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Chile Futaleufu

Posted: Fri Jul 09, 2010 12:29 pm
by Joe Pineapples
Hi ,

I am considering a trip to Chile , with the intention of Kayaking the Futaleufu .....

There is lots of info out there on the net but I would really like to hear about any experiences , tips , logistics etc that anyone would like to share

thank you
Mark

Re: Chile Futaleufu

Posted: Fri Jul 09, 2010 1:00 pm
by Jim
Mark - some friends of mine were planning a trip a couple of years ago, their intention was stay on some kind of river camp which would have been organised by another friend we know who guides the river.

I backed out because it all sounded a little too organised/guided and I wasn't really in a position to go then anyway, I might be able to find out more information about the camp if you are interested in that sort of thing?

The plan was to go about xmas time.

Re: Chile Futaleufu

Posted: Fri Jul 09, 2010 4:14 pm
by Dug
Hey Mark, three of the guys I'm working with used to be guides there. Could get one of them to email you maybe..

Re: Chile Futaleufu

Posted: Fri Jul 09, 2010 7:53 pm
by jmmoxon
Depends how much time you've got? It's a superb stretch of river, but a long way away with surprising easy logistics (if you've got the time).

http://www.ukriversguidebook.co.uk/foru ... 9&p=461919

Mike

Re: Chile Futaleufu

Posted: Fri Jul 09, 2010 8:04 pm
by Joe Pineapples
thanks guys ...



Dug , Colin used to be a guide there also and maybe he may come along

Mike , maybe 2-4 weeks , depends how long I need ...

I want to hear from other people as well though , always interested to know everyone elses opinions , tips etc ..

cheers
Mark

Re: Chile Futaleufu

Posted: Fri Jul 09, 2010 8:15 pm
by jmmoxon
2 weeks is pushing it to get there, 3 weeks really the minimum unless you have loads of money.

Fly into to Santiago & bus down to Pucon for a week of padding (overnight double deckers don't have space for kayaks, but daytime coaches usually do) Or to really save money fly into Buenos Aires & bus across country (20 hours +)

If you're lucky you can find someone else heading to Futa, otherwise catch bus to Puerto Montt & ferry to Chaiten or bus to Bariloche (Argentina) then south to Futaleufu (only 2 buses a week across border). Stay in Futa town or head to Cara del Indio campsite where most kayakers stay - lack of shops means you need to bring food with you.

Mike

Re: Chile Futaleufu

Posted: Fri Jul 09, 2010 8:28 pm
by Joe Pineapples
thanks Mike , its looking quite a mission just to get there .... Pucon is another place on my bucket list so I like that look of that option

Re: Chile Futaleufu

Posted: Fri Jul 09, 2010 8:40 pm
by Adrian Shanahan
Joe Pineapples wrote:, its looking quite a mission just to get there ....
First BC and now this...ahhhhhhhhhhhh!

Re: Chile Futaleufu

Posted: Fri Jul 09, 2010 8:55 pm
by Joe Pineapples
Why dont we just fly to Santiago and rent a jeep .

Re: Chile Futaleufu

Posted: Sat Jul 10, 2010 11:50 am
by jmmoxon
Again, depends how much money you have to burn...rental is cheaper in Temuco (near Pucon) than Santiago, but still talking European prices. Make sure you have permission & insurance to cross border into Argentina if planning to go that way.

Mike

Re: Chile Futaleufu

Posted: Sat Jul 10, 2010 4:51 pm
by Joe Pineapples
Thanks for your help Mike , I just had a look at your forum , a little treasure trove of info ..nice one :-)

Re: Chile Futaleufu

Posted: Mon Jul 12, 2010 11:04 pm
by Joe Pineapples
http://www.cordee.co.uk/CTK588.php

Guidebook to the Area ..

Re: Chile Futaleufu

Posted: Tue Jul 13, 2010 12:49 pm
by The Chuckster
I too am looking at going to Chile this winter. What is the season? I am looking at going early to mid November, but worried that will be too early.
At the beginning of the season will the levels be high ie coming out of rainy season, or too low, ie winter just finishing?

I also only have 2 weeks available so do people have any idea of where to fly to as would like to get to the Futalafu!

Thanks

Re: Chile Futaleufu

Posted: Tue Jul 13, 2010 1:40 pm
by jmmoxon
Most people head to the Futa in Jan/Feb. Nov is creeking season in Pucon...

Mike