When doing my research for things to do in Chile, especially in the Santiago area, I stumbled across the Maipo valley as a popular place that Santiguenos escape to for the weekend. I read a lot of online reviews, TripAdvisor obviously being my first stop as per usual, and eventually decided upon Haiku Cabanas. It just sounded like the perfect place to escape for the weekend. As I mentioned in my last post, we were so chilled after the hike, that we didn’t even feel the need to escape and chill out. It just turned into a lovely place to spend a weekend. We had got engaged on
The cabanas were cleverly decorated and the beds were really comfortable. I’d call it ‘rustic luxe’ – weekend cabins done well. The one thing I loved about the cabanas was the kitchen area and the stunning deck with a fire pit that we could use as a grill, so we popped to the local supermarket and found some steak, snacks, salad and vegetables, plus of course a nice bottle of Chilean red and headed back to our little spot on the river and lit the fire. I had also bought some
The next morning, breakfast was delivered on a tray. It was a beautiful simple spread of fresh juice, fresh fruit, bread, butter, cheese,
We looked up the best one to go and booked with Natexplora – I really liked the fact that they had a simple business WhatsApp that I could use to message them and organise the whole thing. We drove into town that afternoon and joined the
After the rafting fun, we went into the adjacent cafe for a salad and a coffee and then walked around a market that had popped up in the small town square. It was filled with artisan products – food, drinks, souvenirs and gifts like jewellery and bags. We bought some cute Christmas tree decorations and some artisan bread to take home as that evening, we chose to do a rinse and repeat of the night before. We had some salad and some other things left in the fridge back at the cabin, so we popped to the shop and bought some fresh meat and a couple of drinks and headed back. I love having a long shower after an active day outdoors and curl up with wet hair and fresh comfy clothes on a deck looking out at the world with a good glass of wine in my hand.
It was such a wonderful weekend, topped off with another fresh local breakfast delivered on a tray and a quick repack of our bags before heading to our next destination – the wonder that is the port city of Valparaiso via the Casablanca wine valley for lunch.
Cabanas Haiku Panoramicas: http://cabanasdelmaipo.cl
Natexplora Rafting: https://natexplora.cl/