Rafting the Chilean Maipo River

Santiago, Chile

Trip Length: 1 Day
Group Size: 1-8
From: 134 USD
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Chile's white water rafting is sure to give you the thrills and chills you're looking for!

Get out of the city and embark on an epic rafting adventure, hurtling down the churning rapids of the Maipo River while surrounded by the towering peaks of the Andes.





  • Admire the unreal natural landscapes of Andes Mountains and Maipo River.
  • Embark on an adrenaline-pumping rafting experience with class III rapids.
  • Enjoy a tasty lunch with epic scenery, along with incredible company.


Rafting at Cajón del Maipo

Cajón del Maipo, Central Andes

Are you ready for a day of raging rapids and picturesque views? In the morning, we'll pick you up from your hotel in Santiago and head out of the city across the Maipo Valley and towards the Andes Mountains. It's surprising how quickly the big city turns into a quaint countryside.

Arriving at our river base, we'll meet our expert guides who will provide all the necessary rafting gear (wet suit, helmet, paddle and life jacket) and go over the technical and safety instructions with us. The Maipo River, flowing between steep canyon gorges and cutting through the heart of the Andes Mountains, is a class 3 and 4 river and therefore is suitable for both first-timers and experienced rafters.

We’ll splash down the river valley for approximately 16 km and enjoy the rapids and spectacular Andean scenery before arriving at San Jose de Maipo, where we’ll drive back to base. Between March and September, we'll raft to El Melocoton, 9 km downstream from the start point. In both cases, the rafting lasts around one hour.

After finishing the adventure, we’ll enjoy a tasty lunch and have the opportunity to relax in a large swimming pool with panoramic mountain views or participate in a short, scenic hike. Afterwards we'll head back to Santiago.



  • Transportation with a Spanish speaking driver from your hotel in Santiago and back. As the transfer is not private, others doing excursions will join you on the drive. If there are less than 4 people, you will travel in a 4 seat vehicle or pick-up truck.
  • English speaking specialist guide
  • Lunch
  • Rafting gear: Life jacket, wind-protective vest, wetsuit and helmet

Not included

  • Voluntary tipping to guides and staff
  • Insurance (it’s mandatory to purchase appropriate insurance for this trip)
  • Personal items



Departures are available every day on request.

If the minimum of 4 passengers is not met, additional costs will apply for the missing spots.

Starting / finishing points

The trip starts at your hotel in Santiago at 9 AM and finishes at your hotel at approximately 5 PM.

Physical demands

No rafting experience is required, but you must be physically fit and able to swim.

Guiding staff 

Guide to client ratio: 1:6


We use comfortable vans or cars for the activities and transfers.


Central Chile is mild and temperate. The warmest months are November to February when temperatures reach 29ºC (84ºF). June to August are the coolest months with temperatures as low as 10ºC (50ºF).​

What you need to bring

  • Sandals or tennis shoes (use wool socks in winter)
  • Bathing suit
  • Sunblock and lip balm
  • Towel
  • The equipment supplied by Cascada will be a wet suit, life jacket, paddle jacket and helmet. If you would like anything additional to this equipment, please bring it yourself.


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Somos un operador de turismo aventura chileno, con sede en Santiago de Chile. Operamos tours de aventura en Chile, Argentina y Bolivia. Nuestros precios base están en pesos chilenos (CLP), pero cobramos en dólares americanos (USD) según el tipo de cambio válido el día del pago.

Destinations | Chile

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