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Whitewater Rafting in Chile:
Futaleufu River Rafting: Futaleufu Lite

Visit the best kept secret of Patagonia, the Futaleufu River valley. This is a magical place where glacial lakes are connected by the pristine Futaleufu river cutting through the most dramatic part of the Andean Mountain range. Be enchanted by its natural rhythms, where condors soar in southern thermals high above turquoise rapids thundering through rarely seen granite canyons.

Acclaimed as one of the most demanding rafting runs in the world, the Futaleufu River provides rafters the ultimate whitewater challenge. The first time you connect to the intriguing power of this river you will know it is unlike any river you have rafted before.

The four day Futaleufu rafting light is for those with limited time and limited rafting experience that want to raft "The Greatest Whitewater on Earth" but are not certain if they have the desire do the most difficult Class 5 sections. Over two full days of rafting, we will start with the Class 3 Las Escalas and into the Class 4 Wild Mile, the impressive Terminator is optional, and then into the action pack class 4 heart of the Futaleufu or bridge to bridge section. The next two days are open for trekking, mt biking or kayaking options.

This entire experience is based at our spectacular eco camp "Campo Tres Monjas" complete with a white sand beach at the confluence of the Futaleufu river and the Rio Azul. You will arrive by river to the camp arguably the most dramatic spot on the river system. Watch the sun rise between the impressive spires of Tres Monjas peak overlooking the area. Be lulled to sleep by the sound of the river in your RiverNest cabin on the river. Enjoy the sauna, massage and eating dinner with your fellow adventurers.

Day by Day:

Day 1 Friday: Depart your home town
Fly on an over night flight to Buenos Aires Argentina. Welcome to the warmth of the Southern Hemisphere in summer.

Day 2 Saturday: Travel to Trevelin, Patagonia Argentina
Early morning arrival in Buenos Aires, change airports and connect with a flight to Esquel, Argentina. Take a taxi (45 minutes) to Trevelin, Argentina, a charming mountain village gateway just 45 minutes from the border and the Futaleufu River in Chile. Check into the hotel Casa de Piedra and walk to one of several superb restaurants. Unwind, relax, and get a good nights sleep.

Day 3 Sunday: Your trip starts. Raft from the near the Border to Campo Tres Monjas
Wake up in Trevelin for an 8 a.m. breakfast. At 9 a.m. taxis arrive to drive trip members to the border of Chile arriving at 10 a.m. They can be arranged to be pre-paid. An Expediciones Chile representative will meet you at the Argentine Border station and help you exit Argentina and enter Chile where your trip officially starts. After clearing customs a short drive takes us direct to the Futaleufu river put in where we will meet your guides and rafts. After changing into our river gear, your luggage will be whisked away and magically show up at your RiverNest cabin at our river eco-camp before you arrive in the evening. After the introduction of whitewater and paddling skills we encounter a section of mild class II water flowing through the Las Escalas valley. A couple of hours later the river shows its wild side and we encounter "Zeta" and "Throne Room", two of the most challenging (Class V+) rapids on the Futaleufu. We study and will portage both. After the portages, we get into our first action, the section called "The Wild Mile" which contains Tres Islas (III), Roller Coaster (III), Honorable Mention (IV minus), Wild Mile (IV minus) and the climatic Thing. The excitement doesn't stop until we get to the confluence of the Futaleufu and Azul rivers as we take out on the unspoiled beach at our Camp Tres Monjas with the stunning peak of the same name standing guard. At our secluded camp you find your luggage in your RiverNest cabin. You will be given a tour following trails to the sauna, showers, drying shed, bathrooms, and dining hall. This idyllic spot will serve as the take out and put in for your activities for the rest of the week's adventures. This setting is arguably one of the most stunning on the river. Relax in the sauna and ready yourself for a sit down meal.

Day 4 Monday: The hearth of the Futaleufu Rafting: Terminator Section
This has to be one of the most fun and action packed days of rafting, anywhere on earth. We take off from our sand beach at camp and head downstream to a couple of warm up rapids before the river takes on an extremely powerful nature, with the longest rapid on the Futa, the "Terminator" (Class V). After a careful scout and plan we will run this rapid. Just below, we'll have to negotiate the hole filled "Khyber Pass" (Class IV+) and the Himalayas (Class IV), with perhaps the biggest standing waves in the hemisphere with a huge pool below. After Lunch we run another complete section called the the Heart of the Futaleufu. 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. Though drop pool the pools are short and the action non stop. After the trip we return to our Camp and take advantage of our sauna and massuse and work out any sore muscles you might have after a big day of paddling.

Day 5 Tuesday: Trekking around Tres Monjas or up the Tres Monjas
After breakfast we set out on a trail for the planned Trek around the Tres Monjas peak. One trek takes us around the backside of the Tres Monjas peak crossing creeks and through Coyhue forests (4 hours). The most challenging option is the all day climb (8 to 12 hours) up the the Monjas and through the enchanted forest of rare Lenga trees that have adapted to the thin soil high on the mountain. Their fight for survival coupled with their vulnerability contribute to a fascinating environment and an exciting hike! You can experience an incredible view of the area just beneath the dramatic spires. If you just want a day at camp to yourself to relax, swim, read on that beach, grab a massage or just take in the natural beauty...take the day off and do whatever. Just return in time for wine and snacks before dinner.

