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Cajon del Maipo Day Trip from Santiago – Small Group Tour

See some of the best destinations in Cajon del Maipo, including Embalse el Yeso and San Jose de Maipo, and enjoy a day trip from Santiago in the spectacular Andes mountains and surrounding valleys!

USD $97.00USD $430.00

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Cajon del Maipo Day Trip from Santiago – Small Group Tour


  • Day trip from Santiago to Cajón del Maipo
  • Trace the course of the Maipo River and take in impressive panoramas of Maipo Canyon
  • Visit Embalse el Yeso, a massive reservoir surrounded by the Andes
  • Stop at San José del Maipo and learn about its history and architecture from a knowledgable guide
  • Have a picnic with local wine at the base of the reservoir
  • Personalized tour of eight or twelve passengers
  • Taste traditional Chilean empanadas


Take in the natural beauty and amazing scenery of Cajon del Maipo on our full-day tour from Santiago. The fragrant mountain air will awaken your senses, and you will gain insight into the local flora and fauna with an expert guide, who will lead you throughout the breathtaking landscape of the mountainous region. You will visit the traditional town of San Jose de Maipo and learn about the cultural practices of the region. This small group tour guarantees personalized attention from your guide, as numbers are limited to eight or twelve.

Description of the Cajon del Maipo Day Trip

You tour guide will pick you up from your Santiago hotel in a comfortable, air-conditioned van, where you can relax and take in the scenic southeastern drive to the center of the Andean mountain range. When you arrive at the valley of Cajon del Maipo, you can scan the natural landscape for rough snow-capped peaks, lush vineyards and flourishing orchards. The group will disembark at 9,843 feet (3,000 meters) above sea level at Embalse del Yeso. Walk around the glistening turquoise waters of the reservoir and capture amazing photographs as you navigate around rugged canyons. Your guide will provide information about the geology and ecology of the region. Then return to the van and enjoy a wholesome picnic with a selection of Chilean wine. After lunch, your guide will take you along a rural road to San Jose de Maipo, a quaint town surrounded by the Andean mountains. It has been the capital of the region since 1792, and it harbors artisan shops and a lively central plaza. You will have time to explore its streets and learn about local folklore, as well as enjoy a traditional empanada at a local shop.
Take some time to stroll the serene streets, learning about local folklore as you absorb beautiful views of the surrounding mountains and try a traditional “empanada” at a local empanada shop. Then you can take in the nearby landscapes as the van takes you back to your Santiago hotel.


  • Hotel pick-up from Santiago (between 7:30 and 8 a.m.)
  • Stop at Cajon del Maipo local market
  • Visit to the majestic Yeso reservoir
  • Road trip through the Maipo canyon and river
  • Hotel drop-off (approximately 18:00 hours)

What’s Included in the Cajon del Maipo Day Trip

  • Small group tour (maximum of 8 or 12 people)
  • Transportation (hotel pick-up and drop-off)
  • Driver (professional license)
  • Tour Guide (Spanish – English)
  • Entrance fees (as detailed in the itinerary)
  • Picnic in the Andes (dried fruits, fruits, cheese, local products, etc.)
  • Local wine
  • Empanadas
  • Craft beer or juice sample

What’s Not Included

  • Any item not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Gratuities (optional)

Note that if you’re interested in other day trip options from Santiago, we have lots of other options here!


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Cajon del Maipo -33.640570, -70.352391
Kyle Wiggins

Benjamin Bertie Trotter

Born in Santiago, I’ve been a tour guide since 2010, specializing in tours in the Andes, as well as tours in the Central Valley, the coast, and the city itself. I also have a lot of experience doing private tours, custom itineraries, and leading sporting trips in archery, snowboarding, scuba diving, trekking, and rock climbing!

-Mountain rescue, with WFR Ecomed certification
-Martial arts instructor

*Please note that this tour may be guided by another local guide, always providing a genuine approach to the local culture.

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