At a glance

Duration
9 days
Cost
£2900
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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Destination Map


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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Dates & Prices


DatesDuration
Monday 7 January 2019 - Tuesday 15 January 20199 days£2900€3500$3700
Wednesday 16 January 2019 - Tuesday 24 January 201899 days£2900€3500$3700
Friday 25 January 2019 - Saturday 2 February 20199 days£2900€3500$3700
Sunday 3 February 2019 - Monday 11 February 20199 days£2900€3500$3700
Tuesday 12 February 2019 - Wednesday 20 February 20199 days£2900€3500$3700
Tuesday 21 February 2019 - Friday 1 March 20199 days£2900€3500$3700
Saturday 2 March 2019 - Sunday 10 March 20199 days£2900€3500$3700
Thursday 19 December 2019 - Friday 27 December 20199 days£3095€3500$4050
Saturday 28 December 2019 - Sunday 5 January 20209 days£3095€3500$4050
Saturday 18 January 2020 - Sunday 26 January 20209 days£3095€3500$4050
Monday 27 January 2020 - Tuesday 4 February 20209 days£3095€3500$4050
Thursday 6 February 2020 - Friday 14 February 20209 days£3095€3500$4050
Saturday 15 February 2019 - Sunday 23 February 20209 days£3095€3500$4050
Monday 24 February 2020 - Sunday 23 February 20209 days£3095€3500$4050
Thursday 5 March 2020 - Friday 13 March 20209 days£3095€3500$4050
Saturday 14 March 2020 - Saturday 22 March 20209 days£3095€3500$4050

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).

In order to secure your place pay your deposit  of £500 per person (USD$700 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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