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Rafting on the Maipo River

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Activity Level: Moderate
Activities that provide a reasonable level of physical challenge and elevate the heart rate. Focused on more active pursuits including multisport tours. Travelers may be active 5-7 hours total each day. Recommended for travelers with active lifestyles.

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Day 1: Rafting on the Maipo River

  • 1 Lunch
Are you ready for a day of raging rapids and picturesque views? In the morning, you are picked up from your hotel in Santiago and taken out of the city, across the Maipo Valley, and towards the Andes Mountains. You are surprised how quickly the big city turns into the quaint countryside.

Upon arriving at the river base, you meet expert guides who provide all the necessary rafting gear, such as a wet suit, helmet, paddle, and life jacket. They also go over the technical and safety instructions with you. The Maipo River, flowing between steep canyon gorges and cutting through the heart of the Andes Mountains, is a class 3 and 4 river, and therefore suitable for both first-timers and experienced rafters.

You splash down the river valley for approximately 16 km and enjoy the rapids and spectacular Andean scenery before arriving at San Jose de Maipo, where you drive back to the base. If you are rafting between March and September, you go all the way to El Melocoton, 9 km downstream from the start point. In both cases, the rafting lasts around one hour.

After finishing the adventure, you enjoy a tasty lunch and have the opportunity to relax in a large swimming pool with panoramic mountain views or participate in a short, scenic hike. Afterward, you are taken back to Santiago.

Note: This is a full-day tour. Saturdays and Sundays are the days that normally gather more participants.

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  • 1 Lunch
  • 1 Day Locally Hosted Guide Service
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • Professional English-speaking guide
  • Transportation with a Spanish-speaking driver from the hotel in Santiago and back.
  • Rafting gear: Life jacket, wind-protective vest, wetsuit and helmet
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)


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Chance for unpredictable weather but with fewer visitors.

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