Manquehue, which in Mapudungun language means “Place of Condors”, is the highest mountain inserted in the valley of Santiago. It is part of a stunning mountain range that spreads like an arm of the Andes towards the south-west alongside the north bank of the Mapocho River into the north-east zone of Santiago, down to the Metropolitan Park. Reaching an altitude of 1,635m (5,364ft), this mountain offer us gorgeous views of the capital city.
This activity is perfect for those who seek a short but demanding 2-3 hours climb. We can go hiking in the morning or even in the evening to contemplate the sunset and hike back illuminated by the twilight, moon and city lights –also headlamps if we need them–, you choose the time of the day that best suits you.
After ninety minutes ascent we will reach the summit feeling privileged to be able to overview the city from one of the best vantage points available.
Note: For those who wish an easier hike there is and alternative route to the top of Manquehue’s little brother: Manquehuito, which also has lovely panoramic views.
- Activity: Hike ascent
- Tour length: Half day
- Difficulty: Medium
- Season: All year round
- Total distance*: 4.8km (3mi)
- Max altitude: 1,635m (5,360ft)
- Elevation gain: 585m (1,920ft)
* Back and forth
- 08:30 Pick up at your hotel
- 09:15 Climb begins
- 11:00 Arrival to the top, lunch
- 11:30 Descent
- 12:30 Arrival to the vehicle
- 13:00 Back in your hotel
- 18:30 Pick up at your hotel
- 19:15 Climb begins
- 21:00 Arrival to the top, lunch
- 21:30 Descent.
- 22:30 Arrival to the vehicle
- 23:00 Back in your hotel
Winter pick up time 15:30
- Guide ENG / ESP
- Box lunch: one sandwich; cereal bar; chocolate or cookies; tea or an isotonic drink; fruit and water.
- Tel. signal most of the route
- First aid kit
- Park entrance fee
- Trekking poles
- Accident insurance
- Personal clothing
- Pre-hydration and good breakfast
- Hiking shoes
- Long sleeves shirt if possible
- Shorts on summer
- Hut and sunglasses
- Warm, windproof clothing on winter
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This night photos were shot at 10pm on February 1, 2015 (summer)
Photos taken during the morning of the spring day November 3, 2014.