Trip Summary and Itinerary Map
- Transfer from Puerto Varas, short kayak to Llancahue island, Night in a B&B.
- Get on the water at sunrise, paddle to the Quintupeu Fjord. Shower in the waterfalls, camping.
- The toughest day, paddle hard in the morning to Cahuelmo Fjord, enjoy thermal waters, camping.
- Kayak amongst sea lions and transfer back to Puerto Varas
Day 1: Soak in the hot springs
At 6am, drive from Puerto Varas and get in your first ferry on the austral highway. You will reach the Comau fjord during the morning and pack up the kayaks just before lunch on the shore. Today is a relatively short day of paddling, between 2 and 3 hours in relatively protected waters until you reach Llancahue island. Paddle around the island and you reach Llancahue B&B and hotsprings, your spot for this evening. After unloading the kayaks, there'll be time to soak in these great thermal pools with great lookouts to the fjord. A pisco sour on the terrace before a fresh fish dinner at the B&B. Time to go to bed early as the serious paddling begins tomorrow.
Meals: Lunch, Dinner
Day 2: Fjord crossing
The group will surely be the first people awake in the hotel, a good breakfast and head back to the kayaks to be on the water at sunrise. The crossing today is more exposed than yesterday and you'll want to be on the water in time. The schedule will also be depend on the tide table. Paddle towards the southeast until reaching the narrow entrance of the Quintupeu fjord. Impressive steep walls await you at the entrance of the fjord, once you are inside the fjord conditions will be milder. The Andes and its native forest gets to meet with the Pacific and this is a great moment to paddle in the heart of this landscape. Lunch will be on one of the few beaches in the fjord and you may decide to go for a shower under one of the waterfalls, before paddling to the bottom of the fjord and your camping spot for tonight. Leave the kayaks over the tide line and prepare your campsite for tonight. Dinner will be cooked by everyone and you'll have a great night under the stars.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3: Paddle Cahuelmo fjord
The most committed day of the trip, get on the water very early (depending on the conditions maybe before sunrise). You'll have energy bars on the deck of your kayak as you'll be making most of the miles today before lunch time. There are very few options where to land and the entrance of the next fjord, Cahuelmo, can be tricky with the wind blowing from the northeast. The fjord entrance is protected by granite walls which make some interesting reactionary waves after midday. After lunch, paddle up the fjord and get to Cahuelmo river mouth at the bottom of the Estuary.
You then reach an emblematic place of the Pumalin project and Cahuelmo springs are very welcome after the hours spent paddling. The pools have been carved on the river bank and this is an amazing place to relax and enjoy the sunset soaking in thermal water. Set up campsite in the heart of the rain forest, surrounded by many different species of birds. Dinner again is cooked by the whole group.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4 : Back to civilization
Another hearty breakfast and a last jump in the pools before you get back into the kayaks. The route you'll take today depends on the paddling conditions. A paddling section around the sea lions colony at the mouth of the fjord and you meet the support boat who will take you back to Hornopiren where the van awaits you. Drive back to Puerto Varas along the austral highway. Arrive at Puerto Varas around 8.30 - 9.00 pm.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
What our customers think
Camping in the wilderness Kayaking was rewarding and slightly easier than I thought it might be. Equipment was excellent very sea worthy. landscapes especially in the 2 tributary fjords was breathtaking guide was excellent, competent, versatile and knowledgeable accommodation was good.
Ross Gutteridge Australia January 2019
Kayaking in Pumalin Park
Prices, Departures and Inclusions
- Single and tandem kayaks
- Meals as indicated in itinerary
- Vegetarian and gluten free options are available on demand
- Private transportation during the whole trip
- Bilingual guide.
- Complete technical gear (wet suits, kayak, paddles etc)
- Safety communication equipment
- Meals not indicated in itinerary
- Personal expenses and equipment
- Travel insurance
- Any visa, passport and vaccination expenses