Chile - Pucon Classics

  • Arrival Day -  4th November 2023

  • Paddling Days - 5th November to 14th November 2023.

  • Departure Day - 15th November 2023

  • Total amount of days - 14 days (including travel)

  • Accommodation - Cabins on the banks of the Palguin and Camping

  • Ability level - Advanced

We are super stoked to announce we have teamed up with Ben May from Kayak Chile to offer a 2 week trip based out of his house in Pucon for the ultimate white water kayaking experience!


Ben May is the owner of the company Kayak Chile, born in the UK he now lives in a cabin next to the Palguin river and paddles this unique river most days. He is the co-author of the Chile White Water Guide book and has paddled with some of the best paddlers from around the world in a variety of countries.

Who is this trip aimed at?

We are aiming this trip at paddlers who are comfortable paddling grade 3+/4 rivers and want to push their paddling in steeper and tighter creeks. This trip is perfect for those who want work on their waterfall running technique.

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We aim to paddle as many of the "classic" rivers as we can during this trip, and with the huge variety of whitewater available no two days need be the same!  Given the quality of the rivers in the area though, the plan can be flexible to allow repeat days on some rivers if the group wants to revisit any favourite runs. Below we have a plan outlining how we'll spend the 12 days in Chile, the final river selection will be confirmed based on water levels and how demanding an experience the group would like.

12 Days Pucon Classics:

Day 1 - Arrive in Pucon. Fly or bus from Santiago to arrive in Pucon,  stay at Palguin cabins.

Day 2 - Lower Trancura + Upper Trancura.

Day 3 - Upper Palguin (laps, laps, laps).

Day 4 - Maichin

Day 5 - Upper, middle and lower Palguin.

Day 6 - Coilico waterfall laps or Truful Truful.

Day 7 - *Rest day - optional Tandem/SUP Lower Liucura + hot springs in the evening (extra £15).

Day 8 - Upper Nevados

Day 9 - Rio San Pedro overnight trip (camp by the river). Kayak or Raft.

Day 10 - Rio San Pedro (evening stay at palguin cabins).

Day 11 - Repeat any of the above rivers, groups decision (excluding San Pedro).

Day 12 - Fly or take the bus back to Santiago for your flight home.

Travelling to Chile:

For our adventure you will need to arrive in Chile on the morning of the 4th November 2023, we would recommend flying in to Santiago. Once there you will need to catch a connecting flight to Temuco*, which is the closest airport to Pucon or you can get an overnight bus* down to Pucon. Below is a summary of how we recommend making the journey:


Depart London Heathrow 3rd November 2023 - Arrive in Santiago on 4th November 2023 - Connecting flight* to Temuco or night bus* to Pucon.


For returning to the UK, we recommend booking a flight in the evening of the 15th November 2023, and following the same route back as your journey out. Below is a summary of the route:


Night bus* from Pucon to Santiago on the 14th November 2023. Mid day flight on the 15th November 2023 from Santiago Airport - Arrive in London Heathrow in the morning of 16th November 2023.


During your time in Chile we will be staying in cabins on the banks of the Palguin river. These cabins are fully out fitted with kitchen, dinning room and living room. You will be sharing a room but as always we will make sure women and men are in separate rooms. The only time we wont stay here is when we are on the Rio San Pedro trip where we will be will camping on the river banks.


Price Includes:

  • Expert coaching and guiding on and off the water.

  • Fluent speaking Spanish and English Guide.

  • Cabin Accommodation.

  • Camping on the overnight San Pedro Expedition 

  • 2 coaches/guides throughout trip.

  • Breakfast and Lunch (Dinners at own expense).

  • Kayak rental (must bring own gear and paddle).

  • Daily transport to and from the river.

  • Advice prior to trip.

  • Photos and Videos from the trip.

Price doesn’t include:

  • Dinner and bar bills.

  • Flights to Chile.

  • Personal Travel Insurance.

  • *Transport from Santiago to Pucon and Pucon to Santiago (Flight or Bus). *Night bus roughly costs £20-£40 each way, price of internal flights vary.

  • *External activities costs in spare time, evenings or on the rest day.

  • National park entry fees.

  • Lunch on rest day.

Guides/Coaches on this trip:

  • Ben May - Kayak Chile

  • Joshua Telling - Rapid Skills

  • Tom Botterill - Rapid Skills




Pay $400 deposit now and then pay remainder 2 months before trip start date or earlier.

*All payments for this trip go to Ben May at Kayak Chile in US Dollars. Deposit is non-refundable.