This was a fantastic small group tour for my wife and I. The trip was well organized with punctual pick-up of all passengers at our hotels and expert accounts of many beautiful sights and scenes along the way. Driver (Patricio) and Guide (Hector) were superb - friendly, out-going, and professional. Most notably, Hector's running dialogue explaining sights and orienting us on local lore (in excellent English) the entire route up to the reservoir and Patricio's expert negotiation of narrow roadways, kept us involved and relaxed the entire day. The lunch they prepared for us at 2,500 meters was also superb. Thanks to this team for a great day. MD
O lugar é maravilhoso, com uma paisagem de "tirar o fôlego" ! O guia Francisco foi super atencioso e dedicado; preocupa-se com cada detalhe, a fim de tornar o passeio inesquecível. O motorista Patrício também foi muito dedicado e competente. E para completar o passeio, um delicioso picnic. Não poderia ser melhor!
The BEST tour during our vacation in Santiago de Chile! Hector our tour guide and Gabriel our driver were EXCELLENT! They had the inside track on all the places to go and what time to arrive to avoid the crowds and make it a unique experience. We arrived at the base of the Andes mountains to see the mirror image of the Andes reflected on the water truly a magical experience. Nature as it's BEST. It was a beautiful day the sky was the most beautiful shade of blue with fluffy white clouds against the Andes mountains backdrop breathtaking. While we were taking selfies and 1,000 pictures Hector and Gabriel set up a table for the picnic which included wine! We then travel to see a waterfall and raging river followed by a pit stop to have cheese empanadas with a view of the Andes. Highly recommend this day trip if you are going to Chile!
Our guide, Hector, and our driver, Rodrigo, were fabulous guys to spend the day with. This is a long drive out of the City through small Chilean towns to the beautiful reservoir that supplies the water to Santiago. The location is stunning, set at the base of the Andes mountains. Hector shared very interesting historic and current information. We stopped at a classic Chilean farm for empanadas on the drive home. The other fabulous guests along with Hector and Rodrigo made it a perfect day.
This was a fantastic tour experience of a must-see landmark in Chile. Our tour guides, Gabriel and Hector, delivered a high quality experience that was educational, convenient and fun! Based on our observations in the area, this tour seems like the best bang for your buck, between direct drop-off at the sites (no walking required) and a delicious spread of cheeses, wine and savory snacks once in the valley. Overall would highly recommend this tour!
Our guide, Francisco took my daughter, my grandson, and me along with two others on a one-day trip on September 30, 2018 into the Andes from Santiago, Chile. Francisco was excellent in every way: giving us information along the way as well as being an excellent driver on roads and in weather (it snowed) that was challenging. We made several stops at high altitudes that were interesting and provided astonishing views. On the way we stopped to rent heavy clothing, and the price was reasonable. More importantly, the extra clothing (especially the boots) were really necessary to get around once we passed the snow line. This was an excellent trip.
The best part of the tour was not getting to Cajon del Maipo itself, but getting to meet our guide, Francisco. His love for Chile, adventure, and travel is palpable right from the beginning. Right when you get into his van in Santiago, he tells you interesting stories and facts about the city. He seems to know absolutely everything about Santiago and the Andes. He is excited when he tells you his stories and is just happy you're there to listen. You feel safe in his van, even though the rocky mountain roads and takes you farther than into the mountains than any other tour group. We went on a day with beautiful weather to Cajon Del Maipo where the sun shone brightly, the winds were calm, and there was not a hint of cloudy skies. The lake was turquoise green and quite the sight to see. I recommend climbing a big rock along the shore away from the crowds and simply enjoy the scenery and the blessing it is to be in a place so beautiful. After an hour or so of self-exploring, Francisco prepared a beautiful picnic for us with red wine, cheese, and snacks. I realized that even though Cajon del Maipo is a sight to behold, the true gift is getting to know the soul of Chile. Francisco embodies that. There is so much excitement and love in this human being that it's contagious. By the end of the trip, you'll also be in love with Chile and Santiago and wish you could stay forever.