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

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

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.

From Santiago: Sunset Valle Nevado in the Andes Mountains

2. From Santiago: Sunset Valle Nevado in the Andes Mountains

The tour will start by picking up all customers from their respective hotels and will go directly to a viewpoint on the mountain. Then you will continue up the mountain towards Valle Nevado to enjoy the mountainous summer climate. The tour guide will help you move around Valle Nevado and take pictures. The Transport van will be available as a support place for any urgent need. After the visit to Valle Nevado, there is a stop in the town of Farellones to see the viewpoint and to participate in the picnic. Afterwards, everyone will be taken back to their hotel.

Santiago: Cajon del Maipo and Termas Colina Trip with Picnic

3. Santiago: Cajon del Maipo and Termas Colina Trip with Picnic

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 Termas Colinas Hot Springs. 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, 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 Termas Colinas Hot Springs. Relax in any of the seven pools with temperatures ranging from 130ºF to 86ºF, heated by the nearby volcano. 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.

Santiago: Laguna del Inca and Portillo Small Group Tour

4. Santiago: Laguna del Inca and Portillo Small Group Tour

The tour starts with pickup from your hotel in an air-conditioned van. You will head north from the city of Santiago taking Los Libertadores highway until the first stop to a giant monument that pertains to one of the most important episodes of Chilean history. Following this you will continue on the road, crossing the Chacabuco Tunnel, to the Aconcagua valley, declared the last winery valley of the country. On the road you will see Mount Aconcagua which has the tallest summit of the western and southern hemisphere. You will get to meet the official pet of Portillo Ski Center, a big St Bernard, which welcomes you to the start of your visit.  You will then have free time to visit the ski resort and the marvelous Inca Lagoon which is located between the mountains, this lagoon also has a beautiful history about an Incan King attached to it. You are also able to take the ski lift and enjoy a lunch with a beautiful view of the lagoon. At the conclusion of the tour, you will be brought back to your hotel in Santiago.

Santiago: Portillo, Inca Lagoon with Optional Aconcagua Park

5. Santiago: Portillo, Inca Lagoon with Optional Aconcagua Park

Your tour will begin as you are picked up from your centrally located Santiago hotel, at which point you will begin driving to Portillo. You will pass through the intermediate depression, and will also be able to admire the Andes mountain range. You will soon reach the Chacabuco Monument, which is a historical site where a battle for Chile's independence took place in 1817. You will then cross a tunnel which borders the region, before reaching a place where you can see the Aconcagua Mount in the background. Along the road, you will see the old Andean railway and, as we cross Rio Blanco, you can admire the small towns, mining camps, glaciers, and the impressive Andes mountains. You will reach Portillo and see the protective passageways that were built as shelters from avalanches which occur during the winter season. It will then be time for lunch (not included), as you marvel at the beautiful and imposing Inca Lagoon. Finally, you will be returned to your hotel in Santiago. If you choose the option with Aconcagua Park, you will also see Puente del Inca, a geomorphological curiosity that is 48 meters long, 28 meters wide, 8 meters thick, and is suspended 27 meters above the river. A series of stalactites, calcium inflorescences and winter ice needles hang from this natural bridge. After the visit to the Puente del Inca, head to the Aconcagua Provincial Park, where you can see the highest mountain in South America. Depending on time availability, a short trek may be available for interested guests.

From Santiago: Portillo Inca Lagoon and San Esteban Vineyard

6. From Santiago: Portillo Inca Lagoon and San Esteban Vineyard

Start with pickup from your hotel in Santiago by a professional guide. Travel through spectacular scenery to one of the most beautiful lagoons in the Andes mountains, Portilla Inca Lagoon. Capture photographs of the water’s iridescent turquoise surface and listen to poignant legends of Incan royalty. Marvel at the archaeological park located in a hill in the middle of San Esteban Vineyard in which you will explore walking trails and find its various petroglyphs which belong to the Aconcagua culture. Ascend to the vertiginous altitude of Hotel Portillo ski resort to take in the verdant beauty of San Esteban Vineyard before pleasuring enjoying some samples of local wine.

Portillo Ski Resort and Lagoon Private Trip from Santiago

7. Portillo Ski Resort and Lagoon Private Trip from Santiago

Benefit from pick-up at your hotel in selected areas of Santiago, and then journey by air-conditioned van towards the ski resort of Portillo. Stop to look at a giant monument, considered one of the most important in Chile, along the way   Cross the Chacabuco Tunnel to arrive in the wine lands of the Aconcagua Valley. Get a stunning view of the peaks of Mt. Aconcagua, the highest mountain in the southern hemisphere. Get a meet and greet from a large and friendly Saint Bernard dog upon arrival at the Portillo ski resort! Get some free time to make use of the facilities and gaze in wonder at the majestic Laguna del Inca. Use the time to take the ski-lift and enjoy lunch with a beautiful view of the lagoon. Head back to Santiago in the afternoon and get dropped off at your hotel or a central point in the city center on arrival.

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4.1 / 5

based on 262 reviews

A truly fantastic tour. Jaime was our guide and was incredibly friendly and welcoming. This is by far the best tour your can do of Maipo hot springs - with a lovely breakfast, and barbecue lunch at El Morado. The barbecue lunch really brought everyone together in the group, and we left with many more friends than we started the day with! A truly memorable and enjoyable experience. Highly recommended!

Yamin was a fantastic guide. There were a decent amount of stops so it never felt like we were in the van too long. The views were spectacular, and we had enough time to explore each stop. Make sure that you bring layers— during different parts of the day, I had on just a T-shirt, a hoodie and jacket, or just a light jacket.

The trip was awesome! The tour guide was very helpful and welcoming. I was the only person who didn’t speak spanish on a trip and both the guide and the trip-mates did an awesome job in making me feel welcome and excited!

Incredible experience The place is beautiful, it is worth visiting at any time of the year Recommended, the guide Gonzalo made it very pleasant

An incredible walk, in a wonderful place. I enchanted.