More than a family rafting trip, we'll make sure you're exposed to all that the Futaleufu Valley has to offer: whitewater rafting on the mighty Futaleufu River, which contains sections for all levels of ability and experience; hiking up some of the Fu's beautiful aqua-colored tributaries, (maybe even catching a few fish on the way up!); horseback riding across beautiful valleys past the base of snow-peaked mountains. In the evenings you'll return to the simple luxuries of Antucamay, sharing your day's stories by the glow of a crackling fire in our rustic quincho while enjoying gourmet food. While the kids go off to explore the tree fort or visit the ranch animals, you can relax in our steaming hot tub or with a massage in our spa! Patagonia, Chile provides a plethora of opportunities for active travel that the whole family can enjoy, and H2O Patagonia ensures that all the details are well taken care of so that your experience is a pure mix of fun, comfort and relaxation!
Though we often create custom itineraries, the luxury family adventure vacation in Chile with H2O Patagonia typically takes you away from home for ten days, including travel time. Whether you arrive in Patagonia via Santiago, Chile or Buenos Aires, Argentina, we make the travel as pain-free as possible. Your arrival into the heart of Patagonia on day two of your South American adventure is exquisite, and each day after that is fun-filled yet relaxing. Day nine finds you refreshed, renewed and invigorated as your bags are packed for the journey home.
Day 1 - Leave home and fly to Chile.
Day 2 - Arrive in Santiago, Chile. Transfer to Puerto Montt-a one and a half hour flight to the south. You will be met in the airport by our representative, and escorted onto a 45 minute charter flight (weather permitting) that will take you over the Andes. You'll virtually land at Antucamay, our 175-acre ranch on the mighty Futaleufu River. Once settled, you'll meet your rafting and adventure guides who will prepare you for the week's activities on and around the Futaleufu River.
Day 3 - Whitewater rafting on the Espolon River, Class II-III. You and your family will giggle your way down easy Class II rapids. Depending on your family's desires, we'll raft more difficult Class III rapids in the afternoon, or we'll take a hayride, play in the tree fort, or go on a petting tour of the resident ranch animals.
Day 4 - Day one on your overnight camping trip. Today we begin our two-day trip into the Patagonian forest. First, you'll enjoy a boat ride across Espolon Lake. Once off the boat everyone chooses a gentle horse to carry them along the Upper Espolon River to our camp in the Patagonian countryside. Those that prefer walking to riding can begin the leisurely stroll up the trail. That night your children will learn how to camp in the great wide open. We'll cook over an open fire and tell stories until we fall asleep under a canopy of stars.
Day 5 - Final day of your overnight camping trip. Today we'll float the Upper Espolon River. You may choose to paddle in a raft or in an inflatable kayak. This Class II float through the Chilean forest takes us to Espolon Lake where our boat is waiting to take us back to Antucamay.
Day 6 - Parent's day. Today parents get to have fun on their own! We'll take care of the kids back at the ranch, entertaining them with various activities like fishing, riding ponies, or searching for eggs in the chicken coop. Parents have the opportunity to paddle the Class IV-V whitewater of the Rio Futaleufu. You'll experience the azure waters and exciting rapids of the this world class river while knowing your children are in good hands.
Day 7 - Adventure options day. Today the choice is yours. You have the option of spending the day hiking through a nature preserve which borders the river, rafting, kayaking Lake Espolon, or horseback riding to a spectacular waterfall.
Day 8 - Parent's day #2. We again provide care for the younger children so that parents can get out and experience some of the wilder activities that the magical Futualeufu River Valley offers.
Day 9 - Departure Day. After a hearty breakfast and a farewell to your guides the charter flight will return you to Puerto Montt. Please plan your Puerto Montt-Santiago flight for mid-afternoon in order to meet your outbound international connection that evening. Most international connections leave Santiago after 8:00 PM, arriving at US destinations early the following morning.
Day 10 - Arrive home, renewed and invigorated!
- Seven nights accommodation;
- Pick up at Puerto Montt airport in Chile or Esquel airport in Argentina and rapid transfer to H2O Patagonia's all-inclusive riverside ranch and spa;
- Charter flights from Puerto Montt to Futaleufu and back should you travel through Chile;
- All food and drink from the time we meet you in the airport until we return you there again eight days later;
- All amenities available at H2O Patagonia's riverside ranch. These include massage services (a minimum of three per week!) yoga classes, hot tub, plush robes and towels, open bar, fine wines and gourmet organic meals;
- All technical equipment for rafting and multi-sport activities, with the exception of fly fishing equipment;
- H2O Patagonia chums, hat, travel mug, T-shirt and personal dry bag for you to take home as souvenirs;
- DVD and photo CD of your week's adventures!
Price Does Not Include:
- International airfare from your home to either Puerto Montt, Chile or Esquel, Argentina
- Meals prior to our rendezvous in the airport
- Excess baggage charges
- Travel insurance (although we offer this as an easy add-on to your travel package)
We reserve the right to change the order of activities or even some of the activities due to changes in weather, transportation or other unforeseen events.
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