The Rio Futaleufu is no ordinary river. Born in the Los Alerces National Park in Argentina it flows west into Chile, through landscapes dominated by snow capped volcanoes and rich rain forest before arriving at the coastal town of Chaiten. Meaning 'Great River' in the local Mapuche dialect, the astonishingly clear waters of the 'Fu' flows through deep canyons and pristine wilderness to create explosive and untamed white water, unparalleled anywhere in the world. This trip is designed to immerse you in the beauty, magic and culture of Patagonia. Half a world away from the cold northern winter you will find yourself sitting on the porch of your cabana, sipping on a glass of Chilean red wine and basking in the splendour of the Chilean summer with the distant rumble of your next exciting rapid just within earshot. Described by the locals as "a place so lovely it must have been painted by God", this is an experience not to be missed.

1 night
7 nights LUXURY
What You Will Be Up To!
  • Day 1

    Flyingsleeping

    The best place to arrive for your holiday in Chile is Argentina! You'll fly into San Carlos de Bariloche and be met by your Water By Nature representative. Enjoy the stunning views of the Andes from the banks of Nahuel Huapi. The afternoon is yours to enjoy this stunning town and unwind from your flight.

    Not included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

    Day 2

    drivingraftingsleeping

    After a filling breakfast at our hotel, we board our vehicles for the gorgeous drive to our property on the banks of the Rio Futaleufu. We stop in Esquel for lunch before entering Chile and a float down the river to get into "vacation mode". Sample some Chilean wine and cheese for the short float down to your home for the next week.

    Included: All meals

    Day 3

    raftingsleeping

    Awaken to the sounds of nature and a hearty breakfast followed by a thorough safety talk before heading out onto the "Bridge to Bridge" section of the river. We will immediately plunge into the exhilarating white water of 'Pillow Wave" and 'Mundaca". A thrilling first day on the river, but this is only the beginning.

    Included: All meals

    Day 4

    raftingsleeping

    Enjoy morning coffee looking out from your cabana over the clear waters running quite literally beneath you. Today we will head towards Inferno Canyon for some adrenaline surging white water. But also some glorious flat sections to sit back and enjoy the feeling of complete remoteness before challenging the might of "El Throno". A well-deserved tipple awaits us back at camp.

    Included: All meals

  • Day 5

    raftingsleeping

    We have another great day ahead of us. A few, fun warm up rapids before we reach the legendary "Terminator"…. it's bigger than big. And if that isn't enough for you there is the superb "Khyber Pass" and the hugely exciting "Himalayas" to finish the day. On our return to camp we enjoy a sumptuous meal washed down with a Pisco Sour or a glass of fine Chilean red wine.

    Included: All meals

    Day 6

    sleepingwalkingkayak

    An opportunity to try your hand at fly-fishing. Or, for those of your wanting something more active, there is plenty of trekking routes and some wonderful horseback riding trails, catering for all abilities including beginners. Or simply sit back and relax at camp, the choice is yours.

    Included: All meals

    Day 7

    raftingsleeping

    A refreshing blast through Mundaca to make sure we are truly awake before another amazing stretch of white water including "The Fish Bowl" and "House Rock". This evening, you will experience real Chilean hospitality with a traditional 'Asado' cooked by our local Chilean friends and have time to recount stories from the past week, on one of the best white water rivers in the world.

    Included: All Meals

    Day 8

    raftingsleeping

    Today is "Summit Day" where we run the best sections possible on the river. Normally we start at the Rio Azul and run down through Terminator all the way to Casa de Piedra, one of the greatest days white water rafting possible.

    Included: All meals

    Day 9

    Flight_Up

    An early start is required this morning in order to get your flight from Esquel to Buenas Aires. Due to flights being delayed out of Esquel on occasion, we suggest planning an extra night in Buenas Aires.

    Included: Breakfast

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Dates & Prices

Flights to Buenos Aires & Bariloche

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 Skyscanner. 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 to Bariloche 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).

Rafting - Rio Futaleufu

Friday 12 December 2014 - Saturday 20 December 2014
9 days
GBP £ 2095
Euro € 2500
USD $ 3400
Saturday 20 December 2014 - Sunday 28 December 2014
9 days
GBP £ 2095
Euro € 2500
USD $ 3400
Sunday 28 December 2014 - Monday 5 January 2015
9 days
GBP £ 2095
Euro € 2500
USD $ 3400
Wednesday 7 January 2015 - Thursday 15 January 2015
9 days
GBP £ 2095
Euro € 2500
USD $ 3400
Friday 16 January 2015 - Saturday 24 January 2015
9 days
GBP £ 2095
Euro € 2500
USD $ 3400
Wednesday 28 January 2015 - Thursday 5 February 2015
9 days
GBP £ 2095
Euro € 2500
USD $ 3400
Friday 6 February 2015 - Saturday 14 February 2015
9 days
GBP £ 2095
Euro € 2500
USD $ 3400
Saturday 14 February 2015 - Sunday 22 February 2015
9 days
GBP £ 2095
Euro € 2500
USD $ 3400
Sunday 22 February 2015 - Monday 2 March 2015
9 days
GBP £ 2095
Euro € 2500
USD $ 3400
Wednesday 4 March 2015 - Thursday 12 March 2015
9 days
GBP £ 2095
Euro € 2500
USD $ 3400

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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