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Patagonia cruises & tours hotels in Futaleufu area

Futaleufu hotels directory

Futaleufu 155km (96 miles) southeast of Chaitén; 196km (122 miles) northeast of Puyuhuapi.

Futaleufú is one of the prettiest villages in Chile, a town of 1,200 residents who live in colorful clapboard homes nestled in an awe-inspiring amphitheater of rugged, snowcapped mountains.

Futaleufú sits at the junction of two rivers, the turquoise Espolón river and its world-renowned cousin, the Futaleufú river, whose white-water rapids are considered some of the most challenging on the globe.

Every November to April, this quaint little town becomes the base for hundreds of rafters and kayakers who come to test their mettle on the "Fu," as it's colloquially known, although just as many come to fish, hike, mountain-bike, paddle a canoe, or raft the gentler Espolón river.

Futaleufú is just kilometers from the Argentine border; it's possible to get here by road from Puerto Montt by crossing into Argentina, a route sometimes preferred for its paved roads.