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Kayak Chile:
Futaleufu Whitewater Kayaking

In 1985 Expediciones Chile's founder, Chris Spelius, kayaked the Futaleufu (Fu, Futa) River for his first time. After kayaking rivers all over the world, he believed he had stumbled upon an undiscovered Kayaking Nirvana in the Futaleufu River Valley. He was so impressed by what he found that just one year later he began leading guided kayak trips down the Futaleufu River - thus Expediciones Chile (Kayak Chile) was born.

For over 20 years, Expediciones Chile has safely guided kayakers from all over the world down the Futaleufu River, as well as numerous other rivers in Patagonia Chile and Argentina. In 1995, ExChile hosted team Timex while they were filming the PaddleQuest video. We are now entering our twenty first consecutive Kayak Chile season and we invite you to come down and explore this magical river valley and discover why it is considered one of the most sought after whitewater kayaking destinations in the world.


Our whitewater kayaking season begins in October in San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina - sometimes referred to as the "Switzerland of South America" for its spectacular skiing, scenery and vibrant night life. In December we start our Futaleufu kayaking season on one of the greatest "big water" rivers in the world from our private Tres Monjas Eco-Camp at the Rio Azul and Futaleufu confluence. There you will find the latest play and river running boats, sit-down gourmet dining, native wood sauna, on-staff masseuse, white sand beaches and deluxe platform tent camping. Our season continues on the Futaleufu River through the month of April.

During January, February and March we also run Whitewater Kayak Safari Trips through the Lakes district of Southern Patagonia Chile and Argentina. We have a comprehensive Kayak School and full menu of Patagonia Sea Kayaking trips to choose from as well.

Whitewater Kayak Chile:
Guided Futaleufu Kayaking Trips

Kayak Chile Week - Class II/III
During this week we will explore the numerous Class II/III tributaries of the Rio Futaleufu and work on developing skills that will enable us to paddle bigger water. By the end of this week we will set our sites on paddling the exciting "El Macal" section of the Futaleufu...

Kayak Chile Week - Class II -III

(8 Days in Patagonia, Chile / 7 over nights / 6 Active Days)

Futaleufu Valley Week - Class III/IV
This week will combine the less intense rapids of the Futaleufu with runs on the Class III+ Rio Azul and other neighboring tributaries. We will get to see all of the action packed Class V runs that have made the Futaleufu famous, but in most cases we will use the well worn portage trails around these massive rapids...

Futaleufu Valley Week - Class III-IV

(8 Days in Patagonia, Chile / 7 over nights / 6 Active Days)

Kayak Futaleufu Week - Class IV/V
This is the ultimate week for advanced Class IV-V paddlers. Our aim will be to hit all of the major class V rapids on the Futaleufu, some more than once. On this trip you will have the opportunity to paddle the hardest lines on, Casa de Piedra, Terminator, Inferno Canyon, Zeta, and Throne Room. We may devote one day to paddling the Rio Azul or Rio Michigan...

Kayak Futaleufu Week - Class IV - V

(8 Days in Patagonia, Chile / 7 over nights / 6 Active Days)

Kayak Chile Lite - Class II/III (4 days)
A four day version of our Kayak Chile Week for those who can't spend a full week kayaking in Chile...

Kayak Chile Lite - Class II - III  (4 days)

(6 Days in Patagonia, Chile / 5 over nights / 4 Active Days)

Futaleufu Valley Lite - Class III/IV (4 days)
A four day version of our Futaleufu Valley Week for those who can't spend a full week kayaking in Chile...

Futaleufu Valley Lite - Class III - IV (4 days)

(6 Days in Patagonia, Chile / 5 over nights / 4 Active Days)

Kayak Futaleufu Lite - Class IV/V (4 days)
A four day version of our Kayak Futaleufu Week for those who can't spend a full week kayaking in Chile...

Kayak Futaleufu Lite - Class IV - V (4 days)

(6 Days in Patagonia, Chile / 5 over nights / 4 Active Days)

Patagonia Kayak Safari Trips

Our Argentina and Chile kayaking safari trips bring you to the frontiers of whitewater paddling in these two spectacular countries. Experience some of the greatest whitewater in South America with our Patagonia kayak safari trips!

Patagonia Kayak Safari Trips

Kayak School Instruction

Although the Futaleufu is world famous for its technical big water there are many tributaries and sections of the Futaleufu, which are ideal for kayak school classes. ExChile offers whitewater kayak lessons and instruction based out of our native wood lodge in the remote world famous Futaleufu River Valley in Patagonia, Chile. The Patagonia South Kayak School was founded by Olympic paddler and internationally acclaimed kayak instructor, Chris Spelius. Whether you want to learn to roll a kayak or sharpen your paddling skills, you will receive expert instruction from our experienced team of instructors in a setting that is beyond your imagination.

Kayak School Instruction

Why guided trips?

This is a question that we hear every year and the answer is multifaceted. The Futaleufu river ranks as one of the top kayaking destination in the world. It is larger and faster than almost every river in North America. Many sections of the river are continuous and many of the portage trails and scouting spots are on private property or are difficult to find. The river also changes markedly during the season as water levels fluctuate. This makes even detailed river descriptions inadequate. In addition there is the logistical issue of transporting a kayak into a very remote area of Chilean Patagonia and arranging for daily shuttle transportation. On our guided trips all of these factors are eliminated or minimized. Our guides know the best put-ins and take-outs; they know the river levels and best play features because they are paddling every day. All transportation, shuttles and meals are arranged beforehand. There is not a minute of wasted time so that all of your attention can be devoted to paddling this magnificent river. With our large "quiver" of latest model kayaks, you also have the option of paddling a number of different kayaks through the week to suit the present water levels and your paddling style.

What are guided trips like?

Our guided kayak Futaleufu trips run every week from the beginning of December through mid April. We run our Class II/III, Class III/IV and Class IV/V kayak trips simultaneously. This allows paddlers with different skills to enjoy the same kayak vacation. Kayak Chile guests eat together and camp together but break up into skill groups during the day that best match their paddling ability. We also will combine our groups on some stretches of river. For example, on some days our Class III/IV trip might join our Class IV/V group, but will portage the harder rapids while the other group paddles's through. In addition to the Futaleufu, there are numerous Futaleufu tributaries and other rivers in our region that make this an ideal destination for Class II/III paddlers.

What about kayakers with a non-paddling partner?

Expediciones Chile has a full range of multi sport activities to choose from. These include whitewater rafting, sea kayaking, kayak school, horseback riding, trekking, mountain biking, canyoning and fly fishing. Take a tour of our web site to see what Expediciones Chile has to offer a non-paddling partner.

What about kayakers who are traveling solo?

About forty percent of people who sign-up for trips with us come on their own. Don't feel like you need to postpone coming to Chile if you don't have friends who want to paddle the Futaleufu this winter. We will set you up with a group paddling at your level and you will quickly make new friends!

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Custom ecotours of the Futaleufu valley that include bird watching and nature treks.

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