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Whitewater Rafting and Kayaking - Kayaking Futaleufú - Chile

From around the world experts come to dip the paddle into Río Futaleufú and take the ride of their lives from the Entrada Rapids through the "Throne Room", the "Infierno" (22 km/14 miles, Class III-IV) and the "Terminator" (7 km/4.2 miles, Class V) which earned its name when the first rafters crashed ashore. The Lower Futa is the most commonly paddled section and features "Corazón", an 8-12 kilometer (4.8-7.2 mile) rollercoaster stretch to frolic. Other rivers, the Azul and Espolón, are used to warm up for the Big One.

Futaleufú, Chile


Getting There
Six local companies arrange rafting and kayaking trips. Expediciones Chile only does pre-reserved package deals.

Travel Tips: Sometimes Río Futaleufú is so swollen even the pros don't feel they can match the river’s power. The Upper Futa is the most demanding, especially Infierno after heavy rains. A recommended book is Tyler Curtis’ Futaleufú White Water: A Paddler’s Guide ( /


The rivers, especially the Upper Espolón, are threatened by hydroelectric dams and mining.

Price Description: $90 per person for a four-hour trip

Relative price: Mid-Range

Travel Skills: None

Currencies accepted
Chilean Peso

By Lorraine Caputo

Upon re-declaring her independence at age 29, Lorraine Caputo packed her trusty Rocinante (so her knapsack's called) and began...

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