We invite you to discover the Andes mountain range and its landscapes visiting the main water source of Big Santiago: El Yeso Dam. A Full Day testing the colors, smells and flavors of "Cajón del Maipo".
We will go to the south of the city of Santiago leading to the side of the San Ramón mountain range to enter in the heart of the Andean mountain range following the Maipo river. Near to 800 meters of altitude the so-called Maipo Valley ends to give life to the Cajon del Maipo. In this place we will find towns with very important ecological and outdoors characteristics. We will drive through the mountain vegetation and rock formations admired by climbers and mountaineers. After an hour of driving we will make our first stop in San Jose de Maipo where we will learn a little bit about the history of the main city of Cajon del Maipo, along with its main square and church. In addition we will meet local people, buying their typical products of the area that we will later taste with a privileged landscape.Then we will continue towards the interior of the mountains passing the last towns of the Cajon until arriving to the detour that will lead us to the Yeso Reservoir. We will cross waterfalls, canyons, lava formations, hanging glacier ("Mesón Alto") and old constructions of the workers who built the largest artificial water reserve of Santiago de Chile:El Yeso reservoir at 2500 meters of altitude, with 8 square kilometers and inaugurated in 1964. It is an artificial lake that offers turquoises colors and a beautiful mountain landscape. Some people practice kayaking, windsurfing and fishing, although it is not usual to see them. In general it is a place where birds come to nest due the lagoons of altitude.Here we will make a tasting of typical Maipo products (subject to good weather, if not we will make in elsewhere on the route). On our way back to Santiago, we will make a stop at the Casa Bosque restaurant, which surprises visitors with its architecture and decoration (like goblins) as well as its rich cuisine.