Lower Canyon Float:
This float is relatively new, having recently been opened up as a result of the expansion of the “Carretera Austral” or “Southern Highway.” The float begins about 25 kilometers down river to the west of the lodge 30 minutes away. Here the river delves into the lush coastal rainforest with even more rugged granite canyons and spectacular glaciated mountain terrain. Along the way to the put-in we pass by Villa Amengual, a quaint rural village of about 200 inhabitants and our closest link to civilization. The river gets big down here and flows several miles away from the road and, due to the fact that there is a tricky class IV rapid to be negotiated, we will only undertake this float when the water flow conditions are favorable. We choose not to chance making this float when the water conditions are too high and, for safety reasons, we will only operate this float as a two boat trip. We cannot guarantee it will be an option for everyone during their stay, but it is typically possible most of the season. It is hard to imagine a more spectacular float in Chile, or anywhere else in the world for that matter and we are the only outfitter who does this trip. The river is big, the mountains are big, the forest is lush and primeval and, although the typical brown trout and rainbows are not overly large, we have seen some truly monster browns come out of the depths on nearly every trip, especially in the deep canyon sections along the rock walls. We believe it is only a matter of time before someone lands a 30+ inch fish down there. It is challenging fishing, often throwing large weighted flies on heavy sinking lines, but there is the very real possibility of catching, or at least getting a glimpse of, that brown trout of a lifetime.