FUTALEUFU RIVER | PATAGONIA
Chile’s Futaleufu River is one of the top Class IV-V rafting trips in the world. With its clear turquoise colored water and rapids which easily rival those of the Grand Canyon, the Futaleufu boasts Patagonia scenery reminiscent of Alaska and a summer season stretching from December through March.
The Futaleufu River pours dramatically through a breathtaking canyon of indescribable beauty boasting one impressive rapid after another. The vertical black basalt walls form the Gates of the Inferno Canyon, the most demanding and committing section of the Futaleufu containing several serious and continuous Class V drops.
Just below the canyon, the Futaleufu River widens with spectacular views of the Las Escalas Valley after which you encounter the rapids "Zeta" and "Throne Room". Following these, you raft the “Wild Mile”, a series of Class III-IV whitewater rapids leading to the confluence of the Futaleufu with the Rio Azul.
Since making the first raft descent of the Futaleufu in 1991, Earth River's trip has evolved from an intense class 5 expedition, to a unique "Patagonia Experience" suitable for anyone from 6 to 80 with a spirit for adventure. Our four exclusive, private camps have riverside stone hot tubs, hot showers, cliffside dining, tree houses and cliff dwellings with beds. Each camp offers its own unique set of adventure activities including; rock climbing, rappelling, kayaking, hiking, fly fishing, zip lining, mountain biking, horseback riding and canyoning. A gorgeous trail system allows hikers, fly fisherman, horseback riders, mountain bikers and experienced and novice rafters to all share a week in Patagonia like none others.