Our gateway city to this region is Valdivia.
It can be easily reached by daily flights and bus services
from Santiago. We meet you there with our fully-equipped
Fuy: Flowing into Lago Panguipulli,
this river is best of the steep runs inChile.
This crystal-clear river tumbles down the Andean hillsides
in a series of pool-drop rapids, including five impressive
waterfalls. There are also several worldclass Class
III play sections along the way. This river is a steep
creekers paradise overlooked by the snowcapped Choshuenco
During the days of paddling we select the appropriate
section for your trip, usually starting with the easiest
sections and climaxing to the most challenging. The
shuttles are very short, giving us plenty of time for
post-paddling activities: horseback riding, guided dory
trips, trout fishing or relaxing at the beach are a
few popular options. The base camp for the Río
Fuy is the town of Choshuenco, population
620. Here we stay in a small inn dining on hearty Chilean
food. This modest, friendly village is located on the
black-sandy beaches of Lago Panguipulli.
five main sections of the Rio Fuy
The Upper Fuy (from Lago Pirehueico to Las Leonas Falls).
This action-packed Class IV run begins on the tranquil
waters of Lago Pirihueico. In a lush tropical setting
with dense trees and overhanging vines, the river falls
away from the lake with pool-drop rapids continuous
enough to keep you on your toes. There is a small play
hole about halfway down the run and several surf waves
just upstream of Las Leonas Falls which marks the end
of Section One. There you may opt to take out, leaving
the waterfalls and Class IV stretch of Section Two for
another time ... or continue on downstream.
Two: The Falls of the Upper Fuy
With five impressive drops, Section Two is the steep
creeker’s Class IV paradise stretching from Las
Leonas Falls to where the river meets the road. The
kayak run begins in a small pool just above Las Leonas
Falls - a 28-footer - that can be run or portaged. Immediately
below the plunge there is another 12-foot drop followed
by a mile of assorted falls and steep slides. This is
an adrenaline-charged section of whitewater.
Beneath section two there is a couple of miles of flatwater.
Then the rapids pick up into an unrunnable section that
leads into the overwhelming spectacular Huilo Huilo
Falls, a 35-meter drop of height into a clean deep pool.
This unrunnable drop is in a stunning fern and forested
setting with good access to views and a great swim in
the pool below. For the next two miles there are numerous
unrunnable falls over 10 meters where the river mellows
out into section three.
put-in to first bridge)
The Middle Fuy, a class 4 section, starts off with a
bang. The put-in is within sight of the most difficult
drop of this section, a 10-foot ledge drop right into
another rapid. The remainder of the run takes us through
a boulder-strewn river bed with countless eddies to
catch and holes to surf. On the Class 4/5 kayaking trips
this section will usually be run in conjunction with
- From the concrete bridge to the wooden bridge)
The Lower Fuy – a class 3+ section at certain
levels, is a playboaters/ paddlers paradise. It begins
at an awesome play spot. It runs downstream through
a boulder garden with countless eddies and surf waves.
– From wooden bridge to lake)
The Lower Fuy, a less intense class 2-3 section, takes
us on the last leg of the Rio Fuy’s journey and
into Lago Panguipulli. The river widens as the gradient
levels off offering amazing views of the surrounding
volcanoes. This is the perfect warm-up run for the Class
3 and 4- trips. There are plenty of places to practice
surfing, ferries, eddy catching and combat rolls. At
the confluence with the lake we will paddle the short
distance back to the sandy beach near our inn.
Fuy-Futa Safari Rivers
San Pedro: (Kayaking
It is a fun-filled and action-packed Class 3/4 big water
run with numerous play waves and a retentive play hole.
The water is warm and crystal clear enabling you to
carefully inspect the unique lava flows. In places the
river is only a few feet deep. In others, the bottom
disappears out of sight.
The base camp for the Rio San Pedro is a small hotel
in the town of Panguipulli
– with a population of 10,321 this charming town
is famous for its Festival of Roses and its beachside
setting. It is just big enough to have an authentic
Chilean night life.
This class 2-3 river flows between two beautiful lakes,
a mile across the open lake from our hotel in Choshuenco.
Although the water is big, the routes are clearly defined
and fun to paddle. There are plenty of good play spots.
We save this for Class III trips.
