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Futaleufú in the Patagonia of Chile

 

Futaleufu ( Futaleufú ) Patagonia Southern Chile has recently become a very popular destination with foreigners. It is the white water rafting, natural beauty, and the legendary size of the rainbow trout that helps Futaleufu land more fly fishermen than fish. Perhaps one of the things that keeps the Futaleufu, and the Futaleufu river a well kept secret is the isolation from the rest of Chile. Futaleufu is in the heart of the Chilean Patagonia, and just over the boarder from Argentina.
Futaleufu southern Chile
Futaleufu river in southern chile is one of the last unspoiled places in the world

Futaleufu's future and the environment of Futaleufu

Futaleufu is a small town of less than 2,000 people. This also goes a long way to keeping Futaleufu and the Futaleufu river environment pristine and unspoiled by large tourist crowds. The tourist that venture here tend to be mostly foreigners looking for for this environmental wonderland in patagonia.


Much of the Futaleufu tourism industry is operated by foreigners that have moved to southern Chile, and fallen in love with Futaleufu. Rafting, fishing and fly fishing, and general outdoor guide services have popped up all around the area. Of all the ways an area could develop economically, we believe this will be the most likely to insure the protection of Futaleufu, Patagonia, and southern Chile for generations to come.


AN IMPORTANT TRAVEL NOTE:

AS OF JANUARY 2007 THERE IS NOW AN ATM MACHINE AT THE BANK IN FUTALEUFU

The machine was provided by Banco Estado after hard lobbing by allsouthernchile.com, the local mayor's office, and the tourism association of Futaleufu. We still advise that you be careful as there is only one, and it only accepts Master card on the Plus system. If the machine should go down or it should run out of money on a weekend, it can take a few days to get it back in service again.



Futaleufu Photos Essay
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Futaleufu is famous for many things such as the whitewater rafting, friendly people, and fly fishing. The one thing they all have in common  it seems is the spectacular setting that reminds you of the mountains of Switzerland or France.  We thought we would share a photos essay with you, because it words will never communicate what a few photos can.

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Responsible Tourism in Chile
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futaleufu_chile_south_america.jpgResponsible tourism starts with picking the right tourism company when booking your travel to Chile. Not all are created equally, and like many places in the World potential tourist and travelers have a hard time judging which companies are really following best practices in responsible tourism. Lu Warner from the Valle Bonito Lodge in Futaleufu , Southern Chile shares with us some thoughts on the problems and issues in picking companies in the Patagonia.

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Postcards from Futaleufu, Chile: Part II
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This is the second in a series of articles by Vicki Lansen regarding life in Futaleufu, Chile. Vicki and her husband Greg recently relocated to Futaleufu after years of living in Panama and Central America.

By Vicky Lansen
plums and mate in Patagonia, Chile A walk around Futa is an easy stroll, and if you get lost, you should be ashamed! The town sports a fastidiously kept central park, a radio station, a police station with extremely friendly, helpful police (who seem to often serve as information officers), a small, but tidy hospital, a large, fabulously new school, two internet cafe/call centers, fly-fishing and rafting/kayak guide companies, hospadajaes, restaurants, two in-home laundry services, a seamstress and a bank with an ATM (warning: Master card only) - while still keeping it's other-century charm. One end of town is blessed with Lago Espejo (Mirror Lake), a great place to have a picnic and relax. There is no place to rent a car here, and no gas station if you've ventured here with one. Your nearest pump is in Chaiten (four hours away) or Trevelin, Argentina (a little more than an hour).
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Postcards from Futaleufu, Chile
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This is the first in a series of articles by Vicki Lansen about life in Futaleufu, Chile. Vicki and her husband Greg recently fell in love with Futaleufu after years of living in Panama and Central America.

By Vicki Lansen

futaleufu_chile_south_america Starstruck, moonstruck, landstruck, struck, or just plain stricken - by the beauty. Screaming mountains, thorny rhubarb, snaking rivers, crashing waterfalls greet us just 3 kilometers outside of Chaiten on the four-hour bus ride to Futaleufu. And even at the end of summer, laces of snow drape higher mountain peaks, skirted below along the road with wildflowers. We cannot "not" come here. The pavement ends several kilometers from town and becomes a carefully graded gravel road. The awesome scenery never ends and four hours is gone before we know it (Bus ride from Chaiten to Futaleufu is 6,000 pesos).
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Argentina to Futaleufú: The Cruces de los Andes Race
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cruce_de_los_andes2 Futaleufú is one of the small towns where an international event like the Cruces de los Andes race can easily double the population for a day. In fact, there were almost as many participants as there are residents of Futaleufú, with more than 800 runners from around the World.
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Is Chile Safe? The Carabineros de Chile
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chilepolice4We are asked this question on a regular basis, and find ourselves defending Chile just as frequently when people make sweeping generalizations about Latin America and Crime. Well, the Chilean National Police force or the Carabineros de Chile is one the major reasons why Chile does not fit the Latin American or even South American stereotype of corruption and crime.
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Futaleufu ( Futaleufú ) Chile Maps
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Futaleufu ( Futaleufú ) Patagonia Southern Chile
Maps of Futaleufú Chile and area. The truth is that if you get lost in a town as small as Futaleufu Chile, chances are you are no longer in the town. The town is so small that if you walk around in a circle for about 30 mins to an hour, chances are you will find whatever it was you were looking for and get full tour of the town (yea, we forgot the name of our hostel a few times). A big thanks to the nice folks at City hall in Futaleufú for the orginal photo from the air.
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Futaleufu Restaurants and Places to Eat
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Much of the food around Futaleufu is grown and raised locally. The summers are when most restaurants are open. Also, don't under estimate the cooking you will find at the hostel or Bed and Breakfast where you might stay. Futaleufu also receives daily shipments of fresh seafood from the cost.

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Futaleufu ( Futaleufú ) Tourism Agencies and Guides
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Futaleufu ( Futaleufú ) Tourism agencies and Guides including lodges, rafting, hiking, and fly fishing guides, and many other tourism services around the Futaleufú area. Sometimes you simply just have to ask people in Futaleufú, they will be happy to put you in contact with the right person for the job.

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Finding Futaleufú ( Futaleufu ): Southern Chile's Patagonia
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Futaleufu ( Futaleufú ) Patagonia Southern Chile
South of Pumalin park is where the real Chilean Patagonia begins.
Futaleufú ( Futaleufu without the accent ) is one of the hardest places in Southern Chile's Patagonia to reach, but the spectacular scenery alone is enough to make the trip worth it. The town of Futaleufu has gained much international recognition lately for its whitewater rafting, fly fishing, and pristine environment; however, almost nowhere is it explained just how difficult it is to get to Futaleufu. So, we took a trip that included a few of the most common methods for getting to and from Futaleufu, and collected all the information we could to help you get there.

 flights to futaleufu southern chile and Chaiten
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Futaleufú ( Futaleufu ) Chile Hotels, lodges, and Places to Stay
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Hotels and places stay near Futaleufu ( Futaleufú ) Southern Chile including hostals, lodges, cabins, and B&B type places to stay in and around the Futaleufu area.

 
 
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Futaleufu ( Futaleufú ) transportation information
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Don't let the map of Southern Chile fool you, Futaleufú is not an easy place to get to. The problems of travel to Futaleufú ( Futaleufu ) are perhaps what makes it worth going. Futaleufú's limited access helps protect the environment and natural wonders that make this place one of the best destinations in Southern Chile for nature. All Southern Chile will do our best to help you sort out the best way to travel to Futaleufú ( Futaleufu ) and back again.
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