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 Overnighter
Duration:
 11 Days
Skill Level: For class III+, IV, and IV+ kayakers
Price Starting At: $1950 USD
Dates: December 27 – January 6
Destination: Around Pucón, Chile


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Itinerary:

This itinerary is designed for experienced kayakers with solid roll and river running experience.

Day 1 (Dec 27):

Flight or travel day from your home destination.

Day 2 (Dec 28):

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

Day 3 (Dec 29):

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 4 (Dec 30):

AM – Rio Sollipulli (II – III, Full Day) or Upper Palguin (IV)

PM – Rio Sollipulli (II – III, Full Day) or Upper Trancura (III, IV, IV+ w/portagables)

Day 5 (Dec 31):

AM – Pack for Maichin Full Day trip.

AM/PM – Maichin (III – IV w/portagables) +  Hotsprings

Day 6 (Jan 1):  Optional Rest Day or Pucon Activities

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

PM – Liucura Wave to Trancura or Upper Palguin Full Day

Day 7 (Jan 2):

San Pedro Overnighter with Raft Support

AM – Depart for Rio San Pedro (II – IV w/portagables)

PM – Paddle San Pedro to base camp. Sleep under the southern stars.

Day 8 (Jan 3):

AM – San Pedro paddle out. Drive to Rio Fuy.

PM – Upper (III – IV w/portagables) and Lower Fuy (II – III+) Groups. Warm food and showers in Choshuenco.

Day 9 (Jan 4):

AM – Kayak Theory + Lower and Upper Fuy Groups

PM – Lower and Upper Fuy Lap #2

Day 10 (Jan 5):

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

Day 11 (Jan 6):

Return to home destination.


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Pucón Classics (Class II – IV+)

Trip: The Best of Pucón + Fuy Road Trip & San Pedro Overnighter
Duration:
 11 Days
Skill Level: For class II, III, IV, and IV+ kayakers
Price Starting At: $1950 USD
Dates: January 13 – January 23
Destination: Around Pucón, Chile

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Itinerary:

This itinerary was designed after the Pikes Peak Whitewater Club and Chicago Whitewater Association joined PKH for trips. 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.

Day 1 (Jan 13):

Flight or travel day from your home destination.

Day 2 (Jan 14):

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

Day 3 (Jan 15):

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 4 (Jan 16):

AM – Rio Sollipulli (II – III, Full Day) or Upper Palguin (IV)

PM – Rio Sollipulli (II – III, Full Day) or Upper Trancura (III, IV, IV+ w/portagables)

Day 5 (Jan 17):

AM – Pack for Maichin Full Day trip.

AM/PM – Maichin (III – IV w/portagables) +  Hotsprings

Day 6 (Jan 18):  Optional Rest Day or Pucon Activities

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

PM – Liucura Wave to Trancura or Upper Palguin Full Day

Day 7 (Jan 19):

San Pedro Overnighter with Raft Support

AM – Depart for Rio San Pedro (II – IV w/portagables)

PM – Paddle San Pedro to base camp. Sleep under the southern stars.

Day 8 (Jan 20):

AM – San Pedro paddle out. Drive to Rio Fuy.

PM – Upper (III – IV w/portagables) and Lower Fuy (II – III+) Groups. Warm food and showers in Choshuenco.

Day 9 (Jan 21):

AM – Kayak Theory + Lower and Upper Fuy Groups

PM – Lower and Upper Fuy Lap #2

Day 10 (Jan 22):

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

Day 11 (Jan 23):

Return to home destination.


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Pucón Classics (Class II, III, III+)

Trip: The Best of Pucón + Fuy Road Trip & San Pedro Road Trip
Duration:
 11 Days
Skill Level: For kayakers comfortable on class II, III, and III+
Price Starting At: $1950 USD
Dates: February 3 – February 13
Destination:  Around Pucón, Chile


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This trip is designed for the class II, III and III+ kayakers. Are you seeking to improve your river running confidence, control your kayak on ferries, and navigate rapids. Or just learn your whitewater roll? Pucon provides the rivers and features. We provide the great coaches. You provide the strokes.

Itinerary:

This itinerary was designed after the Pikes Peak Whitewater Club and Chicago Whitewater Association joined PKH for trips. 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.

Day 1 (Feb 3):

Flight or travel day from your home destination.

Day 2 (Feb 4):

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

Day 3 (Feb 5):

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

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

Day 4 (Feb 6):

AM – Rio Tolten (II – III)

PM – Optional Hike or Liucura Section

Day 5 (Feb 7):

FULL DAY Lower Fuy (II, III) – Depart early for a spectacular Patagonia drive to one of our favorite rivers. You’ll paddle the Lower Fuy into Lago Panguipulli making for one of your most memorable Chile experiences.

Day 6 (Feb 8):  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 (Feb 9 ):

San Pedro Full Day

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

PM – Paddle San Pedro

Day 8 (Feb 10):

AM – Rio Tolten

PM – Afternoon in Pucon.

Day 9 (Feb 11):

Group Option. Want to try a more challenging section of river? Today is your day.

Day 10 (Feb 12):

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

Day 11 (Feb 13):

Return to home destination.


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