El Morado Trek
& Hot Springs

Andes Mountain
Trip Length: 1 Day
Group Size: 2-12
Difficulty
From: 101 USD
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Escape the rush of Santiago for a day of hiking in the heart of the mighty Andes, followed by a soak in natural hot springs!

Just outside the capital city of Santiago lies the outdoor adventure wonderland of Cajon de Maipo, a mountainous valley of rivers, forests, and snow-capped Andean peaks just waiting to be explored! With the aid of an expert local guide, this full day trip takes you to the impressive San Francisco glacier deep in the heart of the Andes, the prize after a 5 hour long, moderate hike along rocky trails with stunning views. Then, when the hike is over, rest your aching muscles at thermal hot springs located high up in the mountains.

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Highlights

Highlights

  • Admire breathtaking mountain scenery.
  • See the epic San Francisco Glacier and Lagoon.
  • Enjoy lunch against the backdrop of the Andean glacier.
  • Taste local wine.
  • Soak in the warm waters of the thermal hot springs.

Itinerary

El Morado and hot springs

Cajón del Maipo, Central Andes

We’ll depart from your hotel in Santiago, traveling in a comfortable, air-conditioned van to El Cajón del Maipo.We’ll follow a curvy mountain road with beautiful views of rushing rivers, verdant vineyards and rock formations. Our first stop is at San Jose de Maipo to appreciate the quaint architecture and purchase snacks for the hike.

We’ll then continue onwards, traveling further into the Andes. Soon we’ll arrive at El Morado National Monument where the hike will take place. We’ll start by following the guide through a diverse range of nature, encountering steep rocky inclines and lush meadows of blooming wildflowers. Be sure to look skyward at the jagged snow-capped spires of the Andes and keep your eyes peeled for graceful condors gliding up above.

Finally, after a 2.5-hour ascent, we will arrive at the foot of the glacier, where we can pause to eat a box lunch of sandwiches, snacks and fruits and enjoy the views of the San Francisco Glacier, the lagoon, and surrounding mountains. Then, we will return the way we came and head to the therapeutic healing waters of the Termas Valle de Colina, where we’ll relax in the steaming hot water to soothe our muscles after the long hike. After a relaxing break in the spring, we return to the vehicle and sink into the comfortable seats for the journey back to Santiago.

Included

Included

  • Small-group tour. (7 to 12 people)
  • Shared transportation with driver
  • Local bilingual guide. (Spanish and English)
  • Entrance fee.
  • Box Lunch.
  • Wine tasting or juice.
  • Cheese and snacks. (local products)

Excluded

  • Insurance.
  • Swimming suit.
  • Towel and sandals.
  • Voluntary tipping to guides and staff.
  • Personal items.

Facts

Departures

Regular departures are available every day on request.

*Note: This trip is not available during the winter months (July, August and September)

Starting / finishing point

We’ll start and end at your hotel in Santiago.

Physical demands

The tour consists of an easy to moderate 5-hour hike. This is the right trip for energetic people who like to be active and have a spirit of adventure.

Group size guiding staff

Guide to passenger ratio: 1:12. (max)

Transport

Shared transportation.

Weather

Central Chile is mild and temperate. The warmest months are November to February when temperatures reach 29ºC (84ºF).. Nevertheless, during this low mountain trek, the temperature might drop considerably if the day is cloudy and the wind blows strongly, reaching as low as15ºC (59ºF).

What you need to bring

  • Light clothing. (windbreaker, shirt, trekking trousers)
  • Spare clothing.
  • Trekking or good sport shoes.
  • Camera.
  • Swimming suit, towel and sandals.
  • Water bottle, sunscreen, sunglasses and hat.
  • Comfortable backpack.

Itinerary modifications

We reserve the right to change the order of the itinerary at the sole discretion of the trip guide and based on operational considerations. The trip guide can modify, change or eliminate part of the itinerary based on safety/weather considerations.

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We are a Chilean owned adventure tour operator, based in Santiago de Chile, operating adventure tours in Chile, Argentina and Bolivia. Our base prices are in Chilean Pesos (CLP), but we charge prices in USD based on the exchange rate valid on the day of payment.

Destinations | Chile

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