Paddle Patagonia

 

 

Dates: 

Nov 23 – Dec 1st, 2019 (11 spaces available)

We recommend travelling to Bariloche, Argentina 1-2 days before the trip start as in Argentina there are always missed or delayed connections when flying. 


The Details:

Cost: $2,975/person + GST tax (EARLY BIRD PRICES until 1st June) 
Duration: 9 days (not including travel day)
Pre-requisites: Ages 16+, no previous experience necessary
Start and Finish City: San Carlos de Bariloche


Bookings:

Please click the button below or contact us for further information. A detailed information package will be sent out post-booking. 

The Trip

How do you improve a trip that already includes the Azul, Manso River, La Confluenica and Patagonia? We add in some hikes, a few kayaks, and loads of high-energy thrills out on the water! Paddle Patagonia connects classic landmarks, cultural interaction, and exciting kayak trips through the waters of Patagonia.

Itinerary

Day 1: Pick up San Carlos de Bariloche 
Day 2: Warm up paddling on the Azul River
Day 3: Whitewater Rescue Basics
Day 4: Paddle the Azul River
Day 5: Paddle the Foyel River
Day 6: Day off - Trip to the Market
Day 7: Paddle the Manso River, Inferior section.
Day 8: Paddle the Manso River, Frontera section.
Day 9: Departure

*Please note the order of paddling days and the rivers may change according to river levels at the time.

Accomodations

This trip includes 6 nights at La Confluencia Lodge, 1 night at a cabin on the Manso River and one night at a hosteria in San Carlos de Bariloche.  The price is based on shared accommodation/double occupancy. Please inquire to see if single upgrade options are available.

 

Logistics

Pre-requisites: Ages 16+, no previous experience necessary

Add-ons: Rental Gear (helmet, skirt, PFD, paddle): $25/day

Included: 

- Pick up and drop off in San Carlos de Bariloche
- 8 nights shared accommodation
- 5 paddling days (kayak/canoe or raft)
- 1 day of Whitewater Rescue Basics - no certification given
- English speaking Guide(s)Raft/kayak/canoe rental
- All necessary gear for rafting
- Meals as indicated (B,L,D)

Not Included:

- Flights to Argentina/Bariloche
- Meals as indicated
- Alcoholic beverages
- Kayaking gear available for rent from Flexpeditions
- Guide gratuities

If you think that this looks great but you wish there was more flexibility with the schedule – there is with our customizable option for groups of 6 or more.

 

 

Manso Cabin

 

View of El Bolson

 

 

 

Full Itinerary

Travel Day

It is highly recommended to arrive in Bariloche at least one day before your trip.

Day 1: Pick up in the San Carlos de Bariloche airport (BRC) or Bariloche hotel

Welcome to San Carlos de Bariloche the gateway to Patagonia! There are a few flights a day into Bariloche and once everyone has arrived we begin our journey south via the scenic “circuito chico” passing through the famous Lake District including Lago Nahuel Huapi and Lago Guillermo towered over by the Andes mountain range. Just before reaching the town of El Bolsón we will turn off the highway and start making our way down a fun, but bumpy 4×4 road, arriving in time for hearty dinner at our remote eco-lodge nestled in the mountains. (D)

Day 2: Warm up paddling on the Azul River

After a hearty breakfast at the lodge we outfit our boats and head to the first river of the week – found right at the lodge’s doorstep. (We should mention that the doorstep is 163 stairs away from the river!) When we reach the crystal clear waters of the Azul at the bottom, we guarantee you will feel that every step was worth it. Here we put on for a fun warm-up class II-III section. At the end of this river day – and every day at the lodge – we come back for happy hour, wood-fired sauna and hot tubs overlooking the river gorge. (BLD)

Day 3: Whitewater Rescue Basics

Today you have the chance to learn or refresh some important whitewater rescue skills. We will spend the day swimming, wading, and throwing ropes to move around the river and to learn to rescue yourself and others. Depending on the group's skill level and interests we will practice knots, anchors, and rope systems for use in equipment recovery and transportation systems. Today will give you a taste of the rescue skills and knowledge you learn in a Whitewater Rescue Course but no certifications will be given. (BLD)

