Santiago: Cajon del Maipo Hot Springs & Barbecue Experience
- Pickup available
- Duration: 10 hours
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After spending 4 days in Santiago on business, I was excited to get out of the city and into the mountains, breath the fresh air and appreciate the landscape of this beautiful country, before the long flight home. I spent some time choosing which day tour to do and this appealed to me because it seemed to be the most active out of all of the tours in offer. I was delighted with my choice. We trekked for 12km through the most magnificent Valle de la Engorda, surrounded my snow covered mountains, a volcano, glaciers and rivers. At one point we saw a farmer on horse back, herding his goats with his very friendly sheepdogs, which added to the whole Andes experience. Our guides Gonzalo and Tommy are very lovely and always happy to take the best photos for you. Gonzalo is an extremely knowledgable guide, sharing tonnes of interesting information and stories on the native wildlife, geology and history of the area. We saw several Condors, but luckily no Puma’s. Highly recommend
A great tour of the Andes! The tour, ANDES DAY VOLCANO 8K - Cajón del Maipo, was excellent and we were able to view a water fall, glaciers, mountains and amazing scenery. The company and tour guides were excellent (Gonzolo was from the area and had a wealth of information). We stopped for lunch in front of a river and the lunch was good (a sandwich but tasty). The service was exceptional and they were very concerned with our safety and comfort (for example, they offered us hats which helped immensely given the sun). Our trip was on Dec. 29th so the area was warm although you should wear long pants. This tour is not difficult in terms of effort but you should be in decent shape to do it. Thank you Gonzolo for an excellent tour!
Our guide Michelle and driver Jimmy were really great! Michelle is from the US so she speaks perfect English. Wear hiking boots!!! I had no idea there was a short uphill hike at the winery and did not wear proper footwear. The tour itinerary should be completely reversed. The mountain stop should be first, followed by the wine visit. 2 reasons: the road leading up the mountain is extremely curvy, I did not feel well after drinking wine. The second is that there is no bathroom stop for 2.5 hours from the mountain to the city, me and another traveler felt like our bladders were going to burst!
This was a fantastic day! Great fun. The two guides, Frendanda and Patricio were great. I was nervous about coming during the protests, but have had no issues. In fact, I’ve felt very safe and well looked after in Santiago in ways I haven’t felt elsewhere. I’m glad I came and didn’t cancel. It has been wonderful to see the Andes and we got to see a condor. The food and wine was relish too and we loved the places they took us to.
The day tour was a good experience. The stops along the way to the hike helped us understand the history of the area. It was a fun hike if healthy but a bit difficult if have back, knee or other issues (as one person in our group of 6 did - but he did complete the whole hike).