Enveloped by the Andes, San Jose de Maipo is an adventure playground for outdoor enthusiasts seeking hiking, climbing or skiing. Verdant valleys reveal the soaring rocky walls of Rio Maipo Gorge, while microbreweries and vineyards surround this charming town.
Things to do in San José de Maipo
Immerse yourself in the natural splendour of Cajon del Maipo with an eight-kilometre trek through the jagged snow-capped mountains of El Morado Natural Monument. Marvel at the glistening El Morado and San Francisco glaciers, spot condors nesting high in the Andean peaks and see rusty red Panimavida waters flowing from volcanic springs.
Don’t leave San Jose de Maipo without witnessing the breathtaking scenery of Embalse El Yeso. Set against the backdrop of the snow-capped Andes, this reservoir holds boasts alluring turquoise water. For a thrilling experience, raft down the nearby rapids of El Maipo River.
After a day of skiing the pristine slopes at Lagunillas Ski Resort, relax in the sizzling water of Banos Colina Hot Springs. The natural pools cling to the face of San Jose Volcano like terraced balconies and contain therapeutic water that reaches 50 degrees Celsius.
Hanging out for some Chilean wine? Discover the viticulture of Maipo Valley with a tour and tastings at Concha y Toro winery, founded in 1883. Stroll through the verdant vineyards, descend into the 100-year-old underground cellars and taste their internationally-renowned Cabernet.
Getting around San José de Maipo
San Jose de Maipo is a 45-minute drive or two-hour bus ride from the centre of Santiago. Organised tours operate throughout San Jose de Maipo or you can rent a car. The town is easily explored on foot or by catching buses.