Trip Name:
Pucón Classics
Skill Level:
II to III or III to  IV+ or ALL LEVELS depending upon week
Trip Length:
8 Days
Trip Dates:
(III+ to IV+) – DEC 29 – JAN 5
(II to IV+ WEEK OF RIVERS ALL INVITE) – JAN 12 – JAN 19
(II, III, III+) – FEB 2 – FEB 9
Trip Price:
$1,500 (camping) — $1,800 (shared hosteria lodging) USD
 
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Description(III+ TO IV+) - DEC 29 - JAN 5(II TO IV+) WEEK OF RIVERS - JAN 12 - JAN 19(II, III, III+) - FEB 2 - FEB 9DISCOUNTED TRIP EXTENSIONS

For decades the world’s best kayakers have traveled to Pucon Chile to notch it’s glorious blue waterfalls and explore the many rivers. Unless, you had months of time and a crew of kayakers exploring Pucon’s many options was a logistical challenge leaving many kayakers dry in their lodgings. Today, PKH plans trips for all kayaker skill levels getting kayakers on the river as soon as you arrive.  

Location. Location. Location. 

The Montucky Girls portage the Trufulizer. Truful Truful (III+) always a feel good day.

PKH owner David Hughes explored various international whitewater destinations seeking the perfect “stomping waters” for the kayak high school he directed. Pucon was the obvious whitewater heart center. He further defined the location must be riverside at a put in or takeout and offer the best whitewater ranging from beginner to intermediate to expert to pro. The purchase of the Rio Trancura property had it all – David built a ramp to the river offering a takeout to the Upper Trancura and a put in to the Lower Trancura. From the property alone kayakers have access to river sections offering skills development from class II to V. In other words you can go kayaking at any time of day at your leisure. 

The Pucon Kayak Hostel Rio Trancura base is Chile’s best whitewater destination for kayak skills development programs. One only needs to observe that the past 5 of 6 years PKH has hosted the National Slalom Championships in the backyard. Or how about the Palguin Festival’s Lower Trancura Race. Or the Whitewater Grand Prix. Or the numerous inflatable kayak companies. Or youth kayak programs. Or… The Rio Trancura is the epicenter culmination of the area’s tributaries, creeks, waterfalls, glacial melts, spring runoffs, overflowing lakes, rivers and headwaters. 

Common questions to help you decide if Pucon Classics Trip is right for you?

 “I’m not good enough to paddle in Chile.” 

Pucon may be the world’s best destination for development kayaking with dozens of sections and features.

This is a common fear rationalization to not allow self to travel to Chile that we hear. We would argue Pucon is the world’s best destination for beginner and intermediate kayakers based on the safe, clean and many development rivers and features. The real fear for beginners is the fear of the unknown, their lack of confidence in their kayak, and need for professional instruction. Our experience is that development kayakers that know our instructors are fully trusting to come to learn and progress in Pucon. As kayakers learn to control their kayak the best learning takes place with experienced instructors combined with proper and safe dynamic features. We’ve got the development features and the world’s best instructors. Pucon is especially a superior destination for beginner and intermediate kayak skills development because the rivers are safe with proper features. 

“I’m a little beyond an instructional program.”

Like to boof. So do we. Upper Nevados has 20+PLUS clean boofs with three clean 20 footers. Ask about doing an AM coffee and Nevados level check with PKH owner. Or boof your way down the Upper T to your home base. Or… This is going to be good.

Even our open-minded instructors continue to improve and master fundamental skills gaining confidence and ultimately upping their game. PKH is the only kayak school in the world still offering advanced creeking, Teacups and Futa trips. If you want more then we’ll get up for 6 am dawn patrol Nevados or Claro laps. No matter your advanced skill we’ll work with your kayaking goals and get you on the run to help you develop and get that once in a life time “Fist pumping celebration.” 

“Which Pucon Classics Trip is right for me?”

The Upper Trancura offers 20+PLUS boofs for great practice. Take those skills to the waterfalls and you have a great experience. Note Volcan Villarrica in the background.

We recommend that you be honest with your kayaking skills in order that you assess and choose the proper week. An advanced boater would be bored during our development PC (II to III) week. And an intermediate kayaker without a solid role may lose confidence by getting in over their head with an advanced program. PKH programs are designed by skill levels so that you can personally assess the proper program. 

Pucon Classics II to III:  Zero kayak experience to got a roll in flat water and desire to master roll and navigate rapids. This group realize they need professional attention and instruction to advance. 

Pucon Classics III+ to IV+:  These kayakers have solid fundamental skills and basic to advanced creeking / river running experience. Instruction and rivers will match with advanced ferries, boofs, the art of flight, waterfall pitch and directional control, eddy piercing speed control. Rivers seek more advanced runs including waterfall and boof sessions. 

