Lake District Sea Kayaking

Reilly Sullivan
The Cochamo river enters the fjord
Reilly Sullivan
View down the fjord
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Cochamo Village
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Our group on the water
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Paddlers enjoy the calm waters
Sea kayak in the remote waterways of northern Patagonia in the Chilean Lake District. Great option for active travelers interested in paddling, wildlife viewing, and a one night homestay with a local family.

Day 1

  • Lunch, Dinner

Rio Petrohue

The trip starts in Puerto Varas on Llanquihue lakefront, and drive to the boathouse in Ensenada where gear will be loaded on the kayaks. After suiting up and a briefing, the trip begins on the gentle waters of the lower Río Petrohué. After lunch we reach the Ralun Hot Springs where we stop for a while on the river bank in these natural pools. After the hot springs, we paddle through the Basaltic Gorge and get wide vistas of the fjord.

In total, on Day 1, we paddle nearly 15 miles with views towards the magnificent Osorno Volcano. After finding a suitable spot to set up camp, we enjoy a well-earned dinner under the stars.

Day 2

Rio Cochamo

After breakfast and cleaning the camp, we get back in our vessels and head south down the gorge, with a view of the Volcanoes Yates and Hornopiren. Heading out from Ralun Bay, we eventually reach the cove of Cochamó and head into the spectacular valley of the Río Cochamó. After paddling upstream the last kilometer of the river, we pull into a beach and walk to Campo Aventura’s Riverside lodge on the riverbank.

After checking in, we have time to stretch our legs before a three-course candle-lit dinner and overnight stay in cottages.

Day 3

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Reloncavi Fjord

After a solid breakfast we paddle down the clear waters of the Río Cochamó back into the Reloncavi fjord, and head further south – at times accompanied by dolphins and sea lions, while seeing more and more sea-birds. Today is a long day on the water, and in the afternoon we reach a tiny cove, with natural hot springs – the Sotomo Hot Springs.
If the tide allows for it we can take a dip in the warm saltwater pools.

This evening, we head to the German settler-style home of a local family, where we will spend the night and share dinner.

Day 4

  • Breakfast, Lunch

Return to Puerto Varas

Waking up on the eastern side of the fjord, we get an early start in calm morning conditions to head to the village of Río Puelo on the other side. We paddle across and are rewarded by a good lunch on the other bank.

After lunch, we meet our transfer on the trail beside the fjord and load our kayaks and gear on, for the trip back to civilization. We reach Puerto Varas in the evening.  Transfer to your accommodation.

Tour Cost
Internal Flights (Santiago-Puerto Montt-Santiago)
Flight cost is subject to change
Total Cost (USD)



  • 3 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 3 Dinners
  • 3 Nights Accommodations
    • 1 Night Lodge
    • 1 Night Camping
    • 1 Night Community Stay
  • 4 Days Private Guide Service
  • Gear Rental
    • Camping and kayaking gear included except sleeping bags


  • Both International Arrival and Departure Transfers are excluded.
  • International Flights
  • Sleeping Bags
    • Sleeping bag rental is available.

Recommended Budgeting

  • $80 Meals not Included