Patagonia is renowned for its crystal clear lakes and rivers as well as dramatic mountain scenery. We base our adventure from our luxury lodge on the banks of the Rio Futaleufu. You will have the opportunity to learn from world class instructors on the magnificent Lago Espalon, a short drive from our camp. From your basic strokes and eskimo rolls, to river running techniques we will cover all you need to know whatever your level of experience. With plenty of white sandy beaches along the Rio Espalon and Rio Azul you will be in your own little piece of paradise. And if that isn't enough we always find time at the end of the day to relax in our riverside hot tub, drink in hand. Life just doesn't get much better!

What You Will Be Up To!
  • Day 1


    San Carlos De Bariloche in Argentina is the best place to fly into for your trip. On arrival in Bariloche, your Water By Nature trip leader will meet you and show you to your hotel and around this stunning town set in the mountains and on the banks of Nahuel Huapi. The afternoon is yours to relax and unwind from your flight.

    Not included: Breakfast, Lunch and dinner

    Day 2


    We drive from Bariloche to our camp on the banks of the Futaleufu River. We relax in Esquel and have lunch, where you could experience the BEST STEAK you ave ever eaten! On entry into Chile, we'll float down to camp on rafts enjoying a glass of Chilean Red Wine and some local cheeses.

    Included: All meals

    Day 3


    After kitting ourselves out at camp we take the short but scenic drive to Lago Espalon. Here we practise basic strokes on the lake for the day enjoying our sumptuous lunch in stunning surroundings.

    Included: All meals

    Day 4


    We head to the lake again, for more instruction and roll practise. In the afternoon, we put it all in to practise for a fun game of kayak polo.

    Included: All meals

  • Day 5


    Our first day on the river. We put in just below the impressive "Cascades of Espalon". This is a tame Class 2 river with stunning beauty giving us ample chances to practise catching eddies. Take out is in Futaleufu town.

    Included: All meals

    Day 6


    Today we head west from our basecamp to the Rio Azul beneath the Tres Monjas Peaks. A slightly more challenging river, this will give you the opportunity to stretch yourself a little more and start putting all your new found skills into practice. You will come across some great waves to paddle through.

    Included: All meals

    Day 7


    Today is layover day! Whether you choose to try your hand at fly fishing, go for a horse ride, or simply chill out in your hammock at camp and read a book, the emphasis will be on relaxation.

    Included: All meals

    Day 8


    It's back out to the Rio Azul this morning to practise more of your whitewater paddling skills, pulling into a gorgeous beach for lunch. And in the afternoon teach you some basic rescue techniques.

    Included: All meals

    Day 9


    Today we run the Rio Palena, a gorgeous Class 3 run on the Argentine border. We return to camp in the evening for more river tales around the campfire.

    Included: All meals

  • Day 10


    Your chance to paddle the classic "Bridge to Bridge " section on the Futaleufu. Clients will have the opportunity to kayak or raft depending on your progress. This can be a day for huge personal achievements and plenty of smiles. Celebrating the day back at camp with traditional Asado and Pisco Sours.

    Included: All meals

    Day 11


    After breakfast we will transfer you to Esquel for your flight back to Buenas Aires and back home. Please note we recommend an extra night in Buenas Aires in the unlikely event your Esquel flight is delayed.

    Included: Breakfast

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Flights to Buenos Aires & Bariloche

This adventure is not available in 2018/19.  Please contact our office for further information.

In order to give you increased flexibility for your holiday please call our UK or US office's for advice on who to book your flights with. Alternatively, why not use your frequent flyer miles for your adventure. Many airlines offer flights to Buenos Aires, such as Iberia from the UK or contact Trailfinders for your best flight options. Many operators also offer flights from the US, but we suggest for the best deals check out Kayak. Please note that you will need to change airports in Buenos Aires to the domestic airport. Allow at least 1.5 hours for the transfer plus check in time. Domestic flights should be booked with Aerolineas Argentinas (Austral) to Bariloche San Carlos. Return flights AFTER your trip your flight from Esquel to Buenos Aires. If you need any help with flights, please dont hesitate to contact us. Alternatively we have teamed up with GYT who can provide you with a competitive flight quote by filling out this form on the Water By Nature website. Please ensure you DO NOT book your flights until your trip is CONFIRMED.
We have price and departure information about the following trips in Chile (river prices only - flights not included).

Please note that prices shown in Euros and USD are indicative only, as they fluctuate. The actual rate payable is always GBP only.

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What You Should Bring

We find most of our clients have in their posession already what is needed for a river journey. We have broken down here the items into what you'll need on the river and in camp. An equipment list of what you will require for your adventure will be sent to you prior to your departure.

River Fashion:

  • A pair of Chacos or similar sandals. Trainers are also okay.
  • A pair of River shorts or swimming costume.
  • Long sleeved business shirt to wear under your life jacket in hot destinations.
  • A baseball cap for under the helmet to keep sun off.
  • Wide brimmed sunhat.
  • Sunglasses.
  • Chums for fastening your sunglasses to your head.
  • Nalgene or similar water bottle.
  • Carabiner for fastening water bottle to your boat.
  • Thermal Top for cooler destinations. Medium weight - Heavyweight Capilene or polypropylene is the best.
  • Waterproof sunscreen and lip balm SPF15 minimum.

For evenings and around camp

  • Lightweight long trousers.
  • Lightweight Long Sleeved shirt.
  • Fleece jacket.
  • Ladies should bring a long skirt or sarong to cover your legs whilst in the company of locals.
  • Underwear.
  • Glasses or Contact lenses. Disposable lenses are ideal.
  • Toiletries. Toothbrush, toothpaste, biodegradable soap and shampoo.
  • Forget the cosmetics and hair dryer! But we do suggest moisturizer.
  • Hand wipes
  • A 3-season sleeping bag.
  • Travel Pillow.
  • Small pack towel.
  • Headlamp or head torch and spare batteries.
  • Shoes or boots for wearing around camp and on hikes.
  • Insect Repellent.
  • Any medication you may be taking.

Optional Items

  • Your favourite book or a journal for recording your river memories.
  • Sketchpad.
  • Photographic or video equipment. On most expeditions we provide a waterproof pelicase for these items. We recommend a cleaning kit as sand gets everywhere. Bring a spare memory card or plenty of film. Also bring spare batteries for your camera.
  • Waterproof disposable for the "action" on the raft shots.
  • Swiss Army Knife or Leatherman.
  • An extra bag to bring back a wooden hippo, a carpet, Thanka or anything else you may purchase on your holiday.
  • An iPod or other music preferences. We have speakers.

Personal Spending

  • The only money that you need to bring is for meals in town, souvenirs, DVD, personal items and the beer kitty for the raft trip if you drink. Please remember that many of the countries we visit do offer Credit Card and ATM facilities and for a small charge you can withdraw cash either from your account or Credit Card for convenience.
  • If you wish to pass on a gratuity to your guide we leave this entirely up to you.
  • Basically, we advise you to keep things as light as possible, without skimping on the necessities. It is great to bring back a load of goodies for everybody back at home.

You do NOT need to bring

  • Tents, sleeping mats.
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