Discover Cajón del Maipo — an oasis just outside of Santiago — and connect with nature, a sense of tranquility and fresh mountain air. On this day trip led by an expert guide, capture breathtaking sights, including a canyon, river valleys and a shimmering lake reservoir, as you drive up into the Andes mountains. Tour the historical town of San José de Maipo, learn about the area’s history, geology and folklore, and along the way we will make some stops where you can enjoy and taste some local product. Numbers limited to eight ensuring a small-group experience.
After morning pickup from your Santiago hotel, travel with your guide southeast of the city on a winding road that climbs upward alongside the Maipo River. As you travel through Cajón del Maipo, a canyon and river valley carved into the Andes mountains by the river, enjoy a range of hypnotizing landscapes. Admire lush vineyards and orchards, catch sight of the occasional roadside stall selling homemade goods, and then find yourself amid barren mountainsides and jagged snow-drizzled peaks. During the ride, listen to tales of folklore unique to these lands. Disembark at Embalse el Yeso, a large lake reservoir enveloped by mountains, located about 9,843 feet (3,000 meters) above sea level. Snap shots of its emerald-colored sheen and, following your guide on a flat trail, learn more about the reservoir and local geology. In this place, close the mountains we will have a delicious picinic-cocktail where you can enjoy local product. Back in the vehicle, continue along the mountain road to San José de Maipo, the charming and rustic capital of the region founded in 1792. As your guide walks you through the picturesque main square lined with tiny shops and cafes, note its laid-back atmosphere and learn about the town’s history and adobe-style architecture. Finally you will visit a local family restaurant where you can taste one of the typical dish "Empanadas" with a incredible beer or natural juice. After your day of tranquility amid Andean scenery, you’ll be taken back to your hotel in Santiago. Please note: A minimum of two people per booking is required.