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9-day Futaleufu rafting adventure in Chile

Join Laurence and his team on this 9-day Futaleufu rafting adventure in Chile down one of the most exciting rivers in the world! Stay at a Deluxe Camp overlooking the river.

Mountain RangeAndes
Duration9 days
Offer periodJan, Feb, Mar, Dec
Skill LevelBeginner
Fitness LevelFit
Type of tripNot specified

Description

Rafting the Futaleufu River in Chile’s Patagonia is one of the top whitewater adventures in the world. You can not miss out on this incredible 9-day trip!

Riding down the turquoise waters of the Futaleufu River underneath the impressive peaks in the Andes mountain range is an experience every rafting fan should have at least once. And probably many more times!

The Futaleufu is the fifth fastest navigable river on Earth and the site of the famous Futa-Fest, on of the most important kayaking and rafting competitions in the world.

During this Futaleufu rafting adventure you’ll be staying at our beautiful riverside camp. You’ll have your own “safari-style” bungalow, overlooking the river.

This rafting & multi-sport program has been specially designed for you to enjoy an ideal mix of activities. You’ll also have the most talented and caring guides who will show you the best of times!

Everyday, you’ll choose between different activities:

  • horseback riding,
  • hiking,
  • mountain biking,
  • fly fishing
  • and, of course, rafting.

And if you want to give kayaking a try, we can also provide lessons!

Our Deluxe Camp will be the ideal place to relax after a fun and adventure-filled day. You’ll enjoy two hot tubs, a sauna, yoga lessons, massages and the cuisine of our professional chef.

If this 9-day Futaleufu rafting & multi sport adventure sounds like a dream, it’s because it really is! Come discover the stunning Andes mountain range in the Chilean Patagonia and enjoy an unforgettable adventure down one of the world’s most exciting rivers.

Meeting point

Puerto Montt, Chile.

Accommodation

In our Deluxe River Camp. Facilities include: - Open sunset bar overlooking the river with unlimited drinks. - A wood sauna. - 2 private spa/massage rooms and professional masseuse - Free daily yoga classes on a cliffside yoga deck or the new indoor yoga loft. - River rock hot tub with beautiful views. - Hot showers (can even shower outside, under the stars!) and flush toilets - Private tent bungalows with roofs for shade, or rain, complete with roomy, walk-in, safari-style tents. - Morning wake-up with coffee service by your own personal “tent captain” - Cozy robes and towels

More info

- A certified guide will be on the raft at all times. - Apart from the guide on the raft, 6 or 7 Safety Kayakists will look out for the group.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival

Arrive to Puerto Montt. One of our representatives will take you to the scenic town of Puerto Varas on Lago Llanquihue.

Day 2: Flight to El Chaiten and arrival at camp

Short flight to El Chaiten. We 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.

Day 3: Warm-up

Start the day with a Yoga class, or catch up on some sleep. Today’s introduction and “warm up” is complete with safety briefing and paddle training on the famous Bridge to Bridge section. In the afternoon you may choose from mountain biking, hiking, fly-fishing class or our popular intro to hard shell, river kayaking clinic.

Day 4: Step up rafting

Step-up the rafting today! Raft from camp through Bridge to Bridge again and add on class V, Mas o Menos and  Casa de Piedra rapids.  After the tough rapids, we switch gears and opt for the Kayak Clinic part II, fish or just ” booze cruise “ as we drift into lunch which is served off the grill on a remote island. After lunch, resume the kayaking and a most scenic mellow float for 5 km to Puerto Ramirez take out. Back to camp for hot tubbing, massage, relaxing and dinner!

Day 5: Class 3 descent

Short drive up the Rio Azul side valley for an exciting class 3 descent in inflatable kayaks! (doubles  and singles!)

Day 6: Horseback riding

Horseback ride deep into the pristine wilderness of the Rio Azul Valley.  Stop for lunch and you will enjoy a quick hike to La Cascada.

Day 7: Class V Inferno Canyon

Drive to the Pueblo of Futaleufú. Raft the class V Inferno Canyon, a three mile canyon of class V whitewater: Entrance, Wall shot, Dynamite, Flight of Angels and Exit rapids!!  Then float down to Zeta and Throne Room rapids, which we walk around, only to resume paddling the exciting “Wild Mile “- four miles of class IV fun rapids. There is the option to only raft the rapids below Inferno Canyon.

Day 8: Last day at camp!

Summit day! Raft through the Terminator, Kyburz, and Himalayas rapids. Lunch at camp. Raft from camp again to below Casa De Piedra. Optional hiking, mountain biking or fly-fishing activities available as well. Last night in camp: lamb roast/Chilean “asado feast” and wine tasting!

Day 9: Return flights

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


About the guide

Born in Mexico and raised in the Netherlands, I moved to the US as a teenager. After finishing high school in San Francisco, I attended University of California at Berkeley, where I studied Political Economy of Industrial Societies. My love for rafting was born at the age of 17, in the South Fork of the American River in California.

Since then, I’ve been a river guide, expedition leader, safety kayaker and even Dutch oven chef in adventures all over the world — including Nepal, Chile, New Zealand, Siberia and Costa Rica, among many others. I was the USA Men’s Whitewater Rafting Team Captain from 1993 to 1999 and Safety Team Captain on the Futaleufú River in Chile at the 2000 World Rafting Championships.

I rock climb, mountain bike and do all the water sports you can imagine — from scuba diving to sailing and from swimming to kayaking and rafting — and have run over 50 rivers on six continents. When not in my second home of Chile, I live in Truckee, California, my favorite mountain playground. I speak Spanish, Dutch and English fluently.


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Prices per person

Group of 1

USD 3712 each

Group of 2

USD 3712 each

Group of 3

USD 3712 each

Group of 4

USD 3712 each

Group of 5

USD 3712 each

Group of 6

USD 3712 each

Group of 7

USD 3712 each

Group of 8

USD 3712 each

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Price includes

• Guiding fee

• Accommodation

• Transport during the trip

• Drinks

• Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Price details

• - Round trip flights from Puerto Montt to Chaiten are not included. This flight is $200 per person and I'll book it for you. - A supplement will be added for single travelers wishing to sleep in their own tent. If you are coming by yourself but choose to share the tent with another traveler, we won't charge a supplement.


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