Where to whitewater kayak in Chile

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ThisisChile.cl - Four wheel driving through wild Patagonian backcountry - decked out with top-notch kayaking gear - to find some of the gnarliest white water rapids this side of the equator.
 
On the road, experiencing the warm hospitality of cool Southern Chile, cooking lamb and bell peppers on a typical parrilla and camping out beside glacial lakes, high in the Andes.
 
And finally, plunging from waterfalls at dizzying heights, flying through canyons just a few feet wide and flanked by sheer cliffs and coasting down snowmelt rivers under South American sunshine.
 
If you’ve ever felt the itch for adventure, you can’t help but getting a little carried away by watching the “Breathless in Chile” documentary, an entrant in this year’s Kayak Session Magazine “Short Film of the Year Awards.”
 
Because those outdoor barbecues and whitewater antics are exactly what Nigel Markey and the team behind “Breathless” get up to on this adrenaline pumping video (not to mention drinking beer from a shoe).
 
"Chilean rivers have a phenomenal reputation for their quality and for the outstanding natural beauty of their locations," Markey told Chile.travel, before expounding on the variety of kayaking on offer in southern Chile.
 
"The Río Futaleufú is a big volume river set in grand sweeping landscapes. On the other hand, there are points on the Río Claro where the towering rock formations block out the sky and where the river is no wider than the boat you're sitting in."
 
And yes, those towering rock formations on the Río Claro are the Siete Tazas (“Seven Cups”) - thefamous series of waterfalls that fall into a succession of natural pools.
 
You can find out more about the Río Futaleufú and the Siete Tazas by checking out our guide to rafting in Chile, which lists the best rivers in the country for whitewater junkies. 
 
Four wheel driving through wild Patagonian backcountry - decked out with top-notch kayaking gear - to find some of the gnarliest white water rapids this side of the equator.
 
On the road, experiencing the warm hospitality of cool Southern Chile, cooking lamb and bell peppers on a typical parrilla and camping out beside glacial lakes, high in the Andes.
 
And finally, plunging from waterfalls at dizzying heights, flying through canyons just a few feet wide and flanked by sheer cliffs and coasting down snowmelt rivers under South American sunshine.
 
If you’ve ever felt the itch for adventure, you can’t help but getting a little carried away by watching the “Breathless in Chile” documentary, an entrant in this year’s Kayak Session Magazine “Short Film of the Year Awards.”
 
Because those outdoor barbecues and whitewater antics are exactly what Nigel Markey and the team behind “Breathless” get up to on this adrenaline pumping video (not to mention drinking beer from a shoe).
 
"Chilean rivers have a phenomenal reputation for their quality and for the outstanding natural beauty of their locations," Markey told Chile.travel, before expounding on the variety of kayaking on offer in southern Chile.
 
"The Río Futaleufú is a big volume river set in grand sweeping landscapes. On the other hand, there are points on the Río Claro where the towering rock formations block out the sky and where the river is no wider than the boat you're sitting in."
 
And yes, those towering rock formations on the Río Claro are the Siete Tazas (“Seven Cups”) - thefamous series of waterfalls that fall into a succession of natural pools.
 
You can find out more about the Río Futaleufú and the Siete Tazas by checking out our guide to rafting in Chile, which lists the best rivers in the country for whitewater junkies.  
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