Seakayak Exploration From the Andes to the Pacific
Ocean (14 days)
We invite you to particpate in this adventure-cultural expedition
seakayaking totally across Chile from the Argentine border to the
Pacific Ocean and experience Patagonia remoteness as few people
After meeting in Puerto Varas, very close to Puerto Montt airport,
our trip adventure will start in the town of Palena, very close
to the Argentina border in the mountains of the XI region. We will
navigate through it's calm waters (a paradise for fly fishing),
until the Pacific arriving at Raúl Marín Balmaceda Port, a fishing
village connected to the outside world only by a once a week supply
boat. Later continue south through fiords and islands bordering
Isla Magdalena National Park until the Puyuhuapi Hot Springs.
We assure a unique and unforgettable experience to you, gigantic
cascades, deep and narrow fiords covered by the humid forest of
the Patagonia, colorful creeks of fishermen, dolphins and sealions,
probailities of whales and orcas, variety of sea birds, volcanoes,
contact with the people that inhabit these magical places, appreciate
the dawn floating in ours kayaks and the possibility of accesing
places seen by very few people.
* One of our focus is to offer an cultural based-adventure and authentic experiences by interacting in the areas where we travel with the local people and their culture
We will navigate at night sometimes and on occasion, we must load
our kayaks onto wagons in order to cross certain paths. We will
be able to observe unforgettable sunrises on the sea, torrential
rains that immediately give way to impressive sun sets, only seen
by navigators at these distant latitudes. Enjoy hanging vegetation,
enormous waterfalls which fall directly into the sea, gigantic walls
that disappear into the water, imposing volcanoes (like Melimoyu
and it's natural hot springs) and much more...
The only way to access these areas is by water. We will be navigating
in an area very isolated, only some pioneers living, where
the weather plays a decisive role, in which the tides and winds
are fundamental elements to consider.
||14 days APROX.
the Andes to the Pacific Ocean - Palena River (10days)
2) PATAGONIAN CHANNELS AND FJORDS - Seakayak
Exploration (12 days)
| Time of year
| Trip details
||Starts and ends in Puerto Varas
| N° Participants
||Guesthouse , pioneer´s houses
but mainly remote wilderness campsites
|| Weather in the zone
|Andes Mountains, Melimoyu
Volcano, hidden hot springs, condors, fisherman villages, fantastic
fjords, dolphins , sea lions, possibilities of pinguins, orcas
and whales and a variety of sea birds.
||sea kayak navigation , hiking, visit
hot springs, and contact with real pioneers of this area.
||Fly from your country
to the airport in Santiago-Chile and from there 2 alternatives
to arive in Puerto Varas:
1)Bus - aprox 12 hours from Santiago to Puerto Varas (www.turbus.cl)
2)Airplane - about 2 hours from Santiago to Puerto Montt airport.
and a taxi to Puerto Varas (40 minutes).
*About the area:
The area in Patagonia, specially once we reach the Pacific Ocean
is really very variable and changes extremely fast. We suggest this
is a trip for experienced paddlers and campers .
Weather in Patagonia is very variable . It rains,the sun appears,
it's foggy and it's misty all in the same hour. We can expect many
days of rain, sometimes we will be paddling in windy conditions
and breaking waves , sometimes aprox.1.5mt , remote campsites ,
start the days very early, sometimes at night, in order to avoid
the strong winds. Also consider that if any emergency the evacuation
will be extremely- extremely slow or almost impossible , no hospitals
in the area (please read the conditions section). About water tempetrature..
cold...it is very important that you come with very good gear for
your legs and feet because we will have always to get out of the
kayak and also get in the kayak in the water to protect the kayaks
from the rocks of the shore.
*About the Trip:
Please consider that this is an " exploratory trip " that
means that we know part of the route but there is also a section
that we havent been before , although we open this route in 2000
for seakayak trips, in this ocasion we will try to explore a different
route. Because of that we have study the area with satellite photos,
charts , ask information. We use the word "expedition"
due to the nature you will encounter and the fact that all of the
participants will share and must be prepared to confront all of
the personal challenges that the the trip presents us, especially
To promote safety, we will use doubles and singles kayaks imported
from the USA and Germany, and participate in a sea kayak practice
of paddling and rescue techniques beforethe trip starts. We will
be travelling with satelite telephone and marine waterproof VHF
radio. We are not offering a race...and we will "try"
to complete the program of this totally self-supported expedition
(no boat with us, everything will go inside the kayaks) . Please
consider that the trip can be modified in any step of the program,
cancell, or just dont arrive to the end if the weather doesnt allow
us to continue in a safe way considering the paddlers experience
required or if the group is on risk and that means no refunds. The
duration of the trip is aproximate....
*About the food:
Will be according to the nature of a self-supported trip in a variable
area (breakfast, trailfood while paddling and a warm dinner)...plus
the always good surprise of the food that the locals will offer
At 10:00 AM we will meet in a hostel in Puerto Varas. This is a
small pleasant city 20 km north of Puerto Montt, situated along
the shores of Llanquihue Lake, in front of Osorno volcano and 1000km
south of Santiago. Here you will get to know the other members of
the group and we will talk about the logistics and trip details.
Lunch (not included). In the afternoon, we will have a complete
safety-talk and practice some sea kayak paddling and rescue techniques
in Llanquihue Lake. Evening free. Lodging at hostel in Puerto Varas.
2: Breakfast at the hostel and begin the trip in our van.
