Your Chile Home – Adventures for Everyone

Most Popular Trips - Want your meals cooked by a chef, your transportation arranged, to be coached by professional kayak instructors, to have the best gear, and explore Chile’s best rivers? Let us do the planning while you do the relaxing and playing.

  • Teacups to Pucon, A. Nov 7 to 20; B. Nov 27 to Dec 10; C. Dec 24 to Jan 6 – Creek Boaters Heaven combining the Seven Teacups and Pucon in one trip!
  • Pucon Creeks and Rivers, Dec 6 to 19 – Intermediate to advanced kayakers get more water time and personal coaching with the luxuries of your home base.
  • Road to Futa, Feb 27 to March 12 – Beginner to expert kayakers can now experience the road trip of a life time. We’ve got the coaches and equipment to coach and lead you on Chile’s most famous river.
  • Pucon Adventure Trips - Ask us about day trips and adventures for your family, group, or school. Standup paddle board, raft, ducky, hotsprings, hikes, beginner kayak lessons and more… Email – for your private adventures.
  • Youth Beginner to Intermediate Kayak Camp, Ages 12 to 17. Jan 17 to 22 and Jan 24 to 29. Now, Chilean families have a safe remarkable youth development adventure sport camp.

Location. Location. Location.

Pucon Kayak Hostel nailed it when it comes to location. You’ll have the river next to you for play, excitement and tranquility. Imagine a community of guests without the hassle of an often loud hot town. But you are just a $US1 and 10 minute bus ride from the town center and at PKH you have the luxury of large communal spaces, living next to the river, and being in the heart of Chilean beauty. You are invited to join us for one of our asados, movie night, or an afternoon or morning shuttle to the river or your next adventure.

Above Video – This video shot in and around Pucon show cases Pucón’s variety of adventures. Are you the type that prefers to go explore with the locals the best kept secrets versus being a tourist? We are a group of fun loving goof-offs who prefer to do flips into lagunas than to work a minute in an office.  Ask us about our favorite day hikes, hotsprings, swimming holes, volcanos, rivers, and adventures. You will be glad you did. 

  • Camping at Pucon Kayak Hostel - Campers tired of noisy campgrounds with no facilities are raving about the PKH experience. Camp by the river and have access to our communal kitchen, bath house, tree house showers, and yoga and movie dome. This is as good as camping gets and without the noise and dangers of in-town theft.

PKH Owner David Hughes on Purpose of Meaning

Above – PKH owner David Hughes shares thoughts on “Purpose of Meaning.” We invite you to Pucon and maybe even find out a little about your own purpose.  How does it sound to philosophize about it all after a day of adventures chat about it over a beer or a mate? We’d like to hear your thoughts. 

The original treehouse shower design was to deparate two shower heads with stalls around the two large coigue trees. When Pucon Kayak Hostel owner took the first shower he realized the large open space had to remain.

Guests claim, “That’s the best shower of my life.” You are invited to a warm experience at Pucon Kayak Hostel.

Owner David Hughes led international whitewater kayak tours for 15 years seeking best destinations.  It was Chile that seemed to have it all – remarkable adventures, the world’s best whitewater and mountain ranges, oceans and volcanos, and the right balance of culture with a safe and stable economy. So, when David discovered a riverside fisherman’s lodge for sale located right in the heart of the world’s best whitewater he acted fast. Now, you can base right next to the river and enjoy the community at PKH.

Non-kayakers are choosing PKH for their Pucón stay?

By the end of Stacy’s stay she was rolling a kayak and running class III both in a kayak and on a Standup Paddle (SUP) board.

PKH offers logistics support for day trips. We get everything from university study abroad students to couples seeking a romantic escape to solo nomads touring by bike to families looking for a warm place to relax. Popular for non-paddlers is a Standup Paddle (SUP) Board and hotsprings combo. SUP is the most fun you can have on a gorgeous waterway so easy to learn a 5 year old or even a dog can do it. Whether you want to kayak Pucon or have fun on the beaches exploring the waterways and lagunas you’ll enjoy the comforts of PKH.

A Unique Ambiance

The southern hemisphere stars are out on this February night. Your warmly invited to experience the ambiance of Pucon Kayak Hostel.

While, most hostel owners build more beds to make more profit David had a bigger plan focusing instead on the experience.  The ideal was to create a warm space for guests to hangout, store and dry gear, and function. So, with one of Chile’s finest architects they first designed the quincho.

Quinchos are structures designed specifically for the Chilean asado. Asados are social gatherings typical of the culture sharing select cuts of meat almost always near to a warm fire. The quincho is where you share stories, eat your meals and relax next to the fire with a pisco-sour or vino tinto. Like no other location the quincho brings people together.

The investment of the artistic center piece quincho gives guests a warm inviting ambiance. Guests are attracted to the riverside land, experience and choose to return for the experience.

Whitewater ambassador Clay Wright explains how PKH helps kayakers get on the water.

More guest endorsements.

You are invited to the warm hospitality of Pucon Kayak Hostel.

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Your Chile Home – Adventures for Everyone


    1. Laurie Macintosh says:

      Dave, this is the first time I’ve seen your site and your hostel. It looks really great! Hope you are enjoying it.

      - Laurie (Ian Mickle’s mom)

      • davidh says:

        Thank you so much Laurie. It’s been a long road and time since Ian was shredding waves with us on our first Huge Experiences semester to Chile. I often share stories about Ian with the students. Best. David

    2. Emily Meredith says:

      This looks amazing Dave! Can’t wait to get back down there!

    3. Tom Simenc says:

      Looks like a fantastic hostel in one of the best areas of the world! I think I’ll have to come down visit! I hope everything is going well Dave!

    4. Alex Longpré says:

      Hi, I was planning a trip to go kite surfing in Cabarete, Dominican Republic but I just saw your ad on FB. I always wanted to kayak. I took a lessons a few years ago so I know how to eskimo roll and was pretty good at it, even in current.

      Was wondering if you guys offer something similar to the 10 day kids camp but for a 34 year old single man???

      Thanks in advance for your time


      • davidh says:

        Alex, I would happily put together a beginner camp for adults. Great ideal. Send me an email.

        • Alex Longpré says:

          Great. I wouldn’t know what more to say in an e-mail as of yet but if it ever materialize, I’d be more than happy to be a guinea pig LOL. Let me know what comes of this and glad I came up with a new idea to help grow that wonderful business of yours

          Cheers from Canada



    5. Please send me information on prices, airport, airline etc. Could I have a single room? I am used to using a lake kayak in Class III rapids. Thank you! This sounds like Shangi-la for kayakers.

    6. lalo ruiz says:

      For end of february or March is it needed a dry suit in pucon area?

      • davidh says:

        February and March are warm summer months like July and August. A drytop and shorts would be plenty warm on even the coldest water runs. Some runs are warm water with others like the Palguin being cold water.

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