The Rio Futaleufu is certainly one of the world’s premiere whitewater rafting rivers. It winds its way through the lush Chilean rain forest and is corralled only by sleek granite cliffs. The Futaleufu boasts one Class IV-V rapid after the other… if you’re ready for exciting whitewater, you’re ready for rafting in Chile on the Futaleufu River. Adventure travel in Patagonia has never looked and felt so good! Your many opportunities for trips to this incredible destination with world class outfitters like Global Descents, will leave you with memories of a lifetime and certainly infect you with the whitewater Bug! Each exhilarating day on the Futaleufu River is followed with relaxation and pampering at our luxury riverside camp and spa. In between one adventure and another, guests can enjoy relaxing moments sitting in the hut tub enjoying the view of the majestic Futaleufu River. These trips are certainly re-defining camping.
Unfortunately, this incredible experience might not be available for too much longer. The Futaleufu has been under the threat of a series of dams for more than 15 years. That was when the multinational company, Endesa, secured the water rights to the Rio Futaleufu, Rio Pascua, Rio Baker and many other native waterways in Northern and Central Patagonia.
As of September, 2013, Endesa has vowed to move forward in its plan to develop numerous hydroelectric projects in Chile, including three dams totaling 1,367 megawatts on the Rio Futaleufu. Engineering studies for what would become the second largest hydroelectric project in the Patagonia region are currently in the conceptual design phase. Don’t miss your chance to visit this amazing place and experience some of the greatest whitewater rafting and kayaking in the world!