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Futaleufu, Chile: Patagonia beauty and swims
February 14-20, 2016

Futaleufu - a commune and town in southern Chile - is named after its stunning main river with turquoise water. In the local dialect, it means "great river" - and loved by kayakers and rafters especially, it doesn't lie! It is also a beautiful area for hiking, horseback riding, and more. The area is so picturesque, that photographic safaris are common. Travelers love exploring the national reserve packed full of wonderful flora and fauna.

On this trip with us, swimmers will glide through the river and local lakes, and when on land, discover the majesty of Patagonian wilderness by hiking, snorkeling, and kayaking. We'll be staying in the cozy PATA Sweet Home cabins, and have the wilderness to ourselves!

Register early for discounted rates!

Trip Leader


COACH PEDRO Founder of Water World Swim, Native Chilean, & 4-time Ironman finisher, Coach Pedro brings his spirit and passion to this adventure!

At A Glance

FEBRUARY 14-20, 2016

In a superb location on the Futaleufu River, Patagonia PATA Sweet Home is a Lodge that offers warm amenities in comfort and style: delicious locally farmed and organic food, quality service, and pleasant atmosphere. The cozy cabins are nestled in Patagonian farmland.

For more information visit their Facebook!

Trip overview and details


  • Registration prior to December 31, 2015 - $2500 USD
  • From January 1, 2016 to February 1, 2016 - $3000 USD
  • Registration closes at 11:59 pm Pacific Time on February 1, 2016 (or when event is full).
  • 50% non-refundable deposit required at sign up to reserve spot
  • Remainder due by February 1, 2016 at 11:59 pm California Pacific Time

Package includes:

  • Transportation from the airport and back on last day
  • 7 nights at PATA Sweet Home
  • Welcome dinner in Los Suenos
  • 1-2 coaches (depending on attendee numbers)
  • Daily breakfast and tours
  • Farewell dinner
  • Lunch on day tours

Package does not include:

  • Travel insurance (strongly recommended)
  • Air fare to Chile
  • Entrance fees to parks
  • Anything not specified
  • Credit card usage fees

Currency and Language

The most common currency in Chile is the Chilean peso and the US dollar. Most people in tourist offices and hotels speaks English and Spanish.

Swim distances

Swim distances will be approximately 1.5 to 4 kilometers, depending on the currents and weather conditions. You can return to the resting area at any time, or leave to swim and enjoy the tour.

Group Size 
Water World Swim is committed to minimizing our impact on wildlife and the environment. We have small groups, a maximum of 16 people with at least two certified, experienced open water swim coaches, two local swim guides, and local boat pilots that practice responsible tourism. The swim groups are organized based on speed and ability.

Essential Equipment
In addition to normal daily clothes you will need to bring the following:

  • Swimsuit (2)              
  • Walking shoes
  • Swimming goggles (2) *             
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Towel                                           
  • Sun Hat and Sunglasses
  • Waterproof sun block                 
  • Small backpack
  • Water bottle
  • Aqua shoes/sandals/flip flops

 Please note that Water World Swim will supply swim caps.

*Try to bring at least 1 clear lens and 1 tinted lens for different light conditions. We recommend one clear goggle, one smoke, and one blue or yellow. Goggles are light, and you can never bring too many back-ups of your favorite pair.

Optional Equipment
These items are optional. However, we do recommend that you bring them to give you more comfort options:

  • Wetsuit
  • Swim aids as zoomers or fins
  • Snorkel and mask
  • Rash vest to protect you from the sun.
  • Body Glide
  • Neoprene cap, if your head gets cold easily

Walking Conditions
Most walks will be on recognized paths and tracks. Some walks may be over trails, or uneven terrain.

More details to come!

Day 1  - February 14

Arrival at the lodge and dinner.

Day 2 - February 15

Breakfast at the lodge. Activities at the Futaleufu River, in a beautiful location at the exit of the canyon of Rio Futa!

Afternoon activities include walking through the field of Las Escalas.
Dinner at Restaurant Martin Pescador, in the village.

Day 3 - February 16

Breakfast. Swim Clinic at Lonconao Lake, 15 minutes from the lodge. Lunch at the lake. Dinner at the lodge.

Day 4 - February 17

After breakfast, we have options of rafting or trekking.

Rafting will be at the Futaleufu Bridge to Bridge sector and trekking at the National Reserve Futaleufu. Dinner at Martin Pescador.

Day 5 - February 18

Breakfast. Travel to Espolon Lake, located 15 minutes from the lodge. Lunch at the lake.

Day 6 - February 19

Breakfast. Swimming in the Northwest Lake Yelcho or Lonconao Lake. Farewell dinner at the Lodge.

Day 7 - February 20

Breakfast and transfer to Esquel for flights home!

Stay tuned for flight recommendations!

Marine Life Disclaimer
Swimming in Futaleufu is an amazing experience, but you need to be aware of potential challenges. We will minimize potential challenges and will brief you on how to responsibly interact with marine life. Our escort boats are equipped to treat the most common minor issues. However, it is your responsibility to contact us prior to booking if you suffer from Anaphylaxis or other medical conditions and allergies. You should seek medical attention if you develop any infection following contact with the above. We recommend that you purchase Travel Insurance.

The safety of our swimmers, and environmental responsibility are the two priorities for Water World Swim. For safety reasons we rely on decent weather conditions during all swim crossings. Open water swimming requires an inherent degree of flexibility. The planned itinerary may change. This adds to the uniqueness of each tour!

Water World Swim respects the natural environment. Leave nothing but footprints; take nothing but photos! We are committed to social and environmental responsibility and practices that minimize our presence and impact to sea life and the natural habitat.

Ask us about the trip!