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Kayaking Lake District Day Tour from Valdivia

See swans and other wetland wildlife as you navigate beautiful rivers on this Kayaking Lake District Day Tour. Float by islands and admire the scenery.

USD $87.00

Per Person

Paddle among Swans on this Kayaking Lake District Day Tour

On this Kayaking Lake District Tour, kayak in the beautiful rivers around Pelchuquin, in the Lake District to the north of Valdivia. Enjoy stunning views of the coastal mountains and Valdivian jungle, especially as you pass Altue Farm. At San Martin Farm / UACH, you’ll see the best-preserved ancestral forest in the wetlands environment. Around the San Martin Islands, you’ll find large numbers of black-necked swans and herons. Join us to experience the beautiful natural environment of the Lake District in the best way–by kayak!


  • Kayak in breathtaking river scenery
  • Observe black-necked swans and herons in their natural habitat
  • Learn about the history and culture of the region as you stop by the Fort of San Luis de Alba
  • Enjoy a unique Mapuche gastronomy experience and learn about the indigenous community
  • See a submerged forest, a silent witness to the huge earthquake of 1960

Tour Information

Duration: Full Day (9:00 am-20:30 pm)
Start and End location: Valdivia
Availability: January 2-March 31 (Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays), April 14 and 28, May 12 and 26, June 9, September 29, October 13 and 27, November 10 and 24, December 8 and 22


First, your Kayaking Lake District Tour will begin with transport from Valdivia to Pelchuquín. From there, you will go by van to the dock of Puerto Paico, on the Cruces River. The river current will take you right up to the base of the walls of a Spanish colonial-era fort, San Luis de Alba. The fort used to mark the old border with the independent Mapuche country. After that, you will explore a remote area of the Nature Sanctuary of the Cruces River, between San Martin Island and the Cudico River. You will finish your day at La Punta, enjoying an exclusive experience of Mapuche gastronomy.

  • 9:00-10:00 am – Meet at the river dock and transfer from Valdivia to Pelchuquín. Learn about the history of the Pelchuquín Mission.
  • 10:00 am – Have a snack.
  • 10:30 am – Start navigation at Tralcao.
  • 11:00 am – Embark from Puerto Paico on kayaks. Go down the Cruces River.
  • 11:00 am-12:30 pm – Visit the Fort of San Luis de Alba. Enjoy a light lunch at noon.
  • 12:30-13:00 pm – Continue by river to San Martin Island.
  • 13:30 pm – Change to kayaks to explore a nature sanctuary, including San Martin Island, Altúe, and the Nanihue and Cudico Rivers.
  • 16:00 pm – Board your kayak again to navigate the Cudico River.
  • 16:30 pm – Disembark at La Punta.
  • 17:00-19:00 pm – Enjoy a Mapuche gastronomy experience.
  • 19:30-20:30 pm – Return by van to Valdivia.

What’s Included

  • Transfer by van from Valdivia to Pelchuquín and Puerto Paico (one way) and transfer from La Punta to Valdivia
  • Snack, light lunch, and Mapuche gastronomy experience

What to Bring

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

Important Notes

  • This tour is not suitable for pregnant women, minors, people who are injured, and people with reduced mobility.
  • This tour requires a minimum of 7 passengers 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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