One of the most intimate ways to get to know a region is by exploring its tranquil and pristine rivers and lakes by kayak. This activity takes place in the lakes surrounding the village of Futaleufu (Lonconao Lake and Espolón Lake) and is ideal for explorers from novice to expert. We use a trimmed down version of the traditional expedition sea kayak that is specifically modified and designed for day excursions and this, combined with the experience of our guides will make your trip a safe and memorable one.

Touring kayaks allow our guests to explore and appreciate the profound nature and immensity of the landscapes found in Northern Patagonia. On many of our trips, we actually follow routes used by the first pioneers and settlers of the region (during an era before trails and roads) that wind through the Espolon, Blanco and Ceniza river valleys.

With the touring kayak, our guests are provided a unique and personalized experience of the landscapes and cultures of the region. We combine each of our kayak trips with other activities like trekking and horseback riding which allows us to fully explore the terrain and give visitors a taste of the current life in Patagonia in addition to exposure to its customs and traditions through contact with the original families that first explored and settled the region.

Our trips are staffed with experienced ACA (American Canoe Association) guides who have additional training in Wilderness First Aid and are thoroughly familiar with the region. Orígenes Patagonia is dedicated to providing all of our patrons with a personalized, logistically smooth and safe trip, so that our guests can stay focused on the environs and depart with a beautiful memory and hopefully transcendental experience.

Lago Lonconao


Lago Lonconao offers a great introduction to the sport of kayak touring and is one of the most scenic and iconic lakes in the Futaleufu Valley.

Located five miles (8 km) distant from the town of Futaleufú, and nestled in the center of the Northern Andes mountain range, Lake Lonconao is ideal for beginners and experts alike. The lake itself is about three miles (5 km) long by .75 miles wide (1 km) and is the right place to start for an introduction to the sport.

After a brief safety talk, geographical orientation and on-water training our certified guides will accompany you on an exploration of this tranquil lake, with stunning mountain views and unique flora and fauna.

This is an introductory trip and after completing it you will be in good stead to embark on some of our more advanced wilderness trips into the interior of Northern Patagonia.

  • Be over 18 years of age. (From the age of 16 you can participate with the written authorization of your parents or guardian.)
  • Know how to swim.
  • Be in sound physical and mental condition to undertake the trip.
  • Strictly adhere to the instructions and safety decisions of the guide in charge.
  • Read and sign the release of responsibilities liability waiver.
  • A long-sleeved shirt (ideal if it is made of polypropylene or similar), to be worn under a Farmer John type neoprene suit.
  • Sunscreen for hands and face, sunglasses and hat for sun protection. (The hat should be secure so that make it won’t blow away easily in the wind. Also secure your glasses with croakies or similar.)
  • Mosquito repellent.
  • Towel and a change of clothes.
  • Bottle of water.
Price per person:

$ 60.000 CLP

* CLP «Chilean Pesos»
* Special prices for groups of 4 people or more, inquire over email or in our excursion office.

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Lago Espolón


Lago Espolon is located approximately 5 miles (8 km) from the village of Futaleufu along the Chile-Argentina frontier. The lake is characterized by its elongated shape, due to its glacial origins, and its intense turquois color.

The main tributaries of this 15-kilometer-long lake are the Espolón and Blanco rivers along with the smaller Ceniza river.

Surrounded by imposing snow-capped mountains, Lago Espolon is an ideal destination for nature lovers and paddlers who want to experience an authentic adventure.

Traversing Lake Espolón by kayak will be a truly memorable experience! Amazing landscapes encompass the lake, from the towering snow-capped Cerro Teta to lush evergreen Cohiue forests that populate its shoreline all the way up to the snow-line. Above the Cohiues are forests of deciduous Lenga trees that turn an intense red during the months of Autumn. And during the Spring, visitors are greeted by the intense colors of the Wild Lupins and vivid yellow Scotch Broom that dots the coastline.

In addition to the spectacular flora, a rich fauna thrives along the lake’s shores; such as geese, kingfishers, and wild ducks… However, the most fundamental ingredient of the expedition, is an encounter with the original settlers of the region and the magical and awe-inspiring stories that that they tell. They will make you fall in love with the region and dream of returning again and again.

  • Be over 18 years of age. (From the age of 16 you can participate with the written authorization of your parents or guardian.)
  • Know how to swim.
  • Be in sound physical and mental condition to undertake the trip.
  • Strictly adhere to the instructions and safety decisions of the guide in charge.
  • Read and sign the release of responsibilities liability waiver.
  • A long-sleeved shirt (ideal if it is made of polypropylene or similar), to be worn under a Farmer John type neoprene suit.
  • Sunscreen for hands and face, sunglasses and hat for sun protection. (The hat should be secure so that make it won’t blow away easily in the wind. Also secure your glasses with croakies or similar).
  • Mosquito repellent.
  • Towel and a change of clothes.
  • Bottle of water.
Price per person

$ 90.000 CLP

* CLP «Chilean Pesos»
* Special prices for groups of 4 people or more, inquire over email or in our excursion office.

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Included


    • Bilingual guides that are certified in:
      Wilderness first aid, rescue, and have local knowledge of the region.
    • Technical equipment of the activity (touring kayak, paddle, skirt, bottle of water)
    • Personal technical equipment (life jackets, wetsuit, neoprene shoes, windbreaker)
    • Transportation (round trip to Futaleufú)
    • Support logistics (boat, radio equipment)
    • Accident insurance
    • Snack / lunch in farmhouse

Not Included


    • All transportation, food and hotels en route before and after the trip. Alcohol in the meals of the trip. Video and Photography Service.
    • Once you are on an Orígenes Patagonia trip, you should not incur additional expenses.
  • Extra:
    • If you want to add other trips before or after this trip, we can organize exactly what you want.

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