Kesha’s father Don Thompson introduced her to whitewater on the banks of the Nantahala at the early age of five. From there she was hooked and would later become a kayak instructor for NOC and go onto win the coveted Green Race Champion title. It’s no surprise Kesha loves padling steep creeks as much as rivers.

After hearing so many friends rave about Chilean rivers Kesha signed up for the Claro PLUS, Pucon Creek Week, and to the Guest Work Exchange Program (GWEP). With Kesha’s Western North Carolina creeking experience she’s a natural within Chile’s basalt canyons and waterfalls. Kesha’s volunteer work with the retreat soon earned her a job offer to explore her winters kayaking in Chile and join the team.

Kesha’s northern hemisphere time is invested helping folks as an ER and ICU nurse in Grand Junction, Colorado. There Kesha paddles, paraglides, and mountain bikes most days when she’s not helpingthe sickly recover. 

Above: Javi lands a rainbow before breakfast at the retreat quincho. 

Scheduled

Chile Kayak Trips

Students Kayak Chile Rivers + WFR CERT

Students kayak Chile rivers and earn Wilderness First Responder Certification over holiday break. Daily after WFR classes instruction for BEG-INT-ADV kayakers.

First Descents Alumni & Friends Chile Kayak Trip

First Descents friends Chile kayaking trip for BEG-INT-ADV groups. Kayaking daily safe and proper development features for best learning.

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Ladies of Chile Rivers Kayak Trip

Chile kayaking trip for intermediate and advanced lady kayakers led by kayak school owners, competitors and expedition leaders on Chile’s best whitewater.

Pucon Classics Advanced (III to IV)

Multiple WEEKS Available
Advanced Chile Whitewater Kayaking Trip guarantees blue rivers, waterfalls, slides, and boofing all on world class creeking and big rivers.

Beginner Whitewater Kayak Chile Trips

Multiple Dates Available
For beginner and wannabe whitewater kayakers. Equipment, rivers, fun adventures, and challenges included. Bring a friend or meet new ones while you learn to kayak Chile rivers.

Fuy Plus Pucon Rivers

MULTIPLE DATES AVAILABLE
Advanced kayaking in Chiles best waterfall destinations of Rio Fuy and Pucon. Blue waterfalls with Pucon rivers and basalt canyons offers multiple sections for advanced whitewater kayakers.

Pucon Multi-Sport Adventures

FEB 5 – 12
Pucon’s best multi-sport adventures travelers choose from raft, horse, hot springs, wine tasting, volcanos and glaciers while living riverside.

2022-23 Trip Calendar

All TripsNovember Trips - Experts Only This is the Chilean spring time and that means optimum levels for creeking, more rivers and waterfalls options. Dates Trip Details OCT 29 - NOV 4 Pucon Creek Week (IV - V) Book Trip Mark Taylor/David Hughes OCT 29 - NOV 11 Custom...

Student Certifications WFR + SRT + Chile Kayaking

Students can kayak Chile rivers whilst earning certifications in wilderness first responder and swiftwater rescue tech. Credits available.

Huilo Huilo Plus Pucon Multi-Sport

JAN 18 – 25
Choose from Pucon and Huilo Huilo Biological Reserves best adventures and comfort activities. Riverside lodging, and reliving your failures and summits with friends and warm fire. Is this real life.

Kathy Zerkle and Friends Chile Birthday Party

Happy birthday Kathy. Over the years nurse/ranger/psychotherapist Kathy Zerkle has mended more broken river bodies and minds than all of us put together. It is with great pleasure that Pucon Kayak Retreat offers Kathy & friends a birthday week of retreat Chilean river style amongst her besties.

Pucon Classics Intermediate (II to III+)

Multiple Dates Available
15 INTERMEDIATE sections to learn self-scouting, piercing eddies, boofing, edge control, and explore Chile’s beautiful rivers. Bring a friend or bond with new ones during your daily challenges.

Week of Rivers Chile Kayaking Trip

Multiple Dates. FOR Beginner-Intermediate-Advanced Kayakers
For clubs & groups with a range of skills: beginner – intermediate – advanced kayakers. Beginners and intermediates can safely learn while advanced kayakers can challenge their skills with separate rivers and instructors. Celebrate nightly around the fire.

Pucon Creek Week (IV to V)

Multiple Dates Available
Mark Taylor/Joe Gudger/David Hughes/Staff
POPULAR… combo with Claro Plus

Kayak Chile’s best whitewater in basalt canyons, volcano drainages, slides, big water rapids, and stick your waterfall lines. A week of epic kayaking and celebrating Chile’s best whitewater region during optimal flows.

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Our Scheduled Chile Kayak Trips

Beginner Whitewater Kayak Chile Trips

Beginner Whitewater Kayak Chile Trips

Multiple Dates Available
For beginner and wannabe whitewater kayakers. Equipment, rivers, fun adventures, and challenges included. Bring a friend or meet new ones while you learn to kayak Chile rivers.

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