in Central Chile
Chile provides wilderness waters that have hardly been explored,
with lots of sunshine, athletic challenges of all kinds, and varied
landscapes. However, you better not base your expectations on
experiences made in Europe or North America, Chilean waters are
a totally different matter. This is especially true for kayaking;
you will find only very sketchy descriptions of Chilean bodies
of water. In exchange for that, you will be travelling on some
of the most beautiful, unaltered, unpolluted, and uncrowded rivers.
Considerable and constant changes in water levels make sure that
an old saying holds true: You never get on the same river twice.
the central region, every 30 to 40 kilometers a major whitewater
river makes its way from the Andes to the Pacific, altogether
about two dozen between Los Andes and Los Angeles, not counting
the many small tributaries. Only two of them are run regularly
- Río Maipo near Santiago and Río Bío Bío.
only exists east of the Panamericana; the higher up in the mountains,
the wilder and more rugged. Another rule of thumb: The further
south you go, the cleaner the river and the greener the environment.
descriptions are intended to help you choose and plan trips, but
they definitely cannot replace knowledge of local conditions and
a thorough prior exploration of the river's run. Places are listed
from north to south.
detailed information in our Adventure
Handbook Central Chile.