Lakes District Multisport
The Lakes District of Chile never ceases to amaze travelers with its awe-inspiring vistas, incredible hospitality and spectacular natural wonders. Our trip is based in the Pucon and San Pedro valleys and offers a plethora of rafting (II-V), kayaking (beginner to expert), SUP-ing on the lake or rivers, canyoning gorges and waterfalls, horseback riding (epic or easy), mountain biking, zip lining canopy tours, hiking to glaciers and volcanoes, yoga sessions, and soaking in remote hot springs. Guests are accommodated in deluxe waterfront dome accommodations with full en suites, decks and french doors opening to the river. There are additional accommodations in the hosteria for larger groups if necessary.
The packages are all-inclusive of accommodations, sumptuous meals, drinks, and guided activities with optional climbing (via ferrata or rock) and mountaineering options for those keen on summit opportunities. Guests of all abilities can be accommodated with raft, IK and kayak options on the various rivers. This program offers the Upper and Lower Trancura, Tolten, Middle and Lower Maichin, Fuy and San Pedro Rivers for kayak, raft, SUP and IK’s.
|Trip Length||8 days (5 or 4 days)|
Trips operate Saturday-Saturday. Five and Four day options are also available.
|Price||$2495, $2995, $3995|
|Gateway City||Santiago Chile|
|River Rating||I-V optional|
- Itinerary at a Glance
- Fly to Santiago & connect to Temuco on Day One, transfer to our retreat for afternoon activities, welcome cocktails and dinner
- Learn to kayak and roll in a warm lake, or SUP and test your skills on class I-II moving current
- Stretch with a morning yoga session overlooking Lago Villarica, soak in natural hot springs
- Hike to a glacier, or try an optional mountaineering trip to the top of a snow-capped volcano
- Challenge a mountain bike course, or test your mettle on some rugged single track
- Ride a horse in the mountains, enjoy a traditional Asado along the riverbank
- Enjoy canyoning into spectacular gorges, zip line through lush forest canopies
- Raft a raging river or mellow out on a scenic float, fly fish or spin fish for salmon or trout
- Huck waterfalls on the Palguin, paddle the technical canyon on the Maichin, or unwind on the warm waters of the Tolten
- Launch on a tandem paraglide, rock climb the Andes or scale a 250 meter wall (via ferrata).
- Indulge at our favourite organic certified restaurants, sample craft beers, taste Chilean wines
- Detailed Itinerary
Today you will arrive in Santiago, Chile, and connect to Temuco, where a ROAM representative will meet and transfer you to our spectacular retreat along the banks of the Trancura River. After checking into your deluxe riverside dome, we will have time for an afternoon activity before welcome cocktails and the first of many delicious meals.
ROAM multisports are designed to allow you to craft your own unique Chilean experience. Each evening at dinner we go over the adventure options for the following day. Most activities will be half-day affairs, while others require the full-day in the field or an occasional early start. One thing for certain, we have organized the absolute best things to do in this adventure paradise and food and drink will always play a major roll!
Here’s a sample of the activities available:
Rafting/inflatable kayaking: Our camp is situated at the take-out of the Upper Trancura River and the put-in for the Lower Trancura, which joins the Liacura River. It doesn’t get any better than this as participants can choose class II-IV by raft, IK or hard shell kayaks. We also have the Tolten, Maichin (upper and lower) and options for the ultra technical and steep Rio Fuy or the warm and friendly, Rio San Pedro, whose large volume Futa-like rapids (in size and colour) can be challenged in a variety of craft.
Kayaking: we have some of the best instructors on the planet for beginners or experts. The paddle school is associated with NOC (Nantahala Outdoor Center), which is the largest kayaking school in North America, if not the world. Dedicated and highly skilled instructors are there for you and will allow paddlers to get the most out the what the region has to offer in rivers. You definitely do not want to haul a kayak all the way down to Chile. Our fleet of kayaks is second to none and we can provide spray skirt, paddle, pfd and helmet but feel free to bring your own.
Stand Up Paddle boards: being in the heart of the Lakes District allows us a plethora of places to SUP and the warm and friendly Tolten River draining Lago Villarrica is also a great venue to hone your fast moving river skills while soaking up views of the volcanoes.
