We (NOC) chose to partner with Pucon Kayak Hostel based on the quality infrastructure, the fact that PKH is based on both class III and IV sections with class II minutes away. And clean waterfalls 20 minutes away. Our instructional team is proud to work winters in Chile and to recommend our kayakers to PKH. – Tosh Arwood, NOC Paddlesports

I’m impressed with the tires you keep on your vehicles and the quality of your kayaks. – Oli Grau, Owner Ace Kayaks & 1995 Freestyle World Champ

Pucon Kayak Hostel is the local expert on Chile, providing river beta, coordinating logistics, driving shuttles, facilitating travel arrangements, and supplying all the gear needed for the perfect kayak adventure in South America. PKH has an impressive infrastructure that includes lodging for up to 40 guests, two on-site kitchens, a fleet of 4-wheel drive trucks and SUV’s, an on-site chef cooking daily meals, certified instructors, and knowledgeable office staff. The gear inventory at PKH includes a fleet of more than 50 kayaks, SUP’s, wetsuits, paddles, life jackets, sprayskirts, and more.

If not for the benefits and price points Pucon Kayak Hostel offers our school group I don’t think we’d be able to do Chile. Your logistics help make our trips possible. – Capo Rettig, Director World Class Kayak Academy

Pucon Kayak Hostel was destined to be a melting pot for groups from the beginning. When owner David Hughes discovered PKH in 2007, it was because he sought the perfect whitewater river base for New River Academy – his traveling high-school for student kayakers. It worked so well as the school’s South American headquarters, David quickly realized it could provide the same benefits for other groups, too. Traveling in Chile is tricky – especially for kayakers. David and his school spent years figuring out how to manage equipment, food, lodging, transportation, and river access issues. He knew if he could offer a single-source solution for other groups with similar needs, it would be a win for everyone. 

Every aspect of the hostel is designed for groups. Communal hangouts, transportation, and family-style meals easily accommodate large numbers without losing any sense of community or intimacy. As an additional incentive to help clubs, schools, friends, and businesses make their Chile trip a reality, PKH provides discounts based on the total number in each group. To date, PKH has hosted, coached, guided, and provided accommodations to many of the best kayakers and kayak schools in the world. 

School Groups PKH Services 

  • Colorado Mountain College
  • World Class Kayak Academy
  • New River Academy 
  • The Alzar School
  • Valley Mill Kayak School
  • ENRG Kayak School

Commercial Groups, Whitewater Associations and Industry Professionals

Nantahala Outdoor Center (NOC), Aquabatics, River Gypsies, the Whitewater Grand Prix, NOC Youth Paddle Team, Chicago Whitewater Association, Ollie Grau (Former Freestyle World Champion and Owner of Spade Kayaks), Keeners, Billy Harris, Clay Wright, and many, many others.

Not sure if we can handle your group? Just ask us!

If you think you can organize a group then email david@puconkayakhostel.com for more information. David will match you with a program, discount schedule, and custom itinerary.