In the scarce quiet moments, we learned that the Trancura is the main affluent of Lake Villarrica which zigzags down valleys and gullies of the cordillera.
One by one we faced the eight rapids known as the Bridge, the Little Train, the Fisherman, the Junction, the Lioness, the Wall and the Footbridge. The flow seemed to increase as we advanced and the best moments were near the take-out. Our movements were accompanied by screams and laughter adding extra energy to the run. It was fun, a lot of fun!
As it was a family outing, we chose the stretch of river with appropriate grades of difficulty. We vowed we would try the high stretch next time. There, the current and the gradient call for more dexterous maneuvers requiring more strength to avoid rocks. Nearing the end, the holes increase the danger and require technique, so the operators supply safety kayaks.
Both outings end at the shelter, where we changed into dry clothes and had a cool drink. A good time to share our awesome experience.
Every bend in the river brought a spectacular view of the Villarrica Volcano and the surrounding hills, covered by native forest. Because of its flow and foam, the Trancura is said to have white water. The exciting and peaceful moments were both part of an incredible outdoor experience.
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Make sure you bring a bathing suit and a towel.
If you are a beginner or have children with you, we recommend the lower Trancura. The higher Trancura is for expert participants and over 14-year-olds. Equipment is provided by the operators. Shuttles are optional.