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Cajón del Maipo

Cajón del Maipo

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701 Reviews
Detras de la Municipalidad, Chile

The Basics

Hiking, rafting, horseback riding, climbing, cycling, and skiing all rank among Cajón del Maipo’s offerings for outdoor adventure. Most guided tours will include two or three activities, so shop around for which options appeal to you the most. Look for tours that include hiking the rim around the Embalse el Yeso Reservoir, rafting down the Maipo River, taking in views from the San Jose Volcano, or soaking in the Baños Colina hot springs. For a look at local history, visit San José de Maipo, located at the heart of Cajón and the biggest city in the canyon. The colonial town still retains many of its original adobe structures as well as an 18th-century church in the town center’s Plaza de Armas.

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Day Trip to Cajon Del Maipo from Santiago
Day Trip to Cajon Del Maipo from Santiago
$109.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Splendid day in the mountains
One of the best day trips that we have been on. Wonderful scenery absolutely clean air. Alexandro was a very attentive and informative guide and our driver Jeorge was also helpful and considerate. My wife and I both felt that it was thoroughly enjoyable and good value.
John, Mar 2020

Recent reviews from experiences in Santiago

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Purity and Perfection
Andrea_T, Mar 2020
Day Trip to Cajon Del Maipo from Santiago
Fantastic day with amazing views and the most beautiful turquoise water in the lake. Great company and our guide Alexandrous was a real gem. He was so knowledgeable and an excellent host. Our driver too took part in the day and fed and watered us at lunchtime.
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Would definitely do again
Harry_B, Mar 2020
Andes Day Volcano 8K - Cajón del Maipo
This was a great trip - spectacular scenery, good food, and the right sized group. The guides were outstanding; they really take care of you, and inject some humor as well as local color.
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Trip to the Andes
Jeff, Mar 2020
Day Trip to Cajon Del Maipo from Santiago
A great trip into the Andes with a good and humorous driver and guide. We enjoyed it very much. A picnic up in the Andes is something to remember.
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Great trip
Stephen_W, Mar 2020
Andes Day Volcano 8K - Cajón del Maipo
Great trip. Bilingual guides were all outstanding. They were able to adjust on the spot when part of the hike proved too challenging, and gave us a great experience. Views were outstanding. An experience we'll never forget
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Excellent tour
Stephen_S, Mar 2020
Day Trip to Cajon Del Maipo from Santiago
Excellent tour with driver gorge and guide Manuel..very informative and scenic..they really went all out for us to enjoy and be informed..
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Great tour into the Andes
Joyce_D, Feb 2020
Day Trip to Cajon Del Maipo from Santiago
Manuel (Manny) and driver Jorge made the tour special. A great way to get a closer view of the Andes and learn about the area. A small group tour - the group was great and we enjoyed a picnic lunch overlooking the beautiful turquoise reservoir. Stopped for great cheese empanadas. Jorge is an amazing driver and inspired confidence on tricky roads with big drop-offs and no guard rails. A wonderful way to spend the day and see more of the countryside especially with limited time.
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Exercise
adamkzyskowski, Feb 2020
Andes Day Volcano 8K - Cajón del Maipo
Wow wow, just what I wanted. A great hike not for everyone. You should have a certain level of fitness. Wonderful sites, fun excesice, lots of informative talk. Also above the tree line, cool landscape, definitely not lush.. Anything but!
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Gorgeous Day!
Resort278338, Nov 2019
Hiking & Hot Springs / Private excursion to Cajón del Maipo
Felipe was fun to be with. He picked us up on time with his brand new truck. This gave me peace of mind knowing we will have no issues with transport. The hike was easy to medium level but, Felipe made it even more easy with his knowledge about the fauna, flora and the mountain. He was very attentive with us, he was making sure we are confortable and safe the whole time. He provided us with an excellent lunch in the middle of the nature and after 2 hours spent in the hot springs. The bottle of wine he provided was the cherry 🍒 on top of the cake making us feeling very relaxed and stress free. Thank you Felipe for a wonderful day and I cannot thank you enough for the experience ( I think u know “EXACTAMENTE” what I mean)
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Scenery
DN3662, Feb 2020
Day Trip to Cajon Del Maipo from Santiago
Danielle was a great guide...lovely lunch. Pick up time was delayed 2 Hours but we weren’t notified till after we went to bed via email. Skipped the winery tour but wine at lunch made up for it.
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Highly recommended!
andrasholczer, Feb 2020
Andes Day Volcano 8K - Cajón del Maipo
We had two very nice and knowledgeable guides (Emanuel and Francisco), who made sure that we have an adventurous but safe trip. We were provided interesting information in our time in the bus, then enough water and snacks for the trip. Highly recommended!
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Andes up close
mcgregorm, Feb 2020
Day Trip to Cajon Del Maipo from Santiago
Manny was well informed about the area we were travelling to and passed the information on in an easy to listen to way. The snack was outstanding in a beautiful spot. The driver gave me great confidence on tricky roads.
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Wonderful trip
derek, Feb 2020
Day Trip to Cajon Del Maipo from Santiago
This was a great trip. Our guide, Manny, and our driver, George, were both excellent and gave us a full commentary throughout. The route to Cajon Del Maipo was over some rough roads with amazing views, and the skill of the driver was very apparent. Overall, this was an excellent choice of a trip. with a great picnic 9,000 ft up in the Andes

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Most Cajón del Maipo tours include round-trip transportation from Santiago.

  • Weather changes quickly in the Andes Mountains; be sure to wear comfortable layers and check the forecast before your trip.

  • Roadside stalls sell fresh-baked bread, empanadas, and other food items to stave off hunger pangs during a day of exploration.

  • Due to the canyon’s popularity, a small-group tour or private tour will help you stand apart from the crowds.

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How to Get There

The easiest way to reach Cajón del Maipo is on a day tour that includes round-trip transportation from Santiago, which allows you to get there hassle-free. Otherwise, catch one of the frequent buses to San José de Maipo from Santiago’s Plaza de Puente Alto metro station, or between Bellavista de La Florida station and Baños Morales on the weekends (or every day during the summer). You can also get a taxi for a higher price.

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When to Get There

Santiago residents often escape to Cajón del Maipo on the weekends, so try to plan your trip for a weekday to avoid the city crowds. Rafting season lasts from November through March, while winter sports take over from June to September.

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Wine and Sunshine

In addition to its status as a perfect weekend getaway, Cajón del Maipo is also known for its Chilean wines. Look for tours that include stops at wineries or other chances to sample the region’s signature varietals.

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