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Chile Futaleufu Rafting and Multisport Tour

Raft, Hike and Much, Much More in Patagonia's Futaleufu River Canyon

Are you ready for the adventure of a lifetime? The Futaleufu River in the Patagonia region of southern Chile is the setting for non-stop fun. Set amid stone towers, snow-capped peaks and old-growth forests, the mighty "Fu" offers some of the best whitewater rafting found anywhere in the world.

Days 1-3: U.S.-Santiago-Puerto Montt-Chaiten

Note:  the following is a summary description of the multi-camp itinerary.  See the detailed itineraries for both the multi-camp and base camp options in the drop-down menu under Trips Details for more thorough descriptions.

Depart from the U.S. in the evening of Day 1 and arrive in the lovely town of Puerto Varas via Santiago the following day.  A transfer takes us the next morning to the short and scenic charter flight to Chaiten followed by a 3-hour drive to Terminador, the first of four camps.

Days 4-5: Rio Futaleufu-Terminador Camp-Cave Camp

Put in on the Futaleufu for our first taste of Class 4 whitewater. In the afternoon we switch to kayaks on the turquoise Rio Azul, a tributary to the Futaleufu.  A second day of rafting through impressive Infierno Canyon brings us to fabulous Cave Camp, with open-air cliff dwellings set above Zeta Rapid and a natural stone hot tub.

Days 6-7: Tree House Camp-Cave Camp

The day begins with an exhilarating Tyrolean traverse across Zeta Rapid followed by a hike to the top of the canyon and Tree House Camp, with eight tree houses perched 35-feet up in a grove of old-growth giants. After a hike back down to the river the following day, a 250-foot zip line ends with a plunge into a blue pool. After lunch we strap on climbing harnesses to climb and rappel off of Tower of the Winds.

Days 8-9: Rio Futaleufu-Campo Mapu Leufu-Puyuhuape

After some more incredible rafting, try canyoneering down the 400-foot deep Rio Blanco slot canyon. Or take a kayak lesson on the pond at Mapu Leufu. The final day--"Big Friday"-- is one of the most impressive commercial rafting days imaginable and those with enough adventurous spirit can conquer the Class 5+ Terminador.

Days 10-11: Chaiten-Puerto Montt-Santiago-U.S

We're shuttled back to the airstrip in Chaiten for our charter flight to Puerto Montt and then on to Santiago and home.

Trip Details

11 Days / 10 Nights

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  • Single Supplement:

    $200 for the first night of lodging; single cliff dwellings are available at no charge subject to availability
  • Gateway City:

    Santiago, Chile
  • Meeting Place:

    Puerto Montt, Chile

2015 Dates:

  • Dec 10 - Dec 20
  • Dec 17 - Dec 27
  • Dec 24 - Jan 03
  • Dec 26 - Jan 05

2016 Dates:

  • Jan 14 - Jan 24
  • Jan 21 - Jan 31
  • Feb 11 - Feb 21
  • Feb 18 - Feb 28
  • Feb 25 - Mar 06
  • Mar 03 - Mar 13


  1. Rafting (4 full days)
  2. Hiking (2 half days)
  3. Horseback Riding
  4. Kayaking
  5. Canoeing
  6. Zipline
  7. Cliff Jumping
  8. Swimming
  9. Rock Climbing
  10. Rappelling
  11. Canyoneering
  12. Hot Tubbing

Inn Highlights:

We spend seven nights at our private camps--from hand-hewn cliff dwellings at Terminador, Cave and Mapu Leufu Camps to tree houses at Tree House Camp--all within a stone's throw of the mighty "Fu". Relax each evening in the soothing waters of the camps' hot tubs.

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