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  • Santiago: Laguna del Inca and Portillo Small Group Tour

    1. 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 ...

    It started off with a hump. The guide came an hour earlier in the morning because the lack of communication between him, the admin services and me. It happened to me in Bueno Aires as well. I twice got the email for pick up time later than the guide suppose to pick up. Apart from that this trip is thoroughly recommended. The guide is extremely knowledgable and professional. We have seen the most beautiful part of Andes. The lunch was expensive and not very nice.

  • From Santiago: Maipo Canyon Volcano and Hot Spring Tour

    2. From Santiago: Maipo Canyon Volcano and Hot Spring Tour

    Depart Santiago and journey to the foothills of the Andes Mountains, where you will find the remote and peaceful Baños Colina. Depart at 07:00 for an estimated arrival time at San José de Maipo at 09:00. Admire the stunning beauty of the Maipo Canyon (Cajón del Maipo) along the way. Upon arrival at the volcano of San José de Maipo, take a 2-hour, 4-kilometer round-trip hike to a glorious viewpoint. Get breathtaking views of one of the most active volcanoes in the metropolitan region, and learn why the area is one of the world's most lively, geologically speaking. Stop for lunch and a glass of wine at 12:30 PM, and then continue to the hot springs of Baños Colina, located about 100 kilometers from Santiago at an altitude of 2,500 meters above sea level. Enjoy panoramic views of the Andes Mountains while sitting in a natural pool that can reach temperatures of 50°C. Return to Santiago a...

    This was an amazing tour, the guides were really helpful. just be careful some of thr springs are very hot

  • Santiago: Cajon del Maipo Small-Group Tour

    3. Santiago: Cajon del Maipo Small-Group Tour

    Escape the hustle and bustle of Santiago city, and enjoy a day to remember as you embrace the magic of the Andes Mountains on a small-group tour for no more than 16 people. Be picked up at your accommodation and travel in a comfortable, air-conditioned minivan on a scenic drive to Cajon del Maipo. Once there, connect with nature in a peaceful environment of fresh, clear mountain air. Visit the enchanting village of San José del Maipo to admire the colonial-style architecture, and see the church and main Plaza de Armas, where fans of adventure travel often gather. From there, continue the drive following the Maipo river.  Make your way to discover the amazing lagoon at Embalse El Yeso Dam. Take amazing pictures and a relaxing walk, and savor a delicious glass of wine or juice. Head back toward Santiago at around 3 PM and get dropped off at your hotel or in the city center at approximate...

    Excellent experience! Gorgeous scenery on a gorgeous day! Alejandro (and Francisco behind the wheel) were great — very knowledgeable and personable!

  • Santiago: Private Cajon del Maipo with El Yeso Dam & Picnic

    4. Santiago: Private Cajon del Maipo with El Yeso Dam & Picnic

    Escape the hustle of Santiago city, and enjoy a day to remember as you embrace the magic of the Andes Mountains on a private tour.  Enjoy a pickup at your accommodation and travel in a comfortable, air-conditioned car on a scenic drive to Cajon del Maipo. Once there, connect with nature in a peaceful environment of fresh and clean mountain air. Visit the enchanting village of San José del Maipo to admire the colonial-style architecture, and see the church and the main Plaza de Armas. From there, continue the drive following the Maipo river until reaching the Tinoco Tunnel to hear all its stories.  Make your way to discover the amazing reservoir at the El Yeso Dam. Take beautiful pictures and a relaxed walk to the El Salto Waterfall before savoring a delicious picnic-style snack with crackers and cheese, olives, salami, juice, wine, and more.  Head back toward Santiago and make a quic...

  • From Santiago: Cajón del Maipo and Volcán San José Hike 8K

    5. From Santiago: Cajón del Maipo and Volcán San José Hike 8K

    Get back to nature and go for a hike in the Andes mountains. Learn why the region is one of the most active in the world for volcanoes and get up close to one just 100 kilometers from Santiago. Travel to the town of San Jose de Maipo and marvel at the beautiful waterfalls. Head to the refuge of El Cabrerio for the start of your hike in the Engorda Valley and get stunning views of the gorge of Cajón del Maipo and its rock formations. Encounter a breathtaking view of the Volcán San José on the Chile-Argentina border.                                                                                             

    Cajon del Maipo is a great hike with beautiful scenery. Our guide, May, was informative and caring. We really enjoyed our day. The only small negative was, that at 12.5 hours, rather than the advertised 10 hours, it was a bit long.

  • Cajon del Maipo Full-Day Small Group Tour with Picnic

    6. Cajon del Maipo Full-Day Small Group Tour with Picnic

    Admire the stunning massifs, estuaries and rivers of the Andes Mountains on a full-day tour of the Cajon del Maipo. Depart Santiago and journey to San Jose de Maipo as you hear the folklore of the area from your English-speaking guide. Head towards the volcano and see small towns such as Las Vertientes, El Canelo, El Manzano, El Melocoton and San Alfonso. Learn the history of the Tinoco Tunnel as you make your way along a dirt road to the large lake of Embalse del Yeso. Stop at the reservoir to enjoy a picnic style snack with cheese, olives, salami, juice, wine and more.  Start back towards Santiago at around 3:00 PM and get dropped off at your hotel or in the city center at approximately 6:00 PM.

