Week - Floating Rio Baker

Region of Aysen, Patagonia Chilena

Get ready for 7 unforgetable days!

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Day 1. Arrival at Balmaceda airport. (We recomend the 1st flight).

Journey in vehicle south on the Carretera Austral to Puerto Río Tranquilo, here we go on a boat trip to visit the Capillas del Mármol on Lake General Carrera. Then we continue on the Carretera Austral until we arrive near to Cochrane where we camp on the banks of the Río Baker.

Day 2. Expedition floating (in rafts) down the Río Baker, starting at the Sector Balsa Baker until we arrive at Sector Colonia where we camp for the night and rest.

Day 3. Expedition floating down the Río Baker, starting at the Sector Colonia,and arriving to the sector of El Saltón Baker (a waterfall!), here we find the historic San Carlos pass made by the pioneers in the area, we recover energy with a typical meal of asado patagon (bbq'ed whole lamb) and camp for the night.

Day 4. Expedition floating on the Río Baker, starting at El Saltón del Baker, arriving at the Sector Lago Vargas for the night.

Day 5. Expedition floating on the Río Baker, starting at Sector Lago Vargas and arriving to Puerto Vagabundo.  From here we travel in vehicle to Caleta Tortel, a town built entirely around wooden walkways where the mouth of the Rio Baker arrives at the sea. Here we have a nights rest in a Hostal!  

Day 6. We start the return journey on the Carretera Austral, transported in vehicle from Caleta Tortel to Puerto Bertrand, where the Rio Baker (Chiles most abundant flowing river) starts. We will do a short walk to the confluencia of the Ríos Baker and Neff, where they meet. Then Class 3 whitewater rafting on the Río Baker. After these activities we return to Coyhaique, regional capital of the Región de Aysén.

Day 7. Transport from Coyhaique to the airport at Balmaceda.

NOTE: The program is aimed at adventurous people, passing through pristine places which do not count with the normal comforts, camping a lot of the time where nobody normally accesses.  It is an opportunity to visit some of the most beautiful scenery of the region, which only a few can describe.

Previous experience is not necessary, just the need for a spirit of adventure and a good sense of humour. Neither is a 'super human' level of physical fitness although in some places physical effort is required. 

The activities are dependent on the climatic conditions and if necessary may be changed.

Included - 

  • Accommodation in tent for 4 nights,  one night in a hostel in Caleta Tortel and one night in a hostel Coyhaique.
  • All meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner. Vegetarians or other special dietary requirements need to inform of this on booking.
  • Transport in vehicle as described in the program.
  • All the activities mentioned in the program (necessary safety equipment, guides, entrance to reserves).
  • Safety briefing, explanation of how to paddle and what to do in the event of an emergency. Continuous instruction throughout the trip.
  • Completely equipped rafts (paddles, buoyancy aids class 5, wet suits, wet suit boots, spray tops, helmets.)
  • Complete camping equipment (two or three man tents, inflatable mats, cooking equipment.)
  • Elements for safety and emergency, radio VHF, satellite telephone, first aid kit.
  • Specialist guides with training from Outward Bound, Nols, certified in wilderness first responder courses and certified in white water rescue.

Not Included - 

  • Services not described in the program.
  • Personal equipment , such as a good jacket, suitable shoes (lightweight for the evenings and trekking shoes), clothes for the non river activities and a good quality sleeping bag.  
  • Additional snacks or drinks of personal preference.
  • Flights.
  • Insurance.
  • Medicines, laundry.
  • Whatever additional costs which may be occurred due to changes in the schedule due to unforeseen and uncontrolable events.
  • Evacuation.
  • Optional tips.

Do you want even more adventure? Combine this weeks journey on the Rio Baker with a weeks trekking in Reserva Nacional Cerro Castillo. For more information click aqui!