International Adventures

Join us on a South American adventure to the fabled whitewater mecca of Chile. Choose from three trips designed for kayakers of all ability levels. Are you ready to explore Patagonia and the magical Rio Futaleufu? Perhaps you’d prefer the waterfall wonderland hidden inside Seven Teacups National Park. Or maybe you just want to relax at our base in Pucón while touring the region’s classic rivers. Your trip includes lodging, airport transfer, daily transportation, expert guides, kayak and gear rentals, and three meals a day. Email Tosh.Arwood@noc.com with questions or for more information.

We identified the best rivers in Pucon for every skill level of kayaker and packed them all into a single trip. After we pick you up from the airport in Temuco, Chile (ZCO) we’ll have you washing off the jet lag during a skills assessment on your new backyard run – the Rio Trancura. Pucón Kayak Hostel (PKH) is conveniently located on the banks of the Trancura River, at the take-out for the Upper Class IV section, which also doubles as the put-in for the Lower Class II-III section.

With the sun setting behind mighty Vulcan Villarrica, you’ll settle into your lodging at Pucón Kayak Hostel and join the group for your first dinner in the quincho. Quincho is a term describing an open-air structure used for cooking and eating, and while they can be found all over Chile, the quincho at PKH is special. From the exquisite attention to architectural detail to the large family-style seating area situated around a fire pit – you’ll find yourself in the quincho with a glass of wine or a cerveza swapping river stories with old friends and new. A chef uses local produce and meat to serve a diverse range of meals – from authentic Chilean cuisine to North American favorites such as gourmet pizza.

Interested in learning to stomp your boof? We have the perfect run for you – a series of clean waterfalls in the small but breathtaking canyon of the Upper Palguin. Looking to gain confidence running rapids on-the-fly or nailing your ferry angles? You’ll spend a lot of time getting personalized instruction from our expert coaching staff on the Trancura and neighboring Liucura rivers.

This will be your schedule for the first few days of your trip – morning runs on the Trancura followed by afternoon laps on the Palguin or Liucura slalom course. You’ll also take a quick trip to the Maichin, relax in the local hot springs, and visit the town of Pucón – a beautiful little South American paradise along Lake Villarrica. Just before the group departs for a road trip to rivers further south, you’ll have the opportunity to climb Mt. Villarrica, the towering volcano that stands majestically in the background of nearly everything you do. The volcano hike is a fabulous addition to your trip, and for non-kayakers coming to Pucón, it’s the number one attraction in the area.

After recovering from your hike, you’ll pack your things and load up for a road trip to the Rios Fuy and San Pedro. Have you ever done an overnighter in your kayak? If so, you’re probably familiar with the drill of stuffing your camping gear into your boat only to realize you can’t take everything you need. It then becomes a mental challenge of self-compromise. Can you live without your therma-rest? Perhaps you don’t need an extra fleece or pair of socks if it means you can fit more spaghetti. Luckily for you, this trip is different and your only tough decision will be deciding how much beer you want to bring. Why? Because this overnight kayak trip comes with raft support AND a cook. And that’s not even the best part.

The Rio San Pedro is one of the most beautiful rivers in the world. It doesn’t have the gradient or adrenaline of the Futaleufu, but it does deliver a beautiful crystal clear turquoise river full of salmon and trout and mile after mile of high volume class III fun. Paddling out of Lago Rinimapu the first thing you’ll notice is how clear and warm the water is – make sure to take a turn using the snorkel mask. Roll upside down and watch the rocks pass underneath you in awe. Arrive to camp on a soft white sandy beach and fly fish while you wait for dinner. Or simply sit back and relax with friends as the stars of the southern hemisphere light up the night.

From the San Pedro, the road trip will continue just a short drive away to the Rio Fuy – an essential part of every kayaker’s Chilean bucket list. There are three sections, the upper, middle, and lower. The Upper Fuy is an approximately 4-kilometer section of clean waterfalls that is among the best stretches of river many have ever paddled. The Middle Fuy is for experts only as it includes a stout class V section with a mandatory 50’ waterfall. The Lower Fuy is a continuous and fun Class III – IV section that is ideal for kayakers who are learning how to be competent leaders on the river and becoming more confident running long rapids.

