Family Adventure Vacations
Adventure vacations created for families who enjoy a multitude of outdoor adventure activities and a bit of luxury. Our family adventure vacations combine whitewater rafting, hiking, kayaking, and horseback riding into one fun-filled week of adventure travel in beautiful Patagonia, Chile. This is not a strenuous week of constant activity, but rather a mellow array of adventures for both young and old. The trip's activities can be scaled up or down depending on the age group and ability of family members. Note that the minimum age on this trip is five years old.
More than a family rafting trip, we'll make sure you're exposed to all that the Futaleufu Valley has to offer: whitewater rafting on the mighty Futaleufu River, which contains sections for all levels of ability and experience; hiking in the Andes up some of the Futaleufu's beautiful aqua-colored tributaries, (maybe even catching a few fish on the way up!); horseback riding across beautiful valleys past the base of snow-peaked mountains. In the evenings you'll return to the simple luxuries of Antucamay, sharing your day's stories by the glow of a crackling fire in our rustic quincho while enjoying exquisite meals carefully prepared by our gourmet Chef . While the kids go off to explore the tree fort or visit the ranch animals, you can relax in our steaming hot tub or with a massage in our spa! Patagonia, Chile provides a plethora of opportunities for active travel that the whole family can enjoy, and H2O Patagonia ensures that all the details are well taken care of so that your experience is a pure mix of fun, comfort and relaxation!
Patagonian Family Adventure Sample Itinerary
Day 1 - An H2O Patagonia representative will meet you at the Esquel, Argentina airport, before whisking you away to our 175-acre riverside ranch on the mighty Futaleufu River. Once settled, you'll meet your rafting guides who will prepare you for the week's adventures on the Futaleufu river.
Day 2 - Whitewater rafting on the Espolon River, Class II-III:
You and your family will giggle your way down easy Class II rapids. Depending on your family's desires, we'll raft more difficult Class III rapids in the afternoon, or we'll take a hay ride, play in the tree fort, or go on a petting tour of the resident ranch animals.
Day 3 - Day one on your overnight camping trip:
Today we begin our two-day trip into the Patagonian forest. First, you'll enjoy a boat ride across Espolon Lake. Once off the boat everyone chooses a gentle horse to carry them along the Upper Espolon river to our camp in the Patagonian countryside. Those that prefer walking to riding can begin the leisurely stroll up the trail. That night your children will learn how to camp in the great wide open. We'll cook over an open fire and tell stories until we fall asleep under a canopy of stars.
Day 4 - Final day of your overnight camping trip:
Today we'll float the Upper Espolon River. You may choose to paddle in a raft or in an inflatable kayak. This Class II float through the Chilean forest takes us to Espolon Lake where our boat is waiting to take us back to Antucamay.
Day 5 - Parent's day:
Today parents get to have fun on their own! We