Navigation in ferry from Puerto Montt to Chaitén and continue
traveling inland towards the Andes on the northern austral highway
until the town of Palena, on the border with Argentina, (east side
of the Andes). Camping (B-L-D)
Day 3-5: Descend river from the town
of Palena to the river that comes from Rosselot Lake National Reserve.
This is a wonderful trip floating on a river with translucent waters.
This river in the upper section is narrow and almost totally flat
with a few small rapids (class I, II) and then long sections of
flat water always surrounded by several waterfalls and dense rainforest
. As we are descending other small rapids can appear (class II)
so we will scout them and then decide if we run or portage. We will
always try to camp with local colonos (ranchers) to learn more about
the place and their particular way of living in this isolated places.
We will try to spend as musch as we can some time exploring the
area hiking or fishing (rainbow and brown trout).
6-9: Begin our sea kayaking journey through Palena River
until the Pacific coast arriving at Raúl Marín Balmaceda Port. One
of the nights will be camping along the river's edge, next to the
Puerto Bonito hot springs with a magnificent view of Melimovu Volcano just
in front of us . The next days as the river widens till Raul Marín
Balmaceda , a small fiord fishermen village were we will camp and
hike on the sand dunes and beaches. (B-L-D)
Day 10: At this point Palena river meets
the Pacific Ocean and is totally open and exposed to the winds (this
is the most exposed stretch of the expedition) so we will use a
local boat if it is necessary to navigate this part. We will continue
paddling throuh channels until we reach the village of Melimoyu.
We will cross the Peninsula of Melimoyu using a cart pulled by oxen
or any alternative and camping at the other side next to the fiords.
Day 12-15: The trip continue paddling
the next days close to Isla Magdalena National Park, stop for a
while at Puyuhuapi hot springs and continue paddling ...till we
meet our van and drive to the town of Chaitén (Hostel).
Day 16 (aprox): Ferry boat to Puerto
Montt finally ending our adventure in our Hostel in Puerto
NOTE: This Itinerary is an estimatation depending on the climate
and group conditions.
- SMALL GROUPS, maximum of 6 (security and impact)
- INTENSE INTERRELATION with locals, their history and traditions.
- Safety-talk and practice of sea kayak rescue techniques prior
to the big trip (Day 1).
- Transportation in our van from Puerto Varas till Puerto Montt
, the navigate by ferry boat till Chaitén- by minibus to
Palena town - finally returning from Puyuhuapi town to Chaitén
- Ferry boat till Puerto Montt and by private vehicle to Puerto
- 2 nights stay at Hostal in Puerto Varas , 1 night guesthouse
in Chaitén town.
- Visit 2 hotsprings: Puerto Bonito and Puyuhuapi hot springs
- Navigation in Ferry Puerto Montt - Chaitén - Puerto Montt
- Food during the journey in kayak, except food in restaurants
(B: breakfast / L: lunch (trail food, sometimes provided by local
families) / D: cooked warm dinner)
- Navigation Equipment: sea Kayaks imported from the USA and Germany,
expedition models, with original rudder, spray skirt, paddles,
life jackets, paddling jackets.
- Cooking equipment + group tarp.
- Safety Equipment: Satellite Telephone, Marine VHF Radio, tide
tables, nautical charts and satellite photos.
- Bilingual Guide (English) classified by the British Canoe Union
as a BCU 4 Star Sea Award with first aid course (Wilderness
First Responder Course) , sea kayak rescue knowledge and
NOLS sea kayak trainning.
- Limited insurance once the seakayak trip starts with Interamericana
Insurance Company (chilean company)
- Swimming knowledge.
- Physical state and health compatible with the activity
to be performed.
- Previous indication of any illness or health problem
- Read carefully the program of the trip and if any doubt
- Positive mental attitude in front of unexpected situations.You'll
find your trip even more enjoyable if you remember to bring
flexibility and a sense of humor with you.
- Understand that this is team activity in the outdoors
and the participation of each person at each stage
- Understand that all activities performed in nature may
- The program could be modified at any stage due to weather
conditions or sudden incidents that could affect the security
of the group .
- Understand that evacuation from this area is extremely
slow or almost impossible.
- Before trip you must send signed the Release
of Liability. form
- To have read and have a clear understanding of the Terms
and Conditions section.
- Send complete the RESERVATION Form and MEDICAL Form that
appears after you press the RESERVATION button at the end
of this program.
- About the participants:
-BE MEDICALLY 100% .
-Everyone has to be a real active participant in every
step of the trip.
-Feel confortable paddling class II rivers and deal
with currents (curves, difference of water speed, eddy)
-Feel confortable paddling in winds of 15 - 20 knots in
1.5 m breaking an surfing waves.
-Be confident with bracing strokes and very advisible to
have ideally a wilderness first aid course.
- Know how to roll a seakayak.
* Everyone must be ready to demonstrate before the trips
starts different alternatives of self-rescue and assited
rescue. and we highly recommend to Also
*We will have to deal a lot with expedition behaviour and
solve situations as a group requiring a lot of teambuilding
and positive attitude.
*Understand that this is an area where rains aprox 4 meters
per year so will rain and rain almost every day so we will
be wet...but also amazing sunny days (sometimes). This is
is a self-supported trip so we will have to travel with
the minimum equipment so we can have space inside the kayaks
for everything considering the lenght of the trip.
must state that the success of this type of trips is subject to unexpected
weather and personal situations, so adventurous spirit and good disposition
will be fundamental.
Do you wish to accommodate this trip to you needs?
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