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

    Arrive in Santiago, Chile. After completing customs, board your domestic flight to Puerto Montt. Transfer to the scenic town of Puerto Varas on Lago Llanquihue. Overnight in Cabanas Del Lago Hotel.

    included: Dinner

    Day 2

    drivingraftingsleeping

    Take a short, scenic flight to Chaiten. We then drive through the temperate rainforest, passing countless waterfalls and hanging glaciers surrounded by jagged mountain peaks! We will pause for a short hike and a picnic lunch in Pumalin National Park. Arrive early afternoon at camp: camp orientation, swim, hot tub, and welcome happy hour.

    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

    Early morning drive back to Chaiten and 45 min. flight back to Puerto Montt. Take connecting flights home or to your next destination.

    Included: Breakfast

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Dates & Prices

Flights to Santiago & Puerto Montt

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 Santiago, such as LAN from the UK or contact Trailfinders  or GYT for your best flight options from the UK. If you are one of our US guests please contact our flightdesk partners Exito Travel. Please note that you will need to change aircraft in Santiago to your flight to Puerto Montt (PMC).  If you need any help with flights, please dont hesitate to contact us.  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.

Rafting - Rio Futaleufu

Friday 9 December 2016 - Saturday 17 December 2016
9 days
GBP £ 2775
Euro € 3195
USD $ 3600
Sunday 18 December 2016 - Monday 26 December 2016
9 days
GBP £ 2775
Euro € 3195
USD $ 3600
Tuesday 27 December 2016 - Wednesday 4 January 2017
9 days
GBP £ 2775
Euro € 3195
USD $ 3600
Friday 6 January 2017 - Saturday 14 January 2017
9 days
GBP £ 2775
Euro € 3195
USD $ 3600
Sunday 15 January 2017 - Monday 23 January 2017
9 days
GBP £ 2775
Euro € 3195
USD $ 3600
Thursday 26 January 2017 - Friday 3 February 2017
9 days
GBP £ 2775
Euro € 3195
USD $ 3600
Friday 3 February 2017 - Saturday 11 February 2017
9 days
GBP £ 2775
Euro € 3195
USD $ 3600
Sunday 12 February 2017 - Monday 20 February 2017
9 days
GBP £ 2775
Euro € 3195
USD $ 3600
Tuesday 21 February 2017 - Wednesday 1 March 2017
9 days
GBP £ 2775
Euro € 3195
USD $ 3600
Friday 3 March 2017 - Saturday 11 March 2017
9 days
GBP £ 2775
Euro € 3195
USD $ 3600
Sunday 12 March 2017 - Monday 20 March 2017
9 days
GBP £ 2775
Euro € 3195
USD $ 3600
Wednesday 22 March 2017 - Thursday 30 March 2017
9 days
GBP £ 2775
Euro € 3195
USD $ 3600

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 / Keens 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 - available from our Water Shop
  • Nalgene or similar water bottle available from our Water Shop
  • Carabiner for fastening water bottle to your boat.
  • Thermal Top. 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.
  • Light weight down 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 & hand sanitizer.
  • 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.
  • An iPod or other music preferences. We have speakers.
  • A few zip lock bags to keep valuables water and sand free.

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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