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Futaleufu Adventure

Chile, South America

from $3,995* per person 8 Days January
Comfort accommodations Exertion level: 4
Operator: Wilderness Travel 15 people max
  • Balmaceda, chile
  • Active & Adventure trips
Imagine Caribbean-colored water, grander rapids than the Colorado, scenery on a scale rivaling Alaska, no bugs, and summertime from December through March! The Futaleufu adventure in northern Patagonia is a marvelous journey along a translucent ribbon of aquamarine water flowing through a primeval forest below snow-capped peaks and soaring Patagonian towers. Recently trip members have been describing the scenery of the Futaleufu as “right out of Avatar!” Our unique multi-sport adventure uses a gorgeous trail system (no motorized vehicles) to connect four exotic, remote camps and the multitude of activities they offer, from rafting and kayaking to hiking. This exotic Patagonian trip just might be the world’s wildest, most comfortable camping expedition—camp amenities include wood-fired hot tubs, flush toilets, and hot showers! Stunning views abound on this magical adventure, and all multi-sport activities are designed for novices, opening up this amazing part of Patagonia to anyone in reasonably good shape with a spirit of adventure.

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Chile, South America

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  • May accommodate certain types of disabilities. Contact the operator for more information.


Days 1-2
Balmaceda, Chile / Queulat National Park

From Balmaceda, we head out to mountainous Queulat National Park, with its enormous forests of coigue and nalca trees and impressive snow-capped mountains. Hike to a viewpoint overlooking a spectacular glacier, with an overnight at a fishing lodge on Lago Risopatron.

Days 3-5
Tres Monjas Camp / Cave Camp / Treehouse Camp

Our trek starts with a hike to Tres Monjas Camp, set in a shady grove among flowering fuschias, has hand-hewn log cabins and a wood-fired hot tub by the river. The next day we hike along the roaring Futaleufu to Cave Camp, we feast our eyes on the roiling turquoise waters and the backdrop of Alps-like peaks. At Cave Camp we sleep in open-air cliff platforms above the mighty Zeta Rapid and enjoy another wonderful hot tub, ideal for star-gazing under the brilliant stars of the Southern Hemisphere. On Day 5, we reach Treehouse Camp, with an exciting option for a Tyrolean traverse or a raft trip. Treehouse Camp is suspended above the forest canopy with fantastic views of snow-capped peaks. Those who want can take an optional hike up to Condor Mountain, where we may see condors soaring in the updrafts.

Days 6-8
Campo Mapu Leufu / Junta

We can either hike or raft to Campo Mapu Leufu, set on a secluded bluff over the river with 360-degree views of glaciers and towering granite spires. There’s a crystal-clear pond here for swimming and kayaking. Our farewell to the Fu is a relaxing journey by inflatable kayaks along this magnificent river. Overnight on Day 7 at a lodge in Junta and depart on Day 8 via Balmaceda.

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