Week of Rivers Chile for Clubs
Class II, III & IV+ ALL LEVELS INVITE
8 Days, JAN 12 – 19
$1,500 (camping) — $1,800 (shared hosteria lodging) USD
Whitewater Club & Group DISCOUNTS!!
|# of Club Members||DISCOUNT / Member|
|1 - 7||SAVE 5%|
|8 - 15||SAVE 10%|
|16 +PLUS||SAVE 15%|
|RESERVE before Sept 15!!||SAVE ADDITIONAL 5%|
|TRIP EXTENSIONS||SECOND TRIP SAVE 20%|
Got Questions: Email David@puconkayakhostel.com. Phone before October 1 US 828-788-5135; After October 1 Chile +56 9 4247 2676.
Week of Rivers Chile! For Clubs.
Disclaimer – Week of Rivers Chile is designed to benefit club boaters via offering member discounts. The event is not sanctioned by any specific whitewater clubs or associations nor is this event associated with the Carolina Canoe Club’s annual Week of Rivers (North Carolina) event. And God forbid we take accountability for their actions whilst in another country. NOC Paddlesports is affiliated with PKH and we have hosted such groups as Aquabatics, World Class Academy, Chicago Whitewater Association, Alzar School, the National Center for Outdoor and Adventure Education, Colorado Mountain College, the Outdoor Sports Institute, Rivers Oceans and Mountains, Universidad de la Frontier, Boy Scouts, Pikes Peak Whitewater Club, Ollie Grau Group, Gene 17, Whitewater Grand Prix, Dane Jackson and Send It Film Crew, Evan Garcia and Patagonia Triple Crown Film Crew, Evan Stafford and Baker Film Crew, OAR, Patagonia Study Abroad, New River Academy, and a whole list of world class athletes. Still… associations have rules. If you need credentials send an email and we’ll jump the hoops. Just no board meetings please.
Finally, an international white water kayak trip that honors whitewater clubs with promotional discounts, world class kayak instruction, river experiences, and a fun atmosphere for all to celebrate exploring rivers.
Video: Eric Mount shares what it means to travel, explore and kayak in Chile. Check out our backyard rivers through Eric’s lense. One of our favorite endorsements.
Creation of Week of Rivers Chile – Be a Part of the Story
Located on the banks of the Rio Trancura PKH offers kayakers a dozen +PLUS runs within the vicinity. As inviting as the rivers is the warm group and family ambiance of our communal architect quincho. The quincho is a Chilean communal eating area designed around the fire fugon chiefly for communal Latino style barbeques. Imagine sharing stories over a copa de vino of your day’s runs. Or after your morning coffee and breakfast your short “Kayak Theory” class to get your mind racing about your river runs.
Our Bombproof Rolling Guarantee for trip guests!!
If you are not satisfied that your kayaking skills dramatically progress and you had a remarkable adventure experience then PKH will refund 50% of your trip cost.
Whitewater Club Members Concerns & FAQs
“I’m looking at your Chile trip in January. Seems it ranges from class II to solid IV… is everyone assured of paddling everyday or do the less skilled paddlers need to chill on days where it’s only class IV?” – Deborah Webb, Chattanooga / Carolina Canoe Club Member
Answer: Our professional NOC kayak instructional team focus more on instructing the class II to III kayakers with each day having an instructional meeting to discuss the development plan. Think of it much like your club’s Week of Rivers where you want to align your skills with the proper river and features. Pucon is like the Western NC area in that it offers a variety of rivers ranging from class II to IV+ and beyond. Everyday there is a class II to III whitewater plan for a section of river or features where this core group of kayakers can safely progress their kayaking and experience the beauty of Chilean rivers surrounded by volcanos, Andean peaks and running trout and salmon. Members of this group have the opportunity to switch groups should they feel comfortable with their skills.
The class III+ to IV kayakers are excited too but they are typically as smaller group than the fore-mentioned. This group of chargers go separately to a river section aligned with their skills where they too develop more aggressive kayaking skills such as boofing, piercing and catching aggressive eddies, rapid scouting and running, and even notching waterfalls. We’ve even recommended that members of this group switch to the class II – III group in order to maintain their confidence versus having a negative experience.
