Greatest Whitewater Class III/IV and a variety of multi-sport activities

The Futaleufú river valley is in the heart of Patagonia, one of the most secluded regions on our planet. From Puerto Montt and after fourty minute flight you get in Chaiten, a small coastal town. A spectacular three and a half hour drive, accented by turquoise lakes and rivers, glacier crowned mountains, lush plant life, and small villages, brings you to the small town of Futaleufú a walking village with a spectacular view of snow-capped peaks, nestled deep in an emerald green valley with unusual looking vegetation.

After a hard day of play, you're invited to relax and enjoy the comforts of the Adventure Center Lodge, where tired adventurers together enjoy a family-style Chilean meal, fine Chilean wines, and an evening of leisure and camaraderie around the bar and fireplace. The Adventure Lodge is an example of humble yet warm Patagonian construction. A masseuse is available to soothe your muscles. Besides there is also a beautiful inn located in the village. We often use the inn for our smaller groups. And finally, for those guests desiring a unique cultural experience we offer a cozy Hospedaje run by one of the families in the village.

The Río Futaleufú is world renowned for its brilliant turquoise to emerald colored water, majestic alpine beauty, dramatic cliff faces, and adrenaline charged rapids, ultimate explosion waves, sunshine, and warm weather. The Futaleufú is gaining a reputation as having the "Greatest Whitewater on Earth". The rapids range from Class 3, 4 and 5.

This program offers two options: one is focus on rafting Chile's national treasure: the Río Futaleufú, plus several other types of outdoor adventure sports the other is focus on less rafting and more multi-sport activites blending both culture and wilderness adventures. These different activities allow you to have the best experience possible while exploring the spectacularly diverse ecosystems of this region. The nature experience waits: kayaking and rafting the pristine, iridescent rivers, silently gliding across a glacial lake, hiking up the Andes Mountains and rappelling down hidden canyons. Every evening, return to the comforts of wood lodge for hearty dinners, hot showers and a cozy room. The following is a suggested itinerary. Use it as a model and choose how to best get your heart pumping in The Heart of Patagonia, Chile.

Arrival in Puerto Montt. Tickets will be waiting for you at the local counter in the airport. Take a local plane for your 40 minute flight to Chaiten; it's a flight back in time. We will meet you at the airport where we start our drive past volcanoes, fjord-like lakes, hanging glaciers and the turquoise rapids of the Futaleufú River to the remote riverside town of Futaleufú. Here you will find our Lodge surrounded on all sides by majestic mountains. You'll unwind from your trip with a hearty welcome dinner, an open fireplace, and a cozy room. (D)
We'll have an easy morning hike to a breathtaking over look of the town and valley. We will then return to our lodge for a Chilean sit down lunch. After lunch, we'll become familiar with the latest in mountain bike technology and will ride alongside the pristine waters of the upper Río Espolón (class 2), enjoying the beautiful white sand beaches and crossing small tributaries via wooden bridges. After 5 kilometers, we arrive at the impressive waterfalls of the Rio Espolón, The Devil's Throat! Below the falls, we'll trade our mountain bikes for sit-on-top kayaks and paddling gear. In double or single crafts, we will tour the Espolón and enjoy its transparent waters, ideal swimming areas, and easy rapids - the perfect introductory run. The trip is one big loop that brings us to our take-out, minutes from the lodge, where we will have a delicious dinner and a good night's sleep. (B, L, D)
In the morning 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 4+ 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 of the coming days. Spend the afternoon soaking up the Chilean Culture in this secluded alpine village or participate in one of the numerous multi sport activities from our lodge. (B,L,D)
This morning we head back to the river. This rafting run begins with a repeat of the adrenaline charged Corazón section. At the end of the Corazón section, however, we'll raft past the previous day's 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 4+) and our first authentic class 5 rapid of this raft trip, Casa de Piedra. (For guests not wanting to do the class V Casa de Piedra section our warm shuttle bus will be waiting to take you off the river before this section.). (B,L,D)
(Ala Carte Multi Sport Day)
These two activities are the highest rated in our raft Chile 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. A full day out in the "Last Frontier" in Patagonia. Or rappel, hike and swim your way through a unique microenvironment of Canyon Gelves and Canyon Palenque. Few eyes have ever seen this paradise. Check out our photos of these activities. One photo was selected for use in the 2000 Patagonia catalogue. We can also do a day of trekking, mountain biking or sea kayaking for those who request it. (B,L,D)
We will depart early in the morning for a scenic drive to Chaiten, where you catch your flight back to Puerto Montt and connect to your flights back to your home country. You will have just experienced in one week what some folks won't experience in a lifetime. (B)
Departures: Every Saturday to Thursday from December 4 through March 19, min 2 participants.
Based on double occupancy
US$ 1.500
Every Saturday to Thursday from December 4 through March 19, min 2 participants.* Exceptions during season: December 28 & January 4, 2005
Season: December to March.


  • All ground transportation, shuttles.
  • Local air tickets Puerto Montt-Chaiten-Puerto Montt.
  • All nights accommodation in Río Grande Lodge based on double occupancy.
  • All meals, wine with dinner.
  • Experts bilingual guides.
  • Instruction and use of a kayak, or raft.
  • Sporting equipment needed for your described trip.
  • Kayakers need to bring paddle, personal paddling gear and camping gear. Please see packing list for details on our General Information.
* Please see packing list for details on our General Information.


  • Any type of insurance
  • Gratuities and personal extras as communications costs, laundry, meals or drinks or transportation out of the program and other personal items
  • Medical expenses in case of illness or injury.
You should be in good health for these wilderness trips. The minimum age for the trip is 18 years. There is no upper age limit, but older guests should be aware of the rigors of a whitewater expedition. Previous experience is suggested. Oar-rigged (center and stern frame) rafts will be rowed by our staff. You have the option of walking around any of the rapids. Experienced safety kayakers will help to cover all the safety aspects while we are in the river.

we hardly suggest having your own personal travel insurance. This must include: evacuation from remote sites, emergency repatriation and medical & hospital expenses. Also it should cover cancellation & curtailment and personal effects.
Chile requires no vaccinations for entry from any country. There is no malaria or yellow fever, the tap water in most cities is chlorinated and the general standard of hygiene is one of the highest in South America.

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