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Argentina Week of Rivers Kayak Safari

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 8 day(s)
Group Size: 1 - 16 people
Destination(s): Argentina  
Specialty Categories: Canoeing/Kayaking/Rafting  
Season: December - April
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 1995 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 1995 US Dollar (USD)

A week of rivers based from Bariloche, Argentina. This trip combines whitewater rivers at their optimum levels and a tour of the wild nature of Patagonia. The variety of scenery you will see is extremely diverse: desert formations, the glaciated Tronador Mountains, Lanin Volcanoe, the ancient Alerces and Araucaria Trees in the Nahuel Haupi National Park, a tour of Bariloche and its nightlife, and the various classic restaurants of the region. During the months of October, November and early December, Bariloche has an incredible quantity of highest quality paddling within a short distance from the city. For the Class II/III or IV/V paddlers.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival and introductions

Arrive in Buenos Aires, Argentina in the morning and travel on to San Carlos de Bariloche. You will be received at the airport by our representative, and taken on a tour of this impressive Patagonian city and the Llao Llao circuit drive. You will have a fantastic view of the surrounding area after ascending the Cerro Campanario. Dine at a typical Bariloche restaurant and stay the night at our hotel near the city center.

Day 2: San Martin de los Andes

After breakfast, we depart towards Rio Traful (Class II/III), where we have a three-hour paddle. Afterwards, we drive over a spectacular desert pass with desert rock formations similar to some of the American West. We drive through the resort town of San Martin de los Andes. We get a good view of the 3.766-meter high volcano Lanin and will have an opportunity to see the ancient Araucarias tree. We check into the eclectic Hotel Pehuenia on the banks of the Rio Alumine.

Day 3: Rio Alumine

Today is your first day of kayaking in Argentina. After a hearty breakfast, we descend the Pueblo-Rahue (Class II/III) section of the Rio Alumine where the rapids are straight forward with big waves and few holes. The Rio Alumine get its name from a derivative of the word "luminous" because of the frothing, "luminous" whitewater that can be found on it. The Rio Alumine shares it headwaters with Chile's famous Bio Bio River. The two rivers start in the same place but are seperated by the continental divide.

Lunch will be by the side of the river with a briefing on the sections yet to come. Afterwards, we move on to the upper section of the Alumine starting from the bridge (Class II/III). The beginning section is Class II/III, later entering the continuous Class III+ sections, with the last section of the river ranging between Class II and III. This night we have dinner at the Hotel Pehuenia, where we can retell the days’ events and the excitement of the run can be remembered.

Day 4: Back to the Rio Alumine

Today is a repeat of yesterday's run, with a change in lines, going from conservative to radical. Full-on breakfast served at your hotel and off to the Alumine, starting your descent on the upper section of the river. After lunch, and some surfing, we pack up and return to Bariloche and your hotel. Tonight you are on your own to prowl the town of Bariloche and let yourself go in what has come to be known as “Sin City” - prime beef, fondue, and chocolate are its specialty.

Day 5: Rio Manso

We depart Bariloche on a southerly route, past the pristine lakes Gutierrez and Mascardi. The continental divide can be easily seen by the towering mountains shadowing us in our drive to today’s put-in. This day's section includes a Class III/IV portion of the river from Los Moscos to Lago Hess. For those looking for less intense runs, these two Class IV rapids can be portaged easily.

The Manso holds one of Patagonia’s best play spots, real Argentina kayaking, and you will have the opportunity to go all out on this standing wave. Afterwards, we take you on a tour of the Manso, where you get to see an enormous Class V+ waterfall, of which we have no intention of running. Tonight your lodging will be at the Hotel Mascardi in front of the Lake Mascardi, where you will find comfortable accommodations combined with awe-inspiring views.

Day 6: Rio Manso -The Border Section

After a typical Argentinean breakfast, we head out to a true Patagonia Estancia (Ranch), owned by a Swiss family that has made their home by the Manso. Here we descend the premier river of the region, the Class III/IV Manso all the way to the Chilean border. This section holds some spectacular play spots, integrated with a true Patagonian landscape. Once off the river, we offer the option of going on a trek or horseback ride through the numerous trails that can be found in the area. Upon your return, a traditional Argentinean barbeque (asado) awaits you, and you will have the option of camping out under the stars or staying in one of our quaint Argentinean cabins.

Day 7: A la Carte Option Day

Today is your day to choose which sections of the river you would like to run, or a day to relax by the river. The river options are to repeat the Manso border stretch or the middle section, play at the surf spot or paddle the Rio El Ternero Class III-V, or choose the relaxing Lower Manso Class II+. After today’s activities, we return to the lodge for our last night's going away dinner.

Day 8: Departure

After an early breakfast and some shopping in the city. We transfer you to the airport for your flight back to Buenos Aires and your overnight flight back to your home country. As you catch a final view of the Lake Nahuel-Huapi, surrounded by Bariloche and snow capped mountains, take a moment to reflect upon all of the amazing sights and experiences of this past week. After all these years we are still stunned that views like these exist.

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Included: All meals (but one), lodging, transportation, guides, and kayaks while paddling with us.

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