Week of Rivers Chile Kayaking Trip For Beginner-Intermediate-Advanced Kayakers

The Week of Rivers Chile Kayaking Trips are designed for whitewater kayak clubs and groups that require a beginner to intermediate to advanced range of whitewater river features and skills for their members. The beauty of Pucon area rivers is the vast range of safe and challenging river features. Multiple kayak groups and instructors go out daily to beginner, intermediate and advanced rivers and sections. Beginner and Intermediate Chile Kayaking Trips need safety and private instruction.  Advanced Chile Kayaking Trips want to have fun challenging their skills running rivers in beautiful canyons too. Group organizers enjoy quality instructors organizing daily trips with multiple group skills in mind. It just so happens that the Pucon region rivers offer world class features for every skill set.

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Lower Trancura // San Pedro // Liucura Wave to Trancura // Middle Trancura // Lower Maichin // Tolten


Claro River // Nuble River // Maipo River // San Pedro River // Upper Palguin River // Lower Palguin River // Upper Fuy River // Lower Section of Middle Fuy River // Maichin River // Upper Trancura River // Lower Trancura River

What’s Included.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Appetizers & Dinner
  • Kayak Rental
  • Airport Transfer *per scheduled times
  • Riverside Base & Lodging
  • World’s Best Kayak Instruction
  • Daily River Transports

Not Included.

  • 2 meals out at group chosen cultural, favorite cafe, or travel meal
  • Alcohol
  • Some optional multi-adventure activities such as massage therapy and hot springs.

If you want to paddle the rivers in Chile, this is the group to go with. Our trip was as much an instructional trip as a guided trip. Every day built on the skills necessary to tackle the next challenge. All guides/instructors are first rate. The kayaks are less than two years old, and the newest models. Our gear was delayed 4 days and David rounded up everything we needed. My wife commented the paddle they loaned her was better than her own. A shout out to Casey for loaning me his own very nice IR drytop till mine showed up. Even the shuttle vehicles are late model SUVs and very comfortable. Food served was first rate and local. You definitely won’t go hungary. Rooms are nice and clean and lots of hot water for showers. There is even a separate building (one of several cool domes) for hanging out and watching movies and such. There is just a mellow, funky vibe about the retreqt that is very inviting.
Located on the Rio Trancura, making easy access to the classic rivers in the area. Close by are everything from lakes to Class I-V whitewater and lots of waterfalls to run. A great place with even greater people. Definitely planning on going back!

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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)

Arrival to Temuco Airport (ZCO) between 11 AM to 5 PM.
Boat outfitting and welcome.
Intermediate Group Assessment – Lake or Middle Liucura.
Afternoon Group Assessment – Chile Kayaking Lower Trancura River (III to IV).

Day 2 (SUN)

Intermediate Group. AM – Trancura Delta and Lago Villarrica (I to III);  PM – Middle Liucura to Wave

Advanced Group. AM – Lower Trancura (III to IV); PM – Chile Kayaking Liucura Wave to Trancura Bridge (II to IV)

Day 3 (MON) 

Intermediate Group. Load for Chile Kayaking Rio Tolten & Lago Villarrica (I to III). Rolls and Strokes at Lago Villarrica plus river run.

Advanced Group. AM – Chile Kayaking Upper Trancura River (III to V, portages available); PM – Lower Trancura (III to IV);

Day 4 (TUE) Maichin Canyon 

Multi-Adventure Activity. Mapuche Indian Presentation on the state of Rio Trancura Headwaters vs. hydropower or Hot Springs.
Intermediate Group. Lower Maichin (II to III) Canyon.
Advanced Group. Chile Kayaking Maichin Canyon (III to IV)

Day 5 (WED) AM – Waterfall Wednesday 

Intermediate Group. Yes, we have a safe waterfall option (pack raft, ducky, or kayak) for intermediates too. There is a hike in option to the Upper Palguin 9 foot waterfall. You can run your first waterfall with set safety.

Advanced Group. Chile Kayaking Upper Palguin Canyon laps. For many the best kayaking experience of their trip is to explore the Palguin basalt canyon via kayak. Waterfalls range from three to twenty feet.

PM – Group Option Multi-adventure Activity. 

Day 6 (THU) Travel Day – Chile Kayaking Rio San Pedro (II to IV) Both Groups 

Instructors will meet with both kayak groups to discuss San Pedro trip logistics. For intermediate kayakers not qualified to kayak we can offer pack rafts, duckys, or raft. San Pedro is a full day river trip also driving 180 degrees around Volcan Villarrica. An early breakfast followed by one of the most scenic drives circling volcanos, lakes and rivers. Thursday nights are scheduled for a guest dinner at one of our favorite Chilean cafes. We’ll take time to explore Pucon’s shops, eateries, and have a cerveza or artisan ice cream.
*Guests are responsible to cover this cultural dinner estimate at $US12 to $US18.

Day 7 (FRI) Group Option, Farewell Celebration Asado & Video

We’ll gauge the group energy and discuss kayaking or multi-adventure options for the final day. Some may want to try a clean waterfall for a grand finale lap on a favorite section. Others may want to get redemption on a specific rapid. We’ll celebrate the week’s accomplishments Chilean style with a grand fire and asado.

Day 8 (SAT) There’s still time to get in one last run. 

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)

Trip Details

Skill Level: Beginner-Intermediate-Advanced

Deposit: $US600. 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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