Learn to Whitewater Kayak in Chile

“I’m not good enough to kayak Chile rivers.” WRONG. Pucon Chile has more beginner and intermediate rivers than the more YouTube famous class V. Think about it. All of those waterfalls, creeks, rivers, and lakes make their way to the Pacific within a short distance. Heck, within ten miles of the retreat we have more than a dozen beginner to intermediate kayak sections with features excellent for learning to combat roll, ferry, catch eddies, surf and play, and develop your skills safely.

“What about my kayaker friends? I don’t want to slow down their kayaking trip.”

We originally designed the Chile Kayak Week of Rivers for Colorado’s Pikes Peak Whitewater Club (PPWC). PPWC had a diverse range of skills for their six kayakers including: a beginner needing foundational strokes and roll practice development, three intermediates mastering river running and combat rolls, and two advanced chargers ready for waterfalls and river challenges. It is rare that one destination can reliably host and instruct beginner to intermediate to advanced kayak skills. We’ve got you covered.  

Who is Rolls & Rivers, Beginner Whitewater Kayaking Chile, for?

Anyone with a sense of adventure that wants to learn the sport of kayaking giving their vacation to have purpose, challenge, learning and to bond with others.

Am I good enough to learn whitewater kayak in Chile?

We all had to learn somewhere. Chile’s rivers, lakes, and hot springs are perfect for whitewater development. There is something magical about exploring rivers, challenging yourself, the  rush of the water, and bonding that has kept all of us kayakers coming back to rivers. Learning to whitewater kayak is your passport to new and exciting adventures with friends team scouting, decision making, and celebrating successes and failures. Chile is the world’s best beginner and intermediate kayak destination because of the anomaly of rivers, lakes, lagunas, and hot springs. Lakes and hot springs are excellent for hot and cold day rolling practice. The multitude of rivers provide more development features for learning kayak mechanics and river navigation.

Kayak equipment orientation, outfitting & safety.

You’ll learn the key pieces of equipment and various styles of kayaking. Safety concerns, history, and applications of the world’s most dynamic water craft. What other craft can plunge waterfalls, surf waves, run rapids, and roll upright when it flips? The essential five pieces of kayak equipment are: paddle, personal flotation device (PFD), kayak, skirt, and helmet. Soft gear includes river shoes such as neoprene booties or sandals, fleece liners, and splash or dry tops. Wet suits are also common. The retreat provides all of your gear. Many guests bring their own river shoes and underlayers.

As your skills progress so will the rivers.

Learning to whitewater kayak takes time and practice. Each day your skills will progress as will your daily new challenges. Rolling in whitewater is unnatural in the beginning. But with great instructors and team support each progression and failure is celebrated as a progressive advancement. We’ll keep the adventures and rivers coming, and you keep the good attitude.

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, SAT. Bienvenidos a Pucon Chile. 

Arrival to Temuco Airport (ZCO) between 11 AM to 5 PM.
Boat outfitting, orientation, and welcome dinner.
Potential afternoon lake session pending time.

DAY 2, SUN. Lago Caburgua Roll Practice + Rio Liucura to Wave – Confluence

AM – Kayak Theory & roll and games session.

PM – Rio Liucura to Wave or Trancura Confluence (II to III+)

DAY 3, MON. Kayak orientation, goals, rolls and rivers.  Rio Tolten + Artisan ice cream.

AM – Kayak history, purposes, equipment, and safety. Lago Villarrica wet exit & roll session.

PM – Kayak Chile Rio Tolten River Run.

DAY 4, TUE. Lower Maichin Canyon (II to III)

AM – Beginner Kayak Pucon Chile Lower Maichin Canyon (kayak a basalt canyon)

PM – Options: Pucon Chile Multi-Sport Activities or Kayaking 

DAY 5, WED. Trancura Delta to Lago Villarrica + Palguin Appetizers

AM – Kayak Pucon Chile Trancura Delta to Lago Villarrica for roll practices
PM – Middle Trancura Skills Development (II+) + Palguin Appetizers

DAY 6, THU. Rio San Pedro (II to IV) Raft or Inflatable Kayak

Yes, beginners get to experience the world renowned turquoise rapids of kayaking or rafting Chile’s Rio San Pedro. We will put you in a pack raft or raft to keep the experience safe and so so so fun. This may be your best day of kayaking ever.

DAY 7, FRI. Kayak or Inflatable Kayak a 10’ Waterfall. Chilean Asado Celebration.

AM – Morning Group Option.

PM – Palguin TEN Foot Waterfall. That’s right. We will hike you into the Upper Palguin to the safest waterfall in the region. Expert kayakers will set safety at the lip and the pool below in case you swim. Stick the line and roll and listen to the cheers from your new friends celebrating your success. Miss the line and want to do it again? We built a ladder so we can lap the drop time after time. Yes, we will have cameras ready for you most exciting whitewater yet.

DAY 8, SAT. Pack and Souvenirs 

AM – Optional Morning Lap or Pucon souvenirs and crafts shopping.

PM –Temuco Airport (ZCO) Departure Flights Between 11 AM to 5 PM.



Lodging Options

River Suite (pp dbl occ)

Hosteria Cabañas (pp dbl occ)

Treehouse Dorm (pp shr occ)

Camp (pp)

Skill Level: No experience required.

Deposit: $US600 Deposit. Read Payment Guarantees

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

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

Trip Length: 8 Days

ADD a Second trip option: DISCOUNT Available. 

Have a Question?

1 + 13 =