Packed full of pour overs, boofs, challenging rapids, slots, fun moves, and even two world class V big water rapids for the pros.  With the Pucon valley’s volcanos, Andean peaks, creeks, and rivers all flowing into the Trancura River the various sections guarantee exciting whitewater year round. The Lower and Upper Trancura are great for advanced to expert kayakers even attracting the world’s elite to notch class V rapids like Marimon and Last Laugh. The development features are excellent for boofing, piercing high speed eddies, challenging kayakers with rapids, and high speed ferry moves.

Whitewater Kayak Skills Require

  • solid combat roll

  • boof-attitude

  • river communication

  • eddy catching and piercing

Access Put in/Takeout

Requires Bike or shuttle driver, or two drivers.

Put In: 9 KM above PKR base river right or left. Need shuttle. 

Take Out: PKR guests take out at retreat. 

River Character

The run is full of fun moves, development features, lots of boofing and slot drops to run. Non-experienced kayakers often miss the many fun slots and boofs below Last Laugh. High water is fluffy, fast and fun. Last Laugh can be intimidating and being upside down will require super solid roll. Few experts will run Marimon at high water. At high water there is a sweet 8’ high spout left of the island at Garganta.

Dangers

All rapids are portage-able but are helpful with Trancura experienced guide. Sieve on right at Garganta; log on right below Feo; Marimon is only for experts with kayak safety at bottom recommended; Last Laugh is for experts only.

Instructor Tips & Challenges

There are many fun challenges that folks that don’t know the run will miss out on. Thread the Needle is about a 30% move even for the pros but super fun to try; ask a guide about our one minute slalom course challenge below the wave; at medium to high flows have a guide lead you off the Garganta Spout; lap Feo on the right; see how many slots you can stick for the runout below Last Laugh; how many eddies can you catch at Feo.  

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 Trancura

Chile Week of Rivers – For Beginner Intermediate & Advanced Kayakers

Multiple Dates Available
Designed for groups with diverse skills – two groups go to intermediate and advanced rivers daily. Beginners and intermediates can safely learn while advanced chargers can lap waterfalls and get their boof on. Celebrate nightly around the fire.

Fuy 50 Foot Waterfall Canyon PLUS Pucon

FEB 20 – 27, 2021
Expert kayakers can now run Chile’s cleanest 50 foot waterfall and Pucon’s best whitewater.

Rio Fuy +PLUS Pucon

Multiple WEEKS Available
Guaranteed blue waterfalls, slides, and boofs on world class creeks and rivers. Chile’s best two January kayaking destinations in one week promise epic kayaking on the the best rivers of your life. Solid combat roll required.

Pucon Classics Advanced (III to IV)

Multiple WEEKS Available
MOST POPULAR. Want to up your kayaking game with the safety of world class coaches on rapids that will challenge and excite you? Trip guarantees blue rivers, waterfalls, slides, and boofing all on world class creeking and big rivers.

Pucon Creek Week (IV to V)

Multiple Dates Available
Chile’s best whitewater kayaking within Pucón’s basalt canyons. High speed rapids, big water, huck and plug waterfalls… Boof right. Boof left. Everywhere a boof.

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Other Advanced Trips We’re Offering

Keeners & Families Chile Holidays

Keeners & Families Chile Holidays

Multiple WEEKS Available
The perfect vacation for Keeners to safely learn creeking and river running skills, and for families to have a menu of multi-adventures within Chile’s blessed Lakes and Volcanos District. Watch your Keener stick their first waterfall.

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Rio Fuy +PLUS Pucon

Rio Fuy +PLUS Pucon

Multiple WEEKS Available
Guaranteed blue waterfalls, slides, and boofs on world class creeks and rivers. Chile’s best two January kayaking destinations in one week promise epic kayaking on the the best rivers of your life. Solid combat roll required.

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Pucon Classics Advanced (III to IV)

Pucon Classics Advanced (III to IV)

Multiple WEEKS Available
MOST POPULAR. Want to up your kayaking game with the safety of world class coaches on rapids that will challenge and excite you? Trip guarantees blue rivers, waterfalls, slides, and boofing all on world class creeking and big rivers.

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