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Paddle the Futaleufu River

Listed under Rafting in Los Lagos, Chile.

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The Futaleufu River is perhaps the most beautiful river in the world. Bright blue water, luscious rainforest landscapes and mountains, combined with awesome whitewater make this destination the ultimate rafting trip. Nothing can compare to the fun of whitewater rafting and exploration of ancient rainforests in South America. These trips run on a limited basis. Mostly during the December-January months, when the weather is warm and water it in great condition. All-inclusive packages typically include transportation to and from the airport along with the vacation.

Ask any river runner worth his or her weight in neoprene what is the best whitewater river in South America--or for that matter, the world--and the answer will invariably be the same: Chile's Futaleafu.

Described as blending the scenery of California's Yosemite with the rapids of the Grand Canyon and water color of the Caribbean, the river crashes through the Andes on its way to the Pacific from Chile's border with Argentina. Its upper Class V+ section has humbled expert paddlers from around the world, while an easier 22-mile lower stretch has exposed others to some of the best paddling on the planet. Why else would Futaleafu kayak outfitter Chris Spelius borrow a line from Ringly, Barnum and Bailey and call it the Greatest Whitewater on Earth.? Expediciones Chile (Futaleafu), (703) 488-9082

Written by  Ryan Hutchings.

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“From the Andes to the Sea”

Patagonia’s Futaleufu river, known as one of the best white water destinations of the world, has a friendly side. The Lower Futaleufu river, after it has come to a tranquil flow, is the starting point of a 6 day trip to the sea. This self sufficient tri… Read more...

Written by  Martin Costa.

“Classic Class IV and V Rapids”

The "Fu" runs through a spectacular canyon full of mountain peaks in the northern edge of Patagonia. This is a big water river with classic Class IV and V rapids. This river is best known for it's turquoise blue water. Read more...

Written by  Zach Collier.

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Floating and Sea kayaking Palena River


If you are close to Futaleufu area , we highly recommend to visit the are of Palena river , wonderful clear water and calm river for a relax floating in rafts with excellent fishing and horseriding opportunities with the colonos (pioneers)...but mainly , not touristically developed. In the lower section, downstream Carretera Austral , excellent section for sea kayaking till Raul Marin Balmaceda village, in the Pacific Ocean...and more.

Juan Zuazo

Sea kayak Trip Leader


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