Greatest Whitewater Class III/V & Adventure Week on Earth
Nestled deep in the Andes of southern Chile, in a remote sector of Patagonia, lies the little village of Futaleufu and the Futaleufu river, one of the most secluded regions on our planet. Is an international destination for outdoor adventure sports.
From Puerto Montt and after fourty minute flight you get in Chaiten, a small coastal village. 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.

As a whitewater rafting river it is short, but very intense and concentrated. From top to bottom it is only 44 kilometers, or 27 miles long. It starts at the border of Argentina, in Los Alerces National Park and ends in Chile, serving as the headwaters of Lago Yelcho. The Futaleufu has four defined sections of difficulty. The most challenging runs are on the upper part of the river and the introductory sections are at the lower stretch. We always start on the easiest sections to build your skills and your team's skills for the more difficult sections. For this reason we start at the lower sections and then move towards the top. You and your team will decide to continue on to more difficult water, or to paddle the easier stretches. And, if you think you've had enough, there are numerous other activities waiting for you in this spectacular region of our Patagonia. The sections available to run also depend on the level of the Futaleufu.

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.
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.

Day 1 Sat PUERTO MONTT - CHAITEN - FUTALEUFU (arrival and introductions)
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 to our Adventure Center Lodge in Futaleufu, surrounded by majestic mountains. You'll unwind from your trip with a hearty welcome dinner, an open fireplace and a cozy room.
We'll have a great start with a beautiful average mountain bike ride alongside the pristine waters of the upper Río Espolón. Then over the river on a footbridge and up to Devil's Throat, a breathtaking and still un-run class 6 cascade at the watershed of the Espolón River. Below the falls, we'll enjoy lunch and then 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 pisco sours and dinner await us.
In the morning we will run one of the most action packed sections of whitewater you will find anywhere - a virtual whitewater power storm! This section, from the Zapata swinging bridge to the Puente Futaleufu, includes five miles of class 4+ 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.
This morning we head back to the river. This run begins with a repeat of the adrenaline charged Corazón section. At the end of the Corazón section, however, we'll continue 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 the trip, Casa de Piedra.
These two activities are the highest rated in our programs. 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.
This is the most demanding, committing, and dangerous section of the Futaleufu. To run this section safely, the water levels must be right, you must have previously run the Corazón section with us and met all of our safety requirements. We put in at the bridge on the Río Espolón and soon arrive at the confluence with the Río Futaleufu. At the Gates of Infierno, we enter the Infierno Canyon with several serious and continuous class 5 drops. After an exciting morning in the canyon, the river widens with spectacular views of the Las Escalas Valley. After a section of gentle water, the 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 3 and 4 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.
More of this fantastic white water. You must have previously run 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 river takes on an extremely powerful nature, with the longest and largest rapid on the Futa, the 'Terminator' (class 5). Just below, we'll have to negotiate the hole filled Kyber Pass (class 4+) and the Himalayas (class 4), with perhaps the biggest standing waves in the hemisphere. We take out 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 week.
An early breakfast before we depart for a scenic drive to Chaiten, where you catch your flight back to Puerto Montt.
2004-2005 DEPARTURES
December 2004
4*, 11, 19** & 28**
4, 8, 15, 22 & 29
5, 12, 19 & 26
5, 12, 19 & 26
December 2005
3, 10, 17, 24** & 31
7, 14, 21 & 28
4, 11, 18 & 25
4, 11, 18 & 25
* US$1000 off if sign-up before June 30th, 2004!
** Special departures on Sundays
Club Futa
Adventure Center Lodge
US$ 2.200
US$ 2.500


  • All ground transportation, shuttles
  • Local air tickets Puerto Montt-Chaiten-Puerto Montt
  • All night accommodations in Hostería Río Grande 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.


  • 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.
Insurance & Medical: 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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