We crossed the Andes on board a rubber boat that led us through the Valdivian forest. Rapids, pools and fun with the family took hold of the moment.
A beautiful day and feeling like making contact with the Valdivian nature led us to go on a rafting adventure along the Hua Hum River. As hours passed, we discovered that such activity would include much more than that, as the vertiginous rapids, in addition to the incredible possibility of enjoying them with the entire family, would give us beautiful memories.
The setting for the adventure is located 30 kilometers from San Martín de los Andes, within a spectacular environment across which the Hua Hum River runs between steep banks, with milky turquoise waters, typical from thaw, heading for Chile and ends with a different name into the Pacific Ocean.
We went on the travel agency shuttle to Hua Hum –“hole in the sky” in the mapuche language– thus starting the excursion. During the journey, we observed that the vegetation around us started to change. We passed from the Andean Patagonian forest onto a more perennial and brighter area characterized by the large amount of rainfall during the year, known as the Valdivian forest.
Tour Kind: Rafting
Level of Difficulty: class II / III rafting
Duration: three hours
Timetables: to be arranged with the travel agency
How to get here: There are two alternatives to get to Hua Hum. The first one is to hire an excursion with shuttle service. The other one is to go on your private vehicle to the point where the rafting starts. In order to do that, visitors must leave San Martín de los Andes through paved Route 234 in the direction of Junín de los Andes, and go along 2 kilometers till they reach the crossroads, where they will take the paved and rubble road on the left, which leads straight to Hua-Hum.
Recommendations: it is ideal to be enjoyed with the family or those who practice this activity. We recommend that beginners choose their location in the center of the rubber boat, where there is less movement. Those who are somewhat experienced and prefer to row may occupy the front part, while experts generally are located at the back. Remember that you will enter Chilean territory while going on this excursion; therefore, it is necessary to carry the corresponding documentation in order to make all the customs and migrations proceedings: identity card and authorizations for minors, in case one of the parents is absent. It is advisable to carry some kind of snack, mate equipment, coffee or tea, as when the experience ends, it is highly probable that you are hungry. Lastly, carry a change of dry clothes.