After spending the last few days camping we rolled into the town of San Fabian and created a base camp at Cabanas Miraflores. This family run paradise was just what we needed. A relaxing pool side patio, grilling pavilion, and cold fridge to cool our tasty beverages would be our home for the next 2 nights while we explored the sections of the Rio Nuble. Again our trip charged into some more unique Chilean whitewater and some longer days on the water. With the days being incredibly hot and the sunshine nuclear it became mandatory to be on the river during the heat of the day.
The Rio Nuble is a classic Chilean river with more volume than most rivers. It is for this reason hydroelectric development threatens this great section of whitewater.
The Rio Nuble is a fantastic read and run, big volume, pool-drop, class III-IV river. With over 40km of whitewater, which can be segmented into 3 sections, the Rio Nuble gives the ability to pick and choose what sections you want to paddle and how much you want to paddle on a daily basis. It always has water even in a low water summer and if you choose you can also head upstream to check out the main tributary Rio Los Sauces.
At this point of our trip vacation mode had truly taken over! As I gazed around the resort style base camp I could see nothing but smiles and absolutely no stress or thoughts other than the moment of peace and quiet and time in the epic scenery of Chile.
We also had the opportunity to talk with a few of the local paddlers who were very excited to check out all our gear and new boats as the paddle community of the Rio Nuble is lacking the equipment required to get more youth on the water. We managed to organize a few items of our extras, which will allow another 2-3 paddlers to get more time in a kayak.
Stay tuned to follow the adventures of team Whitewater Chile as we continue to move south and paddle….
For more info on the River of Chile check out www.whitewaterchile.com and find the guidebook ‘Whitewater Chile’.