Puerto Varas, Chile
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Primary Activities: Hiking, Parks & Nature Reserves
Other Activities:Rafting, Kayaking, Wildlife, Camping
Imagine grander rapids than the Colorado, scenery on a scale rivaling Alaska,
no bugs, and summertime from December through March! The Futaleufú
adventure in northern Patagonia is a marvelous journey along a translucent
ribbon of aquamarine water flowing through a primeval forest below snowcapped
peaks and soaring Patagonian towers. Recently trip members have been
describing the scenery of the Futaleufú 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.
Note: This is a sample itinerary. For each Futaleufú departure, the Trip Leader creates a special route,
taking into account weather and other conditions at the time of the trip. We visit all of the locations in the
itinerary on most departures; the order may vary.
What the Trip is Like:
The trip is rated Level 4, Moderate to Strenuous. Hikes range from two to six hours, and there are additional hiking options available at most of our camps. Although the hiking is at low elevations (never above 2,500 feet), some of the route is on rough trails, so trip members must be fit, in good condition, steady on their feet, and able to negotiate steep, rock-strewn ascents and descents. In Patagonia, rain is possible any time and can make some trails muddy and slippery; likewise, the winds can also create dry, dusty conditions. Because of the unpredictable weather, we may adjustment the itinerary and hiking options when necessary.