As a Chilean youth Javier’s father Jorge would take him fishing in the Nuble Valley. The Nuble Valley also attracted one of NOC’s greatest legends, Jon Clarke. Jon a lover of both the Chilean people and protector of threatened rivers began teaching Chilean youth to kayak and the community members to create sustainable eco-businesses. Jon was training adults to lead eco-tourism adventures and lodging services. Jon and the Jimenez family established the annual Nuble Festival as a tribute to protect and make more aware of the river’s threats from giant hydro-power. Jon tragically passed away due to a non-whitewater related event. But his legacy lives in the Nuble Valley.

It was 2016 when NOC’s kayak program direct Tosh Arwood reinitiated Chile kayak trips, and PKR was introduced to the Jimenez family. It was emotional for everyone that knew Jon, and everyone desired to help continue to protect the Nuble and Chile rivers. Upon meeting Javi at age 15, seeing his excitement for whitewater, passion for the outdoors, and the Jimenez family care for the Nuble Valley we decided to return to the Nuble every year it releases free flowing water.

Pucon Kayak Retreat owner David Hughes soon invited Javi to volunteer at the retreat in exchange to learn whitewater instruction, meals, and transportation to Pucon’s rivers and canyons. Today Javi is charging waterfalls, training for extreme racing, and aspires to be a whitewater kayak and fly fishing guide/instructor. Javi gives presentations to university, high school and kayak groups regarding the protests and actions the Nuble Valley has witnessed in opposition of the hydropower development. Any trip featuring Javi’s presence is gainful with safety, Chilean culture and history, personal experience within hydropower opposition, translation, and remarkable whitewater instruction. It is with pride that we watch Javi grow and develop into an eco-tourism leader.

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


Chile Kayak Trips

Student Week of Chile Rivers – 50% DISCOUNT

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

Women of Chile Rivers Kayak Trip

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

Pucon Classics Advanced

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

Rolls & Rivers Beginner Chile Kayak Trip

Multiple Dates Available
For BEGINNER (no experience required) kayakers keen to learn the combat roll and paddling fundamentals on Chile rivers. Bring a friend or meet new ones while you learn to kayak Chile rivers. All-inclusive

Fuy Plus Pucon Rivers

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 Family Multi-Sport Adventures

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

Chile Kayak y Multi-Adventure Trips Calendar

Calendar details best white water kayak Chile and multi-sport adventure trips by month and skill. Links to trip data make reserving your trip easy.

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 Creek Week (IV to V)

NOV 11 – 18
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.

Hughes Family Goes to Patagonia

Hughes Family Goes to Patagonia! It is with pride retreat owner David Hughes announces the Hughes Family Goes to Patagonia trip. This page serves as a guide and checklist for the Hughes Family Patagonia Vacation Plan. Page does NOT detail trip itinerary or advertising...

Rio Claro Plus – Kayak Chile Waterfalls

Advanced and Expert Kayakers

Kayak Chiles Claro Canyon basalt waterfalls. 66,000,000 years milled and carved to kayaking perfection. Access, logistics, equipment, meals, coaching included. Bring your Go Pro and elbow pads.

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