Welcome to Cajón del Maipo


November to March is peak rafting season as glacier meltwater brings Class III or IV rapids to the Río Maipo; ski bums and bunnies flock here June to September; and hiking, horseback riding and lunching are popular year-round.

Plans for a hydroelectric station here could have serious consequences for the region's ecosystem. So take advantage of this pristine natural playground; it's an easy getaway from the capital city by car or public transportation.


Top experiences in Cajón del Maipo

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Cajón del Maipo activities

$109 Day Trips & Excursions

Cajon Del Maipo 8-Hour Day Tour from Santiago with Wine, Snack

Your tour begins at about 7am with pick up from your Santiago hotel. Greet your guide, climb aboard the air-conditioned minivan and hit the road. Cross through the south side of Santiago on your way to the drop-off point at Cajon del Maipo, by the mountain road to El Yeso Reservoir. Your driver makes a few stops during the drive, including at a tumbling waterfall and a glacier perched on top of a mountainside. We also offer a stop to enjoy of a local empanada ( Included ) and the option of having a coffee or tea at that time of the morning clients cost. Upon arrival at the destination, make use of your free time. Explore the pristine natural environment and admire the steep, rocky walls and gorge. While you are enjoying your free time, your driver-guide prepares your snack with fresh local ingredients, for you to enjoy with a glass of Chilean wine upon your return. Head back to Santiago and get dropped off back at your hotel around 4pm.

$109 Day Trips & Excursions

Day Trip to Cajon del Maipo Embalse El Yeso

On this tour you will feel and become part of this gorgeous place, in the middle of the mountains. Cajon del Maipo is a canyon located is the Andes mountain, 83 kilometers from Santiago. The scenery here is wild, just the blue sky above  and rivers, lagoons, amazing forms caused by erosion and time on the hills. First go to your destination, continuing along the banks of the Maipo River rapids, stopping at different landscapes like waterfall, view point of the most amazing scene of the Andes Mountains until you get to the Embalse el Yeso. Walk and explore this area where is possible observe wildlife like, condors, eagles, foxes and flora. Enjoys silence and make a cheers for your loved ones with the best Chilean wine and your picnic (brunch) in front of the lagoon.

$110 Day Trips & Excursions

Cajon del Maipo 8km Hiking Day Tour in the Andes from Santiago

We are going to a unique area close to the city of Santiago, named Cajon del Maipo. This is the place where you can do adventure tourism activities and enjoy the nature and the majestic Andes Mountain range. We will leave Santiago towards San José de Maipo where if you want, you can have a rich breakfast and drink a coffee in a traditional place for later, start again the trip. We will continue along the Canyon of the Maipo river, following it during the whole trip until we arrive to the area of “El Cabrerio”, where our trekking starts, in the heart of the Andes Mountain range. During our trekking, we are going to discover a volcano of 5.800 meters above sea level, located a 100 kms away from Santiago on a hike of 4 to 5 hours, roundtrip. A journey to the past of the creation of the south American continent in a peaceful area with breathtaking landscapes all over the incredible Andes Mountain range and its glaciers. During the trekking, our professional guides are going to give us information about Chile, our nature, environmental problems, flora and fauna of the place, so we can transform this incredible trekking in an unforgettable experience. We are going to hike to La Engorda Valley, where we are going to have the best panoramic view of Volcan San José and the Andes Mountain, here we will have a moment for relaxing, eating a delicious sandwich, taking some pictures and connecting with nature. We will start our walk back to the van where we are going to share a glass of chilean wine and start again our way back to Santiago, recharged by the energy of the mountains. Difficulty: Medium. From 8 to 70 years old. It requires a good physical condition, for people without respiratory illnesses like asthma, heart problems, obesity or people who have undergone a surgical operation during the last six months. The maximum altitude is 2.500 meters above sea level. (8,200 feet) Altitude difference of 600 meters (1,960 feet). Previous experience is not required, comfortable clothes adapted for wind, snow, sun and good trekking shoes, are necessary. *Tour subject to change due to climatic conditions like rain or snow. Season: ALL YEAR. In Winter, if there is snow we will do the same trekking with snowshoes. Recommended EquipmentTrekking shoes Windbreaker Warm clothes Sun glasses Sun screen Long Pants Day pack Sun hat

