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Sea Kayaking and Trekking in Chiloe Archipielago (5 days)

Sea Kayaking in Chiloe - palafitte



Chiloe is a world of it's own. Isolated from the rest of Chile during the colonial centuries, it developed it's own culture; populated by fantastic and mythological beings who have distinct music, food and architecture. 
The intensely green view, soft hills and spirals of innumerable wooden churches, the shanty riverside town with houses on a lake dwelling, the wagons pulled by oxen and it's characteristic boats have converted this island into a favorite tourist destination. 

We will paddle amongst lake dwellings, we will visit it's towns and typical churches, we will listen to the stories about wizards and goblins, we will share a delicious sea food meal with the people, we will be impressed by the sunset... all of this while paddling in our kayaks amidst the tranquility of the magical waters.  

The Chauques Archipelago

What do we offer ?

A sea kayaking trip that combines adventure, safety, freedom, challenge and multicultural experiences amongst a marvelous and authentic scenery in the south of Chile.

 Amidst islands and magical channels

Suitable for everyone including active beginners with adventurous spirit


Duration 5 days
Time of Year All year

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Price Please Ask
Trip Details Begins and ends in Puerto Varas
# of participants 6 people
Lodging camping and probably local chiloé family.
Itinerary Itinerary
Climate Weather in the region
Photography Opportunities Typical wooden Churches of Chiloe , some considered World Heritage , groups of small islands,  variety of marine birds and black neck swans 
(optional, not included)

Other seakayak trips in the area:

* Northern Patagonia Fjords of Pumalin Park (4,6 days)

* Todos los Santos Lake (1-3 days)

* Reloncavi Fjord (1-3 days)

* Discover Cochamo Valley horseride and Hike ( 1 Day)

Navigation in kayak, soft trekking, interaction with the local people

Suggested Gear Please Ask
How To Get to Puerto Varas ? BUS:

Aisplane from Santiago to Puerto Montt aiport and then taxi (30minutes) to Puerto Varas

Day 1: Puerto Varas - Seakayak practice

At 11:00 AM we will meet in Puerto Varas. This is a small pleasant city 20 km north of Puerto Montt, situated along the shores of Llanquihue Lake and in front of Osorno volcano. Here you will get to know the other members of the group and we will talk about the activities of the days to come. Lunch (optional). In the afternoon, we will have a safety talk , kayak paddling and rescue techniques in Llanquihue Lake. Evening free to enjoy this beautiful town and it´s landscapes..   

Day 2: Puerto Varas -  Chiloe Island - Senda Darwin - Aucar -Tenaun

Pick up at your hotel in Puerto Varas and after one hour we will navigate by ferry the Chacao Channel that separates de continent from our destination... the Island of Chiloe.

Within the island exists a central valley habitually in all of the national territory which sinks, giving rise to an interior sea, the coastal cordillera is fragmented into multiple islands and the Andean mountains give clarity to the oceans limits. Chiloe was occupied by the Spanish conquerors until 1853. During these three centuries of isolation they developed a unique culture, product of the Mapuche-Hispanic crossbreeding and affected by the sea. The culture has been maintained with testimonies that will surprise the traveler.  

Transporting the kayaksAfter we arrive in the Island we will drive , by a seaside road, along the inner sea visiting the island of Aucar and its long wooden footbridge.

We will finally arrive to the fishermen cove of Tenaun village. This afternoon we will visit the World Heritage three towers church of Tenaun , which is also considered a National Monument, a beautiful walk along the coast , visiting the village. Camping.  (B-L-D)

Day 3: Tenaun - Mechuque Island
After a tasty breakfast and a recuperating rest we will load the kayaks onto a small Chiloe fishermen boat to head towards our destination for the next few days... The Group of Chauques Islands. 

These are made up of a group of the most beautiful islands of the Chiloe archipelago due to their special configuration. They are sets of hills interconnected by extensions of sand, which are separated  into islands when the tide rises. This is a place of diversity with hills, farms and forests. This intricate and beautiful set of islands with it's churches and protected waters, home to a variety of birds and beautiful flora,  will be our relaxed scenery for the next few days.

