submitted 17 Oct 2017
Valentina was a wonderful guide! Scenery was beautiful!
• Submitted 30 Apr 2017
Had to change our tour to a snowshoe hike through the Fat Valley due to weather issues the week prior. However this was an excellent substitute! The weather and scenery were beautiful. Our guide was a lot of fun and taught us a lot about Chilean culture and hiking in general. I'd definitely recommend this activity to anyone who is able to hike about 2 miles on uneven ground.
• Submitted 20 Apr 2017
Very good indeed. Philippe went out of his way to give us a truly memorable experience. No time pressures at all. We saw everything and did everything - and even got a lovely personal surprise nibbles and wine at the end. Absolutely recommended.
• Submitted 10 Mar 2017
We really enjoyed this tour! The guides were great and the hot springs and picnic were a really great way to end the day!
• Submitted 29 Jan 2017
This day trip was excellent and well worth the money. The hike to the lagoon at the base of the glaciers is moderately challenging and incredibly rewarding. The hot springs are a super plus after a nice hike, and the setting could not be more beautiful. We received breakfast and lunch and a cheese spread with wine at the end - which were perfect. Plus, our guide, Benjamin Bertie could not have been better, nor our driver. Benjamin was knowledgeable, kind, and excited to be on the trip - I can't rave about this day trip more. It was perfect.
• Submitted 13 Jan 2017
Stunning. Worth every penny. Our guide Alejandro was super friendly, knowledgeable and understood we each had our own paces. The beginning of the hike is a bit steep, but then flattens a bit and becomes easier. Wouldn't recommend for those very out of shape. SUCH an amazing experience.
• Submitted 29 Dec 2016
Great day of out, highly recommended
• Submitted 30 Mar 2016
This was such an incredible experience. I was in Chile for school so there were 4 of us that went and ended up meeting 2 Americans on the trip! The small group size was perfect. Sofia was an amazing tour guide and made sure everyone was okay. We stopped on the way to the Andes to pick up lunch they ask if anyone has any dietary restrictions and you can buy drinks and snacks at the shop. I recommend bringing A LOT of water I had 4 bottles and a bottle of Gatorade and drank it all and snacks. I'm pretty active and this hike was very difficult--at times I didn't think I could do it! I wore layers because some points it was really hot and when you get to the top it's freezing and windy. Pack your bathing suit and a towel and flip flops and a bag to hold all your dirty clothes in for the hot springs. The bathrooms were kind of dirty as other travelers pointed out but it wasn't that bad. The picnic afterwards was great! It was a very long day--we didn't get back to our hotel in Santiago until about 11PM. BUT, it was worth it.
• Submitted 23 Mar 2016
Feb 8,2016...What a fantastic day!! Our amazing guide Alejandro led us with 2 other couples up to the glacier lagoon 15 km return trip where we enjoyed a delicious bag lunch which was picked up just outside of Santiago from a delightful local organic vendor. Bring a windbreaker....just over the rise at the top, it got windy and cool, otherwise a clear sunny day with breathtaking views! After our hike, we drove to the hot springs, the end point of a very rugged road close to the Argentine border. After a wonderfully physically exerting hike, the hot springs were lovely and relaxing and Alejandro gave us all the time we needed to relax and enjoy....while he and our driver prepared a wine and cheese picnic which we thoroughly enjoyed before the return trip to Santiago. We were picked up at 8:30 a.m. and dropped off at 9:30 p.m. so this was a long day.....but we returned with that great physically tired but happily so kind of feeling. Alejandro was interesting, engaging and full of information about Chile and the Andes....showing a deep respect and appreciation for the natural beauty of his was such a pleasure to spend the day in his company!
• Submitted 24 Feb 2016
Wonderful tour and wonderful guide and driver! To those who have not done this, there is a of driving involved around 3 hrs each way from Santiago to El Morado and back. But it was worth it for a wonderful trek into the Andes mountains near the border of Argentina, an amazing view of glaciers and ice lake, then over to Hot Springs to relax after a 5 hour hike. Tour even provided wine, cheese, and other snacks after the hot springs. Really magical. Thank you so much for an amazing day!
• Submitted 06 Feb 2016
Well worth it, had an amazing day, Franko was a great guide and made sure everyone made it to the top, best advise he gave when a couple of people were struggling was to take smaller steps and breathe through your nose, would suggest level of fitness should be between moderate to high. Hot springs were great to unwind and relax afterwards, with a great view of the mountains. Thanks for a fantastic experience and a great bunch of people in our group.
• Submitted 27 Jan 2016
Very good. I highly recommend this tour. Alejandro was an excellent tour guide and was very informative. The tour included a very nice hike and followed by the hot springs. The hot spring pools were outdoors and the view was fantastic. I've been to several before in several countries. This one had the least infrastructure development to spoil the view and atmosphere.
• Submitted 07 Dec 2015
This is a must-do! Daniel was professional, interesting, basically fun to climb a glacier with! He accommodated everyone on the tour to make it special. I got to the top of the glacier and the view was spectacular! I'd do it again in a heart beat. John Vozenilek 11/23/2015
• Submitted 30 Nov 2015
This was an awesome day with our guide - Francine. The hiking was challenging, the scenery stunning, and the thermal springs were wonderful. The boxed lunch was great, and the dinner of empanadas and wine on the way home was the perfect end to the day. Kudos to our driver - he was excellent under extremely difficult road conditions. Highly recommend - be prepared for a long day!
• Submitted 13 Nov 2015
Alejandro was basically the best tour guide ever. The trip was incredible! The views were amazing and the hot springs were the perfect way to end the day. Alejandro was super personal and made sure we enjoyed every aspect of the tour. I would definitely recommend this one!
• Submitted 11 Jun 2015
Daniel was awesome! Great guide, trip, views, etc. Highly recommend
• Submitted 01 Jun 2015
This was a wonderful tour. Our guide Chris was awesome and very knowledgeable. I would recommend this to anyone traveling in the Santiago area. -Molli
• Submitted 27 May 2015
Awesome time, excellent guides.
• Submitted 07 Apr 2015
This was the highlight of our trip to Chile! Our guide Joaquin Bruna saw to our every need and safety was a priority. He was able to tell us about the sights we were seeing and seemed to be as awed by the scenery as we were, despite him having conducted this tour many times over the years. He was fun yet also careful. The boxed lunch was hearty, then when we arrived at the mineral pools, Joaquin produced a fabulous cheese board with wine that we devoured. The majesty of The Andes will be a treasured memory! We would 100% recommend this day trip for anyone who is reasonably fit.
• Submitted 16 Mar 2015
Really great people and very nice tour. The guys of EcoChile really make us enjoy the whole day (even it was raining half of it). I would recommend it 100%. A must to escape from busy Santiago
• Submitted 03 Mar 2015

In Brief

Santiago, Chile
12 hours
All entrance fees included
Day trip (destination A to B)
Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
Free drinks included
Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
Free snacks included
Informative, friendly and professional guide
Lunch included
Small-group tour