Day 4: Paddle the Azul River

Today we'll head back to the Azul River, potentially running a different section and take some time to play and practice some of our new rescue skills. (BLD)

Day 5: Paddle the Foyel River

If water levels are on our side, we'll head out to the lesser known Foyel River.  This beautiful class II-III river takes us meandering through the Patagonian countryside.  We are not likely to see many if any people and we'll pass by some abandoned settlements where we can get out and have a look around. (BLD)

Day 6: Day off - Trip to the Market

Today is your opportunity to rest and relax. The lodge is a great place to kick back with a book, take a long siesta, swim in the river or take off on a self-guided hike.  In the afternoon we'll head into town to explore the famous El Bolsón artisan market. Here you'll find over 300 stalls of locally sourced handcrafted items, the perfect place to find a unique gift or souvenir. We can also help to arrange other activites such as ziplining or paragliding. Tonight we'll all sit down for dinner at one of the many local restaurants that offer a variety of local microbrews on tap! (BL)

Day 7: Paddle the Manso River, Inferior section.

This morning we'll check out of the lodge and head towards the Manso River valley.  Today we will paddle the cruisey inferior section of the Manso River.  This is beautiful but calm section of the river that gives us a chance to try out different boats - you'll have the option to switch between kayak, canoe or raft. Here we'll paddle right up to our riverside cabin for the night.  Once on dryland we can relax riverside, practice our dryland skills and enjoy firsthand a typical Argentinean asado. (BLD)

Day 8: Paddle the Manso River, Frontera section.

After breakfast this morning we will pack up and get ready for our final river of the week, the Frontera section of the Manso (class III-IV). We’ll paddle this high volume crystal-clear turquoise river right up to the Chilean border.  The options here are raft or kayak depending on your skill level. (surcharge may apply if rafting). After this high-adrenaline day we'll head back to Bariloche to check into our hosteria for the night.  Once settled we'll meet up at one of Bariloche's famous restaurants to toast our great week of adventure together! (BL)

Day 9: Departure

A shuttle will be available after breakfast for any morning drop off's at the airport.  Additonal shuttles can be arranged via the front desk of the hosteria.  Inquire if you'd like to book additonal nights in Bariloche. (B)

B-Breakfast, L-Lunch, D-Dinner

If you think that this looks great but you wish there was more flexibility with the schedule – there is with our customizable option for groups of 6 or more.

Trip Photo Gallery

Detailed Travel Info

We strongly recommend that you try to arrive into Bariloche at least a day or two before the trip. You can book into a hotel and have a wander around the city. This gives a good cushion in case of missed flights or connections or delayed luggage. All things that happen a little too often in Argentina!

Fly to Buenos Aires in Argentina, connect to San Carlos de Bariloche.

There are 3 domestic airlines to choose from: Aerolineas Argentina, Latam and Andes Lineas Aereas.  The latter one is usually the cheapest but does not include much if any luggage allowance. Most international flights fly into Ministro Pistarini International Airport in Buenos Aires, Argentina (also known as Ezeiza), the airport code is EZE. If flying into Bariloche you will need to get to the domestic airport called Jorge Newbery Airport (also known as Aeroparque), the airport code is AEP. From there you can take a connecting flight to San Carlos de Bariloche (BRC).

How to get from Ezeiza (EZE) to Aeroparque (AEP):

  • Transport Bus Service: There is an official bus line called “Manuel Tienda Leon” that transports travelers to other locations in Buenos Aires. You purchase a ticket from their booth after clearing customs (they have one inside and one outside). The cost is approximately $16 USD per person and they have departures approximately every 20 minutes. (www.tiendaleon.com.ar).
  • By Taxi: This will cost approximately $50 USD per taxi. Upon exiting customs you will see several official taxi companies. You purchase a standard fare to Aeroparque from one of those stands by cash or credit card, they give you a ticket and you then take that to the official taxi line. This option is faster and one taxi will take up to 4 people. However, if you have extra or oversized bags you may want to take the bus service.

Where to stay in Bariloche:

We recommend a Hosteria called “Las Marianas”. It's a great meeting point and fairly central. 

Accommodation at La Confluencia

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