For Students and Institutions


ACTION STEP. Complete this three minute form to receive academic program options in relation to certification courses, river sustainability, business education, and of course adventure travel.

Our Institution Affiliates

Tribal spokesperson shares the Mapuche history and protesting locally hydropower threatened Rio Trancura headwaters.

Did you know the retreat was designed in 2007 as an academic base for kayak academies and university programs? Notable educational affiliates include World Class Kayak Academy, Colorado Mountain College – Chile Study Abroad Semester, the National Center for Outdoor and Adventure Education Patagonia, the Swiftwater Safety Institute, Chile’s Universidad de la Frontera, Tahoe Expedition Academy, Girls Preparatory School, Wofford College, NOC, Rocky Mountain Outdoor Center – Chile, and Desert Mountain Medicine

Institution and Program Types

Chile Certification Courses.

Certifications to international students in cross-cultural class medium for Swiftwater Rescue Tech + Kayak Chile (DEC), Advanced Wilderness First Aid – SOLO. Future pending courses include ACA Kayak Instructor, and sustainability certs.

River Sustainability and Instruction.

Colorado Mountain College’s Rivers of Life Sustainability tour took students and professors to river valleys threatened to be dammed. Via pack raft students explored the rivers by day, and by morning and night listened to community presenters discuss their plight to save their river heritage and resource. An intimate and emotional perspective of what communities experience when the industrial complex of hydropower seeks to exploit a river valley. Students will experience both successes and failures within Chilean communities. Curriculum adaptable. Craft options include inflatable kayaks, pack raft, raft and hard shell kayak.

Student Holiday Break Kayak Chile Rivers.

Student holiday break trips are popular because enrolled students are eager to kayak Chile’s sunny weather rivers after a long semester. Parents are keen too because of the safety and certifications offered. Includes multi-day Patagonia expedition to Rio Puelo Valley. Learning has never been so fun.

Student Holiday Break Kayak Chile Rivers + SRT CERT (DEC). EARN the Swiftwater Rescue Tech (Swiftwater Safety Institute) certification while kayaking Chile rivers daily.

  • Beginner – Intermediate groups receive instruction in inflatable kayak or hardshell.
  • Advanced – Expert instruction for kayakers keen to master river running and waterfall skills and progress into whitewater industry jobs.

Student Holiday Break Kayak Chile Rivers + AWFA CERT (DEC). EARN the Advanced Wilderness First Aid (SOLO) certification while kayaking Chile rivers daily.

  • Beginner – Intermediate groups receive instruction in inflatable kayak or hardshell.
  • Advanced – Expert instruction for kayakers keen to master river running and waterfall skills and progress into whitewater industry jobs.

Custom Institution or Group Itinerary? Seeking a custom river sustainability, culturally interactive, institution partnerships, or an adventure itinerary? Contact us to co-develop your program’s idea itinerary and curriculum. Complete this three minute form to help us learn about your institution needs, and we’ll send you academic program details.

Ask questions. We’re here to help. or +1-828-788-5135.


Student and Institution Trips + Custom Options

Pucon Kayak Retreat Johnnie Kayaker

Custom Group Trip Testimonial

Don’t take our word for it, read how this group with varying skill levels and interests had the time of their lives.

Curtis, my NOC kayak instructor mentioned Chile offers numerous beautiful rivers in breath-taking landscapes, that are safe, full of white water, and promise amazing days of paddling. That is all it took for twelve of us, ages 21-60, to venture to Chile. Our skill level varied from Class II to Class IV. One of the strongest paddlers was my son Jack (21 years) joined us with the hope of running more challenging sections and running a few waterfalls. The instructors at the retreat skillfully, graciously, and energetically accommodated our varying kayak skills, abilities and interests. Even guiding a few members of our group down in a raft when the river was more than they felt comfortable kayaking. Experiencing Chile kayaking was even more memorable and special with our private group of paddling friends.

Shawna Shade Richmond, VA

Trip Organizer "Shawna's Richmond Friends Big Chile Kayak Adventure", Custom Pucon Classic Intermediate Trip

We’ve Got You Covered

Our Trips Include


We’ve got Chile’s best whitewater kayak fleet. Plus we coordinate the gear for other scheduled activities.


Choose from one of our unique lodging options that best suits your needs.

Wining & Dining

We provide breakfast, lunch and dinner. Some trips come with special wining & dining.


We will get you to and from the airport during scheduled times. We also handle shuttling for all activities.

View Our Scheduled Trips

Not sure what you want your custom trip to look like? Browse our scheduled kayak trips by experience level to get some ideas. Maybe you like a particular one but just need different dates.

Beginner Kayaking Trips

Class I to III

Beginner whitewater kayaking in Chile is exciting as you learn paddle skills, the whitewater roll, and get to explore rivers in your kayak. Kayakers begin with learning to roll in a lake or hot springs and daily practice your new skills on a safe river section. Whitewater skills you will learn include strokes, rolling, eddy catching, and ferrying rapids.

Intermediate Kayaking Trips

Class II to III+

Intermediate whitewater kayakers have a multitude of class II to III+ river sections with remarkable eddyline, current, rapids, and boof features for safe development. Your riverside base is the heart of Chile’s most abundant whitewater. By the end of the week it’s possible to run a waterfall or advance to running class III+ to IV rapids.

Advanced Kayaking Trips

Class III+ to IV

Experienced river ready whitewater kayakers with combat rolls progress and explore. River features include boofing, high speed eddy hopping and piercing, in-rapid challenges, and big water or low volume access. Trips offer a variety of rivers, cultural experiences, and personalized instruction. Did we mention there are clean waterfall options too?

Expert Kayaking Trips

Class IV to V

Expert whitewater kayakers requested our infrastructure, network, and professionals to gain access and experience Chile’s most exciting rivers and canyons. For solid kayakers with creeking experience seeking to charge stouts, spouts, and boofs. Trips feature Chile’s best river canyons, fast paced rapids, and waterfalls. We’ll deal with access, safety, and logistics. You enjoy the best runs of your life. 

Pucon + Valle Puelo Multi-Adventure Trip

Pucon riverside, basalt canyons, volcanos, y hot springs. Valle Puelo via horse support to AR border gaucho farm. Pack raft Rio Ventisquero to Rio Puelo.

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.

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.

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.

Activities Available For Custom Trips

Pick out some of your desired activities, give us a shout, and we’ll work with you to customize the best trip for your group or club.


Stand Up Paddle Boarding

Hike a Volcano

Rock Climbing



Canopy Tours

Hot Springs


Horseback Riding

Wine Tasting


Mountain Biking

Hike in Ice Caves

Explore Town of Pucon


Tandem Paragliding


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