The first section was calm. We were told that the river is the main tributary to Lake Villarrica and that it zigzags amidst ravines and valleys. As the moment to face the rapids arrived, we devoted ourselves to listening to the orders of the guides as well as to enjoy. Thus, we went past the rapids known as bridge, the little train, the fisherman, the joint, the lioness, the wall and the footbridge. As we moved on, the river became rougher and it was almost at the end of the ride where the best part appeared. It was the most amusing section. We screamed and laughed without forgetting to paddle properly.
We chose to take this ride with the family in the calmer section of the river. For us, the higher Trancura, where the current is more demanding and maneuvers require more strength and assurance, remained a pending matter. This option features slopes and irregular rocks, as well as some difficult pools that demand more skillful techniques. The ride is escorted by some kayaks for safety matters. Both white water rafting options have become popular and they range between Class II and IV.
The Villarrica Volcano, the surrounding hills upholstered with the native green forest and the fresh air ornamented each bend of the river. Its rough waters produce white shiny foam, which we associated with the strong emotions created by those moments in which the river seems to beat the water craft.
We finally made it to the shelter, where we changed into dry clothes and got ready to taste some cold and hot beverages. We reviewed our fantastic adventure and resolved to try it again in the near future.
Sol y Nieve
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Pack a bathing suit and a towel.
People experiencing rafting for the first time or bringing children should go for the lower Trancura. The higher Trancura is advanced and only suitable for people over 14 years old. Gear provided by the operators. Shuttles are optional.