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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 guide, drive through the breathtaking canyon of Cajón de Maipo at the Andes mountains. Then undertake a 5-hour medium-level hike through El Morado Natural Monument to enjoy a glacier-side lunch, or trek through a similar valley in the Andes and gaze in awe near the massive Andean summits and lagoon while you eat. Unwind at the hot springs of Baños Colinas. Round-trip hotel transport from Santiago is included.
Cajon del Maipo tour from Santiago: El Morado Glacier and Banos Colina
A multi-hour trek gets you off the beaten tourist track
Guides carry water, snacks, and lunch—leaving you free to walk with ease
Trip to natural thermal springs relaxes you after the hike
Fun and engaging way to learn about Cajon del Maipo
Ideal Santiago day trip for active travelers
Hotel pickup and drop-off included for easy transport
What to Expect
This Cajon del Maipo tour from Santiago begins with hotel pickup. Your driver expertly handles the curving road up through the mountains while you admire the passing scenery.
After a pitstop in the town of San Jose de Maipo to stretch your legs and optionally buy snacks, finish up the drive to El Morado Natural Monument of Valle de las Arenas (weather dependent). Upon arrival, follow your guide up the rocky slopes of the Andes Mountains en route to the El Morado Glacier. Your ascent is rewarded with a stunning landscape and picnic lunch.
Return to the car and head to the Banos Colinas for a relaxing soak in the natural thermal pools before returning to Santiago.
Traveler pickup is offered We pick up from most hotels in the central neighbourhoods in Santiago. (Vitacura, Las Condes, Providencia, Santiago Centro, Ñuñoa). Exact pick-up time is confirmed the day before with an email sent by your guide between 6 pm and 8 pm. Pick-up is between 7 AM and 8 AM
Hotel pickup and drop-off (guaranteed only within the pickup range in Santiago)
Separate professional driver ensures a safest experience
Entrance fee to the hot springs
Entry/Admission - Monumento Natural El Morado
Entry/Admission - Termas de Banos Colina
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Minimum age is 13 years
Our guide contacts all the participants the day before the tour with any necessary additional information about the weather and pickup details
A minimum of 2 participants is required for a departure
It is recommended that you wear comfortable clothes and hiking shoes, and bring sunglasses, sunscreen and a camera.
Please bring a swimming suit and a towel
Seasonal product operating October to May
Passport name, number, expiry and country is required at time of booking for ALL participants
Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative date or full refund
Not wheelchair accessible
Not recommended for travelers with back problems
Not recommended for pregnant travelers
No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
Intermediate Hike: Good fitness required
Please let us know of any dietary requirements. Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
Good fitness level is required
Let us know of any important medical information
Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
This tour/activity will have a maximum of 7 travelers
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
This was the best tour I have ever taken. I wish I could give them more than 5 stars out of 5, because they deserve it. The tour guide and the driver, both of whom happened to be named Felipe, gave 110% effort the entire...More
Paulo and Tomas gave us an amazing experience! They picked us up directly from our Airbnb at 730AM. Paulo spoke excellent English and immediately started chatting us up and making us feel welcome. We drove up to the cute little village of San Jose de...More
My husband and I had a tour with Martin and we saw some of the most beautiful scenery we’ve seen while traveling. Martin was very accommodating and devoted to making us have as an enjoyable experience as possible! It’s expensive but worth it.
Our small group tour to El Morado and Hot Springs was a highlight of our visit to Santiago. Our tour guide, Tomas, was very organized and attentive. The hike offers stunning views of the mountains and glaciers. The visit to the hot springs afterward is...More