The actual program for your individual trip will vary according to the desires and skill level of your group, weather, or other factors.
Day 1, Monday - Arrival and Introductions
Arrive at either of our entry points in Puerto Montt, Chile or Esquel, Argentina, the gateway to Patagonia. Connect with our representative and travel to the remote riverside town of Futaleufu, surrounded by majestic mountains. You will find your accommodations at our comfortable lodge, and unwind from your trip with a hearty welcome dinner at the Futaleufu Adventure Center. Here you will spend the next four days enjoying the comforts of our native wood lodge while rafting Chile’s greatest river.
Day 2, Tuesday - Rafting Corazón to El Macal
Today we will raft Chile's most action packed section of whitewater - a virtual whitewater power storm! This section, from the Zapata swinging bridge to the Puente Futaleufu, includes five miles of Class IV+ rafting action. Rapids such as "Entrada", "Pillow", "Tiburon", and "Mundaca" with its must-see explosion hole, will keep you on your toes. In a calmer section below the rapids, we will do some swim training in preparation for the more intense rapids coming up.
At the end of the "Corazón" section we will raft past the stone bridge take-out to where the river picks up energy as the canyon walls turn into vertical cliffs and huge glacier crowned peaks rise above. Here, we find "Más o Menos" (Class IV+) and our first optional and authentic Class V rapid of this Patagonia rafting trip, "Casa de Piedra". Rafting in Chile does not get better than this!
Day 3, Wednesday - Raft Chile's Infierno Canyon
This is the most demanding, committing, and dangerous section of the Futaleufu River. The highlight of our Chile rafting program! To raft this section safely, the river levels must be right, you must have previously rafted the "Corazón" section with us and met all of our safety requirements. We put in at the bridge on the Río Espolon and soon arrive at the confluence with the Futaleufu River. At the "Gates of Infierno", we enter the "Infierno Canyon" with several serious and continuous Class V drops. After an exciting morning of chile rafting in the canyon, the river widens with spectacular views of the Las Escalas Valley.
After a section of gentle water, the Futaleufu River returns to its wild side and we encounter "Zeta" and "Throne Room", two of the most ferocious rapids on the Futa. We will portage both. After the portages, we get into the action section called "The Wild Mile Home", which contains continuous Class III and IV rapids. We arrive at the Río Azul under the sentinel of the Tres Monjas peak. This is the take out for the "Inferno Canyon" section. After a snack and beers on the beach, we hike up a short trail and drive back to the lodge and all of its comforts. Patagonia rafting at its best!
Day 4, Thursday - Rafting the Terminator and Trekking
More of this fantastic Futaleufu white water. This section offers some of the best Rafting in Patagonia. To raft this section you must have previously rafted the "Corazón" section with us and met all of our safety requirements. After a morning hike, we put in at the confluence of the Futa and the Río Azul, and enjoy a warm up on a beautiful stretch of river that winds around the Tres Monjas peaks.
Then, the Futaleufu takes on an extremely powerful nature, with the longest and largest rapid on the Futa, the "Terminator" (Class V). Futaleufu river rafting does not get any better than this! Just below, we'll have to negotiate the hole filled "Kyber Pass" (Class IV+) and the Himalayas (Class IV), with perhaps the biggest standing waves in the hemisphere.
Day 5, Friday - Ala Carte Multi-Sport Day
Today you have the option of horseback riding or canyoneering. These two activities are the highest rated in our Chile rafting program. Go back in time and horseback ride through the 'Trails of Neighbors'. It is a network of narrow roads that locals travel on foot, oxcart or horse, that lead to the valleys and isolated villages in the region. A full day out in the'Last Frontier' in Patagonia.
The second option is to rappel, hike and swim your way through a unique micro-environment of Canyon Gelves and Canyon Palenque. Few eyes have ever seen this paradise. For those that request it, other multisport options are available such as trekking, mountain biking or sea kayaking. Experience all this while rafting Patagonia’s world famous Futaleufu river. This is the perfect ending to our weeklong Chile rafting multisport week. We takeout and return to our accommodations at the lodge or camp, for our going-away dinner 'fiesta', live local music, and a video review of our rafting Chile week.
Day 6, Saturday - Departure
Wake up for an early breakfast and drive back to Chaiten, Chile and your flight to Puerto Montt, or relax for a couple of hours and take our shuttle to Esquel, Argentina. As you catch a final view of the Río Futaleufu; surrounded by hanging glaciers and snow capped mountains, take a moment to reflect upon all of the amazing sights and experiences of this past week. After all these years we are still stunned that views like these exist.
If you think you'll be itching for another adventure, a very popular alternative way to get to Chaiten is to travel it by water! We offer a 6-day guided sea kayaking trip that takes you from the end of the whitewater all the way down to Chaiten via the Lower Futaleufu, Lago Yelcho, Río Yelcho, and the Pacific Ocean. Two rivers, one large lake, and the enormous ocean, all surrounded by pristine Wilderness and unlimited postcard views.
Included: all meals, lodging, transportation, rafts, guides and river gear while rafting in Chile with us; round trip transportation between Futaleufu and Puerto Montt or Esquel.
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