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Chile is generally known as one of paddler’s paradise. But when you hear about it, it is mainly about huge waterfalls, giant water volume or other extreme stuff…


Here I try to show the other side of Chilean WW, which offers also a lot of opportunities for “sporty ambitious mortals” or just for a relaxed paddling day in a beautiful and unique landscape.


                                  Foto: Monica      River: Rio Claro / Siete Tazas


My hint: If you are short in time and expect clear, blue water, you should (coming from Santiago) only start to paddle at the Rio Claro, because from there on, the rivers have nice and clear water.

From there, hit to Pucon, where you may set up your base camp. Around Pucon, you may paddle at least six rivers (or sections) between class III to IV-V . Pucon itself offers also a bit of fun, and a lot of opportunities for recreation days and non paddling company:
from thermal bathes up to a trip on top of the Vulcan Villa Rica. The best time to have good water levels and lots of paddlers around, is from mid December to mid January...


If you want to avoid the stress of bringing your own boat, nowadays, there are several local companies, where your may rent most of recent type of boats. As an alternative, you may also buy in Santiago a new Chielan Creeker, the Fenix of Universal Kayak, which at the end you may want to bring home ;-)


The only “shadow side” of Pucon is, that you have to watch out for robbery, which is unfortunately quite frequent, for being a touristc centre. So take your precautions.


More info about Chilean Rivers: http://riversofchile.com



The WW Scale used, corresponds with the “traditional” standard. 

It is pointed out, that the classification of the difficulties of White Water is always very subjective. In addition rivers always are subject to natural alterations. 
Therefore, the author does not take over any responsibility !

River descriptions





Rio Claro (Teno)

Rio Claro (Siete Tazas)


Truful Truful




Palguin C

San Pedro