Kayaking in South America

Carved up by some of the most majestic rivers and lakes in the world, along with its epic coastline, South America offers an unforgettable kayaking experience.

Take a gentle paddle around the perimeter of one of the Galapagos islets or perhaps ride the waves of Futaleufú River in northern Patagonia – if you are in South America, exploring some of its waterways in a kayak should definitely be on your to-do list. Gliding down the Amazon with the cheerful chirps of the rainforest in the air will grant you a whole new appreciation of this unique ecosystem. Spend an hour on the water or several days; no matter what course you choose to take, kayaking in South America is both versatile and incredibly rewarding.

Perhaps one of the most important and iconic bodies of water in South America, Lake Titicaca – which straddles Peru and Bolivia – makes for an unforgettable setting to enjoy a kayaking tour.– Make your way across this mystical water to the fascinating floating islands of Uros, appreciating the local flora and fauna as you go. Or, for even more exotic surroundings, visit the Costa Verde in Brazil, Ilha Grande being a particular highlight of the region.

When kayaking the Amazon you may be lucky enough to be greeted by a playful Pink River Dolphin or perhaps spot a Giant River Otter busying itself on the banks. Meanwhile, if you are on tour in Patagonia not only can you expect to see the odd Sea Lion but also discover gems such as the Marble Cathedral on Lago General Carrera, only accessible by kayak – it’s a real treat. The experienced kayaker won’t be able to resist the challenges of Colombia’s mighty Samana River, but don’t panic if it is your first time in the hot seat; there are still plenty of options. Perhaps make your way to one of Uruguay’s calm lagoons; Laguna del Sauce is within easy reach of the glamorous city of Punta del Este and the perfect place to get to grips with a paddle come summer. Once you have mastered the technique, no doubt you will be planning your next trip, ready to tackle some of South America’s more exhilarating rapids.

Kayaking in South America Highlights:
  • Float along the azure, glacier-fed waters of the Futaleufú River, Lake District, Chile
  • Absorb the serenity and magic of Lake Titicaca, Peru and Bolivia
  • Wildlife-watch along the coastline of the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
  • Keep an eye out for beguiling species of the Amazon in the Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve, Ecuador
  • Take in the breathtaking jungle scenery while kayaking on the Samana River, Colombia
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