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Overview

Plunge into a fun and fulfilling whitewater rafting adventure on the remote rivers of central Chile, with the added comfort of boutique eco-lodges. Paddle your way through Class II to IV rapids on the Cautín, Liucura, Maichin, Trancura, and Fuy Rivers, all in the company of MT Sobek's expert river guides. Take time along the way to soak in hot springs, visit the ancient lava fields of Conguillio National Park, explore lakes and canyons, and enjoy the scenic landscapes of Chile's Lake District, including views of the active Llaima Volcano.

  • Enjoy eight days rafting Class II-IV rapids on some of Chile's most beautiful rivers

  • Take in splendid views of roaring waterfalls, serene lakes, and active volcanos

  • Hike to see the fascinating, ancient lava fields in Conguillio National Park

  • Arrive: La Araucanía, Chile
  • Depart: La Araucanía, Chile
  • Duration: 9 Days
  • Group Size: 4-12 Guests
  • Minimum Age: 16 Years Old

Itinerary

  • Day01

    Arrive in Chile

    Meet your MT Sobek guides at Temuco airport in La Araucania and transfer to Corralco Hotel, taking in the lush greens of the endemic forests as you go. In the afternoon, choose between a relaxing afternoon at the hotel spa or an exhilarating short hike through the Araucaria forests surrounding the hotel. Meet in the evening for a welcome celebration and dinner together.

  • Day02

    Raft the Lower Cautin River

    Start your whitewater adventure at Salto de la Princesa (Princess Falls), paddling through Class III rapids and lush green canyons on the lower section of the Cautin River. This is a great introductory run with plenty of small rapids and drops with nice pools below. Afterwards, travel to your accommodation for the night, an eco-lodge in the impressive Conguillio National Park with great views of the active Llaima Volcano. Take a short hike to see the ancient lava fields before enjoying dinner with the group.

    • Accommodation: La Baita Conguillio
    • Activity: 2.5 hours rafting Class III rapids
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day03

    Paddle the Truful Truful

    After breakfast, you have the option to explore some of the trails in the national park before heading to today's put-in point in the Truful Truful canyon. Halfway down this section of Class III whitewater rapids, we will make a short portage around the spectacular Truful Truful Falls, where the fast-flowing water catches the light, offering shimmering rainbow reflections. Following a picnic lunch, continue by road to Pucon, Chile's adventure tourism capital.

    • Accommodation: Hotel Antumalal
    • Activity: 3-4 hours rafting Class III rapids
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day04

    Head to the Lower Liucura River

    Enjoy the morning at your leisure, visiting the hotel's spa and gardens or heading into town to explore. After lunch, head to the lower Liucura River for an afternoon of inflatable kayaking or rafting. On the way back, visit the Termas Geometricas (Geometric Hot Springs), an architectural masterpiece with hot and cold pools located in a stunning canyon. Stop into the town of Villarrica on the opposite side of the lake to enjoy an evening meal overlooking the Lake.

    • Accommodation: Hotel Antumalal
    • Activity: 2 hours raft with Class II-III rapids
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day05

    Raft Maichin River Canyons

    Spend an amazing day rafting on the Maichin River located near the Mapuche community of Reigolil. Travel through amazing canyons as you paddle through the crystal-clear water on Class IV rapids. Along the way, stop for a picnic on the shores of the river. In the evening, experience Mapuche cuisine at a local restaurant.

    • Accommodation: Hotel Antumalal
    • Activity: 3-4 hours rafting Class IV rapids
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day06

    Tackle the Upper & Lower Trancura

    Another epic day awaits on one of the most famous rivers in the Pucon area. Take on the Trancura River for an incredible white water adventure with amazing views of Villarrica Coolcano. Run the Class IV Upper Trancura in the morning, stop for lunch at a private quincho on the banks of the river, then finish on the mostly calm, Class III rapids of the Lower Trancura.

