Trip Summary and Itinerary Map
- Transfer from your hotel, kayak on the Petrohue river to the Reloncavi Fjord, wildlife spotting opportunities.
- Paddle the fjord to Cochamo Bay, great views of the Andes, swim in the clear waters and transfer to Puerto Varas
Day 1: The meanders of the lower Petrohue river
Meet your guide at your hotel in Puerto Varas at 8h30 and enjoy a scenic drive along lake Llanquihue to the base in Ensenada (40 min). Get the kayaks ready and begin the packing for the trip. All your gear and food is coming along with you in dry bags inside the dry hatches of the expedition kayaks.
You are on the Petrohue river bank, ready to get on these calm waters floating down away from the civilization. Enjoy great lookouts from the river and maybe meet kingfishers, trouts and salmons in this wide valley. The soft current pushes you downstream and helps you make miles today. Lunch is on the river bank and depending on the day this might be a good excuse for a swim. In the afternoon, reach Ralun Hot springs where the river narrows and flows through a basaltic gorge. Soak between these natural pools and the refreshing river. Then the valley opens up on the northernmost fjord of Patagonia: Reloncavi fjord. This is where you have the chance to spot dolphins playing in the current made by the river pushing against the tide. One more mile to go and you reach your campsite for tonight on the fjord bank.
The green meadow where you build up the tents is on Senora Yolanda's farm house. After getting changed to dry clothes, head to her house and meet the family. She lives here with her son Juan Carlos and you get to know a bit more of their lifestyle after the first round of mates (tea) beside the wood stove. Dinner will be served in the house with locally grown lamb, fresh catch and garden vegetables. There are good exchanges around the table and the glasses of red wine.
Meals: Lunch, Dinner
Day 2: Paddling the fjord.
After a great night you are back at the house for breakfast. Freshly pressed coffee, quesadillas and eggs from the farm to make sure you will have plenty of energy for the day paddling. You have time for a short walk around the property with your hosts before re-packing the kayaks and getting on the water. You are in front of Yates and Hornopiren volcanoes, morning paddling conditions are normally quiet and you might encounter sea lions and cormorants on your way. Stay on the western shoreline of the fjord until you reach the bay of Cochamo where the fjord opens up. Paddle then along the village of Cochamo and towards the entrance of the Cochamo river. Stop for lunch on the mouth of the river with great views to the Andes around. Cochamo valley is a well-known spot for climbers & trekkers and you are at the foot of these walls. Paddle upstream for a couple of kilometers on the river, this hard work will be rewarded by a swim in the (freezing) crystal clear waters. This is also where you meet the van and begin the trip back to Puerto Varas after these 2 days in paradise. Back in town at around 18.30.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Prices, Departures and Inclusions
This trip can run as a group trip, with prices starting from $251 per person for a complete group. If you are looking to join a group or you are a solo traveller we will help to form likeminded groups of travellers. Please let us know your travel plans.
The trip can also run on a private basis to fit around your plans. Departures may be tailored and can be set up on a date of your choice. Please note that there is a higher price for smaller groups. Please enquire for further 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)
- All kind of drinks during meals
- Meals not indicated in itinerary
- Personal expenses and equipment
- Travel insurance
- Any visa, passport and vaccination expenses