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The best part of the tour was not getting to Cajon del Maipo itself, but getting to meet our guide, Francisco. His love for Chile, adventure, and travel is palpable right from the beginning. Right when you get into his van in Santiago, he tells you interesting stories and facts about the city. He seems to know absolutely everything about Santiago and the Andes. He is excited when he tells you his stories and is just happy you're there to listen. You feel safe in his van, even though the rocky mountain roads and takes you farther than into the mountains than any other tour group. We went on a day with beautiful weather to Cajon Del Maipo where the sun shone brightly, the winds were calm, and there was not a hint of cloudy skies. The lake was turquoise green and quite the sight to see. I recommend climbing a big rock along the shore away from the crowds and simply enjoy the scenery and the blessing it is to be in a place so beautiful. After an hour or so of self-exploring, Francisco prepared a beautiful picnic for us with red wine, cheese, and snacks. I realized that even though Cajon del Maipo is a sight to behold, the true gift is getting to know the soul of Chile. Francisco embodies that. There is so much excitement and love in this human being that it's contagious. By the end of the trip, you'll also be in love with Chile and Santiago and wish you could stay forever.
Hector and Francisco narrated and navigated some very tough stretches of road with ease. The entire day was breathtaking from start to finish and Francisco's charming personality managed to keep the entire day lull-free!
This was a great excursion. The lake and surrounding area is gorgeous! After a short walk and it is a walk not a hike once we reached the lake we can back to find a beautiful picnic set up which included local wine and some amazing snacks. I was with friends for a milestone birthday and they gave us a bottle of wine to take back.
I give this tour a 5 star rating without actually taking this specific tour. We originally were supposed to take this tour, but we were contacted by the tour company owner, Gabriel, the day prior to let us know the bad weather had closed the road to Cajon del Maipo. Gabriel offered to switch us to a tour that went up into the Andes mountains and visited ski resorts and would add the picnic to the other tour to keep the experience comparable. Since we are easy going individuals, this sounded great. I'm glad we stuck with it. Gabriel picked us up promptly from our hotel and our tour consisted of a family of three from Uruguay and ourselves. It was phenomenal. Gabriel gave excellent commentary on the drive in both English and Spanish for both parties, pulled over for spectacular views, provided clear direction on how to get where we were going and times to return to the van, and provided a KILLER picnic spread. The trip was more than worth the cost and Gabriel was a sensational host/guide. Highly recommend any tour with his company in the future.
We had a great day out to Cajon Del Maipo. Our guide Francisco was excellent. He was very informative and friendly throughout the trip. The only advice I have is to wrap up warm as the walk up to the reservoir is a bit chilly in the morning but so worth it for the amazing view once you are up there. We stopped on the way at the ‘last house in Chile’ to sample some great empanadas!
I used to think these reviews were done by friends or people that were paid, but they are not!! If I could give more stars for this tour I would! Gabriel, I cant thank you enough, after your crazy but safe driving out of the city to your fun, knowledgeable personality and not to mention the incredible picnic you whipped up...what a day, it was jaw dropping scenery around every corner that took our breath away. We traveled all over South America and this day still stands out in my memory as one of the best. Highly recommended
Gabriel was phenomenal and the tour shows you a different side to Chile. I highly recommend this tour. The thought and details that go into each stop were amazing.
Fantastic day out. Picked up from our hotel in Santiago then driven up the mountain to a beautiful lake. Absolutely stunning. Had a pleasant lunch. Great value and highly recommend
Lovely trip, well worth it. Gabriel was an excellent host and guide and made it really worth our while. I would strongly recommend this trip.
The fact that we left early ensured that we avoided the midday crowds and we experienced the magical colours in the water which disappear as the wind picks up speed. A very important consideration.
Francisco was the BEST guide! Very informative and fun. Beautiful scenery and he was great at pointing out good photo opportunities!. One of the best parts was when he pulled out the picnic table and we had wine and snacks while looking at beautiful scenery!
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