Patagonia Packraft Expedition

Take a trek—and experience life in the Andes—from Argentina to Chile and back in 8 days

Discover Northern Patagonia under your own steam. On this trip, you’ll explore epic landscapes. Find out what life is like for the ‘paisanos’ who settled here. Paddle the Rio Puelo—a hidden gem of a river—in your own packraft.

You don’t need whitewater experience. Just be physically fit and have a taste for adventure (a taste for red wine won’t do you wrong either ☺).

Patagonia Kayaking Adventure Tour - Argentina and Chile

Your guides are super experienced, knowledgeable, welcoming, and great teachers. You’ll learn how to:

  • ‘Read’ and ‘run’ rapids in safety and confidence
  • Pack your backpack and camp in comfort—on a lightweight backcountry expedition
  • Speak Spanish with a thick Patagonian drawl. (No—that’s a joke—but you will experience the culture up close.) Share meals and laughs with friendly locals: on a couple of days, we’ll pull off the river, set-up camp on their land, and be welcomed into their homes for an asado (traditional barbecue)!

Read about your local guide team and our Patagonia partners.

You’ll start and end in Bariloche. We don’t need to tell you about the Argentine flare for ‘the good things in life’, but on this trip, you’ll get a taste of both worlds, with true adventure as well.

Paddle up to what must be one of the most charming border crossings anywhere. With no line-ups at this hut, you’ll stamp your passport and jump back into your boat, bobbing through waves into Chile, on a remote river in the Andes.

Nope—this isn’t a dream. Welcome to Patagonia.

Trip Details at a Glance

$3,795 USD tax included

8 days of adventure in the Andes

Departs from

Bariloche, Argentina

Group size

3 to 8 participants


  • Dec. 27, 2021 - Jan. 3, 2022
  • Mar. 13 - 20, 2022


Whitewater packrafting, hiking, wilderness expedition

Activity level

Physical activity:
Highly active
Class III (some optional IV’s)
You don't need any whitewater experience—but you should be in physical condition for big days of paddling and hiking. Learn more about this trip's activity level.

Why explore Patagonia by packraft?

Experience what life is like in the Andean backcountry

Experience what life is like in the Andean backcountry

Your professional local guides love to share their land, rivers, and culture. But extra special on this trip: we’re hosted by ‘paisanos’ on our way downstream.

Learn whitewater and backpacking skills

Learn whitewater and backpacking skills

Regardless of your experience, you’ll gain new skills. Want to learn how to cook on a fire? Surf a wave in your packraft? Done and done. Learn how to not just survive, but thrive in the backcountry.

Have shoes, will travel —Adventure made easy

Have shoes, will travel —Adventure made easy

You won’t have to sort out logistics. Let us plan the details (we’re obsessed with details) so you can focus on the task at hand: recharge on an unforgettable travel experience.

What's included

Trip Reviews

A huge thank you to Danny and his team of awesome guides for helping us to create memories that will last a lifetime.

Tara Lea H. - summer 2018 trip on the Magpie River
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