Trip Name:
The Seven Teacups + The Best Rivers & Creeks in Pucón
Skill Level:
For kayakers comfortable on class IV and/or IV+
Trip Price:
$1,950 — $2,900 USD (see trip itinerary for price)
Trip Length:
13 Days
Trip Dates:
November 8 – November 20, 2016
November 19 – December 1, 2016
December 11 – December 23, 2016 – PRICE REDUCED!
DescriptionItinerary: Nov. 8 - Nov. 20Itinerary: Nov. 19 - Dec. 1Itinerary: Dec. 11 - Dec. 23

This is waterfall wonderland for kayakers. Teacups + Pucón is our most popular trip, taking kayakers into one of the world’s most iconic river canyons. With drop after drop after drop of clean waterfalls, slots, and cascades – the Rio Claro delivers multiple sections for intermediate and advanced kayakers in a narrow basalt gorge unlike anything you have ever seen. Guests on this trip will explore the Claro by spending several days based inside Seven Teacups National Park paddling sections like the infamous Garganta del Diablo (or “Throat of the Devil”), notorious for the 180-degree two-tiered waterfall of the same name that drops you into one of the lower canyons.

Just three hours south of Chile’s capital hides a national treasure, — the Seven Teacups National Park. Tourists, like kayakers, are attracted to the photogenic clear blue canyon and an incredible series of clean waterfalls that seems to stretch for miles. Each “salto” is perfectly formed with a round pool or “taza” at the bottom. The canyon may best be described as a desert crack in the earth, a basalt core strata wall that the nearby snowy peaks of the Andes Mountains have melted, drained, cut, milled, carved, and polished over millions of years in the annual pilgrimage to sea. Some falls flow straight, some have corner boofs, others have ramps, and some sections even have drops riding along walls or flowing for over 70’ through a slot only slightly larger than the width of your kayak.

In addition to the Teacups road trip, you’ll have the opportunity to paddle some of the best rivers in creeks in Pucón during the wet Chilean spring as you base out of Pucón Kayak Hostel and enjoy world-class coaching on remarkable river features. We’ll be taking you daily to runs like the Palguin, Nevados, Trancura, Maichin, Coilaco, and Turbio. The great food, riverfront lodging, and company of kayakers from all over the world are the icing on the cake.

 

Trip Price:
$1,950 (camping) $2,250 (shared occupancy lodging)
Arrival City:
Temuco, Chile (airport code ZCO)
Departure City:
Santiago, Chile (airport code SCL)
 
Day 1 (Nov 8):

Flight or travel day from your home destination.

Day 2 (Nov 9):

Arrival to Temuco Airport (ZCO) between 11 AM to 5 PM.

Boat outfitting and welcome.

Potential afternoon run pending time.

Day 3 (Nov 10):

AM – Kayak Theory in Dome. Skills assessment and river run on Lower Trancura.

PM – Pending levels/skills options include: Upper Nevados, Upper Trancura, Lower Trancura, Upper Palguin, Puesco, Maichin and Coilaco Park and Huck.

Day 4 (Nov 11):

Kayak Theory + Pending levels/skills options include: Upper Nevados, Upper Trancura, Lower Trancura, Upper Palguin, Puesco, Maichin and Coilaco Park and Huck. Group will either do a full day or often notch two rivers in same day.

Day 5 (Nov 12):

Kayak Theory + Pending levels/skills options include: Upper Nevados, Upper Trancura, Lower Trancura, Upper Palguin, Puesco, Maichin and Coilaco Park and Huck. Group will either do a full day or often notch two rivers in same day.

Day 6 (Nov 13):

Kayak Theory + Pending levels/skills options include: Upper Nevados, Upper Trancura, Lower Trancura, Upper Palguin, Puesco, Maichin and Coilaco Park and Huck. Group will either do a full day or often notch two rivers in same day.

Day 7 (Nov 14):

Drive to Rio Nuble.

AM – Pack. Drive.

PM – San Fabian Check-in. Set camp.

Day 8 (Nov 15):

AM – Morning lap on the Rio Nuble

PM – Drive to Teacups. Check-in. Set camp.

Day 9 (Nov 16): Waterfall Wonder of the World

AM – Seven Teacups Section

PM – Vientidos Saltos “Twenty-two Falls” Section

Day 10 (Nov 17): Waterfall Wonder of the World

AM – Garganta del Diablo Section timing pending light conditions

PM – Seven Teacups Section

Day 11 (Nov 18): Waterfall Wonder of the World

AM – Optional hike or rest.

PM – Group option Twenty-two Falls, Garganta or Teacups.

Day 12 (Nov 19):

Depart Chile. Or return to Pucón.

Departure Flights: Scheduled for afternoon flights later than 8 PM.

AM – Morning Teacups lap time permitting and pending flight schedules.

PM – Drive to Santiago International Airport (airport code SCL)

Day 13 (Nov 20):

Return to home destination.

 

Trip Price:
$2,300 (camping) $2,600 (shared occupancy lodging)
Arrival City:
Santiago, Chile (airport code SCL)
Departure City:
Temuco, Chile (airport code ZCO)
 
Day 1 (Nov 19):

Flight or travel day from your home destination.

Day 2 (Nov 20):

Arrival to Santiago International Airport 10 AM or prior. Boat outfitting and welcome. Drive to Seven Teacups National Park.

PM – Afternoon run on Seven Teacups Section.

