Kayaking and Rafting in El Chalten

Rafting in De las Vueltas River, El Chalten.

Kayaking and Rafting are two amaginz activities, that offers a unique and immersive way to experience the stunning natural beauty of Argentine Patagonia. Paddling along the glacial-fed rivers and lakes provides adventurers with unparalleled views of towering mountains, pristine glaciers, and crystal-clear waters. Whether exploring the serene waters of Lago del Desierto or navigating the rapids of the Río de las Vueltas, rafting or kayaking allows visitors to get up close to the region’s most iconic landscapes. Guided tours are available for all skill levels, from beginners to experienced visitors, making it an accessible activity for anyone looking to explore the wilderness surrounding El Chaltén. Additionally, rafting and kayaking provides opportunities for wildlife spotting, with chances to encounter native species such as Andean condors, guanacos, and even the occasional puma.


Kayaking in Rio de las Vueltas (El Chalten)

The kayaking excursion offers the opportunity to navigate the meandering bends of the shallow waters of the De las Vueltas river, using sit-on-top or touring kayaks depending on the paddler’s experience level. Originating from Lago Del Desierto, located 37 kilometers north of El Chaltén, the De las Vueltas river flows southward, eventually merging into the vast Lake Viedma after receiving contributions from numerous glacial rivers. Along the journey, participants traverse through the native forest, experiencing one of its most breathtaking scenic vistas, with unparalleled views of the surrounding hills, glaciers, and the majestic Fitz Roy massif looming in the distance.

The entire row covers 7.5 miles, demanding an hour and a half to two hours from its starting point on the right bank of the Laguna Cóndor to Estancia Bonanza.


Rafting in Rio de las Vueltas (El Chalten)

Rafting in El Chaltén offers an exhilarating adventure amidst the stunning landscapes of Argentine Patagonia. The region boasts numerous rivers with varying levels of rapids, providing options for both beginners and experienced rafters. One of the most popular rivers for rafting is the Río de las Vueltas, which flows through scenic valleys and offers thrilling Class II and III rapids. Experienced guides lead rafting tours, ensuring safety while navigating the rapids and providing insights into the local environment and wildlife. Rafting in El Chaltén is an unforgettable experience, combining adrenaline-pumping rapids with breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains.

The rafting experience that takes place on the Río de las Vueltas. This river belongs to the Santa Cruz river basin. A significant portion of the water in the Río de las Vueltas comes from glaciers, partly from the melting of glaciers in the northern area of the Los Glaciares National Park. It originates in Lago del Desierto at an altitude of 506 meters above sea level and flows into Lago Viedma at an altitude of 250 meters above sea level.

Considerations: Requirements: Participants must be over 12 years old. Pregnant women, individuals with heart conditions, and those who have recently undergone surgery are not permitted to participate.

Recommendations: Bring a towel, a change of underwear, thermal shirt, and an extra pair of socks.

Weather: The excursion is only canceled if the guide determines that strong winds or gusts make navigation impossible, or if the river level is higher or lower than normal. It is not canceled due to rain, snow, or cold weather.

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Ramiro Rodriguez

25 years working in travel market, as Sales & Marketing Manager in RipioTurismo, Marketing Manager in Nuevas Ideas Travel Consulting Group. Writer and travel lover.

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