Chile has inspired adventurers for many years, it is the most stable of all Latin American countries. Rich in culture, history and the scenery can rival any mountain range on the planet. The Lake District combines deep blue lakes with snowcapped volcanoes and some of the most pristine and clear water you will have ever encountered. With its needle like mountains, hanging glaciers Patagonia has a reputation for isolation and with few inhabitants it is one of the last wildernesses in our ever shrinking planet.
A two week kayaking adventure from Pucon to northern Patagonia on some of the most pristine, clear water you will have ever encountered and all set in some of the most stunning scenery in the world: This is our no stress kayaking adventure, Chile Class III!
The first week we base ourselves in South America's adventure capitol - Pucon. Situated on a stunning lake and with the Villerica Volcano towering above Pucon has a great reputation as one of the worlds best kayaking destinations. However, it is not all Class 5 whitewater and huge waterfalls, Pucon, has some fantastic Class 3 whitewater on its doorstep. From the medium volume Lower Trancura to the technical Upper and Lower Liucura there is plenty of kayaking in and around Pucon to work on technique and gain kilometres in river time!
After Pucon we start our journey south. First stop is the clear water and big waves of the Lower Fuy. We may also have the chance to the Rio Neltume a short side river that feeds into the Rio Fuy. Not too far from the Rio Fuy is the Rio San Pedro which is often regarded as a Mini-Futaleufu. It has probably the clearest water we have ever encountered. You can just roll over and see the volcanic rock, river bed and fish as you float on bye. The action soon picks up and we kayak some big waves and rapids with the feeling that we are in the middle of nowhere. It is a firm favourite of the whole team!
From the Rio San Pedro we now head to the Rio Petrohue. Staying on the shores of Lake Llanquihue we kayak the Lower Petrohue with big waves and fun rapids for a few days while admiring the stunning Osorno Volcano that towers over the area.
After the Petrohue we start what is one of the most stunning trips in this part of Chile and the gateway to Patagonia and the seldom visited Rio Puelo. The drive to the Rio Puelo is an adventure in itself as we drive past Cochamo, and the granite peaks that attract climbers from all over the world. It is a short ferry ride to get into the valley and from now on we are on gravel tracks, with no wifi or even a telephone signal, just a stunning emerald blue river and unbelievable scenery - this is Patagonia! Our quest is the Lower Puelo and its amazing canyon, the sense of being in the wilderness is pure and the friendliness of the locals is second to none. They are so happy to see foreigners coming and especially kayakers. We spend our time off the river talking to the locals, sharing stories over a local “mate” tea or a glass of wine!
We finally say goodbye to the stunning Rio Puelo and make our way to Puerto Montt and the end of our trip. We drop you off either at the airport for the internal flight back to Santiago or the bus station for the overnight journey up north.
This is the perfect trip for those who seek adventure in a safe, stable and modern country! You will travel home with fond memories of whitewater, incredible scenery, amazing food, world class wine, warm and friendly locals who will treat you like a long lost cousin and of course some great stories. That is why we love Chile so much!
David and Steve form a fantastic partnership that not only gives you the opportunity to kayak amazing rivers in Chile but you will also get a distinct flavour of the region, its people and customs. David’s knowledge of Chile’s rivers is second to none and coupled with their experience of leading and running trips you will not find a better team to show you the wonders of Chile. Want to know more about the Steve and David please check out Our Team page on the website.
You should have some experience of kayaking Class 3 whitewater such as the Imst Gorge and Toesens Gorge sections of the River Inn in Austria. Your roll does not have to be 100% however we do expect you try to roll more than once before exiting your kayak. We kayak for around 4 hours a day and though you do not need to be an Olympic athlete you should have a a certain amount of paddle fitness and stamina.
Our ratios are extremely low here at the Kayak School and we will be kayaking with 1 guide/coach to 3 clients! We will not take more than 6 clients on this trip which gives you plenty of whitewater action and the opportunity to become a much more all rounded kayaker! We keep the groups small giving you a safe environment thus leaving you to nail that line or style that drop.
We spend our nights between staying with our friends at their adventure camps and some quaint and natural wooden cabins. This gives us the perfect blend of watching the stars in the clear skies at night to a lovely log burning stove when the weather comes in and the rain arrives.
Food & Drink
Food can be a real highlight in Chile, markets are full of vegetables and fruits of the season plus some great restaurants serving Spanish and German influenced cuisine and lets not forget the Chilean asado - a grill laden with various meat and sausages. Of course all of this can be washed down by a cold beer, fruit juices, spring water, great South American coffee or a traditional “mate” tea that is more than a drink, it is a culture in its own right! Of course Chile produces some quality red wine and there is more to Chilean wine than just Gato Negro.
If you would like to extend your trip by a week then we head further into Patagonia kayaking the amazing Azul waters of the Rio Blanco before making the journey by ferry and road to the Rio Futaleufu. This world class river has a great reputation for whitewater and rightly so. We then drop you off at the Argentine ski resort of Bariloche to fly out via Buenos Aires or you can stay with us for the journey back to Pucon.
Dates & Prices
We have tours planned on the following dates:
10-19 March 2019 (10 Days)
08-17 March 2020 (10 Days)
EUR 2850 per person.