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Embalse El Yeso

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Embalse El Yeso

1,619 Reviews
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Join us in this unique beautiful 8hrs experience of Cajon del Maipo, a true nature spot located 50kms outside the city of Santiago. The breathtaking scenery of the Maipo Valley and the Andes mountain together in a tour that includes comfortable round transportation. We will visit the historical town of San Jose del Maipo and the very best attraction of the area: El Embalse del Yeso. In addition to all of the points of interest in the comuna del Maipo. Picnic with a panoramic view and bilingual guide are also included in the price.
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Ryan W wrote a review Feb 2020
Santiago, Chile291 contributions136 helpful votes
I had heard that you will need 4-wheel drive to get up the road to the Embalse, but that was not true. The roady is bumpy but serviceable. When I arrived there were a long line of cars parked along the road and it took quite a while just to walk to the entrance (which is free). Then there is another long walk alongside and above the hydro-electric project being built at the outlet of the Embalse. Although it is ugly, it is also rather interesting to inspect from an engineering standpoint. After perhaps 30 minutes one arrives at the actual Embalse, a beautiful turquoise reservoir amid stark tree-less mountains. When I was there in early November there was still quite a bit of snow on the peaks, which was beautiful. One can now walk along this reservoir and enjoy the views. The path is level and wide enough for a vehicle. Unfortunately, there were a few motor bikes zipping by. Another hour brings one basically to the end of the Embalse but the road continues until a deep value that branches northeast from Cajon del Maipo. I understand there is some good camping farther along but I didn't go there. All in all, I would recommend a visit. But it is far from remote, will have many visitors, the parking situation is not good, and one must be prepared to see a very substantial hydro-electric project. It is an interesting but perhaps over-rated visit.
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Date of experience: November 2019
Alvaro G wrote a review Feb 2020
Santiago, Chile19 contributions5 helpful votes
I visited on Feb 6 2019 with my own car and my kid. The place around the embalse El Yeso is not safe due to geological risks. I strongly not recommend under any circumstances to visit the place. Highly risk of a avalanche of stones in many places.
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Date of experience: February 2020
2 Helpful votes
Drilama wrote a review Dec 2019
Perth, Australia109 contributions26 helpful votes
Beautiful place located 2 hours from Santiago. I visit it twice last summer and didn't regret! Make sure you get there as early as possible to avoid the crowd. If you are going during winter make sure the roads are open. Good drivers required for this trip.
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Date of experience: January 2019
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Eri L wrote a review Sep 2019
Perth, Australia19 contributions6 helpful votes
Visited 17th Sept 2019 Rented a car from Santiago and drove here, the drive is quite challenging as the road close to the attraction is narrow and close to the edge of the cliff. We went on a sunny and clear day, and had to park the car and walk about 4km. Lovely view and was well worth the effort!
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Date of experience: September 2019
3 Helpful votes
HFLenz wrote a review Sep 2019
Blumenau, SC307 contributions121 helpful votes
It’s a large water reservoir, up the mountains, made of spring water. The trip from Santiago to it is not really pleasant, but it worth it. The place is calm and full of peace, the water body is gorgeous, surrounded by mountains. Great for walking around, photographing, and a picnic.
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Date of experience: April 2019