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Seakayaking Expedition to Reloncavi Fjord (3 days)

Sea kayaking in Reloncavi Fiord



The area’s 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 Fjord .

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.


Petrohue river meetin the Pacific Ocean , born of Reloncavi Fjord in Patagonia

: 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 point.

 Reloncavi Ford and Yates Volcanoe

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.

Reloncavi Fiord in Patagonia

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)

kayaking till  Cochamo village
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.

Enjoying although it rains

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.

Collecting mussells at Reloncavi Fjord

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.

Family house at Sotomo Hotsprings

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. 4pm).

  • Transportation in private vehicle from your Hotel in Puerto Varas to Reloncavi Fjord and back to Puerto Varas.
  • Complete Safety Talk and practice of paddling strokes and simulation of a rescue.
  • Seakayak equipment:
    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 Responder.
  • 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 beautiful church
  • Limited insurance while seakayaking (chilean company)
Level Suitable for any levels of adventurous travellers including beginners (complete safety talk included


Northern Patagonia
Duration 3 days
Option 1 Day / 2 days
Time of Year All the year

every day ... ... although it rains

Price Please Ask
Trip Details Starts and ends in Puerto Varas
# of participants 6 active participants that respects nature and local people.
Lodging 2 nights camping and 1 night eating & sharing with a colonos family (pioneers) at Sotomó Hotsprings .
Weather check
Photography Opportunities

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.

Wildlife Sweet Coastal waters:
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).

Sea Coast:
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 region’s 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),
and mackerel.

King Crab (Lithodes antarctica),
Clams (Ameghinomya antiqua),
Mussels (Mytilus chilensis) y baby mussels (Aulacomya ater)

Activities -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.
Other Trips
in the area
(Not included)

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)

* 2 Days Cochamo: Seakayak Reloncavi Fjord and Horseriding Cochamo Valley

Suggested Gear Please Ask
How To Get There
Private vehicle from YAK EXPEDICIONES

* Nautical Chart Reloncaví Fjord *

Reloncavi Fjord nautical chart

Local church and behind Yates volcano ,

Fisherman house in Reloncavi Fiord


  • Swimming expertise.
  • You'll find your trip even more enjoyable if you remember to bring flexibility and a sense of humor with you.
  • Physical state and health compatible with the activity to be performed
  • Previous indication of any illness or health problem (send complete the Reservation and Medical Form by email , send the Release Form signed by fax). Team members should have the mindset that they are responsible for themselves and the other members of the team while in the backcountry and around camp.
  • Positive mental attitude in front of unexpected situations
  • Understand that this trip requiered a lot of team work and the participation of each person at each stage is fundamental.  
  • Understand that all activities performed in nature can indicate some risk. 
  • The program could be modified at any stage due to weather conditions , guide decision that could affect the safety of the group.
  • Note: We must mention that the success of this type of trip is subject to the weather as well the personality of the person, therefore an adventure spirit and good disposition will be fundamental.

  • 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.

Trip Calendar
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


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