III+ to IV+
$1,800 (shared occupancy) — $1,500 USD (camping)
Teacups +PLUS, NOV 17 – NOV 23
Teacups +PLUS, NOV 24 – NOV 30
Claro +PLUS is a road trip just for waterfall lovers seeking adrenalin filled days exploring one of the world’s greatest whitewater anomalies. The Teacups canyon drops kayakers into a 57 million year old basalt chasm that is polished, milled and carved perfectly banking and dropping kayakers like no other destination. Explore one of the world’s most iconic river canyons. +PLUS offers an added valley of river sections just north or south of the Rio Claro Valley giving kayakers more than just one river of waterfalls to their trip. With drop after drop after drop of clean waterfalls, slots, and cascades – the Rio Claro delivers multiple sections for intermediate and advanced kayakers in a narrow basalt gorge unlike anything you have ever seen. Guests on this trip will explore the Claro by spending several days based inside Seven Teacups National Park paddling sections like the infamous Garganta del Diablo (or “Throat of the Devil”), notorious for the 180-degree two-tiered waterfall of the same name that drops you into one of the lower canyons.
Just three hours south of Chile’s capital hides a national treasure, — the Seven Teacups National Park. Tourists, like kayakers, are attracted to the photogenic clear blue canyon and an incredible series of clean waterfalls that seems to stretch for miles. Each “salto” is perfectly formed with a round pool or “taza” at the bottom. The canyon may best be described as 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 over millions of years in the annual course to sea. Some falls flow straight, some have corner boofs, others have ramps, and some sections even have drops riding along walls or flowing for over 70’ through a slot only slightly larger than the width of your kayak.
+PLUS Rio Maipo NOV 17 – NOV 23
In addition to the Teacups road trip, boaters have the opportunity to paddle some of the best rivers in Chile currently being dammed by giant hydropower corporations. Trip 1 takes kayakers to explore the Rio Maipo near to Santiago. The Maipo still boasts 20+ KM of free flowing river ranging from fast paced class IV+ 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.
+plus Rio Nuble NOV 24 – NOV 30
Trip 2 adds the Rio Nuble to it’s itinerary as our entourage of kayak vehicles travels south back to Pucon. The Nuble has 3 large dams being built above it’s clear blue playful class II to IV. We typically drive high into the Andes to explore more challenging sections of class III and IV granite boulder gardens. This is the perfect river addition to our Teacups adventure.
Day 1 (NOV 17):
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 18):
AM – Kayak Theory. Lower and Upper Maipo run pending skill levels.
PM – Maipo Lap +PLUS Banos Colina Hotsprings or Lagunillas Hike Optional
Day 3 (NOC 19)
AM – Pack camp and drive to the Seven Teacups National Park.
PM – Check-in. Set camp. Hike to waterfalls. High FIVE… Can you believe this place?
Day 4 (NOV 20): Waterfall Wonder of the World
AM – Seven Teacups Section
PM – Vientidos Saltos “Twenty-two Falls” Section
Day 5 (NOV 21): 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 22): Waterfall Wonder of the World
AM – Optional hike or rest.
PM – Group option Twenty-two Falls, Garganta or Teacups.
Day 7 (NOV 23):
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)
Day 1 (NOV 24):
Arrival to Santiago International Airport 10 AM or prior. Boat outfitting and welcome. Drive to Seven Teacups National Park.
PM – Afternoon run on Seven Teacups Section.
Day 2 (NOV 25):
AM – Kayak Theory. Seven Teacups Section.
PM – Vientidos Saltos “Twenty-two Falls” Section. GAME TIME.
Day 3 (NOV 26):
AM – Kayak Theory. Vientidos Saltos “Twenty-two Falls” Section.
PM – Seven Teacups Section.
Day 4 (NOV 27):
AM – Kayak Theory. Garganta del Diablo “Throat of the Devil” Or River Optional Section.
PM – Open Option.
Day 5 (NOV 28): Andean drive out of one range and into another valley. Gorgeous.
Dinner and Base Camp Nuble. Time permitting we’ll get in a short run or hike.
AM – Dawn Patrol Option. Pack for Rio Nuble run.
PM – Drive to San Fabian base camp for afternoon hike or kayaking.
Day 6 (NOV 29): Drive High into the Andes Valley to a vast big sky range granite boofs and clear water… Kayaker heaven.
AM – Repeat Upper Valley or Paddle Lower Valley Section.
PM – Farewell Asado Feast San Fabian style. Our Chilean host family will give us an authentic Chilean asado feast like you’ve never experienced. Laughter, photo and video sharing of the best week of kayaking, and new friendships with the best people.
Day 7 (NOV 30):
AM – Pack and Drive to Santiago or Pucon for Trip Extensions.
Airport Departures: Drive to Santiago International Airport
OR Pucon Bound for More Drops, Stouts and Spouts.
Why choose a CUSTOM TRIP?
PKH owner David Hughes has organized and led more kayakers ranging from individuals to group so 20 +PLUS on the rivers and canyons of Chile. If you need a custom itinerary then you may want to tap into our logistics expertise to make your trip go off right.
#1 – Large Group – Your numbers are large enough to be it’s own custom group. We’ll work with your group needs and tailor a trip just for your needs.
#2 – Dates Don’t Work – Your dates don’t align with our dates but you’d really like to do the Teacups +PLUS trip. Keep in mind that the Teacups dry up by sometime in December on normal years. If you are solo then keep in mind it’s a relatively time, equipment and person intense place to get to. For support you need more people in there than just one safety instructor. You may have a group with different dates too.
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.