This lagoon is not actually a natural lagoon, but anyway, it's quite beautiful. There are 2 other lagoons nearby, which are natural, but they're impossible to reach. Even more in winter. Anyhow, this lagoon is remarkable. Next to the imponent white mountains, the pictures seem to be perfect. At least that's my opinion...more
On the way to the lagoon, on km. 2, is the natural mineral spring of Aguas Panimavidas, a refreshing spot where one can have lunch or drink some of the water, of a particular mineral –but harmless-, almost fizzy flavour. Do not disturb the bottom of the source, as the sediments are bitter at taste. The water itself comes out chilled and crystal...more
Camino Al Volcan 27.724, Santiago, Chile
Good for: Families
There are no restaurants in the canyon u high. In fact, there are no bathrooms either. So if you want to eat something, your last stop will be right before the road ends and the dust begins. There are 2 little kiosks where you can find empanadas, biscuits, sodas and some other stuff. So if you're hungry, eat something before going up. Don't do it...more
After a whole day (or a weekend, or a week, or a month...) of climbing peaks and braving the ice in the many peaks of inner Cajon del Maipo, it's customary to stop for a couple of Chilean empanadas for lunch/afternoon tea at some of the roadside places where they are brought hot from the earth ovens where they are cooked. This is great for the...more
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a cab is the best option! they pick people up along the way which makes the fare cheaper. are you going alone? i shared it with a friend and we found it to be fast and reasonable. we went from santiago to san jose de maipo. i don't remember where we caught it, but do negotiate the price before you get in. it's about 1.5 hrs. are you going to...more
In high season (mid December till Holy Week) there are daily buses departing from San Borja bus terminal (on the western side of Estación Central; go across the shopping mall till the end of it and ask for ‘buses al Cajon del Maipo’) to the tiny mountain village of Baños Morales.They cost CH$ 2000 (US$ 3) one-way per person and take some 3 hours to...more
Out of season, daytime temperatures are VERY low (-15ºC or less), and even lower by night, so excellent camping and mountaineering gear is essential to survive there. Also, trying to climb the glacier without proper equipment (crampons, ice axe, helmet) and training in any season is dangerous: ice is slippery when the mountain’ shadow reaches it, and massive boulders fall continuously from dejection cones at the moraine. Never camp at the glacier’s base if there are rocks falling, and be careful if set camp next to the river, on the eastern side of the canyon.
If you are a mountaineer, remember that cracks in the glacier are very dangerous: a solo US climber was reported missing in 2000 after attempting the glacier in July (his tent and gear was found at the base, but his body is still not found). In late December 2002, a solo German climber was reported missing in nearby Tupungato volcano; his body was found in mid-January at 6200 metres. He died from exposure and hypothermia, after falling in an ice crack.
Take a good, comfortable backpack, and avoid any 'hanging' item (bags, bottles, etc), in order to keep your hands free. Trekking boots, sandals, windbreak jacket, Polartec jacket, short pants, hat. In winter, add to the list: helmet, Polartec pants and balaclava, plastic mountaineering boots, rackets, randonee skis (optional). Band aids,...more
The most appealing feature of El Morado is its glacier, San Francisco, whose lower moraine are just 1000 metres north of the lagoon. From there, an easy northward climb with crampons can be done up to the base of the ice, at 3000 metres.(S 33º45’35,6” / W 70º04’47,3”).Up from there, any climb requires technical gear and expertise. Watch for falling...more
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Although it can get very cold during the winter, biking in such an incredible place can be amazing. Bring up lots of water and good lungs, since you'll be biking at an altitude of 3000 metres. But the scenery is worthwhile.
Equipment: Warm clothes and a good bike.
After spending the afternoon at the glacier, we began the descent to our campsite; despite the chilly temperatures in the shaded areas, in the sunlit places it was still quite warm, and the sight of the lagoon, half a kilometre below us, was glorious. We had crampons on, and started a swift but relaxed walk down to the lower lands with the Morado...more
There are no restaurants nor lodging in the monument itself, which is inside a CONAF-managed area, but in Baños Morales –the town at which buses and vans arrive, 300 metres from ranger’s office- several guesthouses and rustic restaurants can be found, and at quite reasonable prices.CONAF entrance fees are $ 1500 (US$ 2) per person, valid for a...more