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Rio San Pedro flows out of lake en route to the Pacific. 

Kayak, inflatable kayak or raft Chile’s pristine rivers

Beginners (raft), Intermediates and advanced kayakers celebrate arriving to the bottom of the White Room.

Ready to try boofing. Your backyard run has the features. 

Getting to Chile rivers is as remarkable as paddling them. 

Jo Ann conquers the White Room at 67 years young. 

Optional inflatable kayaks too. 

Daily kayak instruction ensures your skills will progress to the next level. 

Intermediate Chile Kayak Trips

The retreat’s intermediate Chile kayak trips offer industry leading instruction on remarkably beautiful development whitewater. Just minutes from your riverside lodgings are Chile’s best kayak sections. Student centric instruction means kayakers can progress daily as their skills improve and they gain confidence. Value add the benefits of fun development features, quality equipment, and nightly fesitivities with a group of like minded kayakers and you have lasting memories and friendships.

Kayak or Inflatable Kayak (IK). Now offering IK options with pack rafts and duckies on intermediate and beginner kayak trips.

Custom Group Kayaking Rio Claro

“I’m not good enough to go kayaking in Chile,”

Did you know Chile’s Lakes District has arguably the world’s best beginner and intermediate kayak rivers? Yes, intermediate kayakers come to Chile to get student centric kayak instruction and explore fun rivers too. And we recruit industry leading instructors to for best instruction.

Kayaking in Chile is the Palguin River with seal launch

With more than 15 class II to III+ river sections, the rivers in the Pucon area guarantee proper features to challenge and progress your kayaking. Team Buena Onda instructors are trained to benefit your river running with skills such as control kayak on ferries, improve combat rolls, pierce and catch eddies. By the time you leave your kayaking and confidence will improve.

It is our goal to give you foundational kayak tools so you continue to improve all year. Your Trancura riverside base is as good as kayaking gets, with development rapids both upstream and downstream and rivers in every direction. There is even a clean ten foot waterfall for the thrill seekers. It’s whitewater heaven, and you get to kayak multiple times daily.

Did we mention volcanos and hot springs?

Kayaking in Chile is the Palguin River with seal launch

Pucon Classics Intermediate: Blue & Haley (NOC)

Pucon Classics Intermediate: Blue & Haley (NOC)

Pucon Classics Intermediate: Blue & Haley (NOC); Kirk Eddlemon (ACE)

Women of Chile Rivers: Haley McKee (NOC); Kate Stepan (RMOC)

Pucon Classics Intermediate: Blue (NOC)

Pucon Classics Intermediate: Blue & Haley, (NOC)

Pucon Classics Intermediate: Ilia (CFA)

Pucon Classics Intermediate:

Pucon Classics Intermediate: 

*Cost varies by lodging choice. Click here to view options.

Pucon Kayak Retreat Johnnie Kayaker

Which Chile kayak trip – Intermediate or Advanced?

We answer UK kayaker Kevin Dudley’s question with a self-analysis.

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Itinerary for Pucón Classics: Intermediate


Day 1.

Bienvenidos a Pucon Chile: Orientation

Arrival to Temuco Airport (ZCO) between 11 AM to 5 PM.
Boat outfitting and welcome. If time allows we will get you on the river ASAP to wash off the jet lag.
Welcome to Pucon Kayak Retreat appetizers, provisions, and dinner by fire.

Day 2.

Skills Assessment on Lago Villarrica and Rio Tolten Chile Kayaking 

AM – Rio Tolten & Lago Villarrica (I to III). Rolls and Strokes at Lago Villarrica
PM – Rio Tolten (II to III) Plus Artisan Ice Cream

Day 3.

Liucura Wave to Rio Trancura Confluence Chile Kayaking

AM – Kayak Theory PLUS Middle Trancura Strokes, Ferries and Roll Practice
PM – Liucura Wave to Trancura Confluence (II to III+)

Day 4.

Lower Maichin Canyon Plus Multi-Sport Activity 

AM Lower Maichin (II to III) Canyon Chile Kayaking.
PM – Multi-Sport Activity

Day 5.

Turbio Lava Falls, Swimming Holes, and Liucura Play Wave to Trancura Confluence

AM – Optional Turbio Lava Falls and Swimming Holes Hike
PM – Liucura Play Wave to Trancura Confluence. Surfing is our favorite way to gain confidence with boat control and combat rolling.
Lago Caburuga Vista and Appetizers. For the afternoon we’ll drive the group to overlook Lago Caburgua with vistas of two volcanos.

Day 6.

Travel Day – Rio San Pedro Chile Kayaking

AM – Full Day Road trips are big days and often the group favorites. An early breakfast followed by won of the most scenic drives circling volcanos, lakes and rivers.
PM – Travel Dinner. *Guests are responsible to cover this cultural dinner estimate at $US12 to $US20.

Day 7.

Farewell Celebration Chilean Asado & Video
Optional – Palguin Ten Foot Waterfall with Pool Safety Set

AM – Optional Palguin clean ten foot waterfall.
PM Lower Trancura River
Evening – Farewell Chilean Asado Celebration

Day 8.

Pucon Shopping and Airport Transfers

AMPucon souvenirs and crafts shopping.
PM  Temuco Airport (ZCO) Departure Flights Between 11 AM to 5 PM.

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

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Retreat Kayak Trips Include

Kayak Choice

Choose from Chile’s best whitewater kayak fleet.


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.


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.