We’ll transport you back to the airport on your last day and you’ll leave reflecting on an amazing trip packed full of new adventures in a very short period of time.


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Pucón Classics (Class III+, IV, IV+)

Trip: The Best of Pucón +  Fuy Road Trip & San Pedro Road Trip
Duration:
 8 Days
Skill Level: For class III+, IV, and IV+ kayakers
Price Starting At: $1,500 USD (Camping)
Dates: December 29 – January 5
Destination: Around Pucón, Chile


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Itinerary:

This itinerary is designed for experienced kayakers with a solid roll and river running experience. Less experienced kayakers are advised to consider our Pucon Classics II to III Trips.

Day 1 (Saturday, December 29):

Arrival to Temuco Airport (ZCO) between 11AM to 5PM> Boat outfitting and welcome. Afternoon Lower Trancura Skills Assessment & Jet Lag wash. Welcome to Pucon Kayak Hostel appetizers, provisions and dinner by fire.

Day 2 (Sunday, December 30): River Goals, Coaching, Boofing, Piercing Eddies and Making Moves

AM – Kayak Theory + Lower (II-III+) or Upper Trancura (III, IV, IV+ w/portagables) run

PM – Upper Palguin (IV) or Liucura Wave to Trancura (II, III+)

Day 3 (Monday, December 31):

AM – Pack for Maichin Full Day Trip

AM/PM – Maichin (III-IV w/partagables) + PLUS Pucon Fireworks Optional

Day 4 (Tuesday, January 1): Full Day Road Trip Options: Blanco, San Pedro, Truful Truful, Fuy

AM – Depart for Rio San Pedro (II-IV w/portagables. Inflateable kayak options).

PM – Paddle San Pedro

Day 5 (Wednesday, January 2):

AM – Kayak Theory + Lower Trancura or Upper Palguin (IV) Full Day

AM/PM – Liucura Wave to Trancura or Upper Palguin Full Day

Day 6 (Thrusday, January 3):

AM – Upper Palguin (III+ to IV Group)

PM – Afternoon in Pucon

Day 7 (Friday, January 4):

AM/PM – Full Day Road Trip River Option

Day 8 (Saturday, January 5):

AM – Early AM laps on Palguin or Trancura, kayaker option. Or Pucon crafts and souvenirs shopping. Temuco Airport (ZCO) Departure Flights Between 11AM to 5PM. Return to home destination or ask about our Trip Extension Options.

 


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Pucón Classics (Class II – IV+)

Trip: Week of Rivers
Duration:
 8 Days
Skill Level: For class II, III, IV, and IV+ kayakers
Price Starting At: $1,500 USD Camping
Dates: January 12 – January 19
Destination: Around Pucón, Chile

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Itinerary:

The Week of Rivers Chile itinerary was designed after PKH owner David Hughes heard the needs of clubs like Pikes Peak Whitewater club and Chicago Whitewater Association and he later volunteered at the Carolina Canoe Club’s flagship Week of Rivers. David realized then that clubs have a mission to introduce kayakers to whitewater, to provide quality instruction, and to challenge their veteran boaters via river exploration. Chile rivers can provide proper safe and challenging features to serve the whitewater club boaters range of needs.

Day 1 (Saturday, January 12):

Arrival to Temuco Airport (ZCO) Between 11AM to 5PM. Boat outfitting and welcome. Afternoon Lower Trancura Skills Assessment & Jet Lag wash. Welcome to Pucon Kayak Hostel Appetizers, provisons, and dinner by fire.

