Short visit to Santiago, Chile- paddling options?

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Short visit to Santiago, Chile- paddling options?

Post by furby » Thu Sep 27, 2012 6:47 am

I might be lucky enough to have a day or even two in Santiago, Chile to myself while there on a work trip. Is there any paddling close enough to the city to do in a day?

Any advice from those who have been before would be great, thanks!

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Re: Short visit to Santiago, Chile- paddling options?

Post by Paula_V » Thu Sep 27, 2012 2:16 pm

The Maichin is a classic which I think is a couple of hours drive from Santiago...
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Re: Short visit to Santiago, Chile- paddling options?

Post by ion » Thu Sep 27, 2012 3:43 pm

Paula_V wrote:The Maichin is a classic which I think is a couple of hours drive from Santiago...
The Maichin is in the Pucon area many hours away...I think you're thinking of another river.

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Re: Short visit to Santiago, Chile- paddling options?

Post by magictom » Thu Sep 27, 2012 4:06 pm

The Maipo valley... not too far from Santiago with lots of tributaries worth exploring. Long time since I was there last but even twenty years ago there were rafting companies.

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Re: Short visit to Santiago, Chile- paddling options?

Post by tobym » Thu Sep 27, 2012 5:19 pm

check out the bomflow and demshitz vids for Chile paddling inspiration :-)

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Re: Short visit to Santiago, Chile- paddling options?

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Re: Short visit to Santiago, Chile- paddling options?

Post by River Flair » Fri Sep 28, 2012 10:18 pm

Definitely worth checking out some of the rivers on Kurts guide, don't go anywhere near the Rio Colorado though, it's got some horrendous house sized boulder siphons on it! The Rio Clarillo has great potential but was too low when we were there in late November, so its definitely an early spring run. The Maipo is big, bouncy and fun and has rafting companies operating on it which you may be able to hook up with.The Rio Teno isn't too far from Santiago and has some fun bits on it and the Seven Teacups on the Rio Claro is a Chilean Classic which, if you were on a mission, you could do in a day trip from Santiago. You would struggle to find boats to rent near Santiago though I think so you would probably need to take your own.
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Post by Mark R » Fri Sep 28, 2012 11:51 pm

I remember bottling some scary 5/5+ on the Maipo.

Yeso is a small creek trib of the Maipo, well worth a look.
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Re: Short visit to Santiago, Chile- paddling options?

Post by jmmoxon » Sat Sep 29, 2012 9:57 am

There used to be a hostel in Santiago run by an American paddler & I know a couple of Chilean paddlers based there who are usually paddling during summer weekends, when are you going?

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