Canyoning: this exciting activity is suitable for beginners or experts and involves exploring amazing volcanic terrain through a series of controlled descents off a vertical drops into canyons along with different small slides, jumps, swims and unique zip-lines. Its active and wet, but you will go to beautiful places many never get to see!
Rock climbing: there are wonderful climbing area and routes 10-15 minutes out of Pucon. We also have a 250 metre via ferrata climb which is a technical climb where you are attached to a cable and anchors for safety. Guest can also opt, at additional expense, for a mountaineering day that includes a crampon and ice axe climb of Volcan Villarrica. Its a full day that will eave many exhausted but is often the top of visitors bucket lists in this part of the Andes.
Hiking: we are situated between tow natre reserves and Huerquehue National Park so the hiking opportunities are endless. However, the guides will always suggest our Fire & Ice route, which is ideal for all abilities and hiking speeds. This involves a shuttle up a scenic valley to a trail head that leads to volcanic views and an ice cave where you’ll celebrate with pisco sours poured over 10,000 year old ice.
Horseback riding: get your inner gaucho on by trying a horseback ride in the Andes. Nothing is more Patagonian than a day on a horse with outstanding vistas. We offer a variety of rides that may incorporate a traditional Chilean Asado in some spectacular countryside. Happy trails are waiting.
Paragliding: take a tandem flight and see the region from a bird’s eye perspective. This one is not for the feint of heart but will certainly leave you buzzing with excitement like a triple espresso and a Red Bull chaser.
Canopy Tours: participants are provided with safety helmets and harnesses as they are guided by highly qualified staff through the 900 meter long circuit of ziplines, Tyrolean traverses, rope ladders, cable walks and rappels. No experience is necessary for this ecological experience among massive coihue and oak tree forests.
Yoga: join our instructor for a delightful stretch on platforms over looking the lake and the ever-present Volcan Villarrica.
Wine & Beer Tasting: sample a selection of Chile’s incredible varietals in inspiration settings. Discover your favourite regional microbrew or local craft beers.
Asado: enjoy a traditional asado, ROAM style, but be very careful of Ashley’s pisco sours.
We depart after a hearty breakfast and have time for souvenir shopping enroute to Temuco and onwards to Santiago. For those wanting to arrive to Santiago early or stay longer, we have a Maipo-based multisport that is 3-5 days in length and located less than 1 hour from the international airport. Or you can dovetail your trip with our lodge-based Patagonia Multisport and/or Futaleufu Adventures.
This time-honored favorite does some of Pucón’s best gastronomic work for the price, boasting innovative flavor combinations and fresh-baked everything. Highlights include excellent smoked-trout ravioli in spinach-cream sauce, bacon-wrapped venison, smoked merkén octopus risotto and salads from the restaurant’s own certified-organic gardens, the first in southern Chile. To accompany, biodynamic and natural wines. Creative types tend to congregate here.
California-transplant owners fill a clearly appreciated gringo niche at this homesick-remedy of a restaurant. Juicy American-style burgers are a huge hit: try the Grand Prix (caramelized onions, bacon, peanut butter) or the Buddha (Sriracha mayo, Asian slaw, popcorn shrimp), but there’s also a fat breakfast burrito (available for lunch!), fish tacos, buffalo chicken wraps and everything else you might miss.
Guests will be accommodated in deluxe riverside domes. The domes are situated on the banks of the Trancura river and have private ensuite facilities and french doors that open onto a private deck. There is a communal dome that serves as a cosy lounge and a large pagoda for dining and socializing. The property is a 5.5 acre retreat located 10km outside of Pucon. The camp was developed originally as a whitewater mecca for kayakers. This part of the Andes boasts user-friendly waterfalls and river runs from Class I-VI and our location offers the perfect combination of but has been re-developed with ROAM for our multisports. The location is superb and provides access to a variety of adventures but also tranquility on a spectacular riverside setting.
- About the Region
Don’t judge a district by its name. The Lakes District, Los Lagos in Spanish, only tells part of the story. While turquoise, blue and green glacial lakes dominate the landscape, they’re hardly the only attraction. Play on towering, perfectly conal, snowcapped volcanoes. Visit charming lakesides and hot springs. Admire the green umbrella of national parks like Parque Nacional Huerquehue. A long list of outdoor adventures and a unique, German-influenced Latin culture make for a cinematic region that appeals to all. Pucón is firmly positioned on the global map as a center for adventure sports; its setting on beautiful Lago Villarrica under the smouldering eye of the volcano of the same name seals its fate as a world-class destination for adrenaline junkies.