Neltume:(Kayaking & Rafting)
Flowing from the warm and clear Neltume Lake, this class
2/3 river is a short tributary of the Fuy. With a shallow
shore put-in it is ideal for working on our rolls and
tuning up our forward strokes before the mile long Neltume.
This section of rapids is drop/pool, which does require
some precise maneuvering. This is a good intro to the
region’s technical paddling.
- Custom Trip
Andean and Multi-sport Safari trip has the option to
run Río Manso in Argentina
and drive on south to Futaleufu.
Getting there: After we depart the Río San Pedro
we spend the night at a lake-side hotel near Entre Lagos.
The following morning, we drive into the Chilean National
Park, Puyehue. We enter Argentina at the top of the
Andes with a dramatic view into Argentina’s Nahuel
Haupi National Park. As you pass along the shore of
this very large lake, Lago Nahuel Haupi, your view of
Bariloche (100,000 habitants)will begin to appear. In
this park we find the best and most diverse whitewater
run in Argentina, the Río Manso.
is the gateway to the Rio Manso. Bariloche is a rather
large Patagonian city most known for its ski area and
the stone-cathedral: the Aspen of Argentina.
main sections of the Rio Manso
Manso: Born in the huge glaciers of
the Tronador Mountains in the Argentinean national
park of Nahuel Huapi, the Río
Manso flows into several large clear
remote lakes heading towards Chile, where it eventually
joins the Puelo River. The three sections of the Manso
offer Argentina's best whitewater. One of these sections
is always optimum for running no matter the skill
of the group.
Rafting Class 3)
The upper play stretch, Manso Medio, has 6 kms of
fun rapids, surfing waves and fun holes. There is
at least one big drop that will get your attention.
This stretch can be done in a full day or in a half
La Cascada is 23 kms of very steep, a small river
with numerous spectacular runnable drops and even
more spectacular unrunnable falls. This section is
a remote tour along the heavily forested border of
the park—totally inaccessible except by river
or air. You will be in a section of earth most humans
have never seen. After being challenged all day in
a tight canyon environment, our day ends dramatically
as the river eases in difficulty and flows into the
open and peaceful Lago Steffen surrounded by high
Andean mountains. This requires an hour of paddling
across the lake to our waiting vehicle. Our lodge
for this section is a rustic log ‘hospedaje’
at the put-in.
“Manso a la Frontera” for Class 3/4 trips.
This remote border section is a 15-km stretch of the
Manso, bordering the National Park till it meets the
border of Chile.
This day we paddle a small, narrow and intimate canyon
with strange but beautiful rock formations. Challenged
and awed, we ride the Manso till we meet the border
of Chile. Here we load our kayaks on horses and hike
out to an Argentinean Estancia. Our Argentinean-Swiss
Hosts will prepare our dinner as we prepare for a
good night's sleep in our tents under the stars.
drive 3.5 hours through the Patagonia steppe south
is A rgentina’s gateway to the
with jet service to Buenos Aires and bus service to
Futaleufu 3-times a week. This sleepy city is also
the gateway to the Los Alerces National Park.
interesting option is a ride on the, La Trochita,
the Patagonian steam train. Daily bus service to Bariloche
and various National Parks from here as well.
Area: Bound for the Futaleufu from Argentina
you will traverse an arid and colorful area that will
remind you of parts of the American West. This is called
Steppe or Estepa Patagonia. (Butch Cassidy and Sundance
hung out here when they were on the run!) As you get
your first glimpse of the massive range of mountains
you’ll be entering the birthplace of the Futaleufu,
a dramatic contrast.
Patagonia Safari - Custom Trip
there: We arrive for the Austral Safari trip by flying
to Coyhaique and exploring this area
as we travel north to Futaleufu. We're excited about
sharing such an adventure in this area and it should
be seen and admired now while still in its present state.
We will stay at quaint inns at each river. Three of
the rivers are significantly more remote than the others,
less developed and therefore contain some runs that
are much harder. This is frontier land at its best!!!
Patagonia Safari Rivers
In this trip we run interesting river always surrounded
by spectacular scenery of Patagonia and its Austral
Figueroa: (Class 4/5) Río
Cisnes: Multiple Sections (Class 4/5) Río Manihuales:
(Class III IV)