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Your trip begins with convenient hotel pick-up in Santiago, then you’ll relax and take in the view as your van winds its way up into the scenic Andes toward the Cajón del Maipo canyon. The first stop is mountain town San José de Maipo, a welcoming spot for a traditional breakfast and coffee. You’ll learn about the town’s rich history and culture before continuing your trip. The next stop is the Túnel del Tinoco, an abandoned train tunnel thought by some to be a site for paranormal activity.

Once you arrive at the striking turquoise waters of the Embalse el Yeso, enjoy your lunch with a glass of Chilean wine as you admire the incredible views. When your tour is over, you’ll be taken back to your hotel in Santiago.

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Cajon del Maipo
Embalse el Yeso
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Escape the hustle and bustle of Santiago with a visit to the Embalse el Yeso. This mountain reservoir, known for its distinctive turquoise hue, seems to exist a world apart from Chile’s capital city. Luckily, its distance makes for an easy day trip. Experience the raw natural beauty of this Andean oasis with the comfort of a guided tour.
  • Day trip to Embalse el Yeso, a reservoir tucked into the scenic Andes
  • Visit includes stop in quaint mountain town San José de Maipo
  • Picnic with Chilean wine and incredible views of lagoons and glaciers
  • Easy, comfortable transport to and from Santiago
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Reviewed 1 week ago
Highlight of my South America trip

I highly recommend AndoAndes. They were able to accommodate our last minute booking with no problem. Sebastian our guide was a great person to spend a day with, was super knowledgeable about the area and was able to take us places beyond where most of...More

Thank Matthew L
AndoAndesExcursions, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at AndoAndes - Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Hello Matthew, Thanks for taking the time to give us your feedback, we really appreciate it. We are glad you had a pleasant experience with us and hope to see you soon ! Kind regards, Carol Salinas

Reviewed 25 June 2018
Way overpriced. Cancel ahead if weather looks bad.

went on June 24th 2018 I realize when booking an excursion you have to keep in mind the weather, which is where we took a risk! We saw rain in the forecast and kept our reservation anyway. Our trip started very early at 630AM pickup....More

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AndoAndesExcursions, Gérant at AndoAndes - Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 29 June 2018

Hello Emily , We thank you for your feedback and expressing your concerns about the tour. First, we would like to assure you that we keep track of the weather using at least five different sources, none of which alarmed us. However, the climate sometimes brutally...More

Reviewed 15 June 2018 via mobile
Amazing scenery and excellent guide!

The scenery was amazing - fresh snow on a warm sunny cloudless day! We had so much fun playing with the snow, and taking lotsa of awesome photos! Coti, our guide, was really friendly and sincere, and we highly recommend going with AndosAndes for the...More

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AndoAndesExcursions, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at AndoAndes - Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 18 June 2018

Hi WeeKee ! We thank you for taking the time to give us your feedback :) We are very glad you enjoyed the tour and hope to see you soon again ! Kindest regards,

Reviewed 10 May 2018 via mobile
Santiago's hidden treasures

This was a fantastic day trip. There were just three of us on the tour (excluding our excellent guide Constanza and convivial driver Manuel) so it was nice and personal, and the guides easily adapted to our personalities, preferences and style. My goal had been...More

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AndoAndesExcursions, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at AndoAndes - Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 10 May 2018

Hi Lachlan ! Thank you for giving us your feedback and for choosing Andoandes. We're sorry we had to reschedule your tour but we're glad you enjoyed it anyway ! We rarely have to reschedule tours but sometimes we can't operate otherwise. We also usually...More

Reviewed 3 May 2018
Great day-trip experience

Went on a last minute day trip to Embalse El Yeso. I was looking all over for a tour that would fit my schedule before I had to catch a flight out that evening from SCL. All other companies seem to run a 9am -...More

Thank chengbo
AndoAndesExcursions, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at AndoAndes - Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 4 May 2018

Hello ! Thank you for your feedback, we are glad you enjoyed your trip ! We try to make reservations as simple as possible so the travellers don't have to be bothered with a complicated process. We also value efficiency and try to make the...More

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