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Baker River Kayak Descent

Join this thrilling kayaking adventure down Patagonia's Baker River, through the remote Chilean region of Aysen. You'll spend three nights camping under the stars as you paddle through fantastic scenery from Cochrane to the finishing point in the quaint town of Caleta Tortel, accompanied and fully-supported by wonderful guides.

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Trip type

Guided Activity

Trip length

8 Days





Baker River Kayak Descent - 8 Days - $1,780

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

Day 1: Arrive in Coyhaique

Day 2: Drive the Carretera Austral to Cochrane

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

Day 7: Transfer from Caleta Tortel to Coyhaique

Day 8: Depart from Coyhaique

Start from Balmaceda Airport and end at Balmaceda Airport

Landmarks visited on Baker River Kayak Descent

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Coyhaique

Today you'll arrive in Coyhaique and have plenty of time to explore this sleepy town, the capital of the region of Aysén.

Accommodation: Lodge in Coyhaique

Day 2: Drive the Carretera Austral to Cochrane

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

In the evening, you'll 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.  

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Lodge in Cochrane

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

Your kayaking adventure on the Baker River begins today. For three days you'll 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.

Meals: Breakfast, picnic lunch and dinner on the kayak trip and dinner in Caleta Tortel on Day 6

Accommodation: Camping along Baker River and lodge in Caleta Tortel

Day 7: Transfer from Caleta Tortel to Coyhaique

Today you'll leave Caleta Tortel for the drive to Coyhaique.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Lodge in Coyhaique

Day 8: Depart from Coyhaique

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

Meals: Breakfast

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What our customers think of Baker River Kayak Descent

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

Travelled: October 2016

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Baker River Kayak Descent

Prices, Departures and Inclusions

Prices start from USD $1,495 per person and will be confirmed in Chilean Pesos and converted to your local currency on the day of booking.


Please contact us to discuss more.

Additional Notes

Experience – No previous kayaking experience is necessary, but you must be able to swim.

Fitness – Participants should be moderately fit, enjoy being in remote locations, willing to be on the water 5-6hrs a day and to participate in hauling kayaks and group gear when necessary.


  • Meals: 7 breakfasts, 4 picnic lunches, 1 dinner
  • Accommodation: Lodge in Coyahaique on Days 1 & 7, lodge in Cochrane on Day 2, camping on Days 3 to 5, lodge in Caleta Tortel on Day 6 
  • 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.


  • Meals not indicated in the itinerary
  • Drinks during lunch or dinner
  • Any extra/optional excursions
  • Any additional costs incurred due to changes in times or itinerary that are out of the control of the company
  • Personal equipment (see our recommended kit list)
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Gratuities/tips
  • International and domestic/in-country flights
  • Any visa, passport and vaccination expenses

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