As you travel along Route G-25, you will become hypnotized by views of the Andes. The mountains begin to surround you just 15 km southeast of Santiago, past the municipality of La Florida, on a road that winds and ascends alongside the Maipo River.
The Cajón de Maipo has become an oasis for capital dwellers seeking fresh air and a respite from the bustle of the city. As if by magic, small mountain communities begin to appear just a few kilometers from Santiago, offering peace, a chance to connect with nature, traditional Chilean fare, and, if you enjoy outdoor activities, opportunities to practice adventure sports.
As you travel from west to east, you'll come across small country towns like Las Vertientes (home to a number of inns with swimming pools), El Manzano (offering terrific picnic areas), and San José de Maipo (the main town in the Cajón, filled with adobe houses and located not far from the Lagunillas Ski Center). Father along, in San Alfonso, you'll find top-shelf adventure tourism operators who organize Level 3 and 4 rafting trips down the Maipo River.
Towards the end of the line, you'll encounter Lo Valdés (km 70), which is right near Termas Valle de Colina and its natural 70ºC hot springs, and the El Morado, a natural monument that offers 3,000 hectares of trekking as well as climbing excursions on the area's main peaks (El Morado and San Francisco).
|Cajón del Maipo||Pirque|
|World Heritage - Sewell
||San Francisco de los Andes