Cajon del Maipo

Cajon del Maipo Guide

Information of Del Yeso Dam

The Yeso reservoir is located in the heart of the Andes Mountains, at an altitude of 2500 meters. above sea level.
It contains 253 million cubic meters of water used to supply drinking water to Santiago and is one of the most important tributaries of the Maipo River.

The construction of the dam began in 1954 and ended in 1964, can supply drinking water to 7 million people.

How to get to the Embalse del Yeso
Public transport:
There is no public transportation to this sector

By car:
From Santiago, go to the commune of Puente Alto and climb the Cajon del Maipo in the direction of the city of San Jose del Maipo. Once past San Jose del Maipo, keep going up to the town of San Gabriel, in which there is a control of Carabineros that generally for the cars to request data of the vehicle and to inform on the way. Continue up the Cajon del Maipo a few kilometers further, until you reach a signposted junction and turn left.
Taking this junction, there are only 35 kilometers of gravel in bad condition.
On the way we can see ancient military sites used during the conflict with Argentina.
In the Embalse del Plaster, we can border half of the reservoir by a nice road, with the turquoise water reservoir on the left.

From Santiago to the reservoir of the plaster, it can be very long and tiring, but we know that it can be since the distance is not much (approximately 80 km.) But the slope is quite.
One recommendation is to get in a car until the crossing to the reservoir and from there pedalear to the Reservoir.
Another option is to take our mountain bike tour through the reservoir.

In Tour:
Route Chile, offers daily excursions to know the Embalse del Yeso. Although we are more expensive than other operators the difference is that we only offer private, personalized services and include lunch in a typical restaurant in the area.

At the edge there are several places where one can stop to take photos, take a bath and do Picnic and the color of the water of the reservoir is due to the great amount of minerals that are in our mountain range of Los Andes