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clock-o12 hours (Approx.)
TransportHotel pickup offered
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commentOffered in: English and 1 more

Overview

Embark on a thrilling 9-mile guided hike through Chile's spectacular El Morado Natural Monument National Park. Departing from Santiago, your adventure begins in the village of Baños Morales with a steep trek that flattens out as you go. Enjoy stunning natural scenery while making your way toward popular San Francisco Glacier and Morales Glacier pond. Savor a boxed lunch in the mountains, then set back out on your return trek. At the end of your day trip a vehicle will be waiting to whisk you back to your hotel.

  • Hike El Morado Natural Monument to San Francisco Glacier
  • Embark on a thrilling adventure ideal for fit, active hikers
  • Enjoy spectacular Andean scenery while trekking among the great outdoors
  • Includes a boxed lunch and convenient round-trip hotel transport
  • The small-group size provides individual attention

Reviews

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J
, Apr 2018

This trip was absolutely amazing! I had a hard time with this hike because the ascent is very steep, but our guide, Gonzalo, kept me motivated. He stopped to inform us of all the flora and fauna around and got excited when he spotted some hard to find birds. He was well prepared to answer all of our questions. The views are hard to describe, they are some of the most beautiful views we have seen. At the end of our hike we had a lovely surprise planned for us at the end. If you are planning on doing this hike, definitely remember sunscreen, sunglasses, good hiking boots, and I highly recommend trekking poles. If you have the chance, definitely take this trip. Gonzalo is a treat to hike with!

G
, Mar 2018

Absolutely wonderful hike! Guides were friendly and knowledgeable and made sure everyone got to hike at a comfortable pace.

A
, Mar 2018

The tour guide is very knowledgeable and he make sure that everyone is safe during and after the hiking.

s
, Mar 2018

Excellent 16km hike with Fransico, Javier and Philippe! I would highly recommend this full day hike and the views were breathtaking.

M
, Mar 2018

This was a great adventure. I recommend it to anyone with the requisite hiking miles under their belt. There were only four of us all together and we kept a pretty good pace. At 67, I a reasonably fit retired American spending the New England winter months in South America was the old guy in the group. The other two were BA flight crew on a 2-day layover, one of whom was an Ironman veteran and had hiked Kilimanjaro. Nevertheless it was a fun, comfortable hike through amazing terrain to a magical destination. I had never actually seen a glacier before.
Our guide and driver for the day was Joaquin Cordua....if you have a choice, get him. A native Chilean Spanish speaker, he has very good English. It may not seem important, but this is Chile so I would like to note that he was a very good and safe driver. A fair portion of the day is spent getting to and from the hike venue.
Joaquin is knowledgeable about the area, the geology, and the cultural history, and as a good communicator he kept us informed and entertained.
It was a pleasure for me to spend an exhilarating day with my Brit hiking companions and our excellent guide.

D
, May 2017

It was a lot of fun. The only thing we did not like was that the first part of the hike was close to a mining operation and you could hear the machinery in the distance. That kind of spoiled the first part of the hike

H
, Jan 2017

Amazing tour! This was my second time joining a tour with AndoAndeslocal tour company and everything was perfectly arranged. Our guide Gonzalo was professional! I was picked up on time, received brief information about the tour and started hiking! I have to say, it is definitely not an easy hike, so be prepared! The view was magnificent all the way up to the glacier lookout, and you get to enjoy a box lunch at the lagoon : If you are in Santiago, do not miss this tour!

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, Dec 2016

What a great hike! Definitely one of the highlights of our trip. The hike is about 9 miles round trip, the first mile is somewhat of a steep hike, but then it levels out for awhile, and gets a little steep again for the last half mile or so up to the viewing point for the glacier. Our group was relatively fit, so we finished in 4 1/2 hours I think - I could see this being a difficult hike for those that aren't very active.
Our driver and guide, Gonzalo, was fantastic - very knowledgeable about pretty much everything we asked him, and had great advice about future trips we might take to Chile. He has a real passion for nature, so the trip was also a fun learning experience.
We had a beautiful and warm day, but I could see if clouds rolled in, that this would be a chilly hike - we came prepared for anything. I'd recommend bringing a backpack, jacket, hiking sticks if you have them, and wear sturdy shoes as the trail is good, but has lots of loose rocks/gravel and some shallow water crossings. Also, don't forget your sunscreen on this one as there is no shade.
Provided on the hike was water, lunch sandwich, snacks, and a juice box, and then a snack and celebratory glass of wine at the end.
The drive to and from the hike is approx 1.5-2 hrs each way, so it was especially nice to be able to relax on the way home and not have to worry about navigating Santiago's crazy traffic.

J
, Oct 2016

I did the El Morado Hike Day tour as a solo traveller and really enjoyed it. The scenery for the walk is very beautiful, and the guides are entertaining and well informed.

The sandwich in the boxed lunch was very good, better than expected for something to eat out on a trail.

The tour starts at an elevation of 1,850m, and then climbs 400-600m. For most people, this height should not be a problem. at the area closest to the glacier, you walk through a bit of snow, so shoes that keep your feet dry and warm are handy.

One bit of advice, take gloves and a beanie. It can get a bit cold and windy on some parts of the trip, and my one regret was not having this in my day bag.

K
, Mar 2016

This is a wonderful hike- not ridiculously difficult but not a walk in the park either- a few hills and steep bits to keep it interesting. The guide was excellent- bursting with knowledge about the history of Santiago, its peoples and also well grounded in natural science- geology, plant and animal knowledge- the works. He was also flexible to the needs of the group- when an older gentleman confessed to not wanting to go any further we went on ahead while a few others rested. In terms of scenery there was a variety of bird life, horses and picturesque valleys, lakes and mountains. The glacier itself is a great landmark to make it to but for me I snapped photos of the valley along the way. It was one of those hikes where I rarely put my camera down. The hike altogether took us about 5 hours, none of it rushed. I highly recommend this tour. I've been living in Chile for one and a half years now and it's the best one we've done yet in terms of guide knowledge, suitably challenging and well organised.


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