Water Sports

Aysén is the region with the greatest reserves of freshwater in Chile.

Sea, rivers, lakes, lagoons, and glaciers for kayaking, rafting, boat fishing, sailing and even snorkeling in some sectors. The most pristine waters of Aysén await you for an enjoyable adventure.

Aysén is the region with the greatest reserves of freshwater in Chile. Its countless glaciers, rivers, lakes, and lagoons, scattered randomly throughout the Patagonian lands, invite us to experience them and to admire the strength and purity of Chilean waters.

When it’s about kayaking among the icebergs of glaciers, all the cold from the south of Chile seems to disappear. And if the challenge is to raft down the rapids of a rushing river, there is no place for fear. Diving into some of the purest waters of the planet is priceless. It is a unique opportunity that one should not hesitate to take.

For the bold and lonesome adventurers accustomed to extreme adventures or for families who want to share a totally new experience, Carretera Austral offers an endless number of alternatives throughout its whole stretch, both for beginners as for experts. Below you will find some of the best activities:

PLACE ACTIVITIES:
Fiordo Piti Palena: protected marine area, where there are cetaceans and marine fauna. Access through Raúl Marín. Kayak boat rides, fishing, and sighting of flora and fauna.
Rio Palena: navigable throughout its whole extension, from Palena (X Region) up to Raúl Marín Balmaceda (XI Region) Kayak, boat rides rafting and fishing.
Activities for one or more days.
Puyuhuapi Channel and Magdalena Island: visit the South American sea lions or view the Mentolat Volcano and more. Access through Puerto Cisnes or Puyuhuapi. Kayak, boat rides, fishing, and sighting of flora and fauna.
Activities for one or more days.
Los Palos River, Los Palos Lake, Aysén River and Riesco Lake: places located in the vicinities of Puerto Aysén. Kayak, boat rides, rafting, and fishing.
Half day or full day activities.
Lago Verde (Green Lake) and Rosselot Lake: lakes located towards the town of Lago Verde. Boat fishing and boat rides.
Half day or full day activity.
Lakes Elizalde, Paloma, Castor and Pollux: Between the cities of Coyhaique and Balmaceda. Kayak, boat rides, rafting, and fishing.
Half day or full day activity.
Lago General Carrera: with beautiful deep blue waters, it is the largest lake in Chile. Kayak fishing, boat rides, and snorkeling.
Half day or full day activity.
Baker River: it is known for its crystalline and fast-running waters, the most abundant in the country. Rafting, kayaking and boat rides.
Activities for one or more days.
Laguna San Rafael: it is part of the National Park Laguna San Rafael. Access through Bahía Exploradores or Puerto Chacabuco. Boat rides to San Rafael Glacier. One day
activity.
Steffen Glacier: part of Campos de Hielo Norte (Northern Ice Fields.) Access through Caleta Tortel. Boat ride to Steffen glacier. One day
activity.
Isla de Muertos (Island of the Dead): located in the Delta of the Baker River. Access through Caleta Tortel. Kayak and boat rides.
Half day activity.
Jorge Montt Glacier: part of Campos de Hielo Sur (Southern Ice Fields.) Access through Caleta Tortel or Bajo Pascua. Sea kayaking expedition.
Week-long activity
O’Higgins Lake: this lake leads to the glacier of the same name. Access through Villa O’Higgins. Boat ride to O’Higgins glacier. One day
activity.

Sailing through Sea Waters
It is important to bear in mind that the Aysén region has more than a thousand kilometers of coast, composed of dozens of islands, fjords and bays, a space that the old navigators of the Chono and Kaweskar cultures defined in their simple and precarious vessels. To follow their routes, from the north –through Guaitecas Archipelago and Raúl Marín Balmaceda–, to the south –through Caleta Tortel–, there are a huge variety of tours, excursions and places to sail and enjoy.