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Old 10-18-2007   #1
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Winter Creekin! Where's the Spot?

If you could go anywhere to creekboat from Mid December through March where would you go?

Been lookin for a hot spot with a shit ton of boating that time of year. Any suggestions for boating hubs, or travel routes for the best class V. Thinking central or south america, already been to Ecuador, and have heard Costa Rica may be too touristy and lacking quality V's. Any help with ideas or Beta would be a sweet!

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Old 10-18-2007   #2
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Chile and Argentina.

Also a perfect time for Hokitika, NZ.

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I second Meng

NZ, Ross (right outside of Hokitika)
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Old 10-18-2007   #4
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For Chile, try the Pucon Area...

There are two outfitters in the Pucon area (great for creeking) that offer creeking trips and will rent kayaks also.


Kayak Chile - Whitewater Kayaking in Chile

Kayak Pucon

Here is some beta on the rivers down there:

Chile Rivers: Rivers in Chile and the Futaleufu Valley Region - Wiki Guide

For more specific info on the Pucon Creeks, see:

Rivers of Chile

Good luck with your plans this Winter!


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Old 10-18-2007   #5
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Thanks for the Advise. Pucon sounds sweet, definately on the list. Are the Pucon creeks still running by the end of January? Which direction do you head to follow the water?
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Old 10-18-2007   #6
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Smaller Creeks to Bigger Rivers...


To get the exact beta on the Pucon creeks talk to the two Pucon oufitters above. From my own experience I have found that January is pretty optimal and after that the creeks start drying up. I usually try an schedule my Chile Kayak Safari trips (which includes the Rio Fuy) no later than the middle of February for this reason.

After the creeks start drying up there is still plenty of water left in the bigger rivers. The Futaleufu is huge in February and March. You are also likely to still find good amounts of water on the Rio Trancura that runs through Pucon.

Chile also tends to get a lot of rain. Usually the further south you go the wetter it gets. So you might luck-out with a rainy week here or there in the summer to boost water levels.

If you need more help/advice you can contact me on my website:

Contact Expediciones Chile: E-mail, Phone, Fax, Instant Messenger

Good Luck !


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Old 10-28-2007   #7
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Info on paddling in pucon.

hi my name is Ben May and I run Kayak Chile and we are based out of Pucon Chile.

In january there are still plenty of good 5 around but you will just have to look a bit harder. Here is a list of a few must runs within a hour or 3 of Pucon.
They are listed from north to south.
Laja runs all year
Upper Cautin
Truful Truful
Palguin Alto great waterfall run
Trancura alto
Fuy as mentioned by Cris above
Gol Gol another great waterfall run harder than the palguin.

If you are heading to the Futa the waterfall section of the Manso just outside of Bariloche is great. These are just a few and there are plenty more further north as well.

As Chris mentioned the water does get lower towards the end of Feb and I would advise this as a good time to check out the Futa.

For the trully world class steep class 5 creeking, November and December cant be beaten in Pucon, but January is still a great time to be in Chile.
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Old 10-29-2007   #8
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Old 10-29-2007   #9
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Thanks again for the great advice! Sounds like Chile is goin' to have to wait till we can get down there in November, Next year for sure.

We Decided to go way off in the bush and explore from Chipas Mexico all the way down to Boqueta Panama. Definatley have a ton of Info on Costa Rica, Panama, & Mexico, everything else???. Any must hit runs, or good hub towns along the way?

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