Rafting: Where and How?

Every waterway has its own features but all of them are rough and their volume fluctuates throughout the summer.

As we reached San Martín de los Andes, we wished to make contact with all the outings we had heard about and longed to practice. River rafting was one of them. It has many followers because it is entertaining and affordable.

Rafting outings are available on the Chimehuin, Aluminé and Hua Hum Rivers, in the outskirts of the city. They are accessed through local roads, which contributes to the outing. These tours are classified according to the level of turbulence of the river, its number of rapids and the speed gained by the raft during the practice.

Likewise, the adventure will change its intensity according to the moment of the summer in which it is enjoyed. The meltdown following the winter will produce more plentiful rivers whereas the end of the summer will provide less water. This will ensure a slower pace that will let visitors relish the surrounding scenery and even a dive at some of the pools.

In general, several RIBs go out at the same time. It is fun to engage in competition with the other boats. This is a team sport and the goal is not to be the first ones to reach the finish line but to sort out the obstacles with good coordination.

  • The Chimehuin

    The Chimehuin

  • A rewarding ceremony

    A rewarding ceremony

  • All are troublemakers

    All are troublemakers

  • Guaranteed fun

    Guaranteed fun

  • The Hua Hum

    The Hua Hum

  • A break in the road

    A break in the road

The environment, the banks and vegetation vary in these three rivers. The Chimehuin and the Aluminé run along the steppe. The Hua Hum, instead, crosses the Valdivian rainforest into Chile.

We got to the mouth of the Chimehuin, the closest river. This is an emblematic fly-casting spot and the incredible panoramic view comprises Lanín Volcano and Lake Huechulafquen. The rafting experience begins 800 meters downstream so as to respect the fishing environment.

The Aluminé River lies a little farther away along the road. Therefore, adventurers who choose this outing must devote longer hours to it. It features the roughest rapids. Paddlers have to follow the instructions of the guide with all their stamina.

The panorama is quite different in the Hua Hum River. It runs between walls covered with vegetation. It also boasts some cascades that provide more humidity to the environment. It crosses onto Chile. That is why simple migratory proceedings should be carried out without any exception.

All RIB boat outings are organized by local tourist operators. All the necessary equipment is provided, including neoprene suit, helmet, life jacket and paddle. So is the shuttle, if needed. Nothing is left to chance. All safety measures are observed.

Several stops are made to have a break, a snack or dive in some pool. The backwaters are used to give instructions and information about the area and questions made by the paddlers.

Either on half-day or all-day outings, rafting has become a classic in the summer of San Martín de los Andes.

Autor Mónica Pons Fotografo Eduardo Epifanio

Recommendations It is advisable to wear a swim suit and waterproof footwear (avoid sandals). Also, pack a dry set of clothes to wear after the activity.
Sunglasses and prescribed glasses should be attached to the body to avoid losing them.
Sunscreen is mandatory.

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