Wildwater River Guides is thrilled to take our love for rafting overseas! This year, we are offering an international trip to Chile to raft one of the world's premier whitewater rafting rivers, the Rio Futaleufu. Located in northern Patagonia, Chile - the Rio Futaleufu winds its way through lush rainforests and is corralled only by sleek granite cliffs. The continuous Class IV-V rapids offer an exciting and gripping experience.
Enjoy this Patagonian Adventure of a Lifetime
You'll want to experience as much as possible on this week-long trip; that's why we will be mixing up the rafting with inflatable kayaking trips, horseback riding, and canyoning or hiking in the Andes. Each adventurous day is followed by relaxation and pampering at our luxury riverside camp and spa. You can indulge in the majestic view of the Futaleufu from the hot tub, receive a massage from one of our on-site massage therapists, or read a book by the fire in our Patagonia-style quincho.
We are offering this trip with our partners at Global Descents.
Wildwater River Guides reserves the right to change the order of, or offering of, activities due to changes in weather, transportation, or other unforeseen events.
A Wildwater representative will meet you at the Esquel Airport in Argentina before whisking you away to our 175-acre riverside range on the mighty Rio Futaleufu. Entry into Esquel, Argentina, is a breathtaking drive over the Andes Mountain Range to Futaleufu, Chile. Once you are settled in, you will meet your rafting guides who will prepare you for the week's adventures.
Bridge to Bridge, Class III-IV+
These rapids are big and exciting, but consider today a warmup for the whitewater to come. After rafting, we will return to base camp where the activity options include: kayak on the lake, relax in the hot tub, trek to the top of nearby ridges, or simply enjoy appetizers and drinks at our riverside bar.
Hike and Float Upper Futaleufu
This morning will be spent trekking through an awe-inspiring nature preserve along the Upper Futaleufu River. Later, we'll paddle inflatable kayaks back down to our riverside camp. Your night is spent dining on exquisite food and relaxing in our spa.
Horseback Ride with Local "Huasos" (Chilean Cowboys)
On this day, cool-tempered horses lead you through the breathtaking hills and valleys of Futaleufu. This ride will make you feel as if you have stepped back in time, back into the old-world charm that permeates this region. After the ride, we'll return to our camp for a restful evening of pampering.
Rafting the Futaleufu River, Inferno Canyon Class V
Back to whitewater rafting! Today we'll launch at the ranch and float downstream to Inferno Canyon. This section is the perfect mix of gorgeous pools punctuated by stomping whitewater. At the confluence of the Rio Azul, we'll call it a day and return to the luxury and comfort of our riverside camp.
Canyoning and Inflatable Kayaking
If you've ever dreamed of being a kid again, canyoning is for you. Canyoning is the hybrid of water sports and mountain climbing. Day six will be full of rappelling down waterfalls, leaping into turquoise pools, zooming down water slides, and crawling through tiny caverns. After canyoning, you'll spend the afternoon kayaking down the Espolon, a stunning tributary of the Futaleufu.
Rafting the Futaleufu River, Pasarella to Casa de Empanadas, Class III-V
Your adventurous week will surely close with a bang! World-class rapids are interspersed with calm pools on this final day of rafting.
After a hearty breakfast and a farewell to your guides, our drop off service will return you to Esquel.