Students Kayak Chile Waterfalls + Rescue Training

Now students can kayak Chile Rivers and waterfalls during school holiday break. Students will learn the art of kayak flight, how to protect yourself, creeking communication and skills, and earn employable Swiftwater Rescue Training-I Certification from the Swiftwater Safety Institute. To make the trip even more badass we’ll throw in a canyon extraction scenario led by a professional canyoneer. 

Holiday Gifting and Family Pucon Holiday Multi-Sport Trip. 

Is your family concerned about you missing the holidays? Let your family know they can enjoy a vacation too with our “Family Pucon Holiday Multi-Sport Trip.” 

Ask your family for this trip to be your holiday gift? Could be your best present ever. Read more Gift a Trip.” 

Who should apply?

Intermediate to advanced student kayakers (high school grads must be 18) keen to master river running and waterfall techniques. And earn your SRT certification.

Am I good enough? The great thing about Chile rivers is the diverse range intermediate to advance features idea for development. Students with a growth mindset to accept failures as opportunities for learning will progress in this safe learning environment. So, your roll is not bombproof. We’ll help you get there.

Can non-students apply?  Yes. This Chile Rivers and Waterfall tour is open to non-students keen to learn and explore. Due to holiday break timing the trip is most popular with students.

Swiftwater Rescue Training – I (SRT-I) LINK.  Certification is through Swiftwater Safety Institute and included within your program. Students are required to complete 4 hours of online video training prior to program with an additional 2.5 days on-water rescue training.

Emergency Canyon Extraction Training Scenario (not part of SRT-I curriculum). The team will be trained by canyoneering professionals how to setup and execute an emergency canyon extraction.

Safety Emphasis and Decision Making. Rescue courses and experience change the perspective of kayaker decision making. It is our goal to teach students safety principles to guide decision making.

About Kayaking Chile Rivers and Waterfalls

This is the fun part. Chile rivers are famous for clear blue colors, quality features, and clean waterfalls. We mix river running and waterfalls to practice a diverse range of skills. Bring your camera and elbow pads… this is gonna be fun.

River Running Skills. Scouting and setting safety; piercing and controlling eddies; boofing; aggressive ferrying; catching challenging eddies; extreme race techniques; downriver play.

Waterfall Skills. Assessing lines; protection positions; art of kayak flight; pitch degree control; boofing; stomping; freestyle.

Tentative Trip Itinerary

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

DAY 1, DEC 18. Welcome to your Chile Kayaking Riverside home. 

Arrival to Temuco Airport (ZCO) between 11 AM to 5 PM. Boat outfitting and welcome.
Afternoon Lower Trancura skills assessment. Welcome to Pucon Kayak Retreat and dinner by fire
Kayaking goals and coaching.

DAY 2, DEC 19 – Half Day SRT Plus Upper Palguin Lap

After a half day of swiftwater rescue KNOT FUN we’ll load the trailers for our first waterfall laps. Kayaking Chiles Upper Palguin students begin by hiking down into a basalt canyon and seal launching off a natural land bridge. The first double drop actually has a ladder meaning we can lap and perfect our lines. Clean waterfalls offer options to safely learn waterfalls, master freestyle, or extreme race training.

DAY 3 & 4, DEC 20 & 21 – SRT Course 

Time permitting students will kayak afternoon laps on Kayaking Chile Upper Palguin or Kayak Chile Upper Trancura River.

DAY 5, DEC 22 – Maichin Canyon Plus Pucon Christmas Shopping 

AM. Rio Maichin Canyon. Drive east toward Argentina to explore the remote basalt Maichin Canyon.

DAY 6, DEC 23 – Palguin & Trancura Double Header

Students notch the classic Palguin and Trancura double-header for a day of action packed kayaking. You will paddle right to your river base to hangout with your new friends.

DAY 7, DEC 24 – Canyon Extraction Vertical Rescue & Elephant Christmas Party 

AM – Vert Extraction Training, Nevados Canyon. Students will rig and execute a scenario vertical extraction led by professional canyoneer. What gear is necessary for remote canyon kayaking?

PM – Elephant Christmas Party. Required cheesy Christmas costume: elf, Santa beards, antlers, Rudolph nose, sweaters.. we love them all. Everyong will go shopping for an economical gift. C’mon. Join the fun.

DAY 8, DEC 25 – Christmas Stouts – Salto Blanco 33 Footer

Travel north to the Volcan Lonquimay Valley and Conguillio National Park for a day of lapping the prettiest blue 33 foot waterfall, Salto Blanco.

DAY 9, DEC 26 – Fire and Ice Tour (Volcano and Glacier) Optional Hot Springs

Students will drive to the Villarrica National Park passing Monkey Puzzle Araucania forests. Glacier Pichillancahue gives vistas of three volcanos and 100,000 year old ice sculptures. Hot springs are optional pending time.

Day 10, DEC 27 – Rio San Pedro Plus River Sustainability 

Students will drive 180 degrees around Volcan Villarrica to where Lago Rinimapu overflows into the San Pedro Estuary. Observe spectacular views of volcanos and clear blue water as you paddle from lake to whitewater. The river builds in speed and is playful in nature with surf waves galore. The climax is five giant Futa style rapids to challenge everyone. Because Rio San Pedro is threatened to be dammed we include a sustainability lesson component to the trip. Read more Kayak Chiles Rio San Pedro.

Day 11, DEC 28 – Trancura and Lower Palguin 

The Lower Palguin is lesser paddled than its more popular sister Upper Palguin primarily because logistics are less convenient. The Lower Paguin begins with a series of class III+ to IV basalt mini canyon drops. There are two mandatory portages. The climax is a drop we like to call Mini Garganta due to its spiraling ramp boof 12 footer.

Day 12 & 13, DEC 29 & 30 – Student Logistics Two Day Fuy Roadtrip 

Students will research and plan a two day road trip to the Rio Fuy and Huilo Huilo Valley. Read more Chile kayaking Rio Fuy.

Day 14, DEC 31 – New Years Eve Student Choice

DAY 15, JAN 1 – Shopping, Palguin Laps and Celebration Asado

AM. Pucon Shopping – cafes and last chance souvenirs.
PM. Palguin Waterfall Laps.

DAY 16, JAN 2 – Temuco Airport (ZCO) Departures between 11 AM to 5 PM. 



  • Swiftwater Rescue Training – I Certification (Swiftwater Safety Institute)
  • Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner
  • Kayak Rental
  • Airport Transfer *per scheduled times
  • Riverside Community & Lodging
  • World’s Best Kayak Instruction
  • Daily River Transports

Not Included.

  • 2 meals/week out at group chosen favorite cafe, or travel meal
  • Personal camping and kayak gear
  • Optional multi-adventure options such as massage therapy or hot springs
  • Snacks and souvenirs


 Lodging Options

Cabins (pp dbl occ)

Treehouse Dorms


Trip Details

Skill Level: III to IV+

Deposit:  $1,200 deposit. Read Payment Guarantees

Arrival City: DEC 18 Temuco Airport (ZCO) – 11 AM to 5 PM

Departure City: JAN 2 Temuco Airport (ZCO) – 11 AM to 5 PM

Trip Length: 16 Days

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