Claro Plus Rio Nuble

ADVANCED-EXPERT KAYAKING TRIP

Imagine lowering your kayak into 66 million year old basalt canyons in Chile, getting pumped to run the Siete Tazas (Seven Teacups), a section of the Rio Claro known for its perfectly smooth walls and 7 amazing drops into deep pools.

This is just one of the many highlights to expect from the Claro Plus Rio Nuble Trip with Pucon Kayak Retreat. With our world class kayaker and instructor Lucas Varas, you’ll get to explore these incredible canyons as you push yourself to improve your skills as a kayaker. This all-inclusive trip has the highest level of instruction, excellent lodging near the Rio Claro and of course, some of the best waterfalls in Chile.

Custom Group Kayaking Rio Claro

There are more than seventy waterfalls for intermediate, advanced and expert kayakers throughout the basalt canyons of the Rio Claro. Few people will ever get to see these canyons, much less explore by dropping off them in a kayak!

Kayaking in Chile is the Palguin River with seal launch

The waterfalling action commences with the second easiest class III+ assessment section, the Siete Tazas section. The Siete Tazas are perfectly formed waterfalls dropping into a teacup pool. Lower your kayak down into an ancient basalt chasm, GoPro check, game time. The earthen crack has been polished, milled and carved by glacial and volcanic activity to make perfect banking waterfalls.

Kayakers will explore up to five Claro canyons depending on your skills and mindset. The most famous to kayakers is the iconic Garganta del Diablo (or “Throat of the Devil”) curling 20 foot to another 20 foot drop. It’s notorious for the 180-degree two-tiered waterfall. Or not… we’ll help you assess if you are ready or prefer the milder sections.

NOV 2 – 8, 2024

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What to Expect from the Rio Claro

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Kayaking Chile Waterfalls Twenty-two Saltos Canyon – Class III to IV+

Overshadowed by the Throat of Devil Canyon, the Twenty-two Saltos section is often considered the highest and best action section of the Claro. Kayakers hike one hour up river from camp into the desert sun. After a canyon rim scout we lower boats into the basalt chasm for the epic waterfall experience of a lifetime. Drops range from 3 feet and swirly curves around banking walls to the biggest 30 foot drop. The second largest drop at 25 feet spouting off a perfect lip into a giant pool of celebrations. Some drops require strokes, tucks, body protection, and moves. While others offer the advancing and progressing kayakers an opportunity to explore. For example, Ski Ramp’s unique banking allows kayakers to charge the highest corner and stomp their bows down.

Kayaking Chile Waterfalls Between Falls Canyon – Class III to V

Our camp is based next to the Between Falls and we usually keep our beers cold in the river. There are a dozen or so drops here ranging in skills and heights from 3 feet to 15 feet. There are two mandatory class V hikes. This section offers the opportunity to hike out prior to committing to the Throat of the Devil Canyon.

Cinco aka Five Tazas – Class III 

Like a kayaker fairy tale book lie five perfectly photogenic easy drop-pool cascades offering a playground lap just below our base camp. The section actually lies within the Entres Saltos. Surprisingly, few people have even heard of the Five Teacups. Possibly, because they are too much work for class III kayakers, and lie amongst bigger rapids.

Kayaking Chile Waterfalls Throat of the Devil Canyon – Class IV to V

Just prior to entering the Devil canyon kayakers have a last chance to hike out on river left using a steep wall. We most often paddle the Entres and Cinco Tazas sections from camp into Throat of the Devil Canyon. You’ll spend some time scouting at the lip and beforehand. This is the last section we run and will often run it multiple times. Kayakers typically self-assess and know by this time if they are ready for the whitewater celebration of a lifetime. At proper flows rescues and manageability at bottom are easy.  What can we say about whitewater’s most iconic waterfall? Keep your bow down. We’ll have a few things to cover. Notable are the 50 and 70 foot crack drops, handful of 6 to 8 foot boofs, and vistas of canyon entering waterfalls.

Kayaking Chile Waterfalls Siete Tazas Canyon – Class III to IV

The national park is named after the Siete Tazas. For decades kayakers hardly paddled anything but the Teacups and the Twenty-two Saltos sections. The Seven Teacups serve as our warmup and skills assessment section. As well, we set up media days on this playful canyon that promises spectators from the overlooks. This section with its trails and overlooks is the easiest to stage group photo shoots and multiple lapping.

Other Canyons. Just last year two new sections opened up. Aniol Serrasolses notched a first descent of Leona just below the Teacups canyon filmed by PKR’s very own Tino Specht. Same time frame Tino got in with a crew to explore canyons above the 22 Saltos section adding another 20 or so drops. There is also talk of exploring easier sections below the canyons. Why don’t we explore those? Truth is that the canyons we paddle are so remarkably good and easy to access that we have not taken the harder trekking effort for the more dangerous or harder to access canyons.

Kayaking Chiles Rio Teno, Maipo or Nuble 

While the Claro represents the world’s most iconic waterfalls few kayakers realize the beauty and value of Rios Teno, Maipo and Nuble. Our experience also taught us that more than four days on the Claro waterfalls proves to beat up kayakers too much. So, exploring nearby more playful sections of rivers and interacting with those communities has developed into lasting lifetime bonds. Which additional valley you explore is often dependent upon water levels.

About Kayaking Chiles Rio Nuble

Circa 2001 PKRAMA owner David Hughes sat down with NOC’s Jon Clarke. Jon had begun teaching the San Fabian / Nuble Valley community about the treasures of the Rio Nuble. Jon along with the mayor and a group he was teaching to raft guide and kayak began the Nuble Festival. Nuble Fest was an effort to protect the slated to be dammed over 50 miles of free flowing whitewater Nuble. Today, families have already been displaced. While the Nuble Festival continues to fight against giant hydro projects the dams are under construction. PKRAMA has taken a stance to goto the Nuble annually while it continues to flow freely.

It’s like Big Sky Montana with giant open skies, snow covered peaks, and turquoise water. It’s a granite bedrock playful in nature with excellent triangular rocks for boofing. The upper valley gets more and more remote and a bit steeper. The Nuble is a true Chilean rustic experience we cherish annually.

Nuble Bonus. Jon Clarke’s Spirit. Those youth Jon taught to kayak we now continue to coach and some day hire. Their families are contracted to host us, prepare a true Chilean asado, and Javier and Juan Pablo paddle show us the latest and greatest boofs and trout holes.

EXPERT CHILE RIVERS GUIDE & LINKS

Nevados Canyon // Upper Fuy // Upper Palguin Canyon // Lower Palguin // Middle Palguin // High Water Upper Trancura River // Maichin Canyon // Claro River // Upper Nuble River // Middle Fuy 50 Footer Canyon // High Water Lower Trancura // Magic Canyon Liucura
Click on each river name to be taken to more information about the river (when available).

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Retreat Kayak Trips Include

Kayak Choice

Choose from Chile’s best whitewater kayak fleet.

Lodging

Choose from unique lodging options that best suit your comfort & budget.

Wining & Dining

Breakfast, lunch, appetizers and dinner. Some VIP trips come with special additional provisions.

Transportation

Airport transfers during scheduled time and daily river and town transportation included.

Clubs, Schools &
Custom Groups

Got a group of friends or club, school group with academic needs, varying skills, your dates don’t match with our trips, or want to explore a customized itinerary? We’ve developed custom itineraries for universities for credits, clubs, high schools, friends of varying skills, paragliders, bikers and trekkers.

Rio Claro +PLUS

See the beauty of the Rio Claro including The Seven Teacups and Throat of the Devil in this video. Legend has it, it’s one of the best waterfall runs in the world.