The cool part is that our Team Chile NOC instructors are the best in the world at kayak instruction. Add PKH’s vast infrastructure on Chile’s world renowned rivers and you have the kayaker’s dream vacation destination. – David Hughes, Owner Pucon Kayak Hostel / Annual Volunteer CCC Week of Rivers
“Beginner Kayakers Love to Travel Too.”
But what about the rivers? Pucon Chile has the best beginner whitewater on the planet. We have eddy lines, waves and ferries to be made with volcanos towering above and jumping king salmon. Each day we send a development group out to develop and progress on appropriate river sections.
“What if our club group gets big? Can PKH’s infrastructure and NOC’s instructors handle us?”
NOC is the world leader in providing kayak instruction and they know how to keep it real with privatized instruction. Pucon Kayak Hostel has 50 +PLUS kayaks to offer. When we run out of beds kayakers can arrange to camp or choose from our other lodging offerings. And Pucon has the rivers.
“Will the advanced kayakers be properly challenged?”
Our backyard is the putin for a class III development stretch and takeout for a class IV with a couple of class Vs. Just twenty minutes away is the Upper Palguin which we compare to the Tellico at optimum flow. Shall we go on? Notching waterfalls in Chile is part of the experience. That and your new profile pic.
“Why choose PKH and NOC over competitors?”
Why wouldn’t you want to stay with the company +PLUS the location right at the best whitewater, have the coolest dining and movie area, that attract kayakers from around the world, own the best kayaks and vehicles, and employs our best asset – the world’s best kayak instructors?
“Are your kayaks and vehicles the best option for our members?”
PKH has Chile so dialed that we invite other kayak schools and leaders to Chile and feed them, lodge them, rent them their vehicles and equipment and teach them how to run a trip. Trust us. You don’t want to go with a shoestring company and spend part of your time on the side of the road or driving 90 minutes back and forth to the rivers.
“What about your food?”
The center piece of Pucon Kayak Hostel is a Chilean artisan architect designed quincho. Giant family style tables with a fire fugon and wood oven. Your group will roar as the warm fire and music set the ambiance. We love to play games before and after dinner. Envision fresh baked bread and Chef cooked meals arriving. It’s an exciting time of sharing stories, laughter and toasting. The meals are filling, delicious, and nutritious. We make a point to cary Chilean dishes with some favorite North American meals ad comfort foods to suit every pallete.
- Specialty Diets – Every professional knows how to address specialty diets such as vegans and allergies. Let us know and we’ll take care of you.
- Like Meat – Chileans love meat. Just wait until our farewell celebration asado (Chilean BBQ).
About the Week of Rivers and Pucon
We identified the best rivers in Pucon for every kayaker skill level and packed them into a single trip. After we pick you up from the airport in Temuco, Chile (ZCO) we’ll have you washing off the jet lag 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.
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. 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. After a couple of days of running our local runs you’ll be ready for a full day trip to rivers like the San Pedro or Fuy.
Rio San Pedro Highlight
The Rio San Pedro is one of the most beautiful rivers in the world and it’s idea for every kayaker in your group. We may have to put beginners in ducky’s or rafts and that too is an awesome experience. The San Pedro delivers 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.
Rio Fuy Highlight
Road trip day takes us meandering around the region’s volcanos and lakes 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 Lower Fuy is a continuous and fun Class III section that is ideal for kayakers who are learning how to be competent leaders on the river and becoming more confident running long rapids. And yes, there is a beginner stretch too. So everyone is covered for fun, challenges and safe development.
Want more! Ask about our DISCOUNTED Trip Extensions.
Itinerary is flexible due to both water and skill levels of group.
This itinerary was designed specifically to accommodate whitewater club members in a fashion that allowed every skill level to be challenged and progress in a safe environment.
Daily Kayak Groups Based on Skills Aligned with Proper Rivers
- II to III Group – Kayakers seeking to solidify their rolls and improve their core fundamentals of boat control, ferrying, piercing eddies, edging, and balance will go out to sections known for milder currents with proper features.
- III+ to IV+ Group – Kayakers with solid rolls with the confidence to run III+ rapids and beyond. We are lucky that many of our more challenging class IV and IV+ rapids have sneaks and portages. Are you seeking to get your boof on, run a twenty footer, catch mid-rapid aggressive eddies… Or just run rivers similar to the Ocoee, Lower Gauley or Browns Canyon and learn how to scout and safely navigate with your new skills?
