Futaleufu is a small town in the Andes 10km from the Argentine border.
Useful tourist information centre on main square. * Tourist Board.
About 50 km from Argentina
Similar distance from Chile.
Buses from Chaiten dailyVilla Sta Lucia) (2000 pesos, 4 hours) Buses from Esquel (4500 pesos, 3 hours) Buses from Puerto Montt/Osorno (?, 12 hours including two border crossings)
Rafting/Kayaking (November to March). There are class IV and V rapids here. Many companies. Around 45000 pesos for half a day. Beautiful river and surroundings. Rival if not better ANYTHING in all of Latin America. (Yes I know bold statement, but true). Many companies: * Futaleufuexplore.; * Cara Del Indio.
Swimming, walk out of town west along P Aguirre Cerde. After 30 minutes along a gravel road you come to a large bridge. Just on the left is a stony "beach" with a makeshift diving board. Excellent spot for swimming in the crisp clean waters. Better than the swimming areas on the main road into town.
Lots of hospedajes have camping spots.
Best equipped hostel with kitchen is "hostal frontera," on P Carmona, (two blocks north and one block east of the main plaza. 5000 pesos per person).
- Camping Laguna Espejo (Near the laguna). Has WiFi and kitchen access. Some tent spots are well shaded. 4000 CLP.
There are buses to Osorno and Puerto Montt via Argentina. Also buses for Esquel on mondays, wednesdays and fridays. 8:30am or 6:30pm, 3 hours, 4500 pesos.