    • Accommodation: Hotel Antumalal
    • Activity: 4-5 hours rafting Class III-IV rapids
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day07

    Paddle the River Fuy

    Spend the morning driving beside three different but equally beautiful lakes, stopping for a lakeside picnic that will provide the energy to fuel our afternoon on the spectacular River Fuy, which runs through the Huilo Huilo nature reserve. Raft the lower section of the Fuy, known as "Bridge to Bridge." After checking in to the Marina del Fuy lakeside hotel, explore the Huilo Huilo reserve and a Patagonian microbrewery.

    • Accommodation: Marina Del Fuy Lodge
    • Activity: 1.5 hours rafting Class III+ rapids
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day08

    Raft the San Pedro

    Today we embark on a two-day whitewater trip down the San Pedro River (often referred to as the Futaleufu of the north). After three to four hours of Class III+ rapids, stop at the halfway point to set up camp for the night and enjoy a group celebration for our final night together.

  • Day09

    Last Day on the San Pedro & Depart

    After packing up camp, tackle the rest of the San Pedro River run, including the biggest rapid, El Reloj (The Clock). Take out at a small, family-owned cabana and enjoy a well-deserved shower before the drive back to Temuco for the return flight.

    • Activity: 3-4 hours rafting Class III+ rapids
    • Transportation: 2-hour private van transfer
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
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Why take this trip with us?

Reason #01

MT Sobek has been pioneering white-water adventures since 1973, working with expert local crews who know the best rivers to run.

Reason #02

This trip skillfully blends excellent whitewater adventure with immersive exploration of Chile's Lake District, from its namesake lakes to stunning volcanoes.

Reason #03

Explore Central Chile's National Parks with water adventures in mind, while enjoying the luxury of boutique hotels and eco lodges each evening.

What To Expect

  • Activities

    Whitewater rafting on Class II-IV rapids two to five hours a day, rafting on an inflatable kayak, easy hikes, and scenic drives.

  • Lodging

    Boutique hotels and eco-lodges in remote locations to take advantage of natural settings. One night of camping by the San Pedro River.

  • Climate

    Central Chile is sunny in October/November with humid temps average 70-degree days to 45-degree nights.

FAQ

  • Who will meet me when I arrive?

    Your MT Sobek guide will meet you at the airport on day-1, and transfer with you a short distance to our first night's hotel.

  • Do I need to have whitewater experience to take this trip?

    No. All skills levels and abilities are welcome.

  • Am I required to bring any special gear for this trip?

    Very little, as we provide most of the specialty gear needed for this water adventure. We provide you paddling gear and life jacket, tent, sleeping bag, small pillow, and sleeping pad.

  • What are the accommodations like?

    We use eco lodges and boutique hotels for your comfort, and include amenities such as hot tubs and swimming pools. There is one night of camping under the stars in dome-style tents.

  • Are we rafting down a river on this trip?

    Yes, and no. This trip differs from our other river trips in that we are not rafting down one river, from point-A to point-B to point-C. Instead, each day we will raft a different river.

  • Will there be Wi-Fi along the way?

    Not on the rivers. However, there will be Wi-Fi in the evening at our lodges, except on night-8 when we camp outside in nature.

Dates & Pricing

Pricing Dates

Scheduled Dates

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    Oct 26 - Nov 03, 2019

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2019
$5,695.00 Price per person

Additional Cost

  • $1,250.00 Single Supplement

Price Includes

  • Expert leadership from experienced adventure guides
  • Accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • Meals as noted in the daily itinerary
  • Potable water and snacks throughout
  • 1 glass of wine or beer at dinner
  • All tips and gratuities for support staff with the exception of your lead adventure guide(s)
  • All necessary rafting and camping gear
  • All group entrance fees, activities, and ground transportation
  • Arrival and departure day airport transfers

Price Does Not Include

  • International airfare, any airport taxes, or excess baggage charges
  • Optional tips to your lead adventure guides
  • Personal expenses such as medical immunizations, phone calls, laundry, or souvenirs
  • Airport transfers if arriving outside of Day 1 and departing outside of Day 9
  • Optional travel protection

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  • "Great experience every time with some of the most knowledgeable guides in their fields. We always come home with wonderful memories of the people we meet and things we see."

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