Río Futaleufú, Patagonia.

Futaleufú, X Región de Los Lagos.

Futaleufú means “great river” in the native Mapudungun language, and is a community located in the Los Lagos Region of Northern, Chilean Patagonia.

With its impressive landscape of sculpted stone, snow and ice, the Futaleufu River valley is a masterpiece of the art of nature. Tucked away in an isolated fold in the Andes of northern Patagonia, the River is characterized by its Caribbean blue color, the purity of its waters, its internationally acclaimed whitewater rapids and the beauty of the landscape that surrounds it.

The Futaleufú River is one of the greatest whitewater rivers in the world. It is fed by the melting glaciers of the Andean lakes region of both Argentina and Chile, with a total length of 105 km (65 miles), of which 70 km (44 miles) are in Chilean territory.


Kayaking, Río Futaleufú.

The waters of the Futaleufú River meet the many different needs of the area, such as the consumption of drinking water, irrigation of the land for subsistence agriculture, and its attraction for the development of national and international tourist activities, where its rapids are internationally acclaimed by whitewater rafting and kayaking enthusiasts, making tourism an essential activity for the sustained, long-term development of the local economy.

The Geute Conservation Sur Foundation is working with the community and town of Futaleufú, whose population is approximately 2,600 people, for the legal defense of the environment, its valuable biodiversity and its world class whitewater.