Pucon Kayak Hostel helps kayakers get on the water. We offer everything from beginner lessons to all-inclusive trips to the best river destinations in Chile. We provide guided river trips in the Pucon region and rent equipment to those adventuring out on their own. If you’re a kayaker and interested in renting a kayak, paddle, or other gear — then check out our Rentals page for more details or to make a reservation. If you plan to stay at PKH for at least three days, you may want to consider one of our Kayak Packages, which include multi-day discounts and sizable money savings when bundled with lodging.
If you’re new to kayaking or still considering whether you should try it at all — this section is for you.
Kayaking in Chile has generated a lot of hype in recent years. So perhaps you’ve already heard how great the whitewater is in Pucon. Perhaps you’ve seen some videos online or looked at pictures of pro kayakers dropping huge waterfalls on location somewhere in Chile. What you probably don’t realize is that Chile, and Pucon in particular, is also an incredible destination for learning how to kayak and developing core basic skills.
Pucon offers an abundance of opportunities to become comfortable in the water. During the summer months the sun is out, the weather is warm, and the water is cool, clear, and refreshing. We’ll start you out in a lake or hot springs where you’ll learn the basics and practice the eskimo roll. From there, you have dozens of class I, II, III and IV river sections that allow you to incrementally challenge yourself, focus on specific moves, learn advanced techniques, and practice, practice, practice.
Want more information? Contact us. Still trying to decide? It may help you to read through the questions most commonly asked by our guests who are considering a kayak lesson, program, or camp.
How do I know if I will like kayaking?
You probably won’t know for sure until you try it, but there are a few reliable indicators to help guide you. You might enjoy kayaking if…
- You like swimming.
- You enjoy exploring the outdoors.
- You like skiing or snowboarding
- You want an activity that gives you a break from the heat.
- You have a sense of adventure (of course you do!)
- You enjoy physical challenges (that don’t necessarily require much strength or even stamina – especially in the beginning).
What can I expect my first day?
You will show up to Pucon Kayak Hostel and get outfitted with gear and a kayak. We’ll match you up with an instructor based on your goals and level of experience. Your instructor will explain all of your equipment to you and as you load up for your first destination, you’ll discuss some fundamentals of kayaking. You will either head to the hot springs or lake, where you’ll unload and put on your gear. After a brief safety overview, you will get to sit in your kayak, learn how to swim out of your kayak (in case you flip or capsize), and practice paddling around. Once you’re comfortable, feel stable and balanced, and can somewhat accurately steer your kayak in a specific direction, you can move on to the next step. Depending on the length of your lesson and your personal goals – you may begin learning how to roll at this stage. Alternately, you may opt to take your lesson to the river and have your go at kayaking on moving water.
Is kayaking safe?
Yes. We know you see all of those extreme photos. Too bad teaching doesn’t make the highlight reel. First and foremost, Pucon Kayak Hostel takes every precaution possible. Your instructor will go over basic safety protocol with you before you ever touch the water. When it’s warm, we work in pools suited for swimming and when it’s cold, our lessons start out in a hot spring. You’ll use top quality equipment, have a professional instructor, and walk away from your first class with a solid understanding of water safety. Did you know that, in general, kayakers see less injuries than soccer, biking, snowboarding, and skateboarding? It’s also safer than mountaineering, canyoneering, and rock climbing.