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Floating Petrohue River till Pacific Ocean

Floating Petrohue river till Pacific Ocean




Located almost 1.000 km south from Santiago this area is the perfect place to observe the majestic and snowed tops of the Calbuco, Osorno and Puntiagudo Volcanoes.

Petrohué River is a river located in Los Lagos Region. It originates from Todos los Santos Lake in the Vicente Pérez Rosales National Park. At its origin are founded the Petrohué Waterfalls. The lower section of Petrohue river is very calm , features emerald color water and is considered, both nationally and internationally, to be one of the best rivers for recreational fishing in the region given the great diversity of species that can be found .

It is a a perfect family trip as affords plenty of opportunities for relax and enjoy simple things.


We meet at your hotel in Puerto Varas at 9:00 AM to start driving east till the town of Ensenada and then continue south east to the put in in Petrohue river. Safety talk and prepare to start floating and paddling downstream very relax this calm river for aprox. 2-3 hours. Return to Puerto Varas aprox 5:00 PM.

As we will be travelling in small groups , paddling slowly and quietly , we will have good opportunities to enjoy the flight of a variety of birds , the colours of the the clouds reflecting in the water , and the magnificent sound of the silence. We will stop for a box lunch and continue till Termas de Ralun (hotsprings) , natural pools close to the river where we will enjoy swimming and snorkeling in its clear waters , then continue downstream till Reloncavi Fjord , the first fjord in Patagonia , in the Pacific Ocean.

  • Transportation in private vehicle from your Hotel in Puerto Varas to the destination and back to Puerto Varas.
  • Rafting equipment
    Self-bailing whitewater raft, paddles and lifejacket, diving mask.
  • Satellite telephone, VHF marine radio.
  • Safety talk before start paddling.
  • Box-Lunch
  • English speaking rafting guide.
  • imited insurance once the floating trip starts with Interamericana Insurance Company (chilean company.

    * Ask about recommended gear list. 
Level Family Trip. No experince required


Lake District
Duration 1 day...although it rains
Time of Year all the year

every day ... ... although it rains

Price Please Ask
Trip Details Starts and ends in Puerto Varas
# of participants 8 participants that respects nature
Climate check
Photography Opportunities variety of birds including olivaceus cormorant , Ibis , herons, kingfisher , egrets , huet-huet , variety of ducks.
Activities floating with rafts till the Pacific Ocean, river snorkeling..
Other similar trips
(not included)

*Floating Maullin River.
* SEAKAYAKING Maullin River (some paddling experiencie requiered OR private trip in a double seakayak with a guide).

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
YAK van , private vehicle.


  • You'll find your trip even more enjoyable if you remember to bring flexibility and a sense of humor with you.
  • Swimming expertise (older than 7 years old , with parents)
  • Contemplative attitude and respect for the existing ecosystem. 
  • Physical state and health compatible with the activity to be performed
  • Previous indication of any illness or health problem.
  • Possibly while we are driving to our destination , or while we are paddling , weather conditions may change , dont forget that you have chossen a trip in Northern Patagonia that is also very unpredictable. This fact doesnt means any kind of refund.
  • Understand that this is team activity in the outdoors and the participation of each person at each stage is fundamental.  
  • Before trip you must turn in a signed form of  Release of Liability
  • To have read and clearly understand the General Conditions section.
  • Send complete the RESERVATION Form and MEDICAL Form that appears after you press the RESERVATION button that is at the end of this program  
  •  The trip has been planned with the consideration of those without previous experience.
    Before we begin our floating trip,  we will have a complete safety talk so that our participants feel more comfortable . 
  • Sometimes the river is too high and the pools (hotsprings) are under the water.
  • To guarantee the security of our customers, we will have with us a satellite telephone and VHF marine radio..
  • The trip will take place even if it rains.

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.


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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