The Trip-Finder, January 1999
Trekking the Futaleufu
|Earth River Expeditions|
The Route: Eight days and 50 miles of hiking through Patagonia's green-and-granite answer to Yosemite. You'll trek beside, rather than hurtle down, the mythic Futaleufu River's Class V whitewater, ply outrigger canoes across two alpine lakes, and bed down in gazebos with hot tubs.
When to go: November through April
Travel advisory: If you prefer walking to paddling, hike around Lago Espolon instead; you'll catch great views of the lake and the calciated peaks in the distance.
- Sleeping in a 500-square-foot mountainside cave just above Zeta, a deadly, Z-shaped Class VI rapid.
- Dangling from a thin steel cable as you pull yourself across the raging Futaleufu to get to the cave.