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Cajón del Maipo Tours

Cajón del Maipo, a narrow canyon where the Maipo River flows, begins just 16 miles (25 kilometers) southwest of Santiago, but its picturesque scenery, fresh air, and charming mountain towns feel worlds away from Chile’s capital city. Thanks to its close proximity to Santiago, though, Cajón del Maipo is one of the more popular day trip destinations for an easy escape to Chile’s famed wilderness.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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Cajon del Maipo and El Yeso Dam from Santiago, Santiago, null
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Cajon del Maipo and El Yeso Dam from Santiago

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Join your guide on this 9 hour day tour to San Jose de Maipo and Cajon del Maipo. Discover the beauty of the Andes mountains while visiting  Cajon del Maipo, ...  Read more

Location: San José de Maipo, Chile
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $82.00
Embalse El Yeso Day Trip from Santiago, Santiago, Day Trips
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Embalse El Yeso Day Trip from Santiago

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Discover the magic of the Andes during your visit to Santiago! The Embalse is one of the best spots of the mountain range. Disconnect yourself from chaos of ...  Read more

Location: Santiago, Chile
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $100.00
Small-Group El Morado Trek and Hot Springs Day Trip from Santiago, Santiago, Day Trips
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Small-Group El Morado Trek and Hot Springs Day Trip from Santiago

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A hike with views of snow-drizzled peaks, followed by soaks in thermal pools — can you picture a more perfect day? On this small-group tour led by an expert ...  Read more

Location: Santiago, Chile
Duration: 14 hours (approx.)

From USD $160.00
Private Andes Day Excursion to Maipo Valley and El Yeso Reservoir, Santiago, Day Trips
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Private Andes Day Excursion to Maipo Valley and El Yeso Reservoir

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Swap city skyscrapers for a scenic countryside on this day retreat to the Andes foothills from Santiago. Journey through the dramatic landscapes of the Maipo ...  Read more

Location: Santiago, Chile
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $180.00
Day Trip to Cajon Del Maipo from Santiago, Santiago, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Day Trip to Cajon Del Maipo from Santiago

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This 9-hour tour takes you into Cajón Del Maipo;the perfect place to escape from the city and be in the middle of the Andes mountains. In a small group of ...  Read more

Location: Santiago, Chile
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $109.00
Day Trip to Cajon del Maipo Embalse El Yeso, Santiago, Day Trips
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Day Trip to Cajon del Maipo Embalse El Yeso

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Connect with nature in an environment of peace and fresh mountain air with the best views of the Andes. Discover the Embalse El Yeso and let yourself be ...  Read more

Location: Santiago, Chile
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $109.00
Cajon del Maipo Day Trip from Santiago, Santiago, Day Trips
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Cajon del Maipo Day Trip from Santiago

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Discover Cajón del Maipo — an oasis just outside of Santiago — and connect with nature, a sense of tranquility and fresh mountain air. On this day trip ...  Read more

Location: Santiago, Chile
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $109.99
Cajon del Maipo 8km Hiking Day Tour in the Andes from Santiago, Santiago, Day Trips
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Cajon del Maipo 8km Hiking Day Tour in the Andes from Santiago

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Explore the heart of the Andes and discover, with a 8 kms hike, a volcano of 5,800 meters of altitude, just a 100 kms away from Santiago. A trip to the past, ...  Read more

Location: Santiago, Chile
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $110.00
Snowshoeing Hiking Adventure in Cajon del Maipo from Santiago, Santiago, Day Trips
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Snowshoeing Hiking Adventure in Cajon del Maipo from Santiago

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Enjoy a winter adventure as you go on a snowshoeing hike at Cajon de Maipo on a full-day tour. This is the perfect option for all those adventurous travelers ...  Read more

Location: Santiago, Chile
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $110.00
Cajon Del Maipo Trekking Tour with Baños Colina Hot Springs from Santiago, Santiago, Ski & Snow
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Cajon Del Maipo Trekking Tour with Baños Colina Hot Springs from Santiago

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A remote, majestic and quiet place at the foot of the Andes Mountains. Baños Colina is located about 100 kms away from Santiago and at an altitude of ...  Read more

Location: Santiago, Chile
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $130.00

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