Why choose O.A.R.S. for Futaleufu River Rafting in Chile?
For more than 40 years O.A.R.S. has led travelers of all ages and abilities to some of the most beautiful places on Earth, never losing sight of one of our foremost goals: to make the joys of the wilderness accessible to everyone – no matter how experienced.
Our partners in Chile were some of the first to introduce Futaleufu rafting and kayaking trips in Patagonia and in conjunction with O.A.R.S. North American guides, we offer unparalleled service and expertise in the region. Well-trained in health, safety and environmental matters, O.A.R.S. guides abide by the highest standards of quality and environmental responsibility thereby perpetually preserving Chile’s natural environment and the epic waters of the Rio Futaleufu.
We believe it is a fundamental part of eco-tourism to work with local guides while at the same time bringing our wealth of experience to the table. Our like-minded partners in Chile realize they are accountable to O.A.R.S. high standards, so you can rest assured you will be in be in good hands. O.A.R.S. has taken out the guesswork and added our guarantee. We hope you have an opportunity to join us for the journey of discovery on our world-class Chile adventures.
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Chile Whitewater Rafting Adventure on the Futaleufu River
Flowing through Chilean Patagonia, far beneath the spires and snow-packed crown of the Andes, the Futaleufu River (aka "The Fu") is one of the Earth's premier whitewater destinations. The Futaleufu River boasts intense stretches of one Class IV or V rapid after another. Futaleufu rafting enthusiasts have the option of hiking or riding horses on a beautiful Chilean trail around some of the more difficult and intense sections, but be advised that even the Class IV rapids of the Fu will get your adrenaline pumping!
The Rio Futaleufu begins in Argentina's Andes. After flowing through several lakes in the Parque National Los Alerces, these beautifully turquoise waters emerge as the powerful flows of the Futaleufu. Alternating between vistas of granite cliffs, lush foliage, snow-capped peaks and towering spires, the Futaleufu River cascades dramatically through a canyon of breathtaking beauty. Slot canyons, waterfalls, and glacial lakes provide added highlights for all Patagonian outdoor enthusiasts.
The geography of Patagonia in Chile differs greatly from the rest of the country, primarily because of the glacial forces sculpting the terrain over the past 800,000 years. Glacial modeling has created Andean lakes and roaring rivers, such as the Futaleufu. Stands of old growth trees and soaring condors are common. Regional wildlife includes puma, wamule (endangered elk), ibis, salmon, and native trout.
Experience four exclusive and diverse camps on the O.A.R.S. Futaleufu River multi-sport adventure. Camp amenities, usually reserved for far more developed settings, include hand hewn cypress dwellings built high in old growth treetops or perched on cliff sides along the river, natural hot tubs carved into stone, and rock shelters with fire hearths.
Hike, climb, horseback ride, rappel, and swim in this remote and deep canyon of hardwood forest-some of the best multi-sport adventure terrain on the planet.