Rio Petrohue rafting, Puerto Varas

The Río Petrohué river flows from Todos Los Santos Lake all the way to the South Pacific Ocean and its famous rapids make it one of the best places to go whitewater rafting in South America.

The crystal-clear waters cut through the mountainous Vicente Perez Rosales National Park and the snow-capped volcanoes, making a ride along the river a truly awe-inspiring experience.

Your adventure  begins with a morning drive from your hotel in Puerto Varas to the Ko’Kayak headquarters in Ensenada, a small village like area which provides views of three volcanoes; Osorno, Calbuco and Puntiagudo.

After getting hold of your rafting equipment, you’ll be taken to the launch point on the river which sits at a comfortable 18ºC. Once you have been fully briefed and suited with your helmet and lifejacket, you’ll enter the raft to begin the Class II and IV Rapids challenge, which stretches for around 13km.

During the ride you’ll battle with mother nature herself as this thrilling white-knuckle challenge brings the force of the river to life. Fortunately, there are several points where the water becomes soothing as it levels out in places perfect for cliff diving, swimming and rest.

After around two hours, you’ll reach the drop off point where you will get a ride all the way back to Ensenada. Once you have dried off and come down from the adrenaline rush, you’ll be treated to a video of the rafting adventure while enjoying a snack, before heading back to your hotel in Puerto Varas.

Once there, you can sit back and enjoy the commanding views of Lake Llanquihue, the traditional German-style architecture and snow-capped Osorno Volcano.

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