Vertiginous sport practiced in several rivers of Neuquén
province. Without a doubt one of the best is Aluminé river.
Its great flow becomes from streams and rivers that end in
it as Nahuel Mapi, Quillén and others.
This river is born in Moquehue and Aluminé lakes. Its basin is
surrounded by green fertile valleys.
The sectors of the rivers differ according to its difficulty
Six grades exist:
where to fall to the water is difficult.
with children and the whole family.
beginners. The currents are quicker and can be practiced
with the whole family.
The surf are
Intermediate, with irregular surf, stronger rapids and
allowed to children bigger than 7 years.
Advanced, with big slopes, rocks and quick
currents.Advisable to children bigger than 16 years.
For Experts of the topic, with great quantity of
difficulties, irregular and quick currents.
necessary to know safe-deposit and manage all the
elements and technical of rescue.
High danger. It's not advisable its sailing.
Aluminé river is divided in four sections from north to
south, according to its characteristic and difficulty grade.
The first section begins in Lonco Luan where the stream of the
same name connects with the Aluminé river. Its journey is
approximately 15 kilometers concluding in del Castrón
Island, skirted by the beauty of the landscape and ñires and
The difficulty grade is III and IV that of more demand along
the river. The journey can be carried out only between
spring and January, because the flow diminishes in winter
making impossible its sailing in some sectors. However, to
practice kayak doesn't exist restrictions. Some well-known
rapids are Escoda, Cheuquellan, El cañadón and Waikiki.
The second section goes from del Castrón Island to the
beginning of Abra Ancha Circuit, some kilometers to the
south of Aluminé city. This journey is more than 30
kilometers oscillating between the grades I and II. Due to
its scarce difficulty it can be carried out family floated
(Floating) and fishing in places where deep pools are
A characteristic of this section is that can be carried out
rafting and kayak in any time of the year.
The third section begins in Abra Ancha Circuit. The journey is
about 6 kilometers with difficulty grades II and III. This
section is spectacular beauty, example of this is Cañadón
del Ciprés being able to practiced rafting during the whole
Finally the fourth and last section is from Abra Ancha until
the fork of Aluminé river with Chimehuín river where Collón
Curá river is born. This sector is width and depth and
capable for kayak in grades I and II, as well as for the
fishing in whose time is forbidden to practice rafting.
Finally it's indispensable to mention the necessity to respect
the regulations and safe-deposit conditions. The craft
should be enabled by Naval Prefecture for what it will have
all the necessary safe-deposit elements. Among these are
headphones, vests lifeboat, cables, short oars for each one
of the crew, shoes and as much as possible wet suits,
insulating of the cold. Also must be among the crew a Guide
that will use the central oars and will be in charge of
carrying out the maneuvers and stocks that require a