Day trip

Santiago: Cajon del Maipo Small-Group Tour

4.7 / 5

49 reviews

Activity provider: Smart Tour

Santiago: Cajon del Maipo Small-Group Tour

Activity provider: Smart Tour

From US$ 77.71 per person

Explore the beautiful landscapes of the Andes Mountains on a day trip from Santiago. Immerse yourself in the natural splendor of Cajon del Maipo and the Embalse el Yeso then enjoy a picnic with wine just a walk away from the El Salto Waterfall.

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Duration 11.5 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Spanish, Portuguese
Pickup included
Pickup is from your accommodation in Santiago Centro, Providencia or Las Condes.


7 hours
  • Santiago Metropolitan Region

  • 1 hour
  • Breakfast

  • 10 minutes
  • Tinoco Tunnel (walk)

  • 40 minutes
  • Cajón del Maipo Viewpoint (photo stop)

  • 30 minutes
  • El Yeso Dam (visit)

  • 20 minutes
  • Salto El Yeso (picnic)

  • 40 minutes
  • Casa Chocolate, San Jose de Maipo (photo stop)

  • 1 hour
  • Santiago Metropolitan Region

Pickup included
Main stop
Other stop
  • Reconnect with nature in the beautiful Cajon del Maipo
  • Go to the historic mining town of San José del Maipo
  • Enjoy a scenic stop in a area close to the Salto el Yeso Waterfall
  • Benefit from convenient pickup and drop-off at your accommodation in Santiago
Full description
Escape the hustle and bustle of Santiago city, and enjoy a day to remember as you embrace the magic of the Andes Mountains on a small-group tour for no more than 16 people. Be picked up at your accommodation and travel in a comfortable, air-conditioned minivan on a scenic drive to Cajon del Maipo. Once there, connect with nature in a peaceful environment of fresh, clean mountain air. Visit the enchanting village of San José del Maipo to admire the colonial-style architecture, and see the church and main Plaza de Armas, where fans of adventure travel often gather. From there, continue the drive following the Maipo river.  Make your way to discover the amazing lagoon at Embalse El Yeso Dam. Take amazing pictures and a relaxing walk, and savor a delicious picnic with wine or juice. Head back toward Santiago at around 3 PM and get dropped off at your hotel or in the city center at approximately 6 PM. In the winter season from June to September we make a stop at the snowwear rental store before and after the tour depending on the weather condition.
  • Live guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Small-group tour of no more than 16 people per vehicle
  • Entrance fee to the Embalse el Yeso Natural Park
  • Picnic with wine or juice
  • Visit to Embalse el Yeso Dam
  • Stop at the chocolate house
  • Gratuities (optional)
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunscreen
  • Water
  • Jacket
  • Packed lunch

Know before you go

  • Please provide the full names of everyone in your group when making your booking
  • Tours subject to favorable weather conditions and availability; it is recommended to book for your first available day in Santiago so you have maximum flexibility to roll on to the next available date
  • If you cannot make it to an alternative date, you will receive a full refund
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 49 reviews

Review summary

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Excellent Tour!!! Very complete trip, with a lot of information from our guide, numerous stops to regain strength and beautiful landscapes. The snack by the river was very good! I highly recommend it, and also as I went on a weekday there was no one at the Yeso reservoir, a very enriching and relaxing experience.

March 10, 2022

The driver (Camelio) and the guide (Gabriel) were very knowledgeable. The trip was worth it. The landscape was beautiful. Unfortunately, the stops did not match those in the tender. The walk at the Tunel El Tinoco, the photo stop at the Punto the osservazione Cajon del Maipo and the (self-brought) picnic at the Salto El Yeso were missing. Staying at El Yeso was very worthwhile. We had enough time and the lovingly prepared aperitif was a great surprise.

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January 3, 2022

Absolutely loved the experience! Pick-up and drop-off were quite prompt. Our guide Alexis was super friendly and told us historical and geographical facts about the Cajón :) He took the time to narrate in English, Spanish and Portuguese. It was a lovely trip and I'd love to go with them to other places in Santiago soon!

December 30, 2021

Product ID: 333836