Kayak Pumalin Park

A longer kayaking adventure exploring the fjords of Pumalin Park in the Chilean Lake District. With some early starts, you must be prepared to spend some long days paddling. But there are thermal pools and hot springs in which you can relax. You'll spend 1 night in a B&B and 2 nights camping. A longer kayaking adventure exploring the fjords of Pumalin Park in the Chilean Lake District. With some early starts, you must be prepared to spend some long days paddling. Read more...
4 Days

Kayak Pumalin Park - 4 - $813

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

Start from Puerto Varas and end at Puerto Varas

Landmarks visited on Kayak Pumalin Park

Operator's Itinerary

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 to reach Llancahue B&B and hotsprings, your spot for this evening. After unloading the kayaks, there'll be time to soak in these lovely 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.

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: Lunch & Dinner

Day 2: Fjord crossing

The group will surely be the first people awake in the hotel; after a good breakfast we 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 depend on the tide times. Paddling southeast you will reach the narrow entrance of the Quintupeu fjord. Impressive steep walls await you at the entrance of the fjord, and once inside, the conditions will be milder. The Andes and its native forest meets the Pacific ocean here, and this is a great moment to paddle into the heart of this landscape. Lunch will be on one of the few beaches in the fjord and you may decide to take a shower under one of the waterfalls, before paddling to the bottom of the fjord and your camping spot for the night. Leave the kayaks over the tide line and prepare your campsite. Dinner will be cooked by everyone and you'll have a great night under the stars.

Accommodation: Camping.

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 this could be 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; 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 Cahuelmo springs which 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 rainforest, surrounded by many different species of birds. Dinner will be cooked by everyone again and you'll have another great night under the stars.

Accommodation: Camping.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 4 : Back to civilization

A 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 takes you around the sea lion colony at the mouth of the fjord and then you will meet the support boat, which will take you back to Hornopiren where the van awaits. Drive back to Puerto Varas along the austral highway, arriving around 8.30 - 9.00 pm.

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch

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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

Prices start at USD $813 per person for those willing to share accommodation and camping.

A departure can be set up on a date of your choice with a minimum of 2 people (subject to availability) - please contact us for details.


  • 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
  • Gratuities
  • Any visa, passport and vaccination expenses

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