Futaleufú means “Big River” in Mapundungún. It gives name to a small town and to the Futaleufu River, considered one of the top 3 rivers in the world for whitewater rafting and kayak aficionados. It flows into Lake Yelcho and is known far and wide as a paradise for fly fishing as well.
How to get to Futaleufu
FASTEST BY AIR
Travel time: 5h aprox.
Fly to Puerto Montt airport “El Tepual” on any national flight company (Latam, Jet Smart, Sky airline)
Go from the main airport to a small aerodrome and take a charter flight from Puerto Montt “La Paloma” to Chaitén (Pewen, Aerocord).
Finally, take the direct bus from Chaitén to Futaleufú.
Fly from Buenos Aires directly to Esquel (Aerolineas Argentinas) airport and take a bus to Futaleufú. It’s only available on certain days so make sure to look it up before you book your flights.
CONVENIENT OVERNIGHT BOAT
Tavel time: 12h aprox.
Take an overnight boat between Puerto Montt and Chaitén (Naviera Austral) and spend the night on it, then take the direct bus from Chaitén to Futaleufú.
If you’re traveling with a car, you can bring it on the boat, just make sure to book your spot in advance.
Tavel time: 13h aprox.
Take a ferry from Caleta la Arena to Caleta Puelche (ferries every 30 minutes). Then drive to Hornopirén and take the ferry to Chaitén (Somarco). Remember to book in advance your spot on the boat since they tend to finish quickly.
Take a bus in Puerto Montt (Kemel bus) early in the morning and travel on the famous Bimodal, on the boat and through Hornopirén until reaching Chaitén after the last of 3 ferries. Then take the afternoon bus to Futaleufú that will be waiting for you at the terminal.
BETWEEN COUNTRIES BY CAR
Tavel time: 9h aprox
You can drive through Argentina. Cross the border in Osorno through the “Paso Cardenal Samoré” and drive to San Carlos de Bariloche. Keep driving south toward Esquel then take route 259 to “Paso Internacional Futaleufú”, just 10k away from the town of Futaleufú.
FROM THE SOUTH BY BUS
Travel time: 10h aprox.
If you come from the south there is a bus that goes from Coyhaique to Chaitén (Buses Becker). Get off the bus in Villa Santa Luicia and hop on the coincidence that goes to Futaleufú.
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Located in Northern Patagonia, at the confluence of the Espolon and Futaleufu river valleys, the town is approximately 10 kilometers from the Argentinian border.
Futaleufu is known for its lush vegetation, horseback riding, its breathtaking landscape, yerba mate, and “gauchos” –a rich local culture that can also be explored in nearby communities– this area has developed a strong tradition of rural tourism. The hospitality of the locals, their pride, calmness and shy demure is infectious and endearing.
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