Futaleufu River, Futaleufu

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The Futaleufú River, located in northern Patagonia, is one of the premier whitewater rivers in the world. The river is fed by glacial snow melt in the Andean lakes region of Argentina and Chile. The river gorge drops as low as 1700m below the surrounding glaciated peaks. The name Futaleufú is an indigenous Mapuche word meaning "Big River.” Locals refer to the valley as "un paisaje pintado por dios"—a landscape painted by God.
The Futaleufú is fed by the lakes in the Los Alerces National Park in Chubut Province, Argentina. The watershed drains the Southern Andes Mountains from Argentina into Chile and drains into Yelcho Lake. From this point the river is renamed Rio Yelcho and continues to its mouth at the Pacific Ocean. The exact source of the Futaleufu is in Amutui Quimey Lake. From its source in Argentina, the river flows 35km to the Chilean border and enters the Palena Province, in Los Lagos (X) Region. Whitewater enthusiasts generally paddle the Chilean side of the river. During its course through Chile, the Futaleufú River has three major tributaries, the Rio Chico, the Rio Espolon, and the Rio Azul. All three major tributaries of the "Futa" can be rafted or kayaked in season, with the exception of a magnificent gorge on the Espolon called "The Devil's Throat," which is better viewed than paddled. The Futaleufú watershed also includes several pristine Patagonian lakes, the largest being Espolon and Lonconao.
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  • I did rafting with the company Expeditions Chile, which was the only one that offered me the longest rafting in March. The rest of the companies located in front of the Plaza de Armas offered me only the bridge to the Exchile bridge offered me the exit from the Rio Azul to a little beyond the bridge. I cost CLP 60,000 including a lunch snack, equipment and transfer and guide. It also includes a video with gopro that they send it to the mail. The entire expedition began at 11 am and ended at 16.30 am being 3h 30 min in the water. At the beginning, all safety measures are explained several times in case one falls off the raft. In addition 2 kayaks are accompanied for safety. What you notice is that the transfer that was transferring us had no emergency exit... all the way is of gravel in bad condition The guide wise little Spanish, but all ok. Class 5 and 4 rapids are enjoyed at full. The experience is recommended, a lot of adrenaline, the river very cold and good price.
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  • If you love having the time of your life surrounded by nature, then the Futaleufu River is for you! Bio Bio Expeditions (BBX) hosted us on an incredible vacation filled with unbeatable activities, gre...  more »
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  • A beautiful and pristine river churning with turquoise water tumbling from glacial melt in the Andes. We stayed at the Bio Bio camp in glamorous, platform tents. Each day offered guided rafting, kayaking, horseback riding, mountain biking, and morning yoga sessions. This is a place I could live the rest of my life.
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