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Chile Rafting: Futaleufu River Trips
with Expediciones Chile
 





The Futaleufu River
is known in whitewater circles as one of the most exciting and challenging rivers in the world. It is an exhilarating whitewater power storm of turquoise champagne like water. Riding the spine of this river as it flows through this isolated portion of the glaciated Chilean Andes is an unparalleled experience. This is considered one of the top river experiences in the World, and as our Alumni often tell us: "their top experience in Patagonia"! Put this on your bucket list. Once you feel the direct connection with this incredible power of Patagonian nature you will understand why it has earned its reputation as "The Greatest Whitewater on Earth" !!! The river's name is derived from a local Tehuelche Indian word meaning "big big river" and it lives up to its namesake in every respect.


Our trips allow you to run this entire river, or the portions you choose all while staying at a destination of your dreams. Stay at your private RiverNest cabin on a private river beach. Our campo and it strategic location allows you to experience the most wild, exciting and demanding rafting runs in the world with exotic comfort while still immersed in the rhythms of Patagonian nature. You will be staying the heart of the rafting action at the Confluence of the Rio Futaleufu and Rio Azul. No need to pack up each morning. We finish rafting days or start rafting days at our beach.


Patagonia Chile's best rafting is not the only thing you will find in this spectacular river valley. From our Eco-Camp, located at the confluence of the Rio Azul, you can raft the entire Rio Futaleufu and experience a multi-sport rafting vacation like none other. From here we will venture out on horseback, mountain bikes, sit-on top kayaks and on foot to explore this magical paradise. Our diverse selection of activities draws you to the most fascinating ecosystems in this Patagonia valley. Trekking, Mt. biking, sea kayaking, learn to kayak, stand up paddling, canyoning, and guided whitewater kayak trips are all possibilities with our Chile rafting program. Rafting in Patagonia has never been more comfortable or more customizable with Expediciones Chile's eco-camp based itineraries!

Raft Chile: Our Futaleufu Rafting Trips



Futaleufu - Multisport Rafting Week
(Campo Tres Monjas Week)

The Futaleufu Multisport Chile Rafting week descends the entire whitewater portion of the Futaleufu river. Over four full rafting days we descend from 1056 feet above sea level near the border with Argentina paddling to 160 feet above sea level at our take out near Lago Yelcho. One day we get to repeat one of the most fun and exciting sections from the previous day, before we continue down into a more challenging section called Casa de Piedra. The second time is always sheer fun. In addition to rafting the entire Futaleufu you will be able to schedule two full days of multi sport activities...

Futaleufu Lodge - Multisport Rafting Week

(8 Days in Patagonia, Chile / 7 Overnights / 6 Active Days)


Condor Nest Futaleufu Multisport Rafting
(Exclusive - Private CondorNest Ranch Week)


Expediciones Chile redefines an exclusive remote accommodation in Patagonia.
The CondorNest ranch is a one of a kind pleasure. Designed for couples or smaller groups of up to six, we have hosted private trips for honeymooners, couples, families, business associates, celebrities and politicians. The closest other humans....


Rafting Chile CondorNest

(8 Days in Patagonia, Chile / 7 Overnights / 6 Active Days)

Futaleufu Rafting Extreme Challenge
(Campo Tres Monjas Week)

This is the trip for serious adventurers who want to go for as much physical activity as possible and want to do it with like-minded people. This is a whitewater challenge and a physical challenge. If you work out regularly and want to continue to press yourself this is the trip. You will stay...

Futaleufu Multisport Challenge - Multisport Rafting Week

(8 Days in Patagonia, Chile / 7 Overnights / 6 Active Days)

Futaleufu - Trekking Rafting Trip
(2 days rafting Campo Tres Monjas - 4 day trek circuit remote ranches)

This Trekking and rafting trip two combines two of the best things to do in the Futaleufu river valley. Put this on your bucket list. Riding the spine of this river as it flows through this isolated portion of the glaciated Chilean Andes is an un-paralleled experience. These two days of rafting do not require previous experience. In these two days there is one class 5 rapid that is an optional walk around. The next portion is trekking the Patagonia "Route of the Cowboys" a 4 day trail trip back in time...

