Trip Summary and Itinerary Map
- Explore the stunning network of lakes in the national park from a waters perspective, surrounded by an array of native flora and fauna
- Take an optional boat excursion and witness two astonishing natural features: a glacier and 2,600-year-old endangered tree
- Tour almost the entire Lago Futalaufquen, one of the most beautiful in the area and literally translating to 'big lake'
- Visit the charming town of Esquel, a unique welsh settlement
- Nights will be spent between campsites and local inns
Day 1: Transfer to Lake Cholila
We meet at the arranged place for the transfer to Lake Cholila, a distance of 150 miles. We will set camp here on the inlet of the Carrileufu river, deep in the Andes mountains, where we will enjoy our first night out.
Day 2: Carrileufu River
At dawn, after breakfast, we will get our kayaks ready for our first day on the Carrileufu river. This is a small river with a large water volume, without rapids but with several places with river trunks that do not involve much difficulty. We will be able to spot trout and a varied bird life while going downstream.
This will be a long day, as we will aim to reach the mouth of the river on Lake Rivadavia and spend our second night camping here. We will plan our second day on the water during dinner.
Day 3: Lake Rivadavia
We will spend this day on Lake Rivadavia, guarded by the high peaks, until we reach the south inlet, where we will spend the night.
Day 4: Rivadavia River - Arrayanes River
We will begin our fourth day on Lake Rivadavia, although we will stay there just for a while, as we will soon be on the Rivadavia river. Stretching for over 5 miles, this breathtaking river has only one very small rapid, as well as several places with tree trunks. Depending on the water level, we will be able to navigate through or else be forced to walk along shore.
Soon we will be reaching the small Lake Verde, which we will cross swiftly to reach the Arrayanes river, where we will enjoy our fourth night's camping.
Day 5: Hike and optional boat excursion
The schedule for this day out is to hike up to Port Chucao, on Lake Menéndez, where an optional boat excursion is available to visit two unique places: the Torrecillas Glacier, and a Larch Forest, where we will encounter "Grandfather" a 2,600-year-old endangered tree. Back in our camp, we will get our kayaks ready and paddle to our next campsite, on Lake Futalaufquen.
Day 6: Lake Krüger
After breakfast we will try to reach the Lake Krüger shelter, accessed only by water, where we will spend the night sleeping on a bed after enjoying a warm shower.
Day 7: Lake Krüger
This morning we will walk for two to three hours to get to know the area and give our arms a little rest. We will try to end our activities early, as the following day will be a long one.
Day 8: Lake Futalaufquen
Spend the day touring almost the entire Lake Futalaufquen, navigating it's silver-blue waters. The name translates to 'big lake', and it is the source of water that ultimately flows into the Rio Futaleufu ('big river'), one of the world's most renowned whitewater rafting rivers, and one that flows all the way to the Pacific ocean. When we reach the south end, we will spend our last night at an inn.
Day 9: Esquel - Bariloche
On our last day, we will travel to the town of Esquel, where we will spend the morning and further return along a paved road to the town of Bariloche.
Prices, Departures and Inclusions
Price from USD $3,000 per person.
This trip can run as a group trip, with prices starting from $0 per person for a complete group. If you are looking to join a group or you are a solo traveller we will help to form likeminded groups of travellers. Please let us know your travel plans.
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- Accommodation: 8 nights across campsites and lodges/inns
- All private transport included in the itinerary
- Meals not indicated in itinerary
- Any extra/optional excursions
- Travel insurance
- Personal Equipment (request our recommended kit list for more details)
- International and domestic/in country flights
- Any visa, passport and vaccination expenses