Huerquehue National Park is located in the foothills of the Andes, in the Valdivian temperate rainforest of the La Araucaníaregion in southern Chile. It lies 145 km southeast of Temuco and 33 km east of Pucón, between the Villarrica National Reserve to the west and the Hualalafquén National Reserve to the east. The park encompasses 125 square kilometres (12,500 Ha) of mountainous terrain east of Caburgua Lake, and has an elevation range of 720 to 2,000 meters above sea level. Huerquehue is a Mapudungun word (the language of the Mapuche people) that means “the messenger’s place”. One of the most noteworthy features of the park are its ancient Araucaria forests, the tree commonly known as “monkey puzzle”. These are the backdrop for the clear lakes and lagoons that dot the park, including Tinquilco Lake, which lies in the lower portion of this protected area.
Pucón boasts the best small-town tourism infrastructure south of Costa Rica. That means hundreds of activities and excursions, vegetarian restaurants, falafel, microbrews and hundreds of expat residents from the world over. Its popularity can be off-putting to some but benefit by the services available while our retreat is based outside of Pucon on a tranquil acreage on the banks of the Trancura River.
This region is teaming with rivers. Here’s a few that we may explore, depending on participants ability levels:
Maichin: The best stretch of boating on the upper Maichín consists of a section of a class III-IV rapids where the river flows through a long-columnar basalt gorge. The drops are straightforward and boat scoutable from eddies. The cold, clear river flows through a bucolic countryside of small farms, well-grazed hillsides, and araucaria trees standing sentinel over the valley floor. The lower Maichin is equally as impressive in its beauty rather than technical rapids and ideal for paddlers wanting to work on skill development or simply enjoy the canyon.
Upper & Lower Trancura: The Trancura river is the main drainage for the snowpeaks of Parque Nacional Villarrica. Given clear weather the three volcanos Quetrupillan, Lanín and Villarica can be seen while descending the river. The lower Trancura is Pucón’s local playground and sports the most popular day raft trip in the country. This section of river is also popular with kayakers and inflatable kayaks (a.k.a. duckies). Mostly read and run class II-III, the notable rapids are “El Pescador” which has pushy wave train at entrance leading into a river wide hole at hi flows. Below the Confluence (“ La Junta”) with the Liucura River the flow doubles and the largest rapid of the trip is encountered called La Leona. The Upper Trancura is class III-V and has some mandatory portages but is a stout backyard run of no parallel.
Rio Palguin: There are four distinct drops on this classic waterfall run. The first is called “Tres Huevones” and consists of 3 drops with part three ending in a 3 meter falls. The second rapid, “Eva Luna” is a 5-6 meter falls at the end of a slot canyon. The third rapid is another falls called “Ecstasy” and has a 7 meter vertical drop with runs on on either the left or right of the center rock island. The fourth drop is called “feet first” and is run in the center slot which is a sloping 6 meter sluiceway whose width is slightly more than that of a kayak.
Rio San Pedro: About 1.5 hours away from our base, this is a wonderful outing for those doing the full 8-day program. Draining Lago Rinihue and flowing out the Pacific the San Pedro has crystal clear turquoise waters and offers trout and salmon in addition to 16 kilometres of fun roller coaster rapids that remind us a lot of the Futaelufu in both colour and style.
Rio Fuy: Flowing warm and transparent out of Lago Pirehueico deep in the heart of Chile’s Lake District, the Fuy’s astonishing clarity is a sight to behold. With a dense canopy of coihue trees overhanging its banks, the river has an exotic, even ethereal feel to it. In the Chilean spring, the river’s continuous, eddy-hopping, boulder-garden rapids get big and pushy, offering quite a contrast to the waterfalls upstream. Kayakers love this run, although for some unknown reason, we are the only rafters to rarely drop in on this beauty. Since the Fuy is threatened by hydroelectric development, get to know this river before ENDESA takes it away from you. More on this later…
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