    The tour guide was very engaging and funny, and the driver was careful and courteous—we didn’t feel the ride and had a great time. We were two adult sisters traveling with their dad. Try to do this tour if you are visiting Chile, you won’t regret it.

  • San Francisco Glacier & El Morado Natural Monument

    7. San Francisco Glacier & El Morado Natural Monument

    This tour is recommended for adventurous people! A spectacular trip to "El Morado" Natural Monument National Park, located at 93 km from Santiago. The starting point of the trek is in Baños Morales, a mountain village at 1,900 meters of altitude. The trail leads to the beautiful San Francisco Glacier (2,500 meters) and Morales Glacier Pond. During the hike you will have a refreshing stop at "Aguas de Panimávida", iron-rich carbonated water that springs out from  the earth.                                                             The tour is recommended for people in good physical shape. Not recommended for asthmatics, cardiopathies, overweight people or people with recent surgeries. The first hour of the hike is steep and then it becomes flat. Altitude increase of 600 meters. Tour subject to change due to weather conditions (rain or snow).   The tour will be open all...

    We had a very nice day. Our two guides were very nice and we got a lot of information regarding the area / Chile in general. We received the exact pick-up time on the evening bevore via whats-app, and were picked up exactly at the mentioned time the following day. We headed out of Santiago and stopped for breakfast on our way to the hike (about 20 min break). Then we headed up the mountains and stated the walk at approximately 2.500 meters hight. The walk was about 5 km long and 600m elevation gain. On our way back we stopped again at the same restaurant for food - which was included, as well as a sandwich and bananas for lunch. It was a great experience, even tough we did another hike than we booked.

  • Santiago: Maipo Canyon Zip-Lining and Canopy with Winery

    8. Santiago: Maipo Canyon Zip-Lining and Canopy with Winery

    After a two-hour drive from Santiago, arrive at Cascada de Las Animas in the small town of San Alfonso on the banks of the Maipo River. Once there, start the adventure with a canopy tour. Soar from treetop to treetop, while being securely buckled to a steel cable. Enjoy the spectacular forest views while your safety guide prepares you for your next flight. The zip-line is a 558-foot cable crossing the Maipo River, one of the longest in Chile. Enjoy this exciting experience where vertigo and adrenaline are combined. After zip-lining and canopy, have some free time for lunch at a quaint countryside restaurant. At the end of the day, visit the internationally-renowned Concha y Toro Wine Vineyard in the picturesque town of Pirque. Walk around the gardens of the residence, discover the variety garden, visit their cellars, and taste a selection of three of their fine wines.

  • Chilean Treasures: Penguins and Alpacas Private Tour

    9. Chilean Treasures: Penguins and Alpacas Private Tour

    After your hotel pick up, venture towards the Pacific Coast. You will visit the largest privately-owned alpaca farm in the world where you can interact with these beautiful animals up close. See the entire alpaca wool production process and enjoy a broad selection of exclusive creations and handmade art crafts. Afterwards, you will continue up the coastline on the Ruta del Pacifico to the town of Cachagua, a stone's throw from Penguin Island. Try to catch a glimpse of penguins by the naked eye or using binoculars. Walk along a beautifully carved pathway to a small cove with gorgeous views of the ocean. Afterward, stop for lunch in the quiet seaside resort town of Zapallar. Penguin sightings from the shore are most common during the summer months of November to March. During these months there are several hundred penguins on the island. Between April and October, the penguin population ...

    Super relaxing trip. Agency provides professional services, guides are knowledgable. Definitely recommend the rent the boat and go close to the penguin island.

  • Santiago: Andes Horseback Ride with Wine Tour and Tasting

    10. Santiago: Andes Horseback Ride with Wine Tour and Tasting

    After a two-hour drive from Chile’s capital, arrive at a ranch in a small town on the banks of the Maipo River. Once there, get ready for a spectacular horseback riding adventure guided by “arrieros” (local cowboys). Enjoy the stunning views and admire the abundant flora and fauna from horseback. Scale narrow mountain trails and have a short break on a plateau while enjoying the gorgeous surroundings. Try to spot Chilean condors flying high in the sky. After horseback riding, have some free time for lunch. Then, visit internationally-renowned Concha y Toro Wine Vineyard in the picturesque town of Pirque. Walk around the gardens of the residence, discover the variety garden, visit their cellars, and taste a selection of three of their fine wines.

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What people are saying about Santiago

Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 9 reviews

The experience at Cajón del Maipo y Embalse el Yeso was spectacular. The whole tour was carried out in an unguarded and responsible way and the guides gave a history and geology lesson. These guides were the differential of the tour, first, for the safety that the driver Leo took us to the places, and second for all the promptness, friendliness and didactics of the guide Yuri when passing his knowledge. I recommend!!!! Having no doubt that it is the best agency.

Excellent experience! Gorgeous scenery on a gorgeous day! Alejandro (and Francisco behind the wheel) were great — very knowledgeable and personable!

Very nice trip with Yuri ! He explained us a lot about the area, the Andes range and Cajon del Maipo. Very interesting, I highly recommend it !

We had a lot of fun with the guys from Andoandes - really funny and passionate nature lovers!

Our guide Yuri was fantastic! He knows everything about Andes and Canyon. Highly recommended.