Seakayaking Expedition to Reloncavi Fjord (3 days)
The areas name- Reloncavi or Rulon Cahui or
Union of valleys was first documented by Alonso de Ercilla
who, along with Garcia Hurtado de Mendoza first set foot on this
land in 1558 during his southern expedition in Chile.
People living on the islands south of Puerto Montt began resettling
throughout the riverside of the estuary around 1896 . Years earlier
, in 1846 , the eruption of Yates volcano led to the disappearance
of several families that lived in the southern Reloncavi estuary.
This expedition starts where Petrohue river meets the Pacific Ocean
, the beginning of the First Fjord in Patagonia , the Reloncavi
The emphasis of this trip is to enjoy the beauty of our coastline
and to get a chance to connect with the local people , the charming
localities scattered along the fjord , and the wilderness and nature
in a peaceful way, crowned by the Yates volcano.. all this in a
selfsupported seakayak expedition.
* Our focus is in cultural based-adventures and authentic experiences by interacting in the areas where we travel with the local people and their culture
As we paddle , seabirds , probably sealions and dolphins will apper
in our way , a stop to visit Cochamo village and it´s beautiful
wooden church, stories of pioneers and hotsprings at the end.
DAY1: After meeting at your hotel in Puerto Varas at 8AM we
will start a scenic driving close to the southern shore of Lanquihue
lake, with wonderfull views of the huge Osorno volcanoe to the
north and Calbuco volcanoe to the south, passing the village of
Ensenda and then turning south following Petrohue river till Ralun
village , where this river meets the Pacific Ocean , our starting
Our guide will offer a complete safety talk , information about
the logistics of the trip and then a general practice of paddling
strokes and rescue . We will have to learn hot to load our kayaks
with all the gear we need for the next three days and inmediately
we start our adventure trip paddling south, always close to the
coast, enjoying every detail.
After aprox. 3-4 hours we will rest and stop at Cochamo villlage
with time to visit it´s beautiful church, have our boxlunch and then keep going. Campsite with great views of the
fjord and dinner at campsite . (BL,D)
Day 2: This section is our favourite as we will have Yates
volcanoe right in front of us . If it rains , I´m sure we
will enjoy the magic transformation of the scenry , mega clouds
, huge waterfalls in the mountains , many tiny islands and if
the sun appears ...just unforgetable.
Stop at a beach for boxlunch , then a short hike to a hidden church
in the mountains and then ...keep going . As we travel we get
to meet the local people in their own surroundings and how they
live , plus first hand experience of the local fishing industry.
After aprox. 5 hours of paddling close to dense rainforest in
the coast and some islands , we will be finally arriving at Sotomo
Hotsprings , run by a very friendly familly of
pioneers, that lives in a huge property , neighbours of Alerce
Andino National Park. We will camp close to the sea , in front of Yates volacanoe , and eat with them , having the opportunity to listen their stories
and learn about their traditions. In the afternoon or at night
, we will go for a short hike in between the forest to this particular
natural and rustic hotsprings , that appears only with the low tide , after digging them , and are located
at the end of a protected micro bay, totally surrounded by vegetation.
DAY 3: After breakfast , with all the stories in our mind
, is time to load our kayaks and continue paddling , this time
, crossing Reloncavi Fjord to the southern shore where our van
will be waiting for us to take us back passing first Puelo river
, located at the foothills of Yates volcanoe, then continue driving
always close to the Fjord. Lunch and back to Puerto Varas (aprox.
Transportation in private vehicle from your
Hotel in Puerto Varas to Reloncavi Fjord and back to Puerto
Complete Safety Talk and practice of paddling
strokes and simulation of a rescue.
Double seakayak with original rudder, seakayak paddles , lifejacket
, sprayskirt , wetsuits and paddling jacket
Camping equipment: 2 person shared tents and
group tarp + cooking utensils.
All the food while paddling, from lunch day
1 till lunch day 3 (Day 1: BL=boxlunch, D=dinner / Day 2:
B=breakfast, BL=boxlunch, D=dinner at Sotomó Hotsprings
with colonos(pioneers)/ Day 3: B=breakfast with colonos at
Sotomó Hotsprings, L=lunch).
