Claro +PLUS Rio Maipo
November 14 - 20, 2020
Chile’s Best Waterfall Canyon for Kayakers!
About Claro +PLUS Maipo
Claro +PLUS is the waterfall lover’s road trip of a lifetime. This basalt canyon anomaly erupted 66 million years ago as a volcanic lava flow that was covered for tens of millions of years by glacial compression and runoff. The basalt chasm is polished, milled and carved perfectly banking and dropping kayaks off a clear blue water. You will have options to explore five canyons: Seven Teacups, Entres Saltos (Between Falls), Cinco Tazas (Five Teacups), Viente y Dos Saltos (22 Falls), and the iconic Garganta del Diablo (Throat of the Devil) canyon.
Just three hours south of Chile’s capital hides a national treasure, the Seven Teacups National Park is near the headwaters section of the Rio Claro. Tourists, like kayakers, are attracted to the photogenic clear blue canyon and an incredible series of clean waterfalls that seems to stretch for miles. Most “saltos” are near perfection formed with a round pool or “taza – teacup.” The canyon is 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 for eons. Some falls flow straight, some drops are easy to learn, some have corner boofs, some have ramps, some ride along walls, and some even flow through cracks for 50 to 70 feet slot only slightly larger than the width of your kayak. All are epic.
About +PLUS Rio Maipo
+PLUS offers an added Maipo Valley of adventure and river sections giving kayakers more Chile travel experience. With the Maipo currently being dammed we intend to take kayakers to experience the Maipo sections as long as we can. The Maipo boasts 20+ KM of free flowing river ranging from fast paced class III+ to V on the Upper Canyon to a more mellow class III to IV lower canyon. The arid wine district valley has towering peaks above the continuous whitewater and is a perfect start to our trip.
VIDEO – Check out an edit from one of our custom Claro trips. Got a group. Ask about a group custom trip.
Two Lodging Options – Choose Your Comfort & Budget
Kayakers will be lodged riverside exclusively at the 22 Saltos section with private access. Exploring the waterfalls and national park from your base is a must. Even better is the ability to hike down to the river canyon and put in or cool off. Whether you select a comfy cabin bed or camping under the stars your meals will be at the same table.
Camping. Many kayakers prefer to save their budgets and sleep under the stars. After all, this is Chile’s arid Central Valley vineyard district. Campers need to bring their own camping supplies.
Cabins. Do you prefer the comforts of a bed and bathroom. We’ve got you covered. You’ll stay in private cabin’s at both the Claro and Maipo. While, there is no electricity in the Claro area we’ll fire up the generator nightly to charge cameras and electric devices.
Am I Good Enough?
Kayakers are first assessed via the Lower Maipo (III+ to IV). When you arrive to the Claro we start on the easiest Seven Teacups section (III to IV). With each day the kayaking progresses to more challenging sections. Meaning you have the option to progress to the next section or return to a section of river that fits your comfort and skill zone. We recommend Claro boaters have a solid combat roll with class IV experience.
- Daily Claro Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner
- Daily Maipo Breakfast & Lunch
- Kayak of Choice
- Airport Transfer
- World’s Best Kayak Instruction
- World’s Best Waterfalls
- Daily River Transports
- Guests are required to pay for dinners out while at the Maipo River (2 nights) for unique cultural and geographical experiences. Approximately $12/meal.
- Guests are required to pay for travel day lunches (2 lunches). Approximately, $10/lunch.
- Any multi-sport activities such as hot springs.
Day 1 (NOV 14):
Arrival to Santiago International Airport (SCL) before 10 AM.
Boat outfitting and welcome.
Afternoon Maipo warmup lap & skills assessment. Welcome to Chile!
Day 2 (NOV 15):
AM – Kayak Theory. Lower and Upper Maipo run pending skill levels.
PM – Maipo Lap +PLUS Banos Colina Hot Springs or Lagunillas Hike/Paraglide Optional
Day 3 (NOV 16)
AM – Pack camp and drive to the Seven Teacups National Park aka Rio Claro.
PM – Check-in. Set camp. Hike to waterfalls. High FIVE… Can you believe this place?
Day 4 (NOV 17): Waterfall Wonder of the World
AM – Seven Teacups Section
PM – Viente y dos Saltos “Twenty-two Falls” Section
Day 5 (NOV 18): Waterfall Wonder of the World
AM – Seven Teacups, Garganta del Diablo (Throat of the Devil) or Twenty-two Falls Section timing pending light conditions
PM – Seven Teacups Section
Day 6 (NOV 19): Waterfall Wonder of the World
AM – Optional hike or rest.
PM – Group option Twenty-two Falls, Garganta or Teacups.
Day 7 (NOV 20):
Option for dawn patrol laps.
Departure Flights: Santiago International Airport 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)
Are You Ready?
The Claro Canyon is an intense place. Access requires hot hiking typically about an hour before or after your section. It’s a best idea if you come to Chile in shape with your hiking legs ready. Passing and lifting kayaks, strenuous hiking into and out of canyons, and water dehydrating hikes are a mandatory part of the trip. On the water… that is both the fun and easy part.
We recommend before your trip that you kayak often, are part of a normal hiking or workout routine, and who couldn’t lose some weight? Workouts like Crossfit… we love them. Yes, get in shape it will help your confidence as you paddle too.