Possibly, South America’s most run waterfall section the Upper Palguin Canyon is like a waterfall park idea for experts keen to master advanced skills in a safe setting, and first time creekers excited to learn creeking and waterfalls techniques. Hiks a short distance to the base of the pro-only Salto Palguin (boof to 85 footer) for a one-of-a-kind seal launch adjacent to a river land bridge. Double Drop is the first and most difficult rapid with a ladder complimentary of PKR boaters construction offering multi-lapping of this gem. A 4 footer followed by a 9 footer offers lots of speed and plenty of entertainment. Other notable drops include Squeaky Door, the 12 footer, 20 footer, and Pescador.

 

Whitewater Kayak Skills Require

Confidence to learn and try the following in a remote basalt canyon. 

  • solid combat roll

  • river running experience

  • river communication

  • creek eddy catching

  • low volume ferrying

  • boof skills

Access Put in/Takeout

20 minutes from retreat base need a vehicle or driver. 

Put In: Roadside access at Salto Palguin pulloff, or private access with permissions. Roadside has experienced breakins.  

Take Out: Pull-off at fence hole .75 KM below putin. Leave nothing in your vehicles.  

Highlights. One of a kind land bridge seal launch; Double Drop challenges, ear dipping the 12 footer, and multi-lapping the 20 footer.

Dangers. The run is relatively safe. Although, high flows can get downright nasty with scary swims. Low flows and too far left off the 20 footer the water is green. Avoid taking out river right above the crack.

Instructor Tips & Challenges. Go with someone that knows has access permissions or have a vehicle security plan. Plan to lap Double Drop and the 20 footer (leftside below Pescador is trail). PKR provides safety and freestyle coaching for various waterfall skills.

 

Advanced Pucon Chile Rivers to Kayak 


Lower Trancura (III to IV)

Upper Palguin River (III to IV+)

Lower Palguin (III to IV+)

Maichin Canyon (III+ to IV+)

Upper Fuy (III+ to IV+)

San Pedro River (II to IV) 

Liucura Wave to Trancura Confluence (III to III+)

Rio Claro (III+ to V)

Salto Blanco del Sur (IV)

Other advanced rivers descriptions coming soon: Coilaco 30 Footer, Maipo (Lower & Upper), Rio Nuble, Futaleufu  

Chile Kayak Trips Featuring
Upper Palguin River

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.

Fuy Plus Pucon Rivers

MULTIPLE DATES AVAILABLE
Advanced kayaking in Chiles best waterfall destinations of Rio Fuy and Pucon. Blue waterfalls with Pucon rivers and basalt canyons offers multiple sections for advanced whitewater kayakers.

2022-23 Trip Calendar

All TripsNovember Trips - Experts Only This is the Chilean spring time and that means optimum levels for creeking, more rivers and waterfalls options. Dates Trip Details OCT 29 - NOV 4 Pucon Creek Week (IV - V) Book Trip Mark Taylor/David Hughes OCT 29 - NOV 11 Custom...

Week of Rivers Chile Kayaking Trip

Multiple Dates. FOR Beginner-Intermediate-Advanced Kayakers
For clubs & groups with a range of skills: beginner – intermediate – advanced kayakers. Beginners and intermediates can safely learn while advanced kayakers can challenge their skills with separate rivers and instructors. Celebrate nightly around the fire.

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.

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Other Advanced Chile Kayak Trip Options

Fuy Plus Pucon Rivers

Fuy Plus Pucon Rivers

MULTIPLE DATES AVAILABLE
Advanced kayaking in Chiles best waterfall destinations of Rio Fuy and Pucon. Blue waterfalls with Pucon rivers and basalt canyons offers multiple sections for advanced whitewater kayakers.

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