WHY CHOOSE KO’KAYAK?

Safety first

In our specialties, the gear used, is part of safety and fun for our guests. Can you imagine a multiday kayaking  expedition in an old kayak with no rudder or a broken seatin system? A raft trip with a couple of stops on the way to pump up the thwarts? I guess no and nor do we.  That is why we use the best brands and models available. Our AIRE rafts and Wilderness Systems sea kayaks are made in the USA and we renew all  our gear periodically.

 

Quality of our services

The priority; ensure, safety and quality in our service, Our objective, is that once you sign in any of our excursions, you will say it was your best experience in your stay in Chile.

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Office in Puerto Varas and Base in Ensenada

End of 2004, we built a a shed for our gear, and offices at the foothills of Calbuco and Osorno Volcanoes, we are footsteps away from Llanquihue Lake, and 10 minutes from the petrohué River and Todos los Santos Lake.
Ensenada is set in a privileged location for outdoor activities in the south of Chile. We have at your disposal all of our facilities with Restaurant, bathrooms, changing rooms, parking and camping facilities.  Come visit and have a cup of coffee in front of the Volcanoes. Our Office, located downtown Puerto Varas,  (San Pedro 311), is a good source of information and the best way to plan your days around. We also rent gear at both our locations.

OUR TEAM

In the beginning, two French guides, in love with Patagonia, decided to stay in this beautiful country.
Today, Ko’KayaK is a multidisciplinary team, with 80% of the staff from Chile.
All of our guides are qualified in wilderness First Aid and Swift Water Rescue (www.iria.org) .

We all speak a minimum of two languages.

Richard Carrier
Richard CarrierTrip-Leader
El Flako,  Co-founder of Ko’KayaK with fellow Ludo Champailler he is still out on the water. Living in Southern Chile since 1998 he has always been around Puerto Varas area. You will find him steering your raft, guiding a Pumalin trip or teaching whitewater skills to young(er) ones. He has been paddling any kind of craft in many countries. One of his most memorable one was to row a wooden Dory down the Grand Canyon of the Colorado. He speaks English, Spanish, Italian with a particular (not according to him) french accent.
Joaquin Quintana
Joaquin QuintanaRafting y Kayak de mar
El más joven del equipo pero ya con una larga trayectoria. Ha trabajado como guia de rafting en Italia y Estados Unidos, Joaco les sorprendera por su gentileza y su talento detrás del remo pero tambien en la cocina. Vegetariano convencido es un excelente guía que quieren con Uds ya sea por medio dia tanto como para 6 días en Pumalin.  
Michelle Blackwell
Michelle BlackwellSenior Guide
Michellle showed up on the Futaleufu from Australia 3 years ago and since then she has been coming back every summer to kayak and raft with us. She is a very experienced sea kayaker guide (for trips to up to 20 days) and has been part of the Oz rafting team in 3 world cups. She speaks Spanish and Australian and we are working on the english…
 
Francisco Madsen
Francisco MadsenRafting y Kayak
Un guía de rafting excelente y con muy buenos tratos con la gente Xisco Disco es la persona que quieren tener en su balsa para después seguir la conversación en un asado. Entrenador de ski y con muchos talentos en actividades outdoor trabaja con nosotros desde hace 3 temporadas.
 
Jose Alvarez
Jose AlvarezSenior Guide
A native and  local legend, Pepe Montt as everybody knows him has more than 18 years of guiding under his belt. He is a rafting guide instructor, SAR member, carpinter and an avid outdoor person. He works as a raft guide all other the panet and comes back every summer to spend time with his family in Puerto Varas and Puerto Montt..
Joaquin  Hermosilla
Joaquin HermosillaOffice
From Concepcion Chile Joaquin has been with us for 4 years and is the person who will answer your email or meet you at your hotel. One of the most important member of the team he makes sure the logistics work and spend the rest of his time posting lies on facebook.
Mario Gallardo
Mario Gallardo
Native from Ensenada Don Choko is the most important member of the team on each trip as he is supposed to pick us up at the end of the river… Has been working with Ko’KayaK  for 9 years now.