Learning to whitewater kayak as a Chile vacation gives your trip daily purpose progressing your eskimo roll, learning paddle strokes, and exploring Chile’s blue whitewater rivers. 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. 

Will you enjoy kayaking?

Do you like exploring, jumping off diving boards or cliffs, playing in lakes or rivers, or have a sense of adventure? If yes, to any of these you may just love kayaking.

What will you learn?

Wet Exit & Eskimo Roll. After an equipment orientation and history of kayaking you’ll begin with a safe lake session. First lesson is the famous wet exit that teaches you how easy and safe it is to get out of your kayak. We’ll combine this lesson with some fun paddling games as you progress to learning the mechanics of your kayak roll. Daily, you will practice your roll and strokes as you progress to more and more challenging rapids and river sections.

Are Pucon’s rivers safe for learning to whitewater kayak?

It’s the best 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.

What equipment will you need?

We’ve got you covered. The essential 5 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.

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.


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


AM – Kayak history, purposes, equipment, and safety. Lago Caburgua Wet Exit & Roll session.

PM – River run.


AM – Lago Villarrica rolls and games session.

PM – Tolten River run. Artesan ice cream Villarrica. 


AM – Trancura Delta 

PM – Lago Villarrica Rolls and Games

DAYS 5 & 6 (WED & THU)

River options are dependent upon the learner’s specific skills assessment, and comfort of level of challenges. Instructors will assess and provide rivers, activities, and development options. Options include Middle Liucura and Wave section, Lower Maichin, Middle Trancura, Lower Trancura, and Liucura Wave to Trancura Confluence.


Return to favorite river section and celebration asado. Option for multi-adventure activity. 

DAY 8, JAN 9 

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

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


Arrival City. Santiago Airport (SCL) 

Departure City. Santiago (SCL); Or Pucon Creek Week Trip Extension Departs from Temuco (ZCO)

  Lodging Options

River Suite (pp dbl occ)

Hosteria Cabañas (pp dbl occ)

Treehouse Dorm (pp shr occ)

Camp (pp)

Trip Details

Skill Level: III+ to IV+

Deposit: $600 Zero deposit during COVID Restrictions. 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

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