Trip Name:
Pucón Classics + Fuy Road Trip & San Pedro Overnighter
Skill Level:
For class II, III, and IV kayakers
Trip Length:
11 Days
Trip Dates:
December 27, 2016 – January 6, 2017
January 10 – January 20, 2017
Trip Price:
$1,950 (camping) — $2,250 (shared occupancy lodging) USD
DescriptionItinerary: Dec. 27 - Jan. 6Itinerary: Jan. 10 - Jan. 20

We identified the best rivers in the month of January for every skill level of kayaker and packed them all into a single trip. After we pick you up from the airport in Temuco, Chile (ZCO) we’ll have you washing off the jetlag during a skills assessment on your new backyard run – the Rio Trancura. Pucón Kayak Hostel (PKH) is conveniently located on the banks of the Trancura River, at the take-out for the Upper Class IV section, which also doubles as the put-in for the Lower Class II-III section.

With the sun setting behind mighty Vulcan Villarrica, you’ll settle into your lodging at Pucón Kayak Hostel and join the group for your first dinner in the quincho. Quincho is a term describing an open-air structure used for cooking and eating, and while they can be found all over Chile, the quincho at PKH is special. From the exquisite attention to architectural detail to the large family-style seating area situated around a fire pit – you’ll find yourself in the quincho with a glass of wine or a cerveza swapping river stories with old friends and new. A chef uses local produce and meat to serve a diverse range of meals – from authentic Chilean cuisine to North American favorites such as gourmet pizza.

Day two starts by dividing the group in two based upon skill level. One group will focus on development skills while the other group will focus on advanced moves on harder whitewater. Interested in learning to stomp your boof? We have the perfect run for you – a series of clean waterfalls in the small but breathtaking canyon of the Upper Palguin. Looking to gain confidence running rapids on-the-fly or nailing your ferry angles? You’ll spend a lot of time getting personalized instruction from our expert coaching staff on the Trancura and neighboring Liucura rivers.

This will be your schedule for the first few days of your trip – morning runs on the Trancura followed by afternoon laps on the Palguin or Liucura slalom course. You’ll also take a quick trip to the Maichin, relax in the local hot springs, and visit the town of Pucón – a beautiful little South American paradise along Lake Villarrica. Just before the group departs for a road trip to rivers further south, you’ll have the opportunity to climb Mt. Villarrica, the towering volcano that stands majestically in the background of nearly everything you do. The volcano hike is a fabulous addition to your trip, and for non-kayakers coming to Pucón, it’s the number one attraction in the area.

After recovering from your hike, you’ll pack your things and load up for a road trip to the Rios Fuy and San Pedro. Have you ever done an overnighter in your kayak? If so, you’re probably familiar with the drill of stuffing your camping gear into your boat only to realize you can’t take everything you need. It then becomes a mental challenge of self-compromise. Can you live without your therma-rest? Perhaps you don’t need an extra fleece or pair of socks if it means you can fit more spaghetti. Luckily for you, this trip is different and your only tough decision will be deciding how much beer you want to bring. Why? Because this overnight kayak trip comes with raft support AND a cook. And that’s not even the best part.

The Rio San Pedro is one of the most beautiful rivers in the world. It doesn’t have the gradient or adrenaline of the Futaleufu, but it does deliver a beautiful crystal clear turquoise river full of salmon and trout and mile after mile of high volume class III fun. Paddling out of Lago Rinimapu the first thing you’ll notice is how clear and warm the water is – make sure to take a turn using the snorkel mask. Roll upside down and watch the rocks pass underneath you in awe. Arrive to camp on a soft white sandy beach and fly fish while you wait for dinner. Or simply sit back and relax with friends as the stars of the southern hemisphere light up the night.

From the San Pedro, the road trip will continue just a short drive away to the Rio Fuy – an essential part of every kayaker’s Chilean bucket list. There are three sections, the upper, middle, and lower. The Upper Fuy is an approximately 4-kilometer section of clean waterfalls that is among the best stretches of river many have ever paddled. The Middle Fuy is for experts only as it includes a stout class V section with a mandatory 50’ waterfall. The Lower Fuy is a continuous and fun Class III – IV section that is ideal for kayakers who are learning how to be competent leaders on the river and becoming more confident running long rapids.

