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1-day Ski Tour on Cerro Unión (Cajón del Maipo) near Santiago, Chile

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Carlos Vasquez, an IFMGA certified mountain guide and native of Chile, leads this day ski trip in Valle de las Arenas.

Not specified

Andes

1 Day

Sep, Oct, Nov

Fit

Intermediate


Description

Located only 90 kilometers from metropolitan Santiago, Cerro Unión (3658m) is an ideal destination for a day ski trip. The panoramic views from the summit, along with its reputation for having some of the best snow in the region, have made Cerro Unión a local favorite. As is often the case with these “local” places, Cerro Unión is somewhat off the beaten path. Not to worry, however, I am here to show you the way.

We will get an early start on the day, departing from Santiago together at 6AM. We will travel along paved roads through the Cajón del Maipo gorge until reaching the Baños Morales thermal springs. At this point, we will continue along a dirt road toward Valle de las Arenas. This is where our adventure will officially begin.

From Valle de las Arenas, we will begin our upward journey toward the summit of Cerro Unión. After approximately 4-5 hours of trekking, we will have reached the top of the mountain. While Cerro Unión is not one of the tallest peaks around, it undoubtedly has one of the best views in the entire region. From the summit, we will have a spectacular 360° view over the Central Andes.

After catching our breath and taking in the incredible views from the top, we will begin our long, much anticipated descent. We will descend via the snowy south face of Cerro Unión, skiing all the way back down to Valle de las Arenas. There are multiple descent routes on the south face, allowing you to choose according to your experience level. 

Once we arrive back at Valle de las Arenas, we’ll pack up our gear and begin our 2-hour return journey to Santiago. The round-trip transfer from Santiago is included in the price, as is a boxed lunch to enjoy on the mountain. 

I ski with small groups and take a maximum of 4 people on each trip. All participants should be fit, intermediate level skiers. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

I grew up here in these mountains, and I want to show you one of my favorite ski slopes near Santiago, Chile. Click “Request to book” now to contact me and reserve your spot to ski on Cerro Unión.

If skiing is not your thing, you can still climb to the top of Cerro Unión with me. Check out my 1-day Mountaineering Adventure on Cerro Unión available between April and December.

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Transportation start and back

- Breakfast

- Lunch

- Dinner

Price details

A box lunch is included in the price.


Details

Accommodation

Round-trip transportation from Santiago is included in the price.

Meeting point

Santiago

About the guide

IFGMA/UIAGM Guide from Chile

I have extensive experience guiding in the Andes and Europe. I am a resident in Chile, Spain and Chamonix. I am very sociable and motivated. I am always available for projects in the mountains.

Languages

French | English

Residence

Chile


What people are saying about Carlos Vasquez Barriga

Mihai Giurgiulescu

4.00

January, 2023

Unfortunately our trip did not go as planned due to weather and conditions in the mountains, so we had to change our second objective. Our guides handled that with professionalism and determination, which resulted in a successful summit. We summitted the first mountain as well. Overall it was a successful trip and we are grateful for the opportunity to have experienced the country of Chile the way it happened.

Warren Bryan

5.00

September, 2022

Great experience from start to finish. Lupe found my group a great trip on very short notice and our Guides Carlos and Edu were great. Nice long backcountry tours that led to gnarly terrain in the Maipo Valley. Fantastic experience, highly recommend!

Konrad Domanski

3.00

July, 2022

Carlos was guiding us very well in the mountains and he knew perfectly, what he was doing on rock or on ice. However, the communication was not the easiest and we also did not learn as much as we wanted on our two "training days" - it was mostly teaching through doing rather than showing us new techniques.

Rudolfs Kregers

5.00

July, 2022

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Jason McDonald

5.00

July, 2022

Carlos was a fantastic guide.

Mihai Simoniac

5.00

June, 2022

Had a Wonderful Time in the french alps. However, the down side of it, is that I did not make it to the summit because of the weather, and had to make a U-turn from 4,400m altitude, just 1-2h away from the summit. Now after the first try, I think this can be organised differently so the chance for the summit is twofold or even three fold. How can it be done differently? Acclimatisation can start at Tete Rouse refuge with overnight stay plus two nights at Goutter refuge. If done this way the chance of making it to the Mont Blanc summit increases. You have a bad weather one morning, but you try it from 12noon & have plenty of time as you'll slip at Goutter. If all day has bad weather you try again next morning...

Christian Carrillo

5.00

June, 2022

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Susie Jones

5.00

December, 2021

Carlos is a very accomplished rock climber, speaks great English, and is fun to be around. We felt very safe while climbing with him on the Sharks Fin, and learned a lot too.

kobi itah

3.00

September, 2021

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Gregory Lines

5.00

September, 2021

The whole trip was excellent. Explore share did a great job coordinating. Carlos is an experienced guide and effective teacher. I felt safe with him the whole time we were on the mountain. The weather was terrific and we summited just as expected. I highly recommend Carlos Vasquez for Mont Blanc.

