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Futaleufu

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Futaleufú is a small town in Southern Chile, in the Northern Chilean Patagonia, 10 km from the Argentinian border.

Get in[edit]

By car[edit]

Futaleufú is at about 50 km from Esquel in Argentina; from Chaitén, the distance is similar.

By bus[edit]

Buses from Chaitén come in daily via Villa Sta Lucia (CLP$2,000, 4 hours). From Esquel in Argentina, buses cost CLP$4,500 and take 3 hours. Towards Esquel, buses leave on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 08:30 or 18:30. Buses from Puerto Montt or Osorno, further north in Chile, take around 12 hours including two border crossings since they go through Argentina.

Get around[edit]

The town is entirely walkable.

See[edit]

  • Tourist Board. Useful tourist information centre on main square.

Do[edit]

  • Rafting/kayaking (November to March). There are class IV and V rapids here. The beautiful river, and its surroundings, are arguably one of the best rafting spots in all of Latin America. Many companies offer trips, for around CLP$45,000 for half a day, see for example Futaleufuexplore [dead link] or 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, which are better than the swimming areas on the main road into town.

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Sleep[edit]

Lots of hospedajes have camping spots.

  • Hostal Frontera, P Carmona (two blocks north and one block east of the main plaza). The best equipped hostel in town, with kitchen. CLP$5,000 per person.
  • Camping Laguna Espejo (Near the laguna). Has Wi-Fi and kitchen access. Some tent spots are well shaded. CLP$4,000.


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