This is a series of spectacular rides amongst the lakes, rivers, and old growth forests of the pristine and remote Futaleufu River valley. The nearest paved roads are hours away. Each day you are exposed to Patagonia nature in its wild splendor. We ride close to the clear lakes and pristine rivers. At night you return to our lodge and cabins near the village allowing you to interact with the real pioneer culture of the Pueblo.
Grab your Spanish phrase book. The valley contains lots of exciting history from the days the pioneers settled it and many are still alive. Participants will have multisport options like rafting the world class Futaleufu River and many others. Rides can be custom tailored in difficulty to the physical abilities of the riders.
Day 1: Arrival and introductions
Arrive in Santiago and connect to Puerto Montt. In Puerto Montt you board your 40-minute flight to Chaitén, a flight back in time. We will meet you at the airport where we start our drive across the Andes: volcanoes, fjord-like lakes, hanging glaciers and the turquoise rapids of the Futaleufu River. We arrive in Futaleufu and are taken directly to our cabin near the working ranch. You will be met with wine and cheese to eat around the fireplace before dinner.
Day 2: Ride to Devil’s Throat (10 miles rt)
You will orient yourselves to our front suspension Specialized bikes. Afterwards we ride up the Rio Espolon we cross small bridges, view turquoise water, sand beaches, fishing and swimming holes. You will cross the Rio Espolon on a wood swinging bridge. Here the climb gets steeper, but shortly you arrive at a tremendous Class 6 waterfall exploding in a white froth out of the upper lake into the valley blow. This is a sight to behold as we eat lunch over looking what is called the Devils throat. Crossing another bridge we get an over look of the Espolon lake. The return ride has one steep pitch downhill and a slight downhill to the lodge.
Day 3: Ride to the National Reserve of Huemul (12 miles rt)
Cross the mighty Futaleufú and ride up the river near the Argentinean border into the Patagonia Steppe and explore the pristine Río Chico Valley, a national reserve of the Huemul. This ride takes us upstream to a charming valley that contains the endangered Huemul a small deer like animal that resembles the fictitious jack elope off the American intermountain west. Only this is real. This is a National Reserve for the Animal yet it is completely undeveloped except the sign announcing your entry into the protected area.
Day 4: Back in time to the "Las Escalas" Valley (13 miles rt )
This world class ride takes us along the Inferno gorge, a black rock canyon of the Futaleufu River. Five hundred feet below we view the agitated turquoise water. You will naturally not want to ride to close to the edge. The trail enters the open Las Escalas valley for a trip back in time. We cross the Futaleufu River on a swinging bridge and ride up through an old growth forest of Coyhue trees out of the valley and around a small lake back to the village of Futaleufu.
Day 5: Whitewater Rafting or Multisport Day
Today you will have the option to try rafting the legendary Futaleufu River or try another multisport activity.
Day 6: Tres Monjas to the "Throne Room" (7 mile rt)
You will ride along soft dirt trails over a soft grassy meadow hills in a deep valley. We park our bikes as we hike several hundred yards on a trail cut into a rock cliff along the river. We ford a small stream and we arrive at one of the most powerful rapids in the World the Throne Room. A whitewater power storm that sounds like a 757 taking off.
Day 7: Day trip to Los Alerces Argentina (14 mile rt)
Bring your passport. Our last ride is up to the border along the Futaleufu River. Here we cross into Argentina and take a day ride in the Los Alerces National Park. We return for our going away festival.
Day 8: Departure
After an early breakfast, we drive you back to Chaitén where you catch your flight back to Puerto Montt and connect to your flights back home.
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