We’ll transport you back to the airport on your last day and you’ll leave reflecting on an amazing trip packed full of new adventures in a very short period of time.

 

Arrival City:
Temuco, Chile (airport code ZCO)
Departure City:
Temuco, Chile (airport code ZCO)
 
Day 1 (Dec 27):

Flight or travel day from your home destination.

Day 2 (Dec 28):

Arrival to Temuco Airport (ZCO) between 11 AM to 5 PM. Boat outfitting and welcome. Potential afternoon Lower Trancura run pending time.

Day 3 (Dec 29):

AM – Kayak Theory + Lower (II-III+) or Upper Trancura (III, IV, IV+ w/portagables) run

PM – Upper Palguin (IV) or Liucura Wave to Trancura (II, III+)

Day 4 (Dec 30):

AM – Rio Sollipulli (II – III, Full Day) or Upper Palguin (IV)

PM – Rio Sollipulli (II – III, Full Day) or Upper Trancura (III, IV, IV+ w/portagables)

Day 5 (Dec 31):

AM – Pack for Maichin Full Day trip.

AM/PM – Maichin (III – IV w/portagables) +  Hotsprings

Day 6 (Jan 1):  Optional Rest Day or Pucon Activities 

AM – Kayak Theory + Lower Trancura or Upper Palguin (IV) Full Day

PM – Liucura Wave to Trancura or Upper Palguin Full Day 

Day 7 (Jan 2):

San Pedro Overnighter with Raft Support

AM – Depart for Rio San Pedro (II – IV w/portagables)

PM – Paddle San Pedro to base camp. Sleep under the southern stars.

Day 8 (Jan 3):

AM – San Pedro paddle out. Drive to Rio Fuy.

PM – Upper (III – IV w/portagables) and Lower Fuy (II – III+) Groups. Warm food and showers in Choshuenco.

Day 9 (Jan 4):

AM – Kayak Theory + Lower and Upper Fuy Groups

PM – Lower and Upper Fuy Lap #2

Day 10 (Jan 5):

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

Day 11 (Jan 6):

Return to home destination.

 

Arrival City:
Temuco, Chile (airport code ZCO)
Departure City:
Temuco, Chile (airport code ZCO)
 
Day 1 (Jan10):

Flight or travel day from your home destination.

Day 2 (Jan 11):

Arrival to Temuco Airport (ZCO) between 11 AM to 5 PM. Boat outfitting and welcome. Potential afternoon Lower Trancura run pending time.

Day 3 (Jan 12):

AM – Kayak Theory + Lower (II-III+) or Upper Trancura (III, IV, IV+ w/portagables) run

PM – Upper Palguin (IV) or Liucura Wave to Trancura (II, III+)

Day 4 (Jan 13):

AM – Rio Sollipulli (II – III, Full Day) or Upper Palguin (IV)

PM – Rio Sollipulli (II – III, Full Day) or Upper Trancura (III, IV, IV+ w/portagables)

Day 5 (Jan 14):

AM – Pack for Maichin Full Day trip.

AM/PM – Maichin (III – IV w/portagables) +  Hotsprings

Day 6 (Jan 15):  Optional Rest Day or Pucon Activities 

AM – Kayak Theory + Lower Trancura or Upper Palguin (IV) Full Day

PM – Liucura Wave to Trancura or Upper Palguin Full Day 

Day 7 (Jan 16):

San Pedro Overnighter with Raft Support

AM – Depart for Rio San Pedro (II – IV w/portagables)

PM – Paddle San Pedro to base camp. Sleep under the southern stars.

Day 8 (Jan 17):

AM – San Pedro paddle out. Drive to Rio Fuy.

PM – Upper (III – IV w/portagables) and Lower Fuy (II – III+) Groups. Warm food and showers in Choshuenco.

Day 9 (Jan 18):

AM – Kayak Theory + Lower and Upper Fuy Groups

PM – Lower and Upper Fuy Lap #2

Day 10 (Jan 19):

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

Day 11 (Jan 20):

Return to home destination.

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