Day 2 (Sunday, January 13):

AM – Kayak Theory + Lower (II-III+) or Upper Trancura (III, IV, IV+ w/portagables) run

PM – Upper Palguin (IV) or Liucura Wave to Trancura (II, III+)

Day 3 (Monday, January 14):

AM – Pack for Maichin Full Day trip

PM – Maichin (III – IV w/partagables) +PLUS Pucon Fireworks Optional

Day 4 (Tuesday, January 15):

AM – Depart for Rio San Pedro (II-IV w/portagables. Inflatable kayak options)

PM – Paddle San Pedro

Day 5 (Wednesday, January 16):

AM – Kayak Theory + Lower Trancura or Upper Palguin (IV) Full Day

PM – Liucura Wave to Trancura or Upper Palguin Full Day

Day 6 (Thursday, January 17):

AM – Upper Palguin (III+ to IV Group)

PM – Afternoon in Pucon

Day 7 (Friday, January 18):

AM/PM – Full Day Road Trip River Option

Day 8 (Saturday, January 19):

AM – Early AM laps on Palguin or Trancura – kayaker option. Or, Pucon crafts and souvenir shopping. Temuco Airport (ZCO) Departure Flights Between 11AM to 5PM

Recommended Trip Extensions

Wednesday to Saturday: Pre-trip extension
Saturday to Saturday: Pre OR Post-trip extension
Saturday to Wednesday: Post-trip extension

 


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Pucón Classics (Class II, III, III+)

Trip: The Best of Pucón + Fuy Road Trip & San Pedro Road Trip
Duration:
 9 Days
Skill Level: For kayakers comfortable on class II, III, and III+
Price Starting At: $1,500 USD (Camping)
Dates: February 3 – February 9
Destination:  Around Pucón, Chile


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Itinerary:

This trip is designed for the class II, III and III+ kayakers seeking to improve river running, control kayak on ferries, master combat rolls and navigate rapids on river sections and features safely allowing kayakers to progress. Pucon provides the rivers and features. We provide the great coaches. You provide the strokes.

This itinerary was designed after the Pikes Peak Whitewater Club and Chicago Whitewater Association joined PKH for trips and PKH owner David Hughes volunteered with the Carolina Canoe Club. Like most whitewater clubs the skills varied as much as the paddler’s lively personas. This trip allows groups with various skills to be on the same trip. Yes! We love to teach beginners too.

*Due to water levels, skills, and group needs the following itinerary is subject to change and is only a best prediction of the itinerary.

Day 1 (Saturday, February 2):

Arrival to Temuco Airport (ZCO) between 11 AM to 5 PM. Boat outfitting and welcome. Potential afternoon Lower Trancura run pending time.

Day 2 (Sunday, February 3):

AM – Load for Rio Tolten. Rolls and Strokes at Lago Villarrica

PM – Rio Tolten (II – III)

Day 3 (Monday, February 4):

AM – Kayak Theory +PLUS Liucura (II to III+)

PM – Lower Trancura (III) or Trancura Delta (II)

Day 4 (Tuesday, February 5):

AM – Kayak Theory +PLUS Trancura Delta (II – III) or Liucura Curve to Lower Trancura (III – III+)

PM – Optional Hike or Liucura Section

Day 5 (Wednesday, February 6):

AM – Mapuche Indian Presentation on the state of Rio Trancura Headwaters vs. hydropower.

PM – Lower Maichin Canyon. Hotsprings Option.

Day 6 (Thursday, February 7):  Optional Rest Day or Pucon Activities

AM – Kayak Theory + Lower Trancura or Trancura Delta

PM – Upper Trancura below Last Laugh (III) or Liucura Section

Day 7 (Friday, February 8):

San Pedro Full Day

AM – Depart for Rio San Pedro (II – IV w/portagables. Inflatable kayak options.)

PM – Paddle San Pedro (II – IV) INFLATABLE KAYAK OPTIONS TOO.

Day 8 (Saturday, February 9):

AM – Optional Morning Lap or Pucon souvenirs and crafts shopping.

PM –Temuco Airport (ZCO) Departure Flights Between 11 AM to 5 PM.

RECOMMENDED TRIP EXTENSIONS

WED to SAT – PRE-Trip Extension
SAT to SAT – PRE OR POST-TripExtension
SAT to WED – POST-Trip Extension


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