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Expediciones Chile invites you to come explore the best kept secret of Patagonia, a magical place where hundreds of glacial lakes are connected by thousands of kilometers of pristine rivers, all flowing through the dramatic Andean Mountain range. Come visit us in the heart of this paradise, the Futaleufu River Valley. Be enchanted by its natural rhythms, where condors soar in southern thermals high above turquoise rapids thundering through rarely explored granite canyons.

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Tres Monjas Interactive Map Condor Nest Interactive Map
Futaleufu valley video gallery

Chris Spelius is the founder of Expediciones Chile and your host. He was a pioneer on the Futaleufu River and a 1984 US Olympic team kayaker. He was so was awed by its beauty, challenge and playfulness he decided he would live here in Patagonia, Chile. Thus this company was born. Expediciones Chile was one of the first to run whitewater kayak and multisport adventure trips in the Futaleufu Valley. In 1986 Chris pioneered kayaking on the Futaleufu River and then co-led the first two successful raft descents in 1991. Expediciones Chile has been running safe trips ever since. Chris is now a longstanding resident of Chile , and is married with a young daughter. This company and the concept of blending the best of diverse cultures working and playing together in this unspoiled corner of the world has been his dream.

We provide a network of activities and unique places to stay -from our riverside, Patagonia Eco Camp at tres Monjas, the CondorNest ranch, and Private Estancia are only a few or our destinations you can arrange to visit. Our diverse activities draw you to the most fascinating ecosystems in this valley.

We offer a great range of activities in other areas of Chile, Argentina and Patagonia as well. Explore our website to learn more about our Chile rafting vacations, Patagonia sea kayaking expeditions, whitewater kayaking weeks, Chile trekking trips, Patagonia horseback riding holidays, Chile fly fishing adventures, mountain biking tours, canyoning trips, yoga travel retreats, kayak school and wilderness medicine courses. In the off season we now offer Chile skiing vacations in and around the best ski resorts in South America.

What they say about us
t they say about us
ThePaddler ezine - Sep 2013

How paddlers can save the Futaleufu. Learn about the threats to this river and how you can help by supporting the Futaleufu Riverkeeper.

Patagon Journal - May 2013

Saving Futaleufu: Will Chile protect one of its greatest rivers? Interview with Robert F Kennedy Jr from the Waterkeeper Alliance.
Kayak Touring Canoe & Kayak Magazine -Jan 2007

Selected Expediciones Chile's Andes to the Ocean Sea Kayak Expedition as one of the four feature trips of 2007.
National Geographic Adventure - Nov 2004

Selected Expediciones Chile as the top trip in South America and one of the few in the world that win you lifelong Bragging Rights.
El Mercurio Domingo - Jan 2005

Featured Expediciones Chile as one of the most experienced companies to descend the Futaleufu.
Outside Magazine - Jan 2000

"A Futaleufu Adventure Center vacation is guaranteed to change or at least improve your life"
, says OUTSIDE magazine's Jan 2000 Trip Finder issue, which also featured our whitewater rafting trip as one of the world's top 100 far-flung expeditions.
2018 - 2019 Featured Trips
Honeymoon Ranchito Rafting the Futaleufu in 4 Days Learn to Kayak week in Patagonia
Expediciones Chile invites you to spend your honeymoon in the best kept secret of Patagonia, a magical place where hundreds of glacial lakes are connected by thousands of kilometers of pristine rivers...
This trip for dedicated whitewater enthusiasts. Raft the entire Futaleufu River in just four days! This trip is designed for those who don't have the time for a full week long Chile rafting vacation but still want to experience all the Futaleufu River...
Our beginner kayaking classes are designed for both whitewater kayaking and sea kayaking, although the emphasis will be on moving whitewater kayak instruction. We offer several courses at the paddling school that vary in intensity...
Threatened Rivers of Patagonia Safari Horseback on the Cowboy Trails of Patagonia Andes to the Ocean Expedition
The ultimate international kayak safari trip. This trip starts out in Puerto Montt, Chile and travels through Chile's famous Lakes District and over the Andes Mountains to Argentina. We will hit the Rio Fuy, Rio San Pedro, Rio Manso...
This Patagonia "Route of the Cowboys" is a 6 day trail trip back in time that few people will ever have a chance to experience. It is sure to be a life changing cultural journey. We will visit small remote working ranches, outpost... A life changing experience - as it has been described by some. We have what Magellan couldn't find, an all water route across the Andes to an active and recently exploded volcano on the coast...
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