$34.90 Day Trips & Excursions

Cajón del Maipo Full-Day Small-Group Guided Tour with Picnic

Upon pickup from your hotel or address in the districts of Providencia, Las Condes, Vitacura and Santiago Centro, or in a meeting point inside the same districts begin the trek to the south of the city. Cajon del Maipo is located next to the Andes mountains and it's the beginning of the road of "The volcano" the way to "El Yeso". On the volcano road see many little towns like Las Vertientes, El Canelo, El Manzano, San Jose de Maipo, El Melocoton, San Alfonso to name a few. In those little towns the people try to escape the busy streets and the constant noise of the city to live a country life near the mountains. Later pass next to Tinoco Tunnel that has a special history and is very interesting to learn about. After the last visit start the direct way to "Embalse del Yeso" on a dirt road. Spend about 40 minutes admiring the marvelous views of the Andes. Next stop at the reservoir to see the beautiful views around the place and begin preparing for a picnic that consists of a variety of products with many different flavors, plus a bottle of wine to share. Around 3pm start back to the city and returning back to your hotel or be dropped off in the central point in the city around 6pm.

$100 Day Trips & Excursions

Santiago to Embalse El Yeso Day Trip Including Lunch and Wine

We are going to a unique area close to the city of Santiago, named Cajon del Maipo. This is the place where you can do adventure tourism activities and enjoy nature and the majestic Andes Mountain range. We will leave Santiago towards San José de Maipo where if you want, you can have a delicious breakfast and drink a coffee in a traditional place for later, start again the trip. Here we can learn about the local history and culture. Later we are going to continue the trip on the side of the Maipo river up to the Mountains and we will have a stop at Tunnel Tinoco, which was declared National Historic Monument and nowadays is a point of interest due to local paranormal stories. Afterwards we will continue towards the embalse and make a stop at Cascaras refuge, old settlement of the ‘60, which was originally used like laagers for the workers who builded the Embalse. From this point we will have the possibility of sightseeing mountain peaks and one of the most emblematic glacier of the area. Finally, we are going to arrive at the Embalse del Yeso for enjoying the incredible landscape of the Andes mountain range and share a glass of chilean Wine (Cheese&Wine), a delicious sandwich and a moment of peace in nature. Discover the magic of the Andes mountain range! One of the best spots in this range is the Embalse el Yeso. Disconnect yourself from the city and refresh your vitality. Live a unique experience and an unforgettable day with our expert guides at Cajon de Maipo! Tour subject to changes due to climatic condition like rain or snow. Note: During the Winter season (from May to the end of October) the Tour, due to winter conditions and the presence of snow, it could present a walk of 20 to 25 minutes before arriving to the Embalse. Difficulty: Low. From 7 to 60 years old. Trip with a low altitude difference. It requires healthy condition compatibles with the activity. Previous experience is not required. The maximum altitude is 2.500 meters above the sea level. Season: ALL YEAR.Recommended EquipmentTrekking shoes Windbreaker Warm clothes Sun glasses Sun screen Long Pants Day pack Sun hat

$130 Day Trips & Excursions

Cajon Del Maipo Hiking Tour and Baños Colina from Santiago

We are going to a unique area close to the city of Santiago, named Cajon del Maipo. This is the place where you can do adventure tourism activities and enjoy the nature and the majestic Andes Mountain range. This unique place at the foot of San José Volcano leads us to the Andes mountain range and to a lookout situated at 2.500 meters above sea level. The walk of maximum 2 and a half to 3 hours will allow us to live the wonder of the mountains and learn more about the geography and the flora and fauna of the place, thanks to our professional guides. From the lookout we will have a breathtaking view of San Jose Volcano and from the closest mountains, the Volcano is considered active due to its last eruption in the 60’s. As soon as we arrive to the lookout we are going to share a delicious sandwich and snacks, while we have a moment for appreciating the Andes and to take some pictures, after that we will start our walk back. After finishing the walk, we are .going to have a little trip of 25/30 minutes in the van to the Baños of Colina, where we are going to find natural pools of thermal water of different temperatures, located like an open terrace thanks to lime deposits. We will enjoy a relaxing and therapeutic bath in this thermal water after an incredible hike of 4K at an altitude of 2.500 metres above sea level. As soon as we are ready to go, we will share some good chilean wine and appetizers. Difficulty: Medium. From 12 to 70 years old. It requires a good physical condition, for people without respiratory illnesses like asthma, heart problems, obesity or people who have undergone a surgical operation in the last 6 months. The maximum altitude is 2.500 meters above sea level. Difference in latitude of 600 meters. Previous experience is not required, comfortable clothes adapt for wind and sun plus good trekking shoes are necessary. Tour subject to changes due to climatic conditions like rain or snow. Season: Summer - From October to May. Recommended Equipment Trekking shoes Windbreaker Warm clothes Sun glasses Sun screen Long Pants Day pack Sun hat Sandals or Flipflops Bathing suit T owell

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