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.
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. PLEASE NOTE FOR 2021/2022 TRIPS YOU ARE REQUIRED TO ARRIVE A DAY EARLIER THAN DAY 1 AND STAY IN AN AIRPORT HOTEL AT YOUR OWN EXPENSE, WAITING FOR YOUR PCR RESULTS BEFORE TRAVELLING WITHIN CHILE.
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
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|Saturday 5 March 2022 - Sunday 13 March 2022||9 days||£3650||€4350||$4750|
|Sunday 18 December 2022 - Monday 26 December 2022||9 days||£3650||€4350||$4750|
|Wednesday 28 December - Thursday 5 January 2023||9 days||£3650||€4350||$4750|
|Saturday 7 January 2023 - Sunday 15 January 2023||9 days||£3650||€4350||$4750|
|Tuesday 17 January 2023 - Wednesday 25 January 2023||9 days||£3650||€4350||$4750|
|Tuesday 14 February 2023 - Wednesday 22 February 2023||9 days||£3650||€4350||$4750|
|Friday 24 February 2023 - Saturday 4 March 2023||9 days||£3650||€4350||$4750|
|Sunday 5 March 2023 - Monday 13 March 2023||9 days||£3650||€4350||$4750|
|Tuesday 14 March 2023 - Wednesday 22 March 2023||9 days||£3650||€4350||$4750|
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 USD are payable. UK and USA residents should pay in USD.
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 Wear (rafting and canoeing):
You do not need to bring tents + sleeping mats.
We provide personal flotation jackets, leg floats and helmets.
Entry and Exit Information:
The Chilean government allows Chileans, foreigners resident in Chile and non-resident foreigners who have been vaccinated overseas to register for Chile’s Mobility Pass scheme (‘Pase de Movilidad’). You may obtain a Mobility Pass if you fulfil the eligibility criteria on the Chile Government’s MeVacuno website. This will generate a QR-code after entering your personal information. This permit can only be requested 14-days after completing a full COVID-19 vaccination course in Chile (i.e. after the second dose for a two-dose course COVID-19 vaccine such as AstraZeneca, Pfizer, etc).
From 1 November, interregional travellers without a Mobility Pass will be required to provide proof of a negative PCR-test result given within 72 hours prior to travel. This test must be carried out in Chile. You should be aware that you are not allowed interregional travel if you are in quarantine after arriving in Chile.
Before you travel to England you must:
You can choose a lateral flow test or a PCR test.
You will need to enter your COVID-19 test booking reference number on your passenger locator form.
If you will be in England for less than 2 days you still need to book and pay for a day 2 COVID-19 test.
Travelling from elsewhere then contact us to find out the latest.
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