Baker River Kayak Descent

No prior experience is required to enjoy the thrill of the fast moving water on the Baker River, as you kayak the remote Aysen Region. Camping three nights under the stars, you can enjoy scenery and seclusion enroute to the town of Caleta Tortel. No prior experience is required to enjoy the thrill of the fast moving water on the Baker River, as you kayak the remote Aysen Region. Camping three nights under the stars, you can enjoy scenery and seclusion enroute to the town of Caleta Tortel.
8 Days
$1,878

Baker River Kayak Descent - 8 - $1,878

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

  • Kayak lessons and demonstrations, short afternoon paddle in Colonia.
  • Kayak from Colonia to Paso Lukas Bridges, camping by El Salton falls.
  • Short hike to bridges and journey downstream to Vargas River.
  • Enjoy the green scenery enroute to Caleta Tortel

Start from Balmaceda Airport and end at Balmaceda Airport

Landmarks visited on Baker River Kayak Descent

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Coyhaique

Today you arrive in Coyhaique and there is time to explore this sleepy town, the capital of the region Aysen.

Accommodation: Local lodging in Coyhaique


Day 2: Travel to Cochrane

Today you will enjoy the drive south along the Carretera Austral to the town of Cochrane. Your guide/driver will make sightseeing stops along the way as you drive through Cerro Castillo National Park, Puerto Rio Tranquilo, and visit the confluence of the Baker and Neff Rivers, past the site of the now-cancelled hydroelectric dam. 

In the evening, you will meet with your kayak guides for a trip briefing and have a chance to ask any questions you may have about the trip and make final plans.  

Accommodation: Local lodging in Cochrane


Days 3 to 6: Kayak descent of the Baker River to the town of Caleta Tortel

Your adventure down the Baker River begins today. For three days you will be descending the beautiful river valley, camping along the way. On arrival in Caleta Tortel, you will find a fascinating car-free town. Built almost entirely from wood, it is a labyrinthine maze connected by sturdy boardwalks that snake down the mountainside, and branch out along the bay. Houses appear to be piled on top of each other, and wild mosses, lichens and ferns blanket the landscape.

Accommodation: Camping along Baker River & local lodging in Caleta Tortel

Meals: All meals on the kayak trip & dinner in Caleta Tortel on Day 6


Day 7: Transfer from Caleta Tortel to Coyhaique

Today you leave Caleta Tortel and return to Coyhaique.

Accommodation: Local lodging in Coyhaique


Day 8: Departure

Today you leave Coyhaique to return home or carry on your adventures in Patagonia.

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What our customers think

The wilderness, the most dramatic scenery you can experience and the people, warm with compassion and incredible depth of care for their communities.

Nic and Julie Iannarone October 2016

Baker River Kayak Descent

Prices, Departures and Inclusions

The price (in Chilean Pesos) is based on a group of 4 people: CLP 1,410,000 per person

For larger groups, the prices are:

6 people: CLP 1,070,000 per person

7-10 people: CLP 952,000 per person

Includes

  • Local professional guides, certificated by American Canoe Association (ACA) with training at international outdoor schools such as Outward Bound, NOLS, certified in first aid training in remote areas WFR (Wilderness First Responder), Escuela de Guias de la Patagonia.
  • Half-day practical training on manoeuvring and rescuing skills in kayaks.
  • Double kayaks with rudder and full equipment (paddle, buoyancy aid, long wetsuit, neoprene boots and gloves, spray jacket and safety gear)
  • Accident insurance
  • Full camping equipment for Days 3, 4 & 5: 2/3 person tents, inflatable mattress, kitchen equipment etc.
  • Safety and emergency equipment, VHF radio, satellite telephone, complete first aid kit.
  • Accommodation in Coyhaique on Day 1 and Day 7
  • Accommodation in Cochrane on Day 2
  • Accommodation in Caleta Tortel on Day 6
  • Dinner in Caleta Tortel on Day 6
  • All meals during kayak descent of River Baker - Days 3 to 6

Excludes

  • Meals except where mentioned in the itinerary
  • Any additional costs incurred due to changes in times or itinerary that are out of the control of the company
  • Personal expenses and equipment
  • Travel insurance
  • Gratuities
  • Any visa, passport and vaccination expenses

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