Day 3 (Nov 21):

Waterfall Wonder of the World

AM – Kayak Theory. Seven Teacups Section.

PM – Vientidos Saltos “Twenty-two Falls” Section

Day 4 (Nov 22):

Waterfall Wonder of the World

AM – Kayak Theory. Seven Teacups Section.

PM – Vientidos Saltos “Twenty-two Falls” Section

Day 5 (Nov 23):

Waterfall Wonder of the World

AM – Kayak Theory. Garganta del Diablo “Throat of the Devil” Section

PM – Optional Section

Day 6 (Nov 24):

Drive to Rio Nuble near San Fabian

AM – Morning pack and drive.

PM – Afternoon Rio Nuble run.

Day 7 (Nov 25):

Drive to Pucón Kayak Hostel

Day 8 (Nov 26):

Kayak Theory + Pending levels/skills options include: Upper Nevados, Upper Trancura, Lower Trancura, Upper Palguin, Puesco, Maichin and Coilaco Park and Huck. Group will either do a full day or often notch two rivers in same day.

Day 9 (Nov 27):

Waterfall Wonder of the World

Kayak Theory + Pending levels/skills options include: Upper Nevados, Upper Trancura, Lower Trancura, Upper Palguin, Puesco, Maichin and Coilaco Park and Huck. Group will either do a full day or often notch two rivers in same day.

Day 10 (Nov 28):

Waterfall Wonder of the World

Kayak Theory + Pending levels/skills options include: Upper Nevados, Upper Trancura, Lower Trancura, Upper Palguin, Puesco, Maichin and Coilaco Park and Huck. Group will either do a full day or often notch two rivers in same day.

Day 11 (Nov 29):

Waterfall Wonder of the World

Kayak Theory + Pending levels/skills options include: Upper Nevados, Upper Trancura, Lower Trancura, Upper Palguin, Puesco, Maichin and Coilaco Park and Huck. Group will either do a full day or often notch two rivers in same day.

Day 12 (Nov 30):

Depart Chile. Or extend stay in Pucón.

Departure flights from Temuco Airport (ZCO) between 11 AM to 5 PM.

Day 13 (Dec 1):

Return to home destination.

 

Trip Price:
PRICE REDUCED FROM $2,600 (camping) $2,900 (shared occupancy lodging) to $2,300 & $2,600
Arrival City:
Temuco, Chile (airport code ZCO)
Departure City:
Santiago, Chile (airport code SCL)

 

Day 1 (Dec 11):

Flight or travel day from your home destination.

Day 2 (Dec 12):

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

Day 3 (Dec 13):

AM – Kayak Theory in Dome. Skills assessment and river run on Lower Trancura.

PM – Pending levels/skills options include: Upper Nevados, Upper Trancura, Lower Trancura, Upper Palguin, Puesco, Maichin and Coilaco Park and Huck.

Day 4 (Dec 14):

Kayak Theory + Pending levels/skills options include: Upper Nevados, Upper Trancura, Lower Trancura, Upper Palguin, Puesco, Maichin and Coilaco Park and Huck. Group will either do a full day or often notch two rivers in same day.

Day 5 (Dec 15):

Kayak Theory + Pending levels/skills options include: Upper Nevados, Upper Trancura, Lower Trancura, Upper Palguin, Puesco, Maichin and Coilaco Park and Huck. Group will either do a full day or often notch two rivers in same day.

Day 6 (Dec 16):

Kayak Theory + Pending levels/skills options include: Upper Nevados, Upper Trancura, Lower Trancura, Upper Palguin, Puesco, Maichin and Coilaco Park and Huck. Group will either do a full day or often notch two rivers in same day.

Day 7 (Dec 17):  Drive to Rio Nuble.

AM – Pack. Drive.

PM – San Fabian Check-in. Set camp or cabin checkin.

Day 8 (Dec 18): Paddle Rio Nuble before it is dammed forever. 

AM – Morning lap on the Rio Nuble

PM – Drive to Teacups. Check-in. Set camp or cabin checkin.

Day 9 (Dec 19): Paddle Waterfall Wonder of the World

AM – Seven Teacups Section

PM – Vientidos Saltos “Twenty-two Falls” Section

Day 10 (Dec 20): Waterfall Wonder of the World

AM – Garganta del Diablo Section timing pending light conditions

PM – Seven Teacups Section

Day 11 (Dec 21): Waterfall Wonder of the World

AM – Optional hike or rest.

PM – Group option Twenty-two Falls, Garganta or Teacups.

Day 12 (Dec 22): Pack and Travel Day

Depart Chile. Or return to Pucón.

Santiago Departure Flights: Scheduled for afternoon flights later than 8 PM.

Day 13 (Dec 23): Return home for holidays. Or add Trip Extension and more kayaking. 

Return to home destination. Or stay longer and add a Trip Extension.

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MY DATES ARE FLEXIBLE – WHICH TRIP SHOULD I JOIN?

It depends on your objectives. If you are nervous about jumping on the Claro after spending all fall on the couch, you may opt to start in Pucón and arrive early. You can use your time in Pucón to find your kayaking groove, get acclimated with the rivers of Chile, and build your confidence prior to tackling the Seven Teacups.

Kayakers interested in creek boating as much as possible should consider that November is prime for water levels in Pucón and spectacular local runs like the Nevados come in regularly. If your timing is flexible and you plan to spend more than a few weeks in Chile, end your trip in Pucón and extend your stay with Pucón Kayak Hostel to be sure you get all the classics checked off your list.