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Quick Facts

  • Class: III
  • Type: Composite: S-Turn with Small Ledges
  • Length: 75 meters (240 feet)
  • Alternate Names: Pastry, Dessert, Take-out Rapid, Puente Futaleufu
  • Previous Rapid: Home Free
  • Next Rapid: Mas o Menos
  • Interactive Map: Futaleufu River Valley
  • River Section: Lower Futaleufu, Bridge-to-Bridge


A detailed sketch illustrating the key kayak lines of Postre
A detailed sketch illustrating the key kayak lines of Postre

The meaning of Postre is dessert in Spanish. The rapid is so named because nothing other than three great play-features remain between Home Free and the take-out of the Bridge-to-Bridge section – topping off a world class day of whitewater kayaking. The rapid itself is a giant S-Turn with the Puente Futaleufu at the bottom.

High and Low Water

At low water the Postre Play-wave and Postre Play-hole as well as Last Chance Surf-wave are in. At high flows these play features become washed-out and the take-out eddy, on river-left, becomes more difficult to stay in.


No scouting is needed but if you have time while running shuttle it is worth stopping at the Futaleufu Bridge to identify the take-out and play features.


The current through Postre and under the Futaleufu Bridge is fast and becomes faster as flows increase. Having a swimmer here at high water is an emergency. They will have to be quickly rescued before Mas o Menos.

Play Opportunities

A kayaker linking ends in the Postre Play-hole.
A kayaker linking ends in the Postre Play-hole.

On river-right there are two great play features, the Postre Play-hole and Postre Play-wave. This hole is great for going vertical connecting ends. A little further down is a catch-on-the-fly Last Chance Surf-wave.

Where to Swim

If you are swimming in Postre it is not realistic to swim into the normal, low water take-out eddy on river-left. Instead, swim into the Emergency Eddy on river-right. This eddy offers the best chance for a swimmer to get out of the main current and be rescued. If a swimmer goes past the Emergency Eddy they should swim to river-right for all they are worth, not worrying about their gear, as Mas o Menos is next.

Where to Rescue

At the take-out after a successful descent of the Bridge-to-Bridge section of the Futaleufu.
At the take-out after a successful descent of the Bridge-to-Bridge section of the Futaleufu.

The strongest boater (or trip leader) should never get out of their kayak until all the other paddlers are safely off the river. Because of the threat of Mas o Menos this take-out should be approached with due caution.

Running the Rapid

 Going past the take-out and heading toward Mas o Menos and Casa de Piedra.
Going past the take-out and heading toward Mas o Menos and Casa de Piedra.

Visit the Postre Play-hole and Play-Wave on river-right then try and catch the Last Chance Surf-wave in the middle of the river. Afterward head over to the take-out eddy on river-left. The current along the shore is much swifter than it looks. While paddlers are tempted to catch the top of the eddy the best place to catch it is in the lower-middle where the upstream current is swiftest. If the water level is high, use the high-water take-out located above the normal take-out.

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  • Disclaimer: Under no circumstances should paddlers substitute the information and diagrams in this guidebook for their own sound judgment on the river and their collective experience running rivers. This guidebook is based on Expediciones Chile's twenty years of experience running the Futaleufu River. However, the diagrams and descriptions found here are only approximations of what paddlers will find on the river once they get here. They are not to scale and nor are they completely accurate. Water levels change, rocks move around, landslide debris can enter the river at any time making the diagrams obsolete. Expediciones Chile also reserves the right to update these diagrams and descriptions at any time as we find better ways to illustrate and discuss the rapids. Use this guidebook at your own risk.

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