Dos Rocas Dos Hoyos

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Quick Facts

  • Class: III+
  • Type: Drop Pool
  • Length: 75 meters (250 feet)
  • Alternate Names: Ojo Negro, Black Eye, Pudu, Two Rocks Two Holes
  • Previous Rapid: Mundaca
  • Next Rapid: Puma
  • Interactive Map: Futaleufu River Valley
  • River Section: Lower Futaleufu, Bridge-to-Bridge


A detailed sketch illustrating the key kayak lines of Dos Rocas Dos Hoyos
A detailed sketch illustrating the key kayak lines of Dos Rocas Dos Hoyos

Above Dos Rocas Dos Hoyos (Two Rocks Two Holes) the river turns slightly to the right. On river-left there are two protruding outsized rocks (Dos Rocas). To the right of the rocks are two hazardous ledge-holes that extend to mid-river (Dos Hoyos). Up-top, on river-right, is a ledge that forms a third hazardous hole and playwave called Tres Equis (Triple X). There is a gentle v-tongue that forms on the center-right between the ledges-holes located on each side of the river.

High and Low Water

At high water the Dos Rocas can be covered creating two dangerous pour-overs. At low water levels channels develop between the rocks making for a small technical rock garden of sorts.


Boat scout from the center of the river or scout from shore on river-right.


Dos Rocas Dos Hoyas from below.
Dos Rocas Dos Hoyas from below.

Stay clear of the Dos Hoyos ledge holes at river center, especially the second one. The hole on river-right, that forms Tres Equis, can be hazardous as well.


Play Opportunities

There is a playwave called Tres Equis that forms next to the ledge-hole on river-right. A certain levels it has eddy service but most of the time you will need to catch it on-the-fly.

Where to Swim

Swim to the right away from the two central ledge-holes. There is a large eddy on river-right before the next rapid to pick up the pieces.

Where to Rescue

If a swim occurs on this rapid it will probably be the result of the two central wave-holes. Rescue kayakers should position themselves with this scenario in mind.

Avoiding the rocks and holes on the left.
Avoiding the rocks and holes on the left.

Running the Rapid

Take the v-tongue river-right-center between the ledges and ride the wavetrain to the bottom. Actively paddle to avoid the Dos Hoyos ledges, but if you are on-line comfortably in the v-tongue, there should be no problem. At low water there are routes between the two rocks on river-left.

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