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Itinerary
Get ready for your tour to Cajon del Maipo from Santiago by wearing comfortable layers and good hiking shoes; be ready for morning hotel pickup.

After driving to a trailhead, follow your guide on a 3.5-mile (6 kilometer) hike through the Andes to a lookout point 8,200 feet (2,500 meters) above sea level.

Though the trek is challenging, your guides never rush you and keep you entertained with information about the ecosystem as you hike. Your guides also carry backpacks with snacks and water so you don’t have to, and they make you a picnic lunch to eat while you admire views from the summit.

After descending, drive to the thermal water pools at Banos Colina. Natural pools feel luxurious after a challenging hike (and when enjoyed with an included glass of Chilean wine and tapas).

Get dropped off at your Santiago hotel at the end of the tour.

Please note: This tour is of medium difficulty and intended for people in good physical condition between 12 and 70 years old. Those with asthma, heart problems, obesity, or a surgical operation in the past six months should not attempt the trek. Tour may change due to weather conditions and is only available from October to May.
Locations visited
Cajon del Maipo
Termas de Banos Colina
AndoAndes - Day Tours
Overview
A guided tour to Cajon del Maipo takes the guesswork out of deciding where to visit in this top Santiago day trip destination. Your guides carry food and water during a challenging hike through the Andes to a scenic vista point and then drive you to natural thermal pools, where they break out a bottle of Chilean wine and tapas. This small-group tour is limited to 12 people or fewer so your guides can give you the personal attention and detailed information large tours are likely to miss.
Highlights
  • Cajon del Maipo tour from Santiago: San Jose Volcano and Banos de Colina
  • 3-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
  • Small-group tour means you’re not just another tourist
  • Fun and engaging way to learn about Cajon del Maipo 
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off included for easy transport
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Cajon Del Maipo hike and Banos hot springs

We had a fantastic day yesterday with the very knowledgeable Francisco as our guide. He obviously loves Chilean flora, fauna and history very much as he shared so much of this with us during the drive and hike. For anyone wanting a true Andes experience...More

Thank philipbrucec
AndoAndesExcursions, Director de Relaciones Públicas at AndoAndes - Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear Friends!! Thanks a lot for your review. OH yeah! Francisco is a CHile Lover and he is happy to share his valuable experience with all of our visitors! Best Regards Coti

Reviewed 14 March 2018 via mobile
What a great day!

We had an absolutely fantastic day yesterday! From the chaps leading, to the trek and hot springs - well we just loved it. Read some negative comments about the facilities around the hot springs but really if you want Disney then go to Florida! It...More

1  Thank robertbhare
AndoAndesExcursions, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at AndoAndes - Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 15 March 2018

Hello Robert ! Firstly we want to grateful the time to write us, for all the staff to AndoAndes is very important. It´s true, we try to leave the places we visit better than when we arrived but hots springs are in the middle of...More

Reviewed 8 February 2018
A Tough Day

This was a difficult hike for our group of 3 women in our mid-60s. Two of us had to turn back before getting to the top. That means going back down alone. Also, we found it difficult to climb in and out of the hot...More

Thank Marty W
AndoAndesExcursions, Director de Relaciones Públicas at AndoAndes - Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 19 February 2018

Dear friends, thanks for your review! We have to say that on our website and at the description of our tours you can check the difficulty of each one of our experiences. This tour is a medium difficulty tour described as it follows: "Difficulty: Medium....More

Reviewed 30 December 2017
Expensive: do not pay what you can get for half

This is an extremely expensive tour. You can arrange it by yourself and rent a car to go there. Do not pay more than in a European city. These prices are super inflated and Chilean people do not benefit from it.More

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AndoAndesExcursions, Director de Relaciones Públicas at AndoAndes - Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 January 2018

Dear Friend! We apologize if you were not satisfied with our experience, but i will explain you how do we work, so you can get an idea of what we do. AndoAndes is a local tour operator from Cajon del Maipo and Santiago sourroundings, and...More

Reviewed 22 December 2017
You will like this tour-

We took this late Nov 2017 and had a great time. Would recommend this trip. About the hike-- not a difficult hike however the terrain is the biggest obstacle- lots of broken rock- not a smooth trail. The distance and rise in elevation should be...More

Thank mwdto
AndoAndesExcursions, Director de Relaciones Públicas at AndoAndes - Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 January 2018

Dear Friend! First of all, thanks a lot for your detailed review. We know how important is for a tourist to read a real opinion as decision making criteria. i want to explain that we update our prices when the dollar has a considerable variation....More

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