Chilean Boating Logistics

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Chilean Boating Logistics

Post by alexander.2535 » Fri Oct 12, 2012 8:09 pm

Hi folks. Heading out to Chile this New Year to go boating (obviously), and after some advice about which airline is best for taking kayaks on? As baggage in the hold, not to be shipped as freight. I've heard TAM are good but anyone got any other experiences with different airlines?

Also, how easy is it to fly with boats internally? We're thinking of hiring a car but can't hurt to ask...

Any other recommendations would be appreciated. Incidentally we were thinking of Chile before the WWGP was announced...

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Post by ion » Fri Oct 12, 2012 9:56 pm

Hard to fly boats to Chile, though not impossible. Internally use buses long distance , they are incredibly comfortable and cheap...not the "chicken buses" of your South American nightmares. There are lots of good modern boats locally in Pucon for hire.

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Post by alexander.2535 » Sat Oct 13, 2012 8:59 pm

Cheers for that. Taken the plunge and booked some boats in Pucon. For the time we're going didn't seem worth the hassle to fly them out. Good to hear internal buses are good too. Further info still welcome.

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Re: Chilean Boating Logistics

Post by kayak Jon » Sat Oct 13, 2012 9:39 pm

56 days to go...& counting!

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Post by furby » Sun Oct 14, 2012 9:35 pm

Can anyone suggest what the minimum time that is needed to get to the paddling destinations within Chile from Santiago? What are the closest 'good' rivers?

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Post by alexander.2535 » Mon Oct 15, 2012 9:06 pm

Buy 'Whitewater Chile' by Tyler Curtis, Mariann Saether and Ben May. Splits Chile by regions and will tell you all the worthwhile runs near Santiago. For more info maybe message the raft companies in the area - it's what we're doing!

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Post by ion » Mon Oct 15, 2012 10:28 pm

http://riversofchile.com/

A word of warning, I'm not wild about the new "Whitewater Chile" guide, it led us astray a couple of times, which is a long way from saying don't buy it...just don't trust your life to it.

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Post by Mark R » Mon Oct 15, 2012 10:29 pm

Closest 'good' rivers are right outside Santiago, the Maipo valley and tribs. My memory is vague from 12 years ago, but I seem to recall that some of these are actually fairly full-on, if you're straight off the plane - steep, powerful, silty water. Perhaps go there on the way home...?

It's possible to paddle the 7 Teacups in the same day as leaving Santiago, that's en route to Pucon. Vague memory that Pucon is 10-12 hours down the Pan-Am Highway from Santiago.
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Post by ion » Mon Oct 15, 2012 10:31 pm

Pucon is about 10 hours direct on a decent bus....top tip...take a sleeper bus over night with comfy reclining seats, travel and accommodation all in one!

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Post by jmmoxon » Tue Oct 16, 2012 10:46 pm

Not that you have to worry about it but most of the sleeper buses won't take kayaks.

Teacups is first clear water river south of Santiago, but don't expect to find other paddlers there, most move on quickly to Pucon which is early season waterfall paradise, later in southern summer most paddlers head for the Futaleufu, but you probably need a minimum 3 week trip to get down there & paddle other rivers en route (it's worth it though).

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Re: Chilean Boating Logistics

Post by saturday seth » Wed Oct 17, 2012 9:16 pm

Sitting in terminal one at Heathrow, waiting to fly to Santiago via Sao Paulo. Boat cost am extra £120 to get on the plane. Just rocked up to the desk on arrival.

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