Rivers Chile

Rivers Chile – Raft or Kayak 5 of the Best Rivers in Chile

One of the great parts of traveling to Chile is that in just over a week we can run 5 rivers from Santiago to Temuco in rafts, duckies or kayaks covering three distant bioclimatic zones and a wealth of experiences. Starting in Santiago, we’ll explore the rich wine producing valleys of the Maipo while challenging either class 2-3 or class 4-5 of the Maipo River. Nights will be spent in deluxe lodge accommodations with wine tasting, hiking, and optional horseback riding. From here we head south to the Nuble River valley and explore the warm azure blue calls 3-4 waters of Rio Nuble and experience an authentic Chilean asado. Arriving later in Pucon, we’ll quickly see that the region is dominated by massive volcanoes and glaciers. Paddling the exciting Trancura or Maichin Canyon (class 2-3 or 4-5) , you will soon see why this is a whitewater Mecca beyond compare. Staying in deluxe riverside domes complete with en suites, makes for comfortable nights and gives participants much needed rest for our full day of adventures on the San Pedro or Fuy rivers (class 3-4).  Canyoning, zip lining, roll clinics, horseback rides or volcano hikes are available.

Trip Length 8 days

Dec 2018:

Nov 10-17, Dec 9-16

Jan 2019:

Jan 26-Feb 2


Price $3995
Deposit $1000
Meeting Place Santiago/Temuco
Gateway City Santiago
River Rating 2-5 options
Age Range 12-75
Itinerary at a Glance
  • Arrive Santiago and transfer 45 minutes to our lodgings
  • Welcome reception and optional hike or canopy tour upon arrival
  • Raft, kayak or IK the Maipo River (class 1-3 and 4-5) available depending on abilities
  • Wine taste, horseback ride, lounge poolside
  • Raft or kayak the Nuble River, indulge with a classic Chilean asado, campfire under the stars
  • Raft, kayak, or SUP the Trancura, Machin, Fuy or San Pedro rivers
  • hike, bike, zip line, canyoning, or horseback ride
  • enjoy deluxe riverside domes with private bathrooms



Detailed Itinerary

Day One

Today you will met by a ROAM representative at the Santiago Airport and transferred to our deluxe lodgings in Maipo. Once settled in your spectacular rooms, we’ll have a welcome reception, lunch and organize activities for the afternoon. We’ll dine that night overlooking the Maipo Canyon and river.

Day Two:

Today we’ll run either the class 2-3 section of the lower Maipo River or the challenge the “stout” class 4-5 section above the lodge. Both rivers offer non-stop excitement and in the late afternoon, we’ll drive up the canyon for glacier views and cocktails. Tandem paragliding is also an “option” if the winds are right.

Day Three:

After a delicious breakfast, we are on the road to the Nuble River valley. Upon arrival, we’ll break camp and enjoy a traditional asado under the stars. The Río Ñuble drains Cordilleras Los Tabanos and La Ventana, as well as the north side of Nevados de Chillán (3212 m). Somewhat reminiscent of the Bío-Bío’s Cien Saltos Canyon, the Ñuble is a favourite among rafters.

Day Four:

The Ñuble is a beautiful turquoise blue river offering class 3 and 4 action with pauses of flatwater in between. Its boisterous, whitewater and great camping make it a delightful raft and kayak trip.

Day Five

Today, coming off the river we’ll travel and sight-see en route to Pucon in Chile’s famous Lakes District. Upon arrival you will see the region is dominated by mountains and volcanoes. With so many drainages in this part of the Andes, the options for paddling are staggering. Overnight in deluxe domes on the banks of the Trancura.

Day Six

Today we’ll have options for the Upper and/or Lower Trancura and/or the Maichin. The choices are seemingly endless. Today there are also options for horseback riding, zip lining, canyoning and yoga. Kayakers will certainly want to try an evening lap on the Palguin River, which offers a classic multiple waterfall boof session while others may want to SUP on a warm lake and watch the sunset of Volan Villarrica. Tonight we’ll celebrate in our funky pagoda with outrageous food and terrific Chilean wines and microbrews.

Day Seven:

Today well travel to the Fuy or San Pedro rivers. Both vivid blue, classic Chilean whitewater runs, the Fuy is steeper and more technical while the San Pedro offers warm waters and Futa-sized waves. Depending on our timing we will cap the week off at one of our favourite eateries and celebrate the amazing week of rivers. Overnight Pucon

Day Eight

Today is our transfer day to Temuco. Being a Saturday, we will have an opportunity to stop at shops and markets for souvenirs while en route to the airport and connections back to Santiago.


Cascadas Maipo Canyon – this incredible resort sprawls up the Maipo Canyon an di ssuituated at the put-inor take out for the Lowe rand Upper Maipo. There ar egorgeous gardnes, a delightful pool area and both horseback and zip lining activieis on site. We stay in deluxe lodging and will have all of our meals either in the fild or overlooking the river

One night Camping: we will spend on enight under the stars when we ar ein the Nuble Valley. Our camp and timing will be determined by the lwaterlevels and we paln to have a traditional asado to immerse you inot patagonian culture

Pucon Paddle Retreat:  ROAM has partnered with local kayak legend, David Hughes, to develop a series of deluxe riverfront domes complete with french doors, deck and ensuite bathrooms, this new oasis is vertible paddlers with momre activity options then you coudl exprienc in aminth long visit.


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