Half Day - Afternoon
Duration - 6 hours total, 2.5 hours on the river approx.
Ability level - no previous experience necessary and a basic level of fitness.
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We will meet you at an arranged place, either your accommodation or the Plaza de Armas, at 2pm. From here we will travel to Puerto Aysen, the road is very scenic following the river and passing through the Reserva Nacional Rio Simpson with beautiful views of mountains and waterfalls.
Once we get to Puerto Aysen we cross the river Aysen and make our way 15 kms upstream to where the real activity starts at the Sector Balsa Lago Portales. Here we change into the provided equipment (wet suits, splash jackets, wet suit boots, buoyancy aids and helmets), everyone listens to a thorough introduction explaining how to paddle, all the instructions and what to do in case you fall in (or decide to have a swim) and we set off on the water.
The first part of the river, approximately 10 kms, are very calm but with a good flow of water to help keep moving so it is a really good opportunity to look at the scenery and if you want where the guide says it is alright go for a swim in the crystalline Patagonian water. Sometimes it is even possible to sea sea lions who have swum upstream hunting the salmon!
The last part is the bit with the most adrenaline, a short series of class 3 rapids.
Finally we meet back up with the support vehicle, which has followed our progress from the bank allowing the option for anybody who does not want to do the white water rapids to opt out. Then we change back into dry clothes, pack all the equipment up, have some juice and biscuits and then head back to Coyhaique arriving at approximately 8 pm.
If you are staying in Puerto Aysen then it is also possible to be picked up and dropped off at your accomodation there.
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Really fancy the idea of rafting in the stunning Chilean Patagonia and have a little more time? Why not go down the Rio Baker by raft, a journey from near Cochrane to Tortel camping on the river banks. Interested? Click here!