Day 1 SAT (JAN 12):
Arrival to Temuco Airport (ZCO) between 11 AM to 5 PM. Boat outfitting and welcome. Afternoon Lower Trancura Skills Assessment & Jet lag Wash. Welcome to Pucon Kayak Hostel appetizers, provisions and dinner by fire.
Day 2 SUN (JAN 13): River Goals, Coaching, Boofing, Piercing Eddies and Making Moves
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 3 MON (JAN 14):
AM – Pack for Maichin Full Day trip.
AM/PM – Maichin (III – IV w/portagables) +PLUS Pucon Fireworks Optional
Day 4 TUE (JAN 15): Full Day Road Trip Options: Blanco, San Pedro, Truful Truful, Fuy,
AM – Depart for Rio San Pedro (II – IV w/portagables. Inflatable kayak options.)
PM – Paddle San Pedro
Day 5 WED (JAN16):
AM – Kayak Theory + Lower Trancura or Upper Palguin (IV) Full Day
PM – Liucura Wave to Trancura or Upper Palguin Full Day
Day 6 THU (JAN 17):
AM – Upper Palguin (III+ to IV Group)
PM – Afternoon in Pucon.
Day 7 FRI (JAN 18):
AM / PM – Full Day Road Trip River Option.
Day 8 SAT (JAN 19):
AM – Early AM laps on Palguin or Trancura… kayaker option. Or Pucon crafts and souvenirs shopping.
Temuco Airport (ZCO) Departure Flights Between 11 AM to 5 PM.
RECOMMENDED TRIP EXTENSIONS
WED to SAT – PRE-Trip Extension
SAT to SAT – PRE OR POST-TripExtension
SAT to WED – POST-Trip Extension
Are you thinking you may want to see, kayak and explore more of Chile than your booked trip? We agree. Heck, most kayakers only come to Chile once and decide ahead of time they are going to make the most of their Chile time.
But wait. You are on a budget and have more time than money. If this sounds like you then the trip extension is the plan designed to keep the adventures rolling and save your purse.
How the Trip Extension Discounts Work.
We’ve cut costs to the minimum by giving kayakers the option to cook their own breakfast, and kayak once per day. Note we offer Trip Extensions Discounts only to our premium trip guests. Let’s go through the process with you for best understanding.
Step 1 – Choose Trip Extension Prior to or Post Trip.
Some folks want to arrive before their trip for a kayaker warm up. Others have schedules that work best for a post trip extension. You choose.
Step 2 – Choose How Long You Want the Discounted Trip Extension.
We have a minimum 4 day trip extension requirement. Most kayakers choose one week mas o menos a day or two. But some choose the minimum 4 days and others choose 3 weeks.
- Mandatory Kayaking Rest Day / Alternate Adventure Activity – Whether you choose to add your trip extension prior to or after your trip we mandate a day of rest of kayaking between trip extension and actual trip. We’ll discuss with you and other trip extenders best options of local adventures for the day. Some options include: Fire and Ice (Glacier trek + Hot Springs), Cani Summit, SUP boarding Play Blanca, fly fishing, hike and laguna swimming Rio Turbio…
Step 3 – Email David@puconkayakhostel.com to Discuss Arranging Your Logistics.
David is a master at Chile logistics and can help direct your adventure in any direction you choose. You may be surprised by the simplicity and nomadic learning you can experience.
Approximately 40% below normal trip costs.
What’s Included in a Trip Extension?
- Lunch + Dinner
- 1 Daily River Shuttle
- Coach / Instructor
- Dorm Bed (Upgrades Available)
- Super cool community of like minded nomadic kayakers hanging out daily.
What about Breakfast? Good question.
We’ll take guests to food shop in the local mercados and you can utilize our camp kitchen. Or order breakfast from our cafe. This way you can control your budget as you see fit.
Typical Trip Extension Day.
The program is designed to include a half day of kayaking which leaves half of your day free for exploration. Some exploration options include going to a local beach, taking in a local hike, going to Pucon cafes for internet, arranging an additional adventure, taking in a hot spring…
Most often our daily kayaking trip is after lunch during the heat of the day. We like to do 2 to 3 local river runs with every third or fourth day being a full day road trip to a less local river.