When we land at the Mechuque Island, we will take a tour through the small town, which represents the Architecture unique to Chiloe, with constructions of wooden larch trees(alerce) and palafitte. Later we will take a hike to appreciate from above, the channels through which we will paddle the following day. On the return, we will paddle our kayaks through this intricate sea of islands. Stay the night camping along the sea shore.  (B-L-D)

A rest in ChiloéDay 4 :  Chauques Islands
We will continue our journey early in the morning. Goodbye dinner and stay at chilote house or camping , depending on availability.  (B-L-D)

Day5: Mechuque - Dalcahue - Puerto Varas
Breakfast, lots of stories and preparation for the return to the big Island using a chilote boat. We will visit part of the picturesque town of Dalcahue, it's church, the port with it's picturesque boats, and the handcrafts of it´s market . Lunch (optional) and return to Puerto Varas. End of trip (B)


  • Swimming expertise.
  • Physical state and health compatible with the activity to be performed. 
  • Previous indication of any illness or health problem 
  • Positive attitude in front of unexpected situations. You'll find your trip even more enjoyable if you remember to bring flexibility and a sense of humor with you.
  • Understand that this kind of trips requieres team work meanaing the participation of each person at each stage .  
  • Understand that all activities performed in nature can indicate some risk. 
  • The program could be modified at any stage due to weather conditions or sudden incidents that could affect the security of the group 
  • Before trip starts you must send us signed the Release of Liability Form. and the Reservation and Medical Forms that appears after you press the Reservation Button.
  • To have read and have a clear understanding of the Terms and Conditions section.

  • SMALL GROUPS, maximum of 6 (safety and respect for the environment and the local colonos) 
  • Authentic interaction with the local people we meet in the area.  

  • Safety talk and practice of paddling and rescue techniques before the trip (Day 1)
  • Camping and probably lodging in local chilote house (according to availability)
  • Transportation in our van from Puerto Varas to the point where we initiate our adventure and return to Puerto Varas.
  • Ferry Tickets to cross the Chacao Channel 
  • Local Chilote boat (round trip crossing from Chiloe Island to Mechuque Island )
  • Food during the paddling according to program
    B: Breakfast / L: lunch (box lunch or trail food) / D: dinner
  • Complete Paddling Equipment : expedition sea kayaks imported from the USA and Germany, with  original rudder, spray skirt, paddles, life jackets, paddling jackets 
  • Kayak Equipment ( seakayak with rudder (made in Germany and Canada), spayskirt, lifejacket, paddle jacket, paddles, paddle float and pump)
  • Camping and cooking equipment (2 person shared tents, tarp) 
  • Safety Equipment: Satellite Telephone, VHF Marine Radio, towing equipment, tide tables, Satellite photographs, etc. 
  • Guide: certified as BCU 4 STAR Seakayak Award, ACA SeakayakInstructor Level 4 , English speaking guide with NOLS trainning, first aid and rescue knowledge  (Wilderness First Responder Course).

Note: We must state that the success of this type of trips is subject to unexpected weather and personal situations, so an adventurous spirit and good disposition will be fundamental.


  • The trip has been planned with the consideration of those without previous experience. Before we begin our trip we will have a complete safety-talk about rescue techniques and paddling maneuvers so that our participants feel more comfortable during the trip and can really enjoy the beautiful views . To improve the enjoyment of our customers, we use both double and single kayaks. Our kayaks are expedition models from USA , Germany and Canada , very comfortable and stable.
  • Please consider that you have chosen Patagonia , a place where the weather is unpredicatble, so we can have sun but also rainny days , very relaxing days but also windy conditions.
  • Hospitals and Professional First Aid Care are very far from the place where we will be navigating.
    *Evacuations can be very slowly and participantes must be healthy and in good physical conditions


AFTER  you press the RESERVATION button, send us an email specifying:
- Your Name , age
- Name of the trip you want  (number of days)
- Number of participants
- Date of the trip you want (and your availability)

* we will send you a Reservation and Medical Forms that you have to send us back by email.

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