Day 6 Wednesday: Multisport option day: Further Trekking / Mt Bike / Sea Kayak or learn to roll a kayak.
1. Trekking up to the scenic overlook Piedra del Aguila. Finish in the Village of Futaleufu
2. Mountain Biking from Camp into the village of Futaleufu.
3. If you want to Kayak we have one man and two man kayaks for exploring either Lago Espolon or Lago Lonconao depending which way the wind blows. Afterwards we return to the village of Futaleufu.
4. If there are three or more interested in learning to whitewater kayak this can be an option. Most Fridays, we have our head of instruction a former Olympian teach our Rafting Multisport guests the essential points of this exciting sport in a non-threatening environment. This is an opportunity to try this exciting sport first in a lagoon, then on gentle moving water on a introduction section of the Rio Espolon. We finish in Futaleufu.

After the activities we will have a little time to change clothes and to take a small tour of Futaleufu. We make our way toward the border where your taxi awaits to take you to your Hotel in Trevelin. Check into your hotel, take a shower and change clothes before enjoying your last night in Patagonia. There are a handful of outstanding and reasonably priced restaurants in Trevelin that we can recommend. Relax, recover and look back on the exciting week of rafting before heading home the following morning.



Day 9 Thursday: Return to Capital City
Depending on your connections you are now are in Argentina ready for an early departure in a cab from you hotel to the bus station in Esquel for the trip to Bariloche and your flight back to Beunos Aires. A private transfer can be arranged direct from your hotel to the airport in Bariloche. If you have a flight from Esquel you have the morning to enjoy and buy gifts in Trevelin before your 2 pm flight to Buenos Aires and the connection back to your home country.


Friday: Return home





Accomodations:

Eco Camp Campo Tres Monjas

Campo Tres Monjas river eco camp interactive map

Price per Person: $2095.00 USD Price valid for a 4 person trip minimum
Single Occupancy if available $200 usd

Special Flexibility: Exchile will be flexible to make your trip a total success. The actual program for your custom trip will vary according to the desires and skill level of your group, weather, or other factors. Patagonia has constantly changing weather patterns that might affect what day is best for a certain activity. If a certain part of your trip is not possible due to danger risks and weather extremes, our experienced guide staff will work with you to figure out the best possible option to substitute for the weather complications. If you have any concerns, please feel free to ask us more about the situations and what is guaranteed on the trip.

Included: Your described trip, guiding, instruction, activity equipment, local transportation, shuttles, all meals, wine with dinner, accommodations at our eco-camps, cabins, ranches or lodges, while on your trip. We offer a free pick up on Sunday mornings at 9 am in Trevelin at your hotel, and drop off to your hotel in Trevelin, Argentina on Fridays at 9 pm. See the packing list of your activity, for the specific clothing that is required.

Not Included: All en-route transportation, food, pre-trip hotel(s) from your home town to your trip pick up point.
All en-route transportation, food, lodging, post-trip hotel(s) from your trip drop off point back to your home town.

Once you are traveling on a exchile trip you should have no extra expenses unless you are desiring, laundry services, massage, gifts, or additional alcohol beyond what is included. If you want to add activities that are not listed as options on your itinerary we are super flexible to cater to your wishes. However extra activities may be subject to an additional charge if not included on your day by day intinerary.

How to organize your En-route in one step: We can have Gilda (G & G Travel and Tours) our recommended travel agent arrange all en-route transportation, pre and post trip hotels for your exchile trip or trips. Give her a call and compare prices. She often beats internet fares.

Expediciones Chile and G & G Travel and Tours are not financially responsible for your travel complications getting to your trip pick up point and back home from the trip drop off point, HOWEVER, we will be relentless allies 24/7 in offering our influence to help solve any issues that you may encounter in route. This is our part of the world and we are extremely well connected. Our clients provide significant business for the transportation services we recommended, they work with us and they know that we aggressively represent our guests in finding solutions while they are in route to exchile trips. We recommend purchasing travel insurance.

 
Trip Pick up spot: The Border between Futaleufu Chile and Esquel Argentina
Trip Drop off spot: The Border between Futaleufu Chile and Esquel Argentina
Alternative Trip Drop off spot: Futaleufu for a transfer to Chaiten and flight back to Puerto Montt Chile.
Season: Regular Season is Dec - March.
Extended Season/Charter trips 4 person minimum /Nov 15- Dec1 and April 1 - April 15.
Experience Needed: None but is helpful
Physical Challenge: Moderately High
Cultural Experience: Moderately High
Nature Experience: High
Comfort Rating:  High
Max Trip Size: 16
Min Trip Size: 4
Region: Futaleufu River Valley, Patagonia Chile
Lakes, Rivers, Sites Visited: All sections of the Futaleufu river, Las Escalas Valley, village of Trevelin, village of Futaleufu, and the Rio Azul
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