The town of Pucón in Chile is an adventure mecca. With Volcano Villarica overlooking the town, spewing ominous smoke from its top and a gorgeous lake nestled alongside cultivated by surging rivers, there is no shortage of sights to see, mountains to climb, or water to be paddled. A Chile guide book recommended three rivers that anyone interested in whitewater had to run. The Río Trancura was one of them. My Hala Gear teammates, Joey Saputo and Andy O’Brien, met up with Spencer Lacy and his buddy, Lance to shake off the winter rust and SUP the Lower Trancura on January 11th, 2017.
If you find yourself in Pucón, I highly recommend you stop by Kayak Chile, which is off of the main stretch (O’Higgins Street) and talk to Ben May. Ben is one of the authors for the guidebook Whitewater Chile, and is definitely the go-to guy for beta and the latest intel on the water (no cfs gauges in Chile). I bought his guidebook and am very pleased with it.