On the way South we stopped to paddle the roadside section of the Rio Bravo which includes 3 beautiful and entertaining canyons. To access the river above the first canyon we put on a small roadside lake, with the most stunning mountain reflection, just before the road veers south again about 30km after the ferry crossing from Puerto Yungay. We then scrambled through some bog, paddled across another reedy pond, a little more bog down a dry stream bed and then through the trees to the river all the time being pursued by giant horseflies. The first canyon is super fun read and run with pushy waves and the odd hole. If you find this a challenge it is worth taking out when you encounter the road before entering the second canyon where things get a bit more serious.
The Perez requires a 4x4 to access the put-in and we were a little doubtful if the good old Subey would make it so decided to hoof it. 7-8km later we collapsed on the shore of the stunning lake source (a potential access point for anyone interested in running the entire Rio Bravo), after a short rest we put on and headed straight to the action…the first drop is immediately as the river drains out of the lake. Sebastian and I were a little nervous of the hole at the bottom and walked, regretting it after as this is pretty much all there is above the portage. Lee styled it and Rory learnt that he should take a stroke to clear the hole after landing one of his specialty giant boofs. The huge 20m cascade I believe is still awaiting a descent and I for one definitely didn’t fancy it. After the portage there are a couple of fun drops before the final double-ledge which has a narrow landing at the bottom between a rock shelf and the right wall. Again Lee was on form with the best line of the day, Rory and I ended up a bit far right and got bashes on the elbow as a result. From there it was a float down to the bridge and a short jog to retrieve the car.
The next day involved a 6+hrs rescue mission to retrieve the boats and we got to play with pulleys, z-drags and everything to haul them up over 200m of near-vertical canyon. By this point we were quite tired of epic missions in Patagonia and decided to leave the Mosco for a more enthusiastic group/later trip and start heading North again. Repeat runs on the Bravo and Baker got us our adrenaline fixes again and we started following the Carretera Austral north for new rivers that we had missed by coming south through Argentina. A few were too low to be worth it and we got denied by the guardabosques (park rangers) for the Ventisqueros, but we did find a number of good things to paddle starting with the Rio Exploradores.