South of Santiago, Chile, there’s a paradise. With glass-clear waters and multiple waterfalls, the scenery of Rio Claro is a waterway Eden. But whilst it might look idyllic, it’s a kayaker’s heaven because of it’s fantastic waterways.
The Chilean river literally translates to ‘clear river’ and by looking at pictures one completely understands the name. And whilst the trail is open to everyone, only experienced to advanced kayakers are recommended to take on the route filled with countless tazas.
The tazas, translating as teacups, are the waterfalls. There are over 22 waterfalls in one particular part of the Rio Claro, known as Veinty Dos Tazas. With continual drops it’s a kayaker dream; but juxtaposed with the adrenaline drops is the serenity that staring into the clear water gives. It really does have the best of both worlds!
Dane Jackson, known for his incredible kayaking abilities, fearlessness and pink kayak has stated that the water playground is the most beautiful, and holds some of his favourite runs. If you watch his YouTube video of his experience of the river it’s clear to see why he loves the Chilean river journey.
Whilst it’s Chile’s best-kept secret, I’ve got a feeling that as soon as travelling freely becomes normality once more, Rio Claro will be flooded with people. But as the majority of waterways are incredibly narrow it means that only kayakers are able to discover all of its beauty. I best buy a kayak soon!