Week of Rivers Chile II, III & IV+:  Many kayak clubs and associations have a challenge in that often the advanced kayakers feel stuck helping the beginners and intermediates. PKH has your group solution. Daily, we’ll have two trip offerings to the more advanced and the more development sections. Meaning advanced kayakers get challenged and to run stouts and development kayakers can relax and improve on proper features. Both get professional instruction and each night back at the quincho fire you can share stories by the fire with your favorite provisions. 

Why do kayakers choose Pucon Classics over other PKH kayak trips?

Pucon is a whitewater anomaly in that it offers more access to world class rivers within a 2-hour radius than possibly anywhere on the planet. Just imagine Andes mountains +PLUS a string of volcanos +PLUS lots of rain and glaciers +PLUS road access +PLUS lakes and lagunas in between rivers. Other Chile WOW factor whitewater destinations such as the Teacups aka Claro and Futa are harder to access and one river versus many. Professional instructors need to feel river safe when leading and Pucon offers the proper features / sections to develop a kayaker’s skills. Pucon is a superior destination for all skill levels, development kayaking, clean waterfall destinations, big and small volume rivers. Possibly, the most truthful answer for PKH staff is, “It’s where we enjoy living most running all sorts of rivers, exploring the Andes, hiking glaciers and volcanos, soaking in hot springs…” Our guides love to show off Pucon and there’s lots to see.

“What if I want to do a Pucon Classics trip but also travel and see other parts of Chile?”

Because this question was asked so often we developed Pucon combo travel trips. Our Teacups +PLUS combined with Pucon Creek Week or Road to Futa combined with a Pucon Classics are best examples of plans to get you to Chile’s best whitewater. If you have a specific Pucon Classics Trip you like and want to add a travel leg we may be able to customize a private trip or organize a group. Email to learn more about a Pucon +PLUS travel combo. David@puconkayakhostel.com. 

“What rivers will my Pucon Classics Trip explore?”

Due to varying seasons, levels, and skills we list our general goto Pucon Classics options based on skills.

Rolls and Rivers (Beginners): Hot springs for cold days and Lago Caburgua for hot days. Liucura Bridge to Curve, Trancura Delta +PLUS Beach, Tolten +PLUS Beach, Lower Maichin Canyon.

*Want bigger rapids? We can bump you up a few levels with a stable inflatable kayak too for gems like the Lower Trancura or San Pedro.

Class II to II+ Sections: Kayakers with experience and a flat-water roll desiring to master combat roll and navigate rapids. Lower Trancura, Liucura Cruve to Lower Trancura, Liucura Wave, Trancura Delta, Lower Fuy.

Class III to III+ Sections: Getting your ferries, eddy catching and combat rolls more comfortable and aggressive. Lower Trancura, Maichin Canyon (Low water), Upper Trancura with guide, Coilaco (High), Blanco Park and Huck, Truful Truful, San Pedro, Cautin, Upper Liucura

Class –IV to IV Sections: Upper Trancura, Upper Palguin, Lower Palguin, Lower Fuy, Blanco Park and Huck, Maichin Canyon (Medium flow)

Class IV+ and Beyond Sections: Upper Nevados, Upper Fuy, Maichin Canyon (High flow), Puesco, Blanco Park and Huck (High), Middle Fuy Canyon. 

“Can I stay longer and paddle more?”

Yes. 65% of kayakers choose to kayak more with a discounted trip extension. Do a regular trip and get a discount on the trip extension. To keep the river exploration exciting you will continue your instruction on a progression model and seek to explore new rivers or challenge lines during your trip extension.

“I like a specific trip but my dates don’t match.” 

Send us an email and we will see if we can design a CUSTOM TRIP for you. As the name implies we’ll customize the trip to your dates, skills and needs. To assess what you’re seeking you’ll answer a few questions about your interests, adventure needs, kayak skills… We’ll start with a specific trip program and customize from there. 

Got questions??? EMAIL – info@PuconKayakHostel.com 

Arrival City:
Temuco (ZCO), DEC 29 between 11 AM to 5 PM
Departure City:
Temuco (ZCO), Jan 5 between 11 AM to 5 PM
Skill Level:
For class III+, IV, IV+
Itinerary is flexible due to both water and skill levels of group.  

This itinerary is designed for experienced kayakers with solid roll and river running experience. Less experienced kayakers are advised to consider our Pucon Classics II to III trips. 

Day 1 SAT (Dec 29):

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 (Dec 30): 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 (Dec 31):

AM – Pack for Maichin Full Day trip.

