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Duration
9 days
Cost
£3650
Arrival Airport
Puerto Montt (PMC)
Grade
river grade
Air Temp
24°C (75°F)
Water Temp
15°C (57°F)
Camping
7 nights luxury
Hotel
1 night

Overview


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.

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What you will be up to


1

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

2

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

3

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

4

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

5

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

6

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

7

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

8

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

9

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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USA +1 303 261 8896

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Dates & Prices


DatesDuration
Sunday 19 December 2021 - Monday 27 December 20219 days£3650€4350$4750
Tuesday 28 December 2021 - Wednesday 5 January 20229 days£3650€4350$4750
Friday 8 January 2022 - Saturday 16 January 20229 days£3650€4350$4750
Sunday 17 January 2022 - Monday 25 January 20229 days£3650€4350$4750
Tuesday 27 January 2022 - Wednesday 4 February 20229 days£3650€4350$4750
Thursday 5 February 2022 - Friday 13 February 20229 days£3650€4350$4750
Saturday 14 February 2022 - Sunday 22 February 20229 days£3650€4350$4750
Monday 23 February 2022 - Tuesday 3 March 20229 days£3650€4350$4750
Wednesday 5 March 2022 - Thursday 13 March 20229 days£3650€4350$4750

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  for your best flight options from the UK. If you are one of our US guests please contact our flight desk 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 don’t 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).

In order to secure your place pay your deposit  of £750 per person (USD$1000 for U.S. customers). See our Terms & Conditions for full payment terms.

Please note that prices shown in GBP & USD are payable. UK residents should pay in GBP and USA residents should pay in USD.

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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.

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Current COVID Travel Status To Chile


Travelling from the US

Entry and Exit Requirements:

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? No. Only Chilean citizens and foreign residents of Chile may enter
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Yes. The test must be taken within 72 hours of boarding the final flight to Chile. The 72-hour time period begins from the time the test is administered, not from the time that results are returned. Only PCR tests for COVID-19 are acceptable for entry into Chile “rapid” or “antigen only” tests will not be accepted
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes
  • Beginning April 5, Chilean citizens and residents of Chile will be required to request a permit from the Comisaría Virtual in order to depart Chile. The government of Chile has informed that such permits will be granted only in exceptional circumstances. Non-resident foreigners continue to be allowed to depart Chile. Non-resident foreigners will not be allowed to enter Chile, but will be allowed to depart.
  • All passengers (including Chileans and residents) must complete an obligatory 10-day quarantine upon arrival in Chile. The first 5 days of quarantine will be conducted at a “transit hotel” designated by the Chilean Ministry of Health. During this 5-day period, all passengers will be required to take a second PCR test. If the test returns negative, passengers will be allowed to spend the second 5-day period of quarantine in their residence or a hotel of their choice. Passengers who test positive will be taken to a “sanitary residence” to complete their quarantine there. Passengers are responsible for the cost of the initial five-day stay in the “transit hotel”.
  • Travelers must complete an online form with the Ministry of Health and may receive additional emails from Chilean health authorities requesting daily reporting of location over a period of 14 days post-arrival in Chile.
  • Travelers (of all ages) will have to present three documents when boarding:
    • A completed “Affidavit of Travelers” electronic form (available at https://www.c19.cl/ and also known as a Sanitary Passport) prepared less than 48 hours before boarding;
    • Proof of a negative result from a PCR result from a test taken within 72 hours prior to boarding their final flight to Chile; and
    • Proof of a health insurance policy that provides coverage for COVID-19 and related health issues during the traveler’s stay in Chile. The health insurance must cover charges associated with COVID-19 during the traveler’s stay, with a coverage of USD $ 30,000 (minimum). All documents must be presented before boarding the flight to Chile.
  • Foreign residents of Chile and holders of diplomatic/official passports are exempt from the health insurance requirements
  • U.S. citizens should contact the Policía de Investigaciones (PDI) for information regarding the extension of tourist or resident visas

Travelling from the UK

Currently Chile is on the Governments ‘Red List’ meaning visitors who have been in or transited through Chile in the previous 10 days cannot enter the UK. British and Irish nationals, and third country nationals with residence rights in the UK arriving in England from Chile will be required to quarantine in a hotel  at your own expense.

Travelling from elsewhere then contact us to find out the latest.

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