Our unguided trips are meant for experienced sea kayakers and whitewater kayakers only. These trips are not meant for people looking for a less expensive version of our guided trips but for experienced kayakers wanting a rugged and unpredictable adventure with the real possibility of hazardous weather and water conditions.
Because of the associated hazards we strongly recommend our guided sea kayaking vacations to all of our guests. Our guides are professionally trained and know the weather patterns and water conditions in our region. They love guiding Patagonia sea kayaks trips and you will find them to be knowledgeable and personable companions in adventure. Having one of our guides along ensures a fun and safe sea kayaking vacation experience.
That said, historically many of our unguided guests have not been successful in completing the Andes to the Ocean expedition (to date all of our guided trips have finished safely) requiring us to pull them from the trip and plan alternate activities for the week.
Guests who decide to undertake any of our unguided sea kayak trips should take trip preparation very seriously. The ability to self rescue, administer first aid and navigate unfamiliar waters are all imperative prerequisites for these trips. A physical conditioning program should also be undertaken well prior to your vacation.
We will provide maps and GPS coordinates of all the camping areas. Guests must provide a suitable, working GPS receiver and the expertise to use it for navigation. We must have a trip minimum of two participants on all unguided trips. Although it rarely happens, we reserve the right to add guides to any trip or combine an unguided trip with a guided trip leaving at the same time.
Day 1: Arrival and introductions
Arrive at either of our entry points in Puerto Montt, Chile or Esquel, Argentina, the gateway to Patagonia. Connect with our representative and travel to the remote riverside town of Futaleufu, surrounded by majestic mountains. You will find your accommodations at our comfortable inn and town cabins, and unwind from your trip with a hearty welcome dinner at the Futaleufu Adventure Center.
Day 2: Your choice of Adventure Activities
After breakfast you choose from one our Adventure Center activities by either joining a rafting trip, horseback riding excursion, mountain biking trip or a day trek near town. Later, we will help you prepare for your up coming Patagonia sea kayaking adventure. Before the sun sets we will arrange , gear, food, and go over logistics of our sea kayak journey.
Days 3 - 6: Expedition Sea Kayaking
Day 7: Sea Kayaking - Out of the River and Into the Ocean
By the end of the day, you will sea kayak directly to the beach in front of downtown Chaiten, a small seaside fishing village. Your Patagonia sea kayaking loop is complete: hot showers, cool drinks, and a comfortable bed await you at our Chaiten base. All personal gear not taken on the sea kayaking Chile trip will be waiting at your ‘hospedaje’.
Day 8: Departure
After breakfast, explore Chaiten for a few hours. A quick shuttle takes you to the airport for your flight back to Puerto Montt, unless you decide you just can't leave and want to return to Futaleufu for more fun in "The World's Greatest Playground!" You will have just experienced in one week what some folks won't experience in a lifetime.
Included: All local transportation, shuttles, food and lodging while in Futaleufu. Round trip transportation between Chaiten and Puerto Montt or Esquel. One night of lodging in Chaiten at the end of your trip. All sea kayaks and equipment specified in the packing list. The cost of finding alternate activities for your sea kayaking vacation week should your trip be prematurely terminated due to inclement weather.
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South America Chile Outdoor: Water Drifter Canoeing/Kayaking/Rafting