AM/PM – Maichin (III – IV w/portagables) +PLUS Pucon Fireworks Optional

Day 4 TUE (Jan 1):  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 (Jan 2):

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 3):

AM – Upper Palguin (III+ to IV Group)

PM – Afternoon in Pucon. 

Day 7 FRI (Jan 4):

AM / PM – Full Day Road Trip River Option. 

Day 8 SAT (Jan 5):

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.

Return to home destination. Or choose Trip Extension Option.

 

Arrival City:
Temuco (ZCO), Jan 12 between 11 AM to 5 PM
Departure City:
Temuco (ZCO), Jan 19 between 11 AM to 5 PM
Skill Level:
FOR ALL SKILLS – CLUB BOATERS INVITE
 

Itinerary is flexible due to both water and skill levels of group.  

We’ve got a group where a couple want to run waterfalls, a few are still swimming class III, most of us have solid rolls but want to just paddle rivers… Can you handle that? – Randy Lindowski, Pikes Peak Whitewater Club (Colorado, USA) 

The Week of Rivers Chile itinerary was designed after PKH owner David Hughes heard the needs of clubs like Pikes Peak Whitewater Club and Chicago Whitewater Association and he later volunteered at the Carolina Canoe Club’s flagship NC Week of Rivers. David realized then that clubs have a mission to introduce kayakers to whitewater, to provide quality instruction, and to challenge their veteran boaters via river exploration. We’re not saying our rivers are better than NC… heck we love NC. We are saying that like NC Chile rivers can provide proper safe and challenging features to serve the whitewater club boaters range of needs. 

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

Arrival City:
Temuco (ZCO), Feb 2 between 11 AM to 5 PM
Departure City:
Temuco (ZCO), Feb 9 between 11 AM to 5 PM
Skill Level:
II, III, III+
 

Itinerary is flexible due to both water and skill levels of group.  
Is Chile the world’s best destination to learn to kayak? We think so. Above kayakers learn fundamentals below Volcan Villarrica on the Rio Tolten.

This trip is designed for the class II, III and III+ kayakers seeking to improve river running, control kayak on ferries, master combat rolls and navigate rapids on river sections and features safely allowing kayakers to progress. Pucon provides the rivers and features. We provide the great coaches. You provide the strokes. 

This itinerary was designed after the Pikes Peak Whitewater Club and Chicago Whitewater Association joined PKH for trips and PKH owner David Hughes volunteered with the Carolina Canoe Club. Like most whitewater clubs the skills varied as much as the paddler’s lively personas. This trip allows groups with various skills to be on the same trip. Yes! We love to teach beginners too. 

*Due to water levels, skills, and group needs the following itinerary is subject to change and is only a best prediction of the itinerary. 

Day 1 SAT (Feb 2):

Arrival to Temuco Airport (ZCO) between 11 AM to 5 PM. Boat outfitting and welcome. Potential afternoon Lower Trancura run pending time.

Day 2 SUN (Feb 3):

AM – Load for Rio Tolten. Rolls and Strokes at Lago Villarrica 

PM – Rio Tolten (II – III) 

Day 3 MON (Feb 4):

AM – Kayak Theory +PLUS Liucura (II to III+) 

PM – Lower Trancura (III) or Trancura Delta (II)

Day 4 TUE (Feb 5):

AM – Kayak Theory +PLUS Trancura Delta (II – III) or Liucura Curve to Lower Trancura (III – III+)

PM – Optional Hike or Liucura Section

Day 5 WED (Feb 6):

AM – Mapuche Indian Presentation on the state of Rio Trancura Headwaters vs. hydropower. 

PM – Lower Maichin Canyon. Hotsprings Option. 

Day 6 THU (Feb 7):  Optional Rest Day or Pucon Activities 

AM – Kayak Theory + Lower Trancura or Trancura Delta

PM – Upper Trancura below Last Laugh (III) or Liucura Section

Day 7 FRI (Feb 8):

San Pedro Full Day

AM – Depart for Rio San Pedro (II – IV w/portagables. Inflatable kayak options.)

PM – Paddle San Pedro (II – IV) INFLATABLE KAYAK OPTIONS TOO. 

Day 8 SAT (Feb 9):

AM – Optional Morning Lap or Pucon souvenirs and crafts shopping. 

PM –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

 

Arrival City:
Email David@puconkayakhostel.com to plan your trip extension.
Departure City:
Email David@puconkayakhostel.com to plan your trip extension
Skill Level:
All skill levels are invited to kayak more. Explore more. Get to know us and Chile more. 
 

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 and 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.

With so much to experience in Chile most kayakers choose to stay longer and explore more.

 

 

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. 

Cost: $US150/day. 

Approximately 40% below normal trip costs. 

What’s Included in a Trip Extension? 

  • Lunch 
  • Kayak 
  • 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. 

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