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Packrafting Rio Palena – Rivers of Patagonia

Packrafting Rio Palena - Rivers of Patagonia - Packrafting rio Palena with volcano Melimoyu in the background, Patagonia, Chile

We packrafted 170km (105miles) of crystal clear turquoise waters of Palena river. Right from the Patagonian Andes to the Pacific ocean. The river winds trough canyons surrounded by snowy peaks and volcanoes. The river beaches have white sands and plenty of space for camping. Sometimes it felt like the boat was suspended in the air. The water was so clear that you could see every single pebble deep at the bottom. I believe it is the best multiday river run in Patagonia. It was an excellent warmup for this active Patagonian summer.

Photo: Packrafting rio Palena with volcano Melimoyu in the background, Patagonia, Chile

One Response to “Packrafting Rio Palena – Rivers of Patagonia”

  1. July 1st, 2015 | 19:24

    Hello Jaroslaw,

    we are planning to packraft the Río Palena in the next summer. Can you give us more details about rapids? Is it safe to packraft this river with an open boat without spray deck (Explorer 42)? In witch month did you do your trip?

    Best regards,
    Jan and Meylin

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