Rafting Trekking Patagonia

(8 Days in Patagonia, Chile / 7 Overnights / 6 Active Days)





Futaleufu - Extreme Fast Track
(Campo Tres Monjas)

The Futaleufu raft extreme fast track descends the entire whitewater portion of the Futaleufu river in four full action packed days. If you do not have a full week this is your trip. This is full on rafting, each day we do at least at least two sections of the river. During your stay you will descend from 1100 feet above sea level to just 210 feet above sea level at the take out. One day we get to repeat one of the most fun and exciting sections...

Futaleufu Extreme Rafting

(6 Days in Patagonia, Chile / 5 Overnights / 4 Active Days)



Futaleufu - Rafting Lite
(Campo Tres Monjas)

The four day Futaleufu rafting light is for those with limited time and limited rafting experience that want to raft "The Greatest Whitewater on Earth" but are not certain if they have they the desire do the most difficult Class 5 sections. Over two full days of rafting, we will start with the Class 3 Las Escalas and into the Class 4 Wild Mile, the impressive Terminator is optional, and then into the action pack class 4 heart of the Futaleufu or bridge to bridge section. The next two days are open for trekking, mt biking or kayaking options...

Futaleufu Rafting Lite

(6 Days in Patagonia, Chile / 5 Overnights / 4 Active Days)



Futaleufu - Rafting Express
(Campo Tres Monjas)

We descend the best whitewater portions of the Futaleufu river in just three action packed days. This is full on rafting, each day we do at least at least two sections of the river. During your stay you will descend from 925 ft feet above sea level to just 160 feet above sea level at the take out. That is a lot of drop for a big river. The Futaleufu rafting express allows you stay at the The Eco Campo Tres Monjas...

Rafting Futaleufu express

(5 Days in Patagonia, Chile / 4 Overnights / 3 Active Days)



Raft Patagonia Rivers: Threatened Rivers of Patagonia Rafting Safari Trip Chile & Argentina



The best Patagonian river in Chile and Argentina.
Our favorite two rivers of Patagonia.

This two week Patagonia Rafting Safari will take you to our favorite places in Patagonia not to mention favorite rivers. You will get to experience some of the greatest but threatened whitewater rivers in Chile and Argentina. In addition you will have the opportunity to participate in many multisport activities. The rivers we will run will include the Rio Fuy, Rio San Pedro, Rio Enco, Rio Neltume, and Rio Manso, scattered around the Lakes Region of Chile and the vast Pampa of Argentina. The Circuit route itself takes you through various ecosystems of Patagonia that are seldom traveled....

Patagonia Rafting Safari - Multisport Rafting (2 weeks)


(15 Days in Patagonia, Chile & Argentina/ 14 Overnights / 13 Active Days)








Patagonia Eco-Camp

Expediciones Chile offers more than just Patagonia raft trips and an eco-camp. We are a network of activities and unique places to stay: the CondorNest Ranch, Tres Monjas Eco-Camp, Wilderness Camps. Our flagship trip, the Futaleufu Rafting Week, allows you to raft the entire Futaleufu and supplement rafting with numerous other activities - or focus directly on the activities you enjoy most! This allows families or groups with diverse interests to enjoy the same vacation. All of our Chile rafting vacations are customizable. Our native wood eco-camp is based in the charming Rio Azul confluence, the epicenter of activity in this Patagonia valley. Our whitewater rafting vacations allow you to participate in numerous multi-sport activities that you select. In addition to rafting the Futaleufu River you can go whitewater kayaking, sea kayaking, horseback riding, mountain biking, trekking-hiking, canyoning; go to our kayak school; or go on a photo or eco-safari of the Futaleufu River Valley.





