“Chris and his team ran what was probably the most
organized-yet-flexible kayaking trips I’ve attended…”
-Shelly Laser, Cabin John, MD
I saw a lot of improvement in my abilities throughout the trip,
and learned enough about proper technique to keep me busy practicing for years.
Tracy Welch, Atlanta, GA
Once again, Chris Wing and his H2O Dreams crew have hosted another spectacular kayaking trip,
exploring the beautiful countryside and rivers of Chile.
This was my second time returning to Chile with H2o Dreams and it was just as amazing,
if not more so, than the first.
-Kelsey Ormsby, Waynesville, NC
You’ve never seen water so blue. The gorges carved by these rivers are the stuff of fantasy. The air is warm, the sun inviting, the adventure palpable. Around every corner is a dream sketched to a reality from the cobwebs of your imagination. Charming towns tucked alongside volcanic lakes, friends from another life you meet for the first time in this one. Crystals dance beside you in the water, birds of heaven soar above you, guiding your destiny ahead.
You are enchanted.
Why no itinerary?
We don’t like to marry ourselves to a cookie-cutter trip. Every group is unique and therefore so is every trip.
Every year we change the trip up just a bit to keep things in the “adventure” realm. Water levels from year to year dictate to us where we can paddle and sometimes we spend more time in an area than another. We have a network of folks we work with in Chile but we partner with two individuals who help us with all of our trip logistics each year; our partner Gigo Castillo, and owner of Puesco Escape, LJ Groth. You will never meet a group who strives to give you the full immersive experience more than this group right here.
What are some of the things you can count on? Farm to table meals with local Mapuche near Currarehue, Chile. Enjoy hot springs in the higher reaches of the Andes away from the tourism of Pucón. Bring a fishing rod with you and enjoy the evenings alongside the Puesco River, just a two-minute walk away from our mountain lodge, just one of the places we stay throughout our trip. Enjoy local hospitality in Choshuenco while being a stone’s throw from some of the most classic rivers. Privacy, quiet, and relaxation amongst our own group throughout the duration of the trip so you can listen to the sounds of the Ibis as they fly overhead or the white noise from the river that will lull you to sleep each night to rest up for the next big day of adventure.
We cap our trip at 8 participants. Small trips so we can move lighter and faster to see more. If you want to see a different part of the country we can do that too, so contact us with your dream trip and we will take care of the logistics on our end so you can make the most of your time while here.
Choose from one of our trips below:
How do I know if I am ready?
Great question! Our trips are targeted towards the class III-IV boaters, leaning more toward class IV. There are even sprinklings of class V for those so inclined but are generally reserved as portages in many cases. So what does that mean for you? Below are some examples of personal readiness, just know that the geology and rivers are unique compared to what you may be used to in the States or elsewhere. Everyone swims, but it goes without saying that if you are not rolling in whitewater like the examples below, hold off on this trip to ensure a better experience for yourself and others.
- Take our Advanced Creeking course or equivalency through private instruction and we can assess where you are with your skills. We generally bite off the Upper Green River making difficult moves of low consequence and step up the next day on the Lower Narrows (class IV). If you are comfortable with this, you are more than ready for your trip in Chile.
- Additionally, if you feel comfortable with our Big Water Bootcamp in Columbus, GA, you are likely to fit right in on this trip.
- Everyone on our trip should have gone through a swift water rescue course or our Common Sense Rescue. You will be an active part of this trip by setting safety and mitigating risk. Again, we can help you with equivalency prior to departure of the trip but this is something that all paddlers should have experience with as they step into class III and above.
- For you southeastern boaters, if you feel comfortable attempting hard moves on the Ocoee, paddling Wilson Creek in the +, Watauga at levels below 400cfs, and recover when lines don’t quite go according to plan this is an ideal trip for you.
- For mid-Atlantic boaters, you run rivers like Lower Gauley, Upper Yough, or Kanawha Falls on The New River, this trip is in your wheelhouse.
- For Colorado boaters, picture Clear Creek of the Arkansas, The Numbers, and Gilman Gorge, Crystal Mill Falls at manageable flows.
- PNW folks will feel pretty good if they are finding competency in the gorge of the North Fork of the Middle Fork of the Willamette, The Rogue, or Skykomish at normal flows.
- California folks, imagine the Chamberlain Falls section of the North Fork of the American River, Pauley Creek, and The Pit River to name a few.
Still not sure? Start with a pre-clinic self assessment to help you and us see if this is a suitable trip for you. If not, we have other adventure travel trips in the works!
What’s the travel like?
You have to be ready to fly by the seat of your pants in Chile. Although the majority of the roads are paved, maps are accurate, and most of the runs have been explored, we still like to get off of the beaten track. Seriously… we like to go where others don’t. On average we easily spend anywhere from 4-6 hours on the river at times with drive times ranging mostly in range of an hour each way. Packing light but with readiness in mind will help you get the most out of this trip. Expect that outside of the heavily visited tourist areas, folks do not speak english. This can be hard to enjoy at times, but trying to communicate with others outside your normal sphere of awareness is one of the most rewarding parts of travel.