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Futaleufú Travel Guide

Sports and the Outdoors

The main reason to visit Futaleufu is to partake in the plethora of sports and outdoor options in the area.

Expediciones Chile. This tour company is led and founded by former Olympic kayaker, Chris Spelius. He pioneered rafting excursions in Futaleufú, and was one of the first ever to kayak the entire river. Rafting itineraries range from three days to two weeks. Mountain-biking and horse-riding trips are available, too. Gabriela Mistral 296, Futaleufú, 5870000. 888/488–9082. www.exchile.com. From US$1,495.

Bio Bio Expeditions. With offices in California and Chile, Bio Bio Expeditions runs nine-day multisport outings based out of their excellent riverside lodge facilities in the Futaleufú countryside. The trip can include rafting, kayaking, fly-fishing, trekking, horseback-riding, yoga, and mountain biking. Rates start at US$3,400. Futaleufú, 5870000. 800/246–7238. www.bbxrafting.com.

H2O Patagonia. If you're looking for luxury and high-powered rafting, then consider H2O Patagonia, which offers eight-day rafting trips combined with a stay at their exclusive ranch, with meals cooked by an "international chef," fine wines, hot tub, and spa. Rates begin at US$3,600. Futaleufú, 5870000. 828/333–4615. www.h2opatagonia.com.

Earth River Expeditions. This popular eco-conscious river outfitter offers eight-day rafting trips down the Futaleufú. Earth River owns four "wilderness camps" along the river, each decked out with hot tubs and access to a variety of other sports in addition to the rafting. Futaleufú, 5870000. 800/643–2784. www.earthriver.com. From US$3,150.

Patagonia Elements. Recognized for its experience and professionalism on the Futaleufú, this Chilean-owned outfitter offers rafting, floating, fly fishing, trekking, and kayaking. Rafting day trips are an especially inexpensive way to experience the river. Pedro Aguirre Cerda 549, Futaleufú, 5870000. 9/7499–0296. www.patagoniaelements.com. From US$99.

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