Florian Plaza

5.00

August, 2021

Carlos was a professional and committed guide! We had three great days. He was friendly and guided us savely up to mt blanc. i dont understand the one bad rating carlos got. In my opinion it think it was an bloody amateur which shouldnt have been on mt blanc in the first place. Let me say one thing. If you have no experience on higher mountains and in climbing in general, there is no place for you on mt blanc. train hard, prepare and come with the right expectation!

Tomcik Christopher

5.00

February, 2021

Hey, So I had a great time on this journey in the Atacama desert and up the the Ojos del Salado. Looking forward for other adventures of this kind :)

Rui Tuna

5.00

August, 2020

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Gerardo Lamperti

5.00

August, 2020

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Carlos Escolano Guiote

5.00

August, 2020

My congrats for such an amazing guide like Carlos. Talented, experienced, all full of easy explanation that made it possible. The most safety way to guarantee you getting yo the top. Thanks!

Scott Horrocks

5.00

February, 2020

Carlos is superbien guide! Thanks for a great trip!

Prarabdh Awasthi

4.00

October, 2019

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Daniel Shannon

5.00

September, 2019

Had a amazing experience with Carlos! He fit lots into a 4 day trip, including multi-pitch rock climbing, mixed climbing, glacier traverse and a 4000m peak. Carlos is well connected in Chamonix and made the trip very easy by taking care of the logistics. He kept me motivated and had a fantastic personality the whole time! Can't wait to climb with him again!

Mizushima /

5.00

August, 2019

I have strained back on the way to mountain So we have changed the course The guide assisted me very well and well done

Kyong woodward

5.00

July, 2019

Thanks to Carlos and explore- share staff:) My experience with booking through explore-share and climbing to Mount Blanc with Carlos were fantastic! He is very easy going and flexible.

Alice

3.00

July, 2019

The guide is friendly and attention to safety. But the arrangement of such time and place is not suitable for us. The first day took the cable car at 1:30 PM and then take the train, stay in Tête Rousse refuge, only spend 5 hours total. And midnight at 2:00 Am started to climb to the summit and straightly back to the train station to catch the train at 5 Pm. It would take 15 hours. The physical strength of the two days was too unbalanced. In fact, I would not have these problems If we stayed in the Gouter refuge on the first day. My husband and I knew that will be a big test for us, but it doesn't mean we want to give up the climb to the summit. The uncomfortable thing is, The guide asked to go back even we didn't see the Mont Blanc. I am very upset, but the guide insists that I don't have a way to resist. My husband and I just slowly walk with disappointment. At 9 Am we arrived at Tête Rousse refuge, and slowly took a meal, slowly descended the mountain, and arrived at the train station at 1 o'clock, not 5 pm. We spent time and money to climb our dream Mountain, but this is the result, very dissatisfied of.

Scott Murdoch

5.00

July, 2019

Everything was as agreed.

Daniel Hall

5.00

July, 2019

Carlos is an unbelievable guide and I would recommend him to anyone considering any trip with him. He is very knowledgeable but relaxed with how he treats his clients. Would absolutely hire him again

Andrejs Dovganuks

5.00

June, 2019

Bit more trouble with booking, it blocked amount from credit card two times. Guide was professional and made climb very enjoyable

Joe Rumer

5.00

June, 2019

Carlos is a fantastic guide - he has over 20 years experience in the mountains and the right attitude: safety first, then enjoyment. His excellent local knowledge of the routes meant we could adapt to the weather and conditions. He also has the mix of being an excellent alpinist but also loving the scenery and wildlife. We had an incredible experience that we will never forget! This 3 day trip is a great option as you have a 'training day' to help acclimatise, refresh skills and come together as a group before your ascent! explore-share is a great platform to connect adventurers with guides and experiences - the chat service allowed us to ask questions first and work out the best dates for us

Edward Hoyle

5.00

June, 2019

Carlos is a great guy and knowledgable guide! Although we were unable to attempt to summit Mont Blanc due to weather, Carlos still ensured that we had a really fun and interesting trip! I would definitely recommend!

Prarabdh Awasthi

5.00

August, 2018

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Ian Summers

5.00

August, 2018

This was an incredible experience. Carlos did an amazing job. He was extremely knowledgeable about all aspects of the climb and was great at getting our shelter and transportation secured all while making sure I was safe and having fun the entire time we were climbing. I couldn’t be more confident to recommend. If you want the adventure of a lifetime, high in the French Alps then climb Mont Blanc with Carlos.

MITCH BOWMILE

5.00

July, 2018

Carlos was amazing! Great person, beautiful trip. Get in good shape!

Peter Vuchev

1.00

August, 2016

Our trip to Mont Blanc with Carlos can be summarised with only 1 word - disappointment. I definitely DO NOT recommend for anyone to use Carlos's services based on my experience. He is not serious ,changing our appointments at the last minute ,then yelling and not supporting at all in the mountain,not being prepared with the weather forecast and in general seeming bored and not interested. I did not feel any support from his side and on top of everything he lost us in a snowstorm on our way down. Huge disappointment!


 

 

 

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