Rafting Adventure

Rafting and white water rafting are recreational outdoor activities which use an inflatable raft to navigate a river or other body of water. This is often done on whitewater or different degrees of rough water. Dealing with risk and the need for teamwork is often a part of the experience.

The rivers of our country are considered world class by fans of the “white waters”, so they are ideal for rafting and kayaking. The rivers that most attract attention are the Bío-Bío and the Futaleufú, both classes V. The other rivers fluctuate between class III and IV.

However, rafting in calmer water rivers is becoming an excellent possibility for family trips and to combine the thrill of the descent down the river with the observation and enjoyment of natural beauty, of which our country is so lavish.

Below are the six grades of difficulty in white water rafting. They range from simple to very dangerous, and the class of each river changes depending on the weather conditions and the seasons throughout the year.

Class 1: Very small rough areas, might require slight maneuvering. (Skill level: Very basic)Clasificación de ríos para la práctica del Rafting en Chile Class 2: Some rough water, maybe some rocks, might require some maneuvering. (Skill level: Basic paddling skill)
Class 3: Small waves, maybe a small drop, but no considerable danger. May require significant maneuvering. (Skill level: Some experience in rafting)
Class 4: Whitewater, medium waves, maybe rocks, maybe a considerable drop, sharp maneuvers may be needed.(Skill level: Exceptional rafting experience)
Class 5: Whitewater, large waves, large volume, the possibility of large rocks and hazards, the possibility of a large drop, requires precise maneuvering. (Skill level: Full mastery of rafting)
Class 6: Class 6 rapids are considered to be so dangerous that they are effectively unnavigable on a reliably safe basis. Rafters can expect to encounter substantial whitewater, huge waves, huge rocks, and hazards, and/or substantial drops that will impart severe impacts beyond the structural capacities and impact ratings of almost all rafting equipment. (Skill level: Full mastery of rafting)

Rafting descenso de ríosA river does not belong only to one class, but it has different sections of its course along its route. If a class has to be granted to a whole river, the class of the most difficult section of its entire route will correspond to it. Most of the activity in descending rivers is done in classes III and IV, keeping classes II and below in the category of general navigation in which other boats, techniques, and equipment are used. Class V rivers are approached only by experts.

Some rivers to practice near to our location:

Bío-Bío River: VIII Region. Southeast of Los Angeles. Class V.

Bueno River, Fui River, Trancura River: IX Region. Class III and IV.

Petrohué River: X Region.