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Old 11-02-2010   #1
Placerville, California
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Boating in Chile

I'm a Class II/III kayaker (just started in mid-August) and I'm looking to spend some time in Chile this winter. I plan to be there the whole month of January. I definitely plan to spend time down in the Futaleufu region and am wondering if I should spend the whole time there or split my time between Futa and Pucon. Is Pucon a good place to be during that time? I understand the flows can be a bit low... Any thoughts?? All Futa land or both??

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Old 11-03-2010   #2
Great Falls, Montana
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I went to Chile for a month a few years ago at about the same level. There is some fun boating near Pucon. But honestly, I don't think you would have a bad trip just staying in the Futa region. Lots of sections of rivers, amazingly beautiful, cool people (I recommend the Cara del Indio campground). I spent about 5 days boating on the river and I would have loved more.

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Old 11-12-2010   #3
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I am the owner of the Pucon Kayak Hostel and would be happy to help you with any logistics.

First, let's see if we can answer some of your concerns. if you choose both Pucon and Futa you will have to consider how to get to the Futa.
A. Drive through Argentina or,
B. Take the Puerto Montt to Chaiten ferry.

Both are fantastic experiences and will offer adventure stories. There are pros and cons to both: like an overnight ferry can be more relaxing but may costs more money if your driving. While, driving through Argentina requires exact paperwork and many have been turned back at the border for this reason.

Pucon has a few good class III options in the area. For example Pucon Kayak Hostel has a put in for the Lower Trancura (class III) and a take out for the Upper Trancura right at the riverside base. The Liucura, San Pedro, and Lower Fuy are other day options for class III boaters. The Upper Maichin has an easy class II section for the beginner beginner.

If you need kayak rentals or a fun place to stay then I invite you to consider Pucon Kayak Hostel as an option.

Keep Kayaking.

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