Chile
San Jose de Maipo

Here you’ll find travel reports about San Jose de Maipo. Discover travel destinations in Chile of travelers writing a travel blog on FindPenguins.

9 travelers at this place:

  • Day68

    Cajon Del Maipo

    January 2 in Chile ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    It was a very early start to make sure we could make the most of the day in a canyon just to the east of Santiago. Our day's activity was to hike to a glacier, which of course contained stunning views and Kat forced us into more photos than a person should have to partake.

    Kat also had a bit of an issue with barking dogs, which is a regular occurrence in south America. The place in San Martin was bad and our hostel's street here was also patrolled by a number of dogs. Matt's tactic of befriending the dogs wasn't particularly successful and I just had to cope with Kat hiding behind me whenever one came near.

    Once back, showered and changed, we set out about finding dinner. We weren't in the main town but it looked like there was plenty of restaurants along the road. Unfortunately they were all either only open at the weekend or had already shut. We had a particularly heart breaking moment, where we saw a place look open only to see the lights turn off as we walked up to it.

    It was now getting late and I was wary that I now had two hungry Stockdales with me. Luckily, as we were resigning ourselves to dinner being the chocolate Matt had brought us we saw a mini market selling empanadas. They even had outside ovens to heat them up and they went down a treat.

    The next morning was time to say goodbye to Matt, who was returning to England. Kat got a bit emotional as he was leaving, hopefully not at the thought of just being stuck with me!
    Read more

  • Day82

    Off from Santiago

    December 20, 2017 in Chile ⋅

    We woke up in the morning and had our breakfast at the hotel. Hristo and Maria went to pick up the car while we waited at the hotel. It took them about 1.5 hours to get the car. As soon as they came back we were out and loaded our bags in the car. Just in time as we were parked in a forbidden zone and we saw the parking check as soon as we started to drive. Maybe our luck was finally changing!!
    We drove to the police station and got my case number for the theft case. After that, we drove to the main police station to get a copy of my case file but unfortunately we were just a few minutes late. They were closed for the day. We then drove for a few kms outside of Santiago and stopped for lunch around 1:40 pm.
    The place Casa Bosque was amazing. Very beautifully carved from wood, each and every corner was tastefully decorated with an elf and troll theme.
    Read more

  • Day82

    Waterfall before Baño Morales

    December 20, 2017 in Chile ⋅

    Just a few kms before Baño Morales, we saw a waterfall on the right side of the road and decided to stop by and have a look. It was about 300 mts from the main road. The water dropped in 2 falls, a small higher up and a much bigger one below (about 35 mts high). We parked our car about 100 mts from the falls and walked over.Read more

  • Day83

    San Francisco glacier

    December 21, 2017 in Chile ⋅

    After trekking another 40 min, we reached the end of the trek beyond which it is not allowed to pass without a guide and proper equipment. The glacier has retreated quite a bit and whatever is left of it, had melted off. We didn't see any part of it from the end point of the trek. We stopped there for a while before starting our trek back at around 4 pm.Read more

  • Day83

    Reaching the Colinas hot springs

    December 21, 2017 in Chile ⋅

    After the food, we drove on deeper into the valley towards the Colinas hot springs. After driving for about 20 min, we reached the springs at about 8 pm. The entry fee was a hefty 8000 CLP per person. When we complained a bit, they charged us for 3 people instead. 😉😉

  • Day83

    Termas Valle de Colinas

    December 21, 2017 in Chile ⋅

    About a 2.5 hour drive from Santiago, at the foot of the San José volcano, at an elevation of about 8,000 feet are the eight different pale blue pools of the hotsprings, which have been channeled away from their source with different mixes of cool water, to make for comfortable soaking. The waters contain several types of minerals including magnesium and calcium that are said to have curative properties. The pools towards the top are warmer around 55C than the ones below with the last one of them around 28C.

    People believe in UFO activity here, but even if you’re a nonbeliever, the skies here are stunning both during the day, with sharp peaks against bright blue skies or at night, when on a clear night, with no light pollution, the stars shine bright.
    Read more

  • Day83

    The night at Termas Colinas

    December 21, 2017 in Chile ⋅

    We got into the pools at around 8:15 pm. It was late in the evening and the sun was setting behind the mountains. As the sun started going down, it started getting colder. We started moving towards the upper pools. The moon came out by around 9:30 pm it was quite dark. The stars were amazing. We could see billions of them in the clear and dark mountain air. There was a nip in the air but the warmth of the hot pools compensated it. It was absolutely magical. A must do for everyone at least once in your lifetime. Interesting, the moon set within 30-40 min of rising and it became even more darker.
    We left the place around 11 pm. It was pitch dark with no lights anywhere nearby. We started our drive back towards Santiago.
    Read more

You might also know this place by the following names:

San Jose de Maipo

Join us:

FindPenguins for iOS FindPenguins for Android

Sign up now