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GLACIERS AND HOT SPRINGS

US$ 160 / 1 day

Summary

  • Day trip to El Morado Natural Monument with Baños Colinas a rustic hot springs at Cajón de Maipo region.
  • Take a 5-hour (round-trip) guided hike in the Andes mountains.
  • Enjoy a Box Lunch with stunning views of the San Francisco glacier, snow-capped summit, and lagoon (El Morado Monument) or similar.
  • Taste a local wine and soak in the cliffside thermal pools of Baños Colinas.
  • Capture stunning panoramas of El Cajón de Maipo, jagged peaks and valleys.

Overview

Plunge into steaming thermal springs and admire spectacular views of snow-capped Andean peaks on a full-day small-group tour to El Cajon de Maipo from Santiago. Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, explore the breathtaking beauty of the Andes mountains on a moderate 5-hour hike; marvel at the jagged spires of the glacier San Francisco, and soothe aching muscles in the wonderfully warm waters of a thermal spring. Convenient round-trip transportation is included from Santiago.


Itinerary Details

FULL DAY:
SANTIAGO - CAJON DEL MAIPO / GLACIERS & HOT SPRINGS

Depart from your Hotel in Santiago in a comfortable, air-conditioned van to begin the journey into the splendid natural scenery of El Cajon de Maipo. Follow a curvaceous road chiseled into the mountain range, admiring rushing rivers, verdant vineyards, and beautifully sculpted rock formations as you travel. Stop at San Jose de Maipo, a traditional town declared the regional capital, to appreciate the quaint architecture and purchase snacks for the energetic hike.

Climb back aboard the vehicle and continue to El Morado Natural Monument or an announced alternative route if weather conditions are not favorable,  to begin your exhilarating 5-hour hike. Follow your guide through a diverse spectrum of natural tableaus, encountering steep rocky inclines and lush meadows of blooming wildflowers as you walk; gaze at the jagged snow-capped spires of the Andes as you keep your eyes peeled for graceful condors gliding up above. Enjoy a well-deserved rest with the majestic view of the Andes after a 2.5-hour ascent; admire the frozen witchery of the feature while eating a fulfilling box lunch consisting of a fresh sandwich, fruits, and snacks for your hike. Marvel at the enchanting vision of El Morado’s Park as you absorb the tranquility of the enclave.

Next, return to the vehicle and indulge your aching muscles in the therapeutic waters of the Baños Colinas a “Rustic Hot Springs” in the middle of the mountain. After a relaxing respite in the springs, you will enjoy a picnic with a local product with some wine to finish the perfect day! Then you will return to your vehicle and sink into the comfortable seats for the journey back to Santiago.

Itinerary:

  • Hotel Pick up from Santiago (between 7 – 8 am).
  • Stop at Cajon del Maipo local Market.
  • Trekking at Natural El Morado Park or Sand Valley.
  • Box Lunch at the Glacier area or Morales lagoon nearby.
  • Colina Rustic Hot Springs.
  • Picnic with local product.
  • Hotel Drop-off (8 – 9 pm approx).


2020 – 2021  SEASON RATES

REGULAR TOUR:

  • RATE PER PERSON – From USD$ 160.

PRIVATE TOUR:

  • 1 PASSENGERS – From USD$ 490 (Per person).
  • 2 PASSENGERS – From USD$ 285 (Per person).
  • 3 PASSENGERS – From USD$ 220 (Per person).
  • 4 PASSENGERS – From USD$ 205 (Per person).
  • 5 PASSENGERS – From USD$ 185 (Per person).
  • 6 PASSENGERS – From USD$ 180 (Per person).
  • 7 PASSENGERS – From USD$ 180 (Per person).

Price Includes

  • Small-group tours (maximum of 7 or 12 people).
  • Transportation (Hotel pick-up and drop-off).
  • Driver (Professional License).
  • Tour Guide (Spanish – English).
  • Boxed lunch (Please advise if any restrictions).
  • Entrance (Morado Monument and Colina Rustic Hot Springs).
  • Wine and juice.
  • Cheese and snacks (Local Products).

Important:

  • Subject to favorable weather conditions. If it rains or snows, you will take an alternative route that will be announced. Snow not guaranteed in summer and autumn season.

Availability: October to June.

Important: 

  • Confirmation will be received at the time of booking.
  • Pick up only in a few areas from Santiago. (Check pickup-zone details).
  • Minimum age to participate is 13 years.
  • Minimum drinking age is 18 years.
  • Not recommended for pregnant women, people with heart troubles or other serious medical conditions.
  • Not recommended for participants with back problems or other injuries.
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at the time of booking.
  • Our tour guide contacts all the participants the day before the tour with the necessary additional information about the weather and picks up details.

Booking details:

  • Pricing Type: Per person.
  • Maximum travelers: 7 or 12 (According to the Transportation).
  • Minimum travelers: Solo travelers can book the tour, but it can be confirmed only with a minimum of 2 participants on a regular tour.
  • Operates: Daily, subject to availability.
  • Languages offered on activity/tour: Spanish / English.
  • Cut-off Time: 24 hours.
  • Duration: 1 day.

Why is this trip sustainable?
  • The food provided is locally prepared with regional products. 
  • You will travel plastic-free throughout your trip! We use reusable or glass bottles, as well as recyclable containers.
  • Our top recommended hotels include sustainability policies as part of their mission and operations.
  • We work in collaboration with local suppliers and communities in each location.
  • We keep our tour groups small, both to improve the experience for you and to reduce the impact on the places we visit.
  • We respect and value the lifestyles, beliefs, and traditions of the local communities we visit.

Our Health and Safety Promise

As the world continues to adapt to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we understand that travelers, while eager to once again get out and explore the world, also want to be careful and only travel where and when it’s safe to do so. Just as you take your health and safety seriously, as well as the health and safety of the destinations and communities we visit, so do we. That’s why, in compliance with national and international health and safety regulations and recommendations, we’ve optimized our operations and tour itineraries to provide you with the safest itinerary possible.

This tour was specifically designed with social distancing in mind, avoiding overly crowded places without sacrificing the experience of discovering the destination. We only partner with hotels and tour operators that are similarly committed to putting their clients’ health first, frequently using cleaning and sanitizing services, and only offering tours and excursions when it’s fully safe to do so. All this and more are just some of the ways we’re innovating travel itineraries for a healthier, safer future. 

If you have any questions, concerns, or requests regarding the health and safety procedures of this and other EcoChile tours, please let us know so we can answer your question or accommodate your request. Your safety is our top priority.

 

GLACIERS AND HOT SPRINGS

Duration: 1 day

Price: US$ 160 / person

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