El Yeso Dam, San Jose de Maipo

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Head through the Yeso valley and descend upon El Yeso Dam. Take a tour of the reservoir or head there yourself to see the views of the Andes from the dam. The reservoir boasts turquoise waters that provide most of the drinking water for the region. Here you can go fishing or rent gear to go windsurfing. Hike around the reservoir to get the best photos and views of the surrounding mountains and the Yeso River. Use our San Jose de Maipo trip builder site to arrange your visit to El Yeso Dam and other attractions in San Jose de Maipo.
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  • October 4, 2017
    Wonderful view, the tunnel of the photo refers to an old train ticket us goes through in the dark to give something else going, worth it and, when you arrive at the Embalse don't even have words to describe the landscape. Tip: take pictures at the end of the road, walking a little after the location of your transport parade.
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  • October 3, 2017
    First, I recommend you do this tour with the Sousas Tour, they lead to the edge of the Lake and still make a picnic. Well, the place is beautiful, a dam surrounded by mountain ranges. If at the time of the winter, don't forget warm clothes and boots
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  • October 3, 2017
    First time I'm going and we had rain on the road and snow up to the reservoir! To very cold but was very entertaining walked about 45 minutes to an hour was sick but wonderful although we could not see much the reservoir by the mist and snow.
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  • July 31, 2017
    Beautiful place. Lots of tourists having picnic with wine. Just beware of the weekends as it gets full of cars and the road is narrow.
  • June 25, 2017
    The dam and surrounding foot hills are absolutely gorgeous, especially when snow covered. However! I would highly, HIGHLY encourage you come on a weekday or non holiday. It was absolutely overcrowded with tour buses and people. The road to the dam is very narrow coupled with vehicles parked all along the side. It's nearly impossible to turn around once you drive up far enough. My recommendation is park near the bottom where there is space to maneuver your vehicle out and walk up to the path for the dam. Also, be away the walk to the dam is snow covered and icy in winter (we went in June) abd takes about 20 minutes.
  • July 25, 2017
    Amazing place, beautiful hills.
  • July 2, 2017
    Petty icy but very beautiful
  • March 16, 2017
    One of the most beautiful places I have ever been/seen.

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San Jose de Maipo features several decent hotel options, offering cozy rooms and plenty of modern amenities. If you come here for the great outdoors, skip the hotels and consider staying at an eco-lodge just outside of town, where you can breathe in some fresh air, take in the mountain views, and have plenty of privacy and space. Visitors searching for that ultimate experience in nature can also explore the area's campgrounds.
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