At a glance

9 days
Arrival Airport
Puerto Montt (PMC)
river grade
Air Temp
24°C (75°F)
Water Temp
15°C (57°F)
7 nights luxury
1 night


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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Destination Map

What you will be up to


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

Tuesday 19 December 2023 - Wednesday 27 December 20239 days£4250€4850$5225
Thursday 28 December 2023 - Friday 5 January 20249 days£4250€4850$5225
Saturday 6 January 2024 - Sunday 14 January 20249 days£4250€4850$5225
Monday 15 January 2024 - Tuesday 23 January 20249 days£4250€4850$5225
Saturday 17 February 2024 - Sunday 25 February 20249 days£4250€4850$5225
Monday 26 February 2024 - Tuesday 5 March 20249 days£4250€4850$5225
Wednesday 6 March 2024 - Thursday 14 March 20249 days£4250€4850$5225
Saturday 16 March 2024 - Sunday 24 March 20249 days£4250€4850$5225

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).

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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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