Patagonia Chile Adventure

DEC 3 – DEC 16, 2023

Join us for an exciting trip to South America to learn and explore the rivers of Chile!

Adventure – CMC Patagonia makes adventure exploration and learning an integral part of the academic experience. Students bond and build confidence as they learn exciting whitewater and expedition skills and earn certifications employers seek. Base is right on the Rio Trancura giving outlets to activities like swimming, fly fishing, or practicing your kayak eskimo roll. Did we mention adventure classes are collaborative with Chilean students from Pucón’s Universidad de la Frontera (UFRO)?

Classes – SUS-2001-SB08, Issues of Sustainability (3 credits) and OUT-1330-SB03, River Orientation (2 credits).
Classes must be taken concurrently.

Overview – We will explore various aspects of rivers, water, and local communities related to sustainable issues, economic viability and dependency on healthy rivers, and threats of dams & their impact on local/regional communities.

Includes interactions with local families & entities as well as learning river skills associated with packrafting to both explore local rivers and access remote areas that may be impacted by development.

Program – The program ties together the courses, adventures, internships and community benefits. Each component considers the sustainability impacts upon individuals, communities, and the environment.

This adventure was designed to give sustainable eco-tourism success perspectives in protecting rivers and connecting with Chilean communities.


  • “Puelo Libre” Students plan a multi-day Patagonia packraft expedition from Argentina border.
  • Riverside lodging at Pucón Kayak Retreat. Wanna fly fish or kayak after class?
  • CMC partnered with Universidad de la Frontera to co-lead adventures. Think about the friends you’ll make.
  • Rivers of Life Tour visits five rivers threatened to be dammed.

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Trip Leaders

Saunders, John, Ph.D.

John Saunders, Ph.D.

Professor, Wilderness Studies
Affiliated Faculty, Sustainability Studies

970-870-4441 |

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Gallo, Nicky

Nicky Gallo

Adjunct Faculty, Outdoor Education

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Hughes, David

David Hughes

Adjunct Faculty, Outdoor Recreation
828-788-5135 |

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Jost, Matthew

Matthew Jost, M.A.

Assistant Dean of Instruction
970-870-4527 |

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