Where in the world can you find access to class II to V whitewater, three active volcanos, pristine lakes, hot springs, and national parks, all in one place? Well, my friends, the answer would have to be: Pucon Kayak Hostel, Chile. Located in the Arauncania province of the lakes district (at the northern gateway to Patagonia), the hostel and Pucon itself are an adventurers paradise. With such a sweet basecamp, there’s honestly nowhere better in the world. There are gypsy wagons, double rooms, camping and geodesic domes, all within 50 feet of a class III to IV+ river. Where else you can kayak to your front door or put-in at a play wave for a run?
But lets get down to what you really want to know about: the whitewater. How close is Pucon Kayak Hostel to it? It’s close, really close. Palguin: 20 minutes. Lower and Upper Trancura: at your doorstep. Lower Palguin: 15 minutes. Turbio: 7 minutes, Coilaco and Ojos de Caburgua 8 minutes, Puesco and Maichin 45 minutes… ok so you get the gist. Not to mention there are 24 class IV-V rivers within a day or two’s drive. Honestly it’s a bit overwhelming.
But, when we finally arrived from Colorado we settled in to the hostel, and it quickly became home. There are three meals a day, clean white sheets and bocce ball at night, oh and a slackline and sweet guests to shmooze with, all without having to worry about the stress of town. Really, when it comes to location, there’s nothing better.
It’s been a Pucon Kayak Hostel goal to create a sustainable business with a focus on community. It is always with pleasure that we attempt to help each guest fulfill their South American adventure goals. The letter below illustrates the rewards of this life philosophy. Thanks for writing Jan… your kind words mean the world to us.
I know its been a while (well actually about a year), but I felt compelled to send you an email of thanks for your hospitality last February. The use of your boat and gear was awesome and enabled me to check out the Palguin, which was an unexpected highlight of my time spent in South America. Shortly after I lost contact with you due to the earthquake, but the information I gathered from you was incredibly helpful for the rest of my trip.
I hope all is well with the Pucon Kayak Hostel, I came across the website today and it looks like you are doing great things. Whenever I speak with people about traveling to Chile I always recommend checking out Pucon, and will always recommend checking out Pucon Kayak Hostel. Hopefully I will have the time and money soon enough to come down and give you some business of my own.
If you are ever in New England and need a place to stay, the door is always open.
You could be this happy at Pucon Kayak Hostel after a hot buttered wave and aerial bread session! Thanks for sharing your stories with us Claire Jencks.
Sometimes life just can’t get any better. After rolling out of bed to the sounds of South American birds, stretching and wandering over to the open air Quinchera, I sat down to a fresh, made-from-scratch breakfast. Anita, Pucon Kayak Hostel’s amazing Chilean cook was making Pan (bread) and Sopapillas, delicious bread dough fried in oil and tasting of heaven. She invited me to try a piece, still steaming and straight from the pot, and my stomach practically cried out for for another one. I washed them down with some coffee and O.J and then scouted out my plan for the day.
First up, find a boat. David Hughes, the owner of the hostel, has quite a fleet to choose from, from Jackson Kayak to Daggers and Pyranha and Bliss Stick and even Liquid Logic too, so it basically came down to color preference. I mean, kayaking is all about matching, right? With a suitable play boat in hand, I marched a full 50 feet to the bank of the Trancura river, hopped into my vessel, and paddled 100 yards downriver. Under the bridge I caught an eddy and checked out the sick play wave that inhabits the middle of the current. At higher water it’s very much a wave, surfable and awesome, and at lower levels it’s more of a hole, but still sweet to play on.
There’s a tricky move to catch the lip sometimes, but as soon as Dave came out in his boat, he showed me how to catch it, and then it was good times. The water on the Trancura is crystal blue, pretty mild temperature-wise, and just super fun. After a couple hours on the water my arms were exhausted and we headed in for lunch. Beer, Bacci Ball and more shenanigans ensued. Let me reiterate, sometime life just can’t get any better.