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Seems that my travel plans have taken a bit of a nose dive this week, not being able to get to Santiago to catch my flight to Easter Island tomorrow morning.... A bit gutted to be honest, though all things considered I really can't complain. Thought that I might console myself by seeing if I can still remember how a kayak works....

I only have a trekking guidebook and fairly sketchy Internet access at the moment (am in Puerto Montt and the phones/power/Internet etc seem are still kind of intermittant) so was hoping that someone on here could point me onthe direction of what town I want to get a bus to and a local kayaking company that Incan rent kit/friends from!

Cheers folks.



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Hi Dougie

I have no experience of this company but have seen them on you tube, Kayak Chile and their site contact e-mail is

ben@kayakchile.net

I believe they are north of you at Pucon.
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Ben at kayakchile has the only kit shop in Chile, he runs trips and rents gear. Rodrigo at kayakpucon also rents kit & takes regular trips on the Liucura.

There are some rafting companies on the Petrohue, just outside Puerto Montt, but don't know if they rent kayaks - the river's pretty good though.

For Futaleufu get bus to Bariloche (can paddle the Manso whilst you're there) then south to border (can't remember the town), but there's only a couple of buses every week to Futaleufu town. Most kayakers stay at Cara del Indio campsite 20 miles downstream, may be able to rent boats but other kit will be a problem.

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Had been hoping that there was somewhere more local to the Fut, but I guess it's back to Pucon then!

Thanks lads.

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Best bet is to hook up with some paddlers in Pucon who are heading down to the Futaleufu, but depends how much time you have got.

Sonic (who posts on here) may be able to help you...

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Try getting in touch with this crowd http://www.kokayak.com/en/kokayak.html . Much closer to Puerto Montt than Pucon.

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Thanks for the help folks! Hopefully sorted now. Bumped into Sonic (I assume - Sonja?) this morning at the bus station. I couldn't get a ticket, but am going to start heading that way tomorrow morning. All good!

Will let you know how it goes.



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Yep, Sonic is Sonia - say hello from Mike - Futaleufu is an awesome fun river, one of my favourite's in the world.

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Mike: got to agree, what a stunning river! Made it down there with the help of Mark at Bio Bio who sorted out a transfer from Esquel for me. Caught up with Sonic there and had a great time. Didn't get to try Inferno but the bridge to bridge section was brilliant. And such a beautiful valley too.

Thanks for all the help folks. I've stuck a couple of pics from the river here: http://dougiec.wordpress.com/2010/03/09/the-futaleufu/

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