During the summer, Cajón del Maipo and its natural wonders offer experiences ranging from adventure to relaxation.

Tourism enthusiasts in Chile proudly wave a giant flag proclaiming it as a country that has it all, from the Northern desert to the Southern Patagonia. One of the most acclaimed destinations by travelers in this South American nation is an Andean valley, nestled between hills, cliffs, and massifs. Surely, the word 'nestled' answered your question: we're talking about the majestic Cajón del Maipo.

Located just a few kilometers southeast of Santiago, Cajón del Maipo is a natural gem nestled amidst mountains and valleys. Its proximity to the capital makes it an ideal retreat for those seeking to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and immerse themselves in nature.

This Andean canyon boasts an impressive variety of tourist attractions that cater to all tastes. From majestic peaks to rushing rivers, every corner of this destination has something unique to offer. Additionally, the diversity of activities available in Cajón del Maipo is another reason to explore its surroundings, including trekking, kayaking, a day of picnicking, among others.

On the culinary front, the Cajón del Maipo experience would not be complete without indulging in delicious local cuisine. Restaurants and food stalls along the Cajón offer traditional Chilean dishes, with highlights such as grilled meats, empanadas, and the must-try corn pie. After dining, stroll through craft markets, where you'll find unique souvenirs to take home.

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The 4 best places in Cajón del Maipo during summer

By these November dates, the heat is already starting in the Metropolitan Region, but officially, summer begins in Chile on December 22, just before Christmas Eve, extending until March 20. If you're already thinking about what to do for the first quarter of 2024, Cajón del Maipo could be an excellent choice.

Here are the 4 best places in Cajón del Maipo to visit during the summer.

  • El Morado National Monument: This iconic natural monument offers a trekking experience that takes you through the Andes mountain range. The breathtaking panoramic views from this magnificent place will leave you speechless. This 12-hour tour allows you to explore San José de Maipo, Baños Morales, Panimávida Springs, and the El Morado and San Francisco hills.

  • San José Volcano: For adventure enthusiasts, this active volcano offers the opportunity to conquer its heights and enjoy the thrill of being on top of the world at 5,856 meters above sea level. A challenge rewarded with stunning views, witnessed on this day tour with a beautiful waterfall and La Engorda Valley as protagonists.

  • El Yeso Reservoir: El Yeso Reservoir is synonymous with crystal-clear waters surrounded by majestic mountains. Whether on a peaceful boat ride or enjoying a relaxing picnic by the reservoir, this destination is perfect for those seeking a more tranquil experience.

  • Valle de Colina Hot Springs: Relax in the natural hot springs of this hidden paradise. Surrounded by the natural beauty of Cajón del Maipo, this destination is the icing on the cake for a summer getaway. This tour also includes trekking to San José Volcano for a more complete experience.

If you wish to book any of these tours, you can make reservations through each of the links about the destinations or contact czuniga@gochile.cl. Come and discover Cajón del Maipo and all its natural treasures!

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