English speaking seakayak guide , certified
by the British Canoe Union of England as a BCU 4STAR Seakayak
Award with NOLS Trainningand certified as a Wilderness First
Satelite telephone, VHF marine radio , celular
telephone, marine chart.
Hike and bath at Sotomo Hotsprings (day 2).
Camping and 1 night eating with
colono´s familiy at Sotomó Hotsprings.
Visit Cochamó village and it´s
Limited insurance while seakayaking (chilean
||Suitable for any levels
of adventurous travellers including beginners (complete safety
Day / 2 days
| Time of
||All the year
every day ... ... although it rains
| Trip Details
||Starts and ends in Puerto Varas
| # of participants
||6 active participants that respects
nature and local people.
||2 nights camping and
1 night eating & sharing with a colonos family (pioneers) at Sotomó
scenic driving from Puerto Varas to Ensenada enjoying beautiful
views of Osorno Volcanoe and while paddling marvellous views
of Yates Volcanoe, variety of sea birds and pelicans, dolphins
and sealions, fishermen villages, Cochamó village and
it´s beautiful wooden church.
White-tufted Grebe (Podiceps rolland)
Silvery Grebe (Podiceps occipotalis)
Great Grebe (Podiceps mayor),
Great egret (Casmerodius albus),
Buff-necked Ibis (Theristicus caudatus),
Black-necked swan (Cygnus melancorphus),
Flying steamer duck (Tachyeres patachonicus),
Silver Teal (Anas versicolor),
Red-gartered coot (Fulica armillata),
Tinged kingfish (Ceryle torquata),
Many-colored Rush-tyrant (Tachurius rubrigasta).
Kelp goose (Chloephaga hybrida),
Bahama Pintail (Anas bahamenis),
Black oystercatcher (Haematopus ater),
Lesser Yellowlegs (Tringa flavipes),
Chilean Pelican (Pelecanus thagus),
sandpipers, snipes, albatross, petrels, gulls and terns.
Sealions (Order pinnipedia)
occasionally seen Tonina dolphin (Order cetaceous)
The rivers are rich in:
introduced species such as:
Rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss),
Brown Trout (Salmo trutta fario),
Chum Salmon (Oncorhynchus keta.)
Such species have not only become a cornerstone of the regions
salmon industry but also of great value to the tourism revolving
around the fly-fishing industry.
Autochthonous fish species:
Conger eel (Genypterus spec),
Patagonian blennie (Eleginops maclovinus),
King Crab (Lithodes antarctica),
Clams (Ameghinomya antiqua),
Mussels (Mytilus chilensis) y baby mussels (Aulacomya ater)
||-Scenic driving close
to the southern shore of Lanquihue lake, -complete seakayak and
rescue safety talk , seakayak navigation
get to meet the local
people , real pioneers (colonos), in their own surroundings
and how they live
- first hand experience of the local
fishing industry. - Hike and bath at - Sotomó hotsprings.
in the area
Seakayak trips in the area:
* Northern Patagonia Fjords of Pumalin Park (4,6 days)
* Todos los Santos Lake (1-3 days)
* Reloncavi Fjord (1-3 days)
* Chiloe: Churches and Nature : (Penguins and kayaking wetlands of Chepu River)
* 2 Days Cochamo: Seakayak Reloncavi Fjord and Horseriding Cochamo Valley
|How To Get
Private vehicle from YAK EXPEDICIONES
* Nautical Chart Reloncaví Fjord *
- The trip has been planned with the consideration of those without
previous experience, but active travellers.
- You have chosen Patagonia , a place where the weather is unpredicatble,
so we can have sun but also rainny days , very relaxing days but
also windy conditions.
- Real Hospitals and Professional First Aid Care are far from
the place where we will be navigating. Participantes must be healthy
and in good physical conditions.
- As an average we will paddle 4-5 hours .
- Please read our Conditions section about Cancellation,Modification
and Evacuation protocols.
Special Discount !!!
if you bring a group of minimum 4 person.
AFTER you press the RESERVATION button, send us an email specifying:
- Your Name , age
Name of the trip you want (number of days)
Number of participants
Date of the trip you want (and your availability)
* we will send you a Reservation and Medical Forms that you have to send us back by email