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White Water Rafting in Chile

Deep blue waters, white currents and breathtaking scenery make​ the Futaleufú River fabulous for rafting

White Water Rafting
White Water Rafting
White Water Rafting
White Water Rafting

Futaleufú River was discovered as a great white water rafting destination only in 1985 by Chris Spelius, a keen rafter who had rafted the world's all best white water rivers before he found his dream river in Chile's northern Patagonia. It is distinguished from all the rest by its beautifully deep blue​ coloured waters fed by melting snows and glaciers from the Andean mountains stretching across Chile and Argentina, white water currents provide the thrill, and the river valley scenery mesmerises with its beauty. The season runs from December through April—at this time temperatures are most favourable.

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What is the best time of year for white water rafting at Futaleufú River?

The season for white water rafting at Futaleufú River is from December to April. This time of the year provides pleasant temperatures, and the melting snow and glaciers that feed the river make it perfect for rafting. However, weather can change, so checking the conditions before visiting is advisable. Show more

Who discovered the potential of the Futaleufú River for white water rafting?

The Futaleufú River was discovered for rafting by Chris Spelius, an experienced rafter who had previously tried the world's best white water rivers. While visiting Chile's Northern Patagonia in 1985, Spelius was impressed by the deep blue waters and surrounding views of the river, which he knew were perfect for white water rafting. Since then, the river has become an attraction for many thrill-seekers and rafting enthusiasts from all over the world. Show more

What makes the Futaleufú River unique as a white water rafting destination?

The Futaleufú River stands out from other rafting destinations because of its incredibly deep blue waters, fed by the melting snows and glaciers of the Andean mountains. The stunning valley scenery surrounding the river is another decisive factor that makes it a favorite spot for rafting enthusiasts. Finally, the rapids at the Futaleufú River are known for providing the ideal thrilling experience that sets it apart from other white water rafting destinations. Show more

What is the origin of the deep blue color of the Futaleufú River waters?

The Futaleufú River's deep blue color is unique and caused by the suspended particles of rock flour due to the melting snow and glaciers in the Andean mountains. These rocks and soil erode to create a fine mineral dust called rock flour, which gets carried along by the river. The result is the impressive turquoise or deep blue color found in the water when the light conditions are suitable. Show more

What other attractions are there besides white water rafting in the river valley at Futaleufú River?

While white water rafting is a well-known activity on the Futaleufú River, the valley around it offers additional scenic attractions. Majestic Andean mountain peaks make for a gorgeous backdrop. Additionally, the surrounding untainted Patagonian forests are home to a diversity of flora and fauna. Horseback riding, kayaking, and hiking activities are also possible. Nearby towns like Futaleufú, an ancient Tehuelche settlement, are appealing destinations for sightseeing. Show more

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