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A 5-hour hike to the San Francisco glacier, where you will enjoy beautiful landscapes, river springs, endemic flora and fauna and the El Morado lagoon. This beautiful circuit takes place in the El Morado Natural Monument, an area protected by the National Forestry Corporation.
One of the most characteristic mountain areas of the Cajón del Maipo and of great tourist interest for its rich natural architecture, its diverse flora and fauna and the interesting activities that can be developed here. This protected area, administered by CONAF (National Forestry Corporation), is located 93 km from Santiago in the town of Baños Morales and has an area of 3,009 hectares, in which its Andean flora consists of at least 300 native and exotic specieswhere the olivillo de la cordillera or franjelspecies in danger of extinction, that inhabits the Andean sclerophyllous scrublands. Other common species are white grass, cloth grass, seven shirts, chili pepper and foxtail.
The Park also has a rich wildlife with mammals such as the cururo and Noah’s silky mouse, and birds such as the yal, the cometocino, the golden chirihue, the black goldfinch, the cordilleran goldfinch, the tench, the thrush, the chilean swallow, the friar sleeper, the giant hummingbird, the cordilleran hummingbird, the cordilleran picaflor, the cordilleran turtledoves, the partridge and the cushion partridge.
In aquatic environments, the piuquén or guayata and the juarjual duck are found. It is recommended to visit this extraordinary place between the months of October and March, since due to its unfavorable weather conditions (temperatures below zero and snow up to 2.8 meters high) the park is closed the rest of the year.
After crossing the bridge over the Morales River, arriving at Baños Morales, you will find the CONAF nursery. The first section of the hike reaches the Aguas Panimávidas sector (2.8 km), lasts approximately 1 hour and is uphill but quite pleasant. At this stop you will be able to observe the permanent mineral springs. Continuing the hike and after traveling 5 km (2 hours approx.) you will find El Morado Lagoon, located at 2,400 meters above sea level. From here you can see Cerro Morado to the north and to the northwest Cerro San Francisco and its glacier (also called San Francisco Glacier).
If you are not tired yet, you can continue walking 1 Km. along a path of wild flowers, ice in midsummer, stones and rocks until you reach the foot of the San Francisco glacier and observe it from close by listening to the sound of the flow of the Morado river and in the absolute tranquility that the landscape transmits.
Private transportation. From one (1) to five (5) persons: CLP 186,000 – The price is not affected by whether only one person goes or whether there are 2, 3, 4 or 5 people in the group. The price for the whole group is 186,000 CLP.
Additional person $22,000 CLP – Example: 5 + 1 = 186,000 + 22,000 = 208,000 CLP
Trekking with expert mountaineering guide and park entrance fee: 32,000 CLP additional per person
Access to Baños Morales mineral-medicinal water pools (optional): 16,000 additional per person
Season: all year round. Except in exceptional circumstances.
Duration: eight hours
Capacity: minimum 1 person. Maximum 44 people
Degree of difficulty: physical conditions suitable for the altitude of the site (2800 masl) and the small but demanding initial hike.
Includes: Pick up and drop off at home or hotel in Santiago City, private tourist transportation, expert guide in mountaineering, access to the Park, access to the pools, visit to the places described in the itinerary.
08:00 am Pick up at the Hotel
10:00 am Arrival to Baños Morales
10:30 am Start of trekking
11:30 am Detention at Aguas de Panimávidas mineral water tributaries
12:00 am Stop at Laguna el Morado, place where the snack is consumed.
13:00 pm Arrival at the end of the San Francisco Glacier trekking.
13:30 pm Return
15:20 pm Arrival at Baños Morales hot springs.
15:30 pm On the way back you will enjoy a relaxing swim in the natural pools of Baños Morales.
16:30 pm Return to Santiago
Important: the schedule may vary depending on the options chosen and customer preferences.
Additional prices per person. Extras.
A la carte lunch in a typical restaurant: 15,000 CLP Per person
Country barbecue: 17,000 CLP Per person
Camping night (tent and stove): 29.000 per person – Transfer back to Santiago or airport 76.000 up to 5 people.
Cajón del Maipo is a natural area with a very diverse and special climate. Tours may be modified or some of the points described may be reached when road or weather conditions do not allow it. This will be evaluated by the guide according to his experience.