Paddle Patagonia

About Us

Our Team

Julian and I dreamed up the idea of Paddle Patagonia in 2010 when we decided to move to Patagonia (almost) full-time. We had both been working in the whitewater industry for many years. Julian guiding and instructing and me managing offices and running logistics - we figured we were the perfect combination of skills for creating our own adventure business!

We bought some land outside of Julian’s hometown of El Bolsón, imported some whitewater kayaks and canoes and starting exploring the local rivers to create unique paddling adventures. As our family expanded so did our business and we now offer mountain biking and multi-sport adventures. We have forged some great partnerships with local accommodations and outfitters and we now work with several groups annually who use us as their in-country trip specialists.

The uniqueness of our trips is based heavily on local expertise and connections. We aim to give you, our guest, an authentic Patagonian experience in our little region of Argentina, something that might be hard to find on your own. We hope you’ll trust us with your next holiday adventure.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Katie & Julián

About The Area

El Bolsón, Argentina

El Bolsón is Paddle Patagonia’s home base. It is a small town located in the province of Rio Negro about 1800km south of Buenos Aires. You can take a bus (about 22 hours but very comfortable) or you can fly into San Carlos de Bariloche (BRC), then travel by land the 120km south to El Bolsón.

“El Bolsón” literally translates as “the big bag,” which is certainly not the most poetic name, but comes from the fact that El Bolsón is located in a valley between several mountains. This “bag” nestled in the mountains has an unusual microclimate for being so far south. The region produces 75% of the country’s hops and an enormous amount of organic fruits, vegetables and honey. I have never eaten more perfect and delicious strawberries in my life! On top of it all, locally produced cheeses, smoked trout, regional chocolate, jams and preserves make this place a foodlovers dream.

The town is towered over by “Piltriquitron” mountain (2,284m) whose Mapuche name translates as a mountain “hanging from the clouds.” Across the valley to the east are many beautiful mountain peaks that offer a variety of moderate to challenging hikes.

Throughout the year El Bolsón hosts the famous “Feria Artesanal” or local artisan craft and food fair. Tourists from all over the country flock to El Bolsón to enjoy the market with over 300 stalls to explore! Artists sell everything from sculpted wooden cutting boards, and handmade mate gourds to jewelry, instruments and pottery.

Aside from the market, a visit to El Bolsón should include the sampling of one or more of the many local micro-breweries and of course the ice cream shops!

Bolson- RioNegro - Argentina

The town is towered over by “Piltriquitron” mountain (2,284m) whose Mapuche name translates as a mountain “hanging from the clouds.” Across the valley to the east are many beautiful mountain peaks that offer a variety of moderate to challenging hikes.

Throughout the summer El Bolsón hosts the “Feria Artesanal” or local artisan craft and food fair. Tourists from all over the country flock to El Bolsón to enjoy the market with over 300 stalls to explore! Artists sell everything from sculpted wooden cutting boards, and handmade mate gourds to jewelry, instruments and pottery.

San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina

San Carlos de Bariloche

San Carlos de Bariloche is the “gateway city” to Patagonia, situated on the foothills of the Andes, surrounded by lakes (Nahuel Huapi, Gutiérrez Lake, Moreno Lake and Mascardi Lake) and mountains (Tronador, Cerro Catedral, Cerro López). It is famous for skiing but also great for sight-seeing, water sports, trekking and climbing. Another claim to fame is its Swiss-like atmosphere and its chocolate boutiques.

Futaleufú, Chile



The town of Futaleufú, Chile is close to the Argentine border and has a population of about 2,000. The main income for the community is fly fishing, white water rafting, and tourism.

The Futaleufú River is a river fed by the lakes in the Los Alerces National Park in Chubut Province, Argentina, crossing the Andes Mountains and the international border into Chile and opening into the Yelcho Lake.