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Kayak Valdivia – Paddle Between Tralcao and Inipulli

Discover the natural beauty of the river, forest, and wetlands on this Kayak Valdivia Adventure. Observe birds and enjoy a Mapuche gastronomy experience.

USD $87.00

Per Person

Paddle Down a Gorgeous River on this Kayak Valdivia Day Trip

On this Kayak Valdivia Trip, observe a variety of birds and wildlife in their natural habitat as you navigate a river by kayak. After starting in Tralcao, the “Town of Cherry Trees,” you will navigate the waters between Tralcao and Iñipulli. You’ll enter the heart of the wetlands to see Rialejo Island (“Island of the Fallow Deer”). Enjoy a traditional Mapuche gastronomy experience in the town of Iñipulli. Join us for a day of discovery in nature!


  • Kayak on the beautiful Pichoy, Chorocamayo, and Santa Maria Rivers
  • Admire the wild beauty of forest, wetland, and island ecosystems
  • Observe colonies of herons and cormorants
  • Enjoy a traditional Mapuche food experience in the town of Iñipulli

Tour Information

Duration: Full Day (9:00 am-19:30 pm)
Start and end location: Valdivia
Availability in 2019: January 3 and 5, January 7-March 31, April 7 and 21, May 5 and 19, June 2 and 16, September 22, October 6 and 20, November 3 and 17, December 1, 15 and 29


Your Kayak Valdivia adventure starts with van transportation between Valdivia and Tralcao. From there, you will navigate the Pichoy River by kayak. On the Chorocamayo River and on Rialejo Island, you will be able to observe beautiful birds such as black-necked swans, cocoi herons, black-crowned night herons, and cormorants. In the heart of the wetlands, you can see the Island of the Three Mouths (Isla Tres Bocas).

Then, you will go back up the Santa Maria River, among splendid native forests. Keep an eye out for the forests that submerged after the 1960 earthquake. You will kayak to Iñipulli. There, you will get to try traditional Mapuche food in a traditional cabin. If you would like, you can spend the night camping in the community. You’ll be able to explore Iñipulli and see its Plaza de Armas, where Darwin arrived in 1833.

  • 9:00-10:00 am – You will be transported from Valdivia to Tralcao. The meeting point is the River Dock (Muelle Fluvial).
  • 10:30 am – Start navigating from Tralcao.
  • 11:00 am – Reach the meeting point of the Pichoy and Chorocamayo Rivers.
  • 11:00 am-12:30 pm – Observe birds in the Sanctuary of the Cruces River and explore Rialejo Island.
  • 13:30 pm – Navigate by kayak to Iñipulli.
  • 14:30 pm – Enjoy a Mapuche gastronomy experience in a traditional house of Iñipulli.
  • 17:30-19:30 pm – Return to Valdivia.

What’s Included

  • Round-trip transportation by van between Valdivia and Tralcao
  • Kayak navigation
  • Snack along the way
  • Mapuche gastronomy experience

What to Bring

  • Comfortable clothes (ideally sportswear)
  • Additional clothes (shorts, shirt, windbreaker, a second layer)

Important Notes

  • This tour is not suitable for pregnant women, injured people, people with reduced mobility, or minors.
  • This tour has a minimum of 7 travelers and a maximum of 12. If you have fewer than 7 or more than 12, contact us at and we will try to find a group for you.
  • This tour must be booked 48 hours in advance.
  • To get a refund, you must cancel the reservation 3 days before the start of the tour.
  • This tour is in Spanish.



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