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Santiago: Cajon del Maipo & El Yeso Dam Day Trip with Picnic

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Activity provider: Aprendi a Viajar Chile

Santiago: Cajon del Maipo & El Yeso Dam Day Trip with Picnic

Activity provider: Aprendi a Viajar Chile
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Breathe in the fresh mountainous air of Cajon del Maipo on a guided tour from Santiago. Learn about the folklore of this volcanic area and enjoy a light picnic lunch with wine by El Yeso Dam.

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Duration 12 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Portuguese, Spanish
Pickup included
Your driver will pick you up from your accommodation in Santiago. Please wait in the hotel lobby 10 minutes before your scheduled pickup time. Your driver will not be able to wait for you for longer than 5 minutes after the scheduled pickup time.


  • Marvel at picturesque landscapes on a day trip from Santiago
  • Discover the natural beauty of the Maipo Canyon in the Andes
  • See the large El Yeso reservoir, a major water source for Santiago
  • Enjoy a light picnic lunch overlooking the shimmering El Yeso Dam
  • Breathe in the fresh mountain air as you sip on a glass of wine
Full description

Discover the magnificent Andes Mountains on a guided day trip from Santiago. Pass by the Tinoco Tunnel, admire the picturesque Cajón del Maipo gorge, and enjoy a picnic lunch overlooking the El Yeso Dam.

Start your tour early in the morning with a convenient pickup directly from your accommodation. Hop into the air-conditioned van and set out towards the Maipo Canyon.

As you travel, admire the wonderful views of this natural landscape full of high mountain passes, lakes, and forests. Hear about the area's traditions and listen to folktales told by your guide.

Along the way, you'll pass the Tinoco Tunnel, a dark disused train tunnel that runs along the Camino Al Volcán, a remnant from the region's railway days.

Listen as your guide tells you about the history of this unusual attraction and the tragic story behind the shrines located at the tunnel's entrance and exit.

Not far from here, you'll reach the El Yeso Dam. This large reservoir was created in 1964 by damming the Yeso River and now serves as one of the major sources of water for Santiago. Stop here to enjoy a picnic-style lunch served with a glass of wine and some juice.

Then, sit back and relax as you set out on your return journey to Santiago, where your driver will drop you off directly at your accommodation.

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Transportation in an air-conditioned van
  • Guide
  • Picnic snack
  • Glass of wine

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    4.5 /5

    based on 35 reviews

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    Excellent experience both the first guide and the replacement for a problem in another very good vehicle. The only time that they pass through the hotel was not the one indicated, it took 50 minutes of difference, it would be good to have a track of where the unit is to follow it and an approximate time of arrival for the client.

    November 14, 2022

    puntualidad y muy buen tour, lo recomiendo

    November 17, 2022

    Very nice excursion with breathtaking landscapes! The guide who was very friendly picks us up and takes us to our hotel, it's very convenient!

    November 17, 2022

    Product ID: 430531