Pucón Classics: Intermediate


The Pucón Classics: Intermediate Trip is for intermediate whitewater kayakers seeking to progress skills to advanced kayaking. Add the security of professional instructors, safe and challenging development features, quality equipment, Chile’s beautiful rivers at our riverside retreat with Team Buena Oncda.

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,”

We often hear this wrong assumption.  Yes, intermediate kayakers come to Chile to get student centric kayak instruction and explore safe fun rivers too. Proper features plus skillful instructors.

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

DEC 7 – 14, 2024

DEC 14 – 21, 2024

DEC 28 – JAN 9, 2025

JAN 25 – FEB 1, 2025

FEB 8 – 15, 2024

FEB 22 – MAR 1, 2025

MAR 8 – 15, 2025

*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.

Let us do it ALL for you… ALL-INCLUSIVE!

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.