Whitewater Rafting on the Futaleufu

The Futaleufu River is located in northern Patagonia, Chile. As a whitewater rafting river it is relatively short, but extremely intense and concentrated. From top to bottom the whitewater section of the Futaleufu River is only 44 kilometers, or 27 miles long. It starts at the border of Argentina, in Los Alerces National Park and ends in Patagonia, Chile flowing into Lago Yelcho. The Futaleufu River has four defined world class sections of varying difficulty. The most challenging runs are on the Upper Futaleufu and the introductory sections are on the lower stretches. At Expediciones Chile we always raft on the easiest sections of the river first, to build your skills and your team's confidence, before rafting the more difficult sections. For this reason we start on the Lower Futaleufu and then move towards the top. You and your team can decide to continue on to more difficult water, or choose to continue rafting on the easier stretches. And, if you think you’ve had enough Futaleufu rafting there are numerous other activities waiting for you in this spectacular region of Patagonia, Chile. (The sections available to raft also depend on the water level of the Futaleufu.)


The Sections of the Futaleufu

(See our Patagonia guidebook for more general river details.)

Day 1 Las Escals Wild Mile: (15 miles 5.5 hours): Our first whitewater rafting run starts near the border with Argentina where we pick you up. A short dramatic drive along the Inferno gorge (that you may run later in the week) and we arrive at our put-in for the Las Escalas valley The Las Escalas valley is a remote introduction section of the Futaleufu, it is Class 3. It allows our guides to teach all you will need to know to prepare for downstream sections.. We walk two rapids and enter the Continuous Wild Mile Class 3-4 armed with the earlier practice. This continuous section ends in an explosive wave called "The Thing". We then enter a black wall granite gorge. The walls come down and the valley opens up to a remarkable scene. On our left The Tres Monjas peak towers overhead as the Las Cruces creek that drains its snow fields enter the Futaleufu. On the right the Rio Azul enters with a huge white sand beach on the shore. One of the most dramatic beaches on the river system. We take out at this beach just above another rapid that will lull you to sleep. This is where your RiverNest cabin and our eco camp Tres Monjas.

Day 2 Terminator and Bridge to Bridge: (10.9 miles 6 hours): In reality this day is two sections. It starts at our beach where the rafts are parked from the day before. We raft through some calm water and then enter the Class 4/5 Terminator section (6 miles, 3 hours) . This is a very challenging whitewater section that you will be ready for now after paddling the Wild Mile or other sections. The Terminator we will take a look at you and you will have an option to walk. This is followed up by Class 4 T2, Kyber pass and the straight down the middle Himalayas, perhaps the biggest waves in the hemisphere. Outrageous fun. We then have lunch and we will paddle into the the next section this same day. It is called bridge to bridge, a Class 4/4+ action-packed section (4.9 miles, 2.5 hours). This is world class Chile rafting at its best! Even our most experienced river runners tell us they have never seen such continuous non-stop action.

Day 3 The Earth of the Futaleufu: Bridge to Bridge plus Casa de Piedra: (9.4 miles, 5.5 hours): Another day of two sections. This day we will repeat the Bridge to Bridge (4.9 miles, 2.5 hours) plus enter a brand new section called the Class 5, Casa de Piedra section (4.5 miles, 2.5 hours) . Usually people enjoy Heart of the Futaleufu more the second time. Near the end of the run we give people the option of entering the Class 5 section of the Casa de Piedra. The most challenging section we have run yet. If everyone is game we paddle into Mas o Menos (Class IV+) and Casa de Piedra (Class V) rapids. If you are not comfortable, you can get out as a dirt road is nearby. The willing group members will continue on through Casa de Piedra. As we raft this section, those that have opted not to raft can watch and photograph from shore.

Day 4 Upper Futaleufu - Inferno, Las Escalas and Wild Mile: (19 miles, 8 hours) If water levels are ideal, the next rafting run is through the Class 5 Infierno Canyon (4 miles 3.5 hours). Then we paddle down the Las Escalas and the Wild Mile section (15 miles, 4.5 hours) with mandatory portages around the Zeta and Throne Room rapids. These are a sight to behold for experienced river runners. We finish with a repeat run of the Wild Mile and "The Thing". Our day of Patagonia rafting culminates at our riverside Tres Monjas Eco Camp at the confluence of the Azul and the Futaleufu. All the best that rafting in Patagonia has to offer! By the end of this day you will have run the entire whitewater stretch of the Futaleufu River!

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