Wednesday, October 22, 2014


Refreshing fun!

The perfect combination between adrenaline and fun is what you will experiement while doing white water rafting at one of the most important rivers in the Nahuel Huapi National Park.

Known as Manso River (Gentel / Meek river), it is one of the most chosen sites for fly fishing and practicing water sports such as rafting and kayaking.

Now making honor to its name, some of it's many turns generate unbelievable paradise beaches with such clam waters that even seem not to be moving at all. These are some of the parts where you will be able to relax and even jump into the water if you dare!

However, you must not be taken in by appearances as the rapids may suddenly apear, changing everything from calm, relaxing and peaceful feelings to screams, laughters and lots of fun while you float through narrow cañons where current gets faster and turbulent.

Now, speaking of the service of this adventure tour, you may choose between two options depending on your level of adrenaline tolerance and your age or people you are travelling with (group composition), as there are two different level type raftings.

If you are travelling with your family (with kids mainly) I suggest you doing level 2 type, recomended for those little ones from 5 years on.

Level 2 program:

(Manso Inferior)

You will get picked up from your hotel at 10.00 am to set off from Bariloche down South, taking road 40 and skirtting lakes Gutierrez,  Mascardi and Gullelmo. Almost half way to El Bolson, you will leave the comfort of this paved road, taking a gravel road to the magical lake Steffen, hidden between mountains and forest.

Once we are finally there, aproximatelly at 12.00 pm, while the guides start setting up all the equipment, you will start dressing up with the wetsuit provided.  After this and listening to all the saftey instructions given by the head-guide, you will be ready to hop on the raft and start the fun down the river.


Sorrounded by mountains and exuberant native forest vegetation, you will appreciate  some of the most represnative trees of the Andean Forest flora, such as: coihue, ciprés, arrayán, maitén, radal, caña colihue, chilco, etc. You may also observe birds such as: martín pescador, bandurria, avutarda and tero. The Manso's crystal waters even permit to see some trouts! 

After navigating for nearly an hour and a half, you will stop at a lovely sandy beach to enjoy the view while the guides prepare the lunch service. A table displayed and set with different types of cold cuts, dressings, breads, vegetables, fruits, juice and something sweet will allow you to serve yourself and prepare a deliciuos meal.

After the lunch break, at 3.00 pm, you will get back to the raft to navigate through some of the most exciting rapids of the Manso Inferior, know as Uvasal, Banda Militar, Diente de Hipopotamo, montaña Rusa y Roca Magnitica. All level 2 type.

Once we get to our final stop to descend from the raft, after changing your clothes and having something to drink, the van will be waitting for you to beggin the journey back, arriving to Bariloche at aprox. 7.00 pm.

Includes: Trasportation from Hotel, wetsuit and security equipment, lunch and beverage. 

What to bring: Bring comfortable footwear and clothing. Towel. Sunscreen. Waterproof jacket – windbreaker. Also a change of clothes and an extra pair of shoes.

Outings: Daily in summer. During spring must ask before.

Time with transfer pick up: 10.00am to 07.00pm

Level 4 program:

(To the limit with Chile)

After picking everyone up at 9.00 am, you will travel down south through road 40 for more than an hour to the south limit of Nahuel Huapi National Park. Taking a gravel road from here on, you will skirt the Manso river till you get to the Estancia John.

Once you enjoy a hot drink at the river coast, you will put on your wetsuit and after listening to all the saftey instructions given by the head-guide, you will be ready to descend through the last part of Manso River before it crosses to Chilenean territory.

During the first part of the navigation, the tranquility of the river waters allow us to observe waterfalls descending from the highlands of the sorrounding mountains and some of the most incredible white sandy beaches. You may jump to the water if you wish!

Further on, the river suddenly begins to turn more impetuous. This is when the real fun starts! Putting yourselfs up to some difficult water obstacles, the team work will be the only way to keep you all in the raft, avoiding you from falling into the water.  However, falling into the water is a must do experience!

Narrow canyons and fast rapids combined with dense rainforest vegetation will leave you breathless. 

Once you get to the limit with Chile, the navigation will finalize. You will descend from the raft to chill out and relax a bit. A small hike here is requiered to transport the equipment as a group to the place where the van will be waiting for you to start the way back to the Estancia John.

At the Estancia, you will be able to enjoy some delicious home made dishes such as asado, pastas, sandwiches or vegeterian options. THE FOOD IS NOT INCLUDED IN TOUR PRICE!
You may also take your lunch box.

After enjoying a lovely lunch souround by forest and mountains at the Estancia, you will then start the journey back to Bariloche, arriving at 7.00 pm aprox.

Includes: Trasportation from Hotel, wetsuit and security equipment, lunch and beverage. 

What to bring: Bring comfortable footwear and clothing, towel, sunscreen, waterproof jacket – windbreaker. Also a change of clothes and an extra pair of shoes. Passport or ID is necessary (as you will be at a border zone).

Outings: Daily in summer. During spring, available on Tuesdays, Thursday and Saturdays.

Time with transfer pick up: 09.00am to 07.00pm

What are you waiting for? Get in contact with me right away to hire this and many other tour options to enjoy your visit to Bariloche! E-mail me to or visit me at Bariloche Select Travel, located on Villegas St. 237 (downtown).  

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