Rafting the Río Manso

Get ready for some rafting
Most people know Argentina's Lake District as a place to come for winter sports like skiing or for summer water activities on Lago Nahuel Huapi. But beyond the unspoiled wilderness and stunning royal blue lakes, there's also some great river rafting. The Manso River, in fact, is an epic waterway that snakes through the Andes, running between Argentine and Chilean Patagonia. Not only does the Manso feature beautiful turquoise and jade waters, but its many rapids offer an adrenaline rush perfect for a rafting excursion.

The adventure begins at John's Camp, which is located down Route 40 from the city of Bariloche at the edge of Nahuel Huapi National Park. John's is more than a simple campground, too; more than 50 years of work are reflected in this stunning property, from the main house to the beautiful garden abounding with flowers and trees, all of it surrounded by an unobscured view of Mt. Bastion. After a light breakfast of coffee and croissants, the group will change into wetsuits. Then, after a safety talk from the head guide, it will be time to embark down the Río Manso.

The initial stretch of river cuts through a canyon, and it's challenging but beautiful as well. There's fertile vegetation on the riverbanks and some of the best whitewater in the region stretching out in front of you. The rapids are class III and IV, so be prepared to get wet. Even the mere names of the rapids evoke excitement and adventure: Ozone Hole, Shout and Turn, Little Toboggan, and Scrambled Egg are some of the sections you'll brave before pulling up to the riverbank at the Chilean border to enjoy a bit of lunch. Afterward, it will be time to transfer back to Bariloche.

Itineraries with Rafting the Río Manso

Family Adventure in Patagonia: Buenos Aires & Bariloche - 7 Days

Discover Argentina's best family-friendly highlights on this weeklong itinerary. Begin with a walking tour of metropolitan Buenos Aires, visiting the city's most famous sites in an interactive setting. Next, you're off to the Lake District and the famous alpine city of Bariloche, where you'll enjoy kayaking, hiking, and whitewater rafting down the Río Manso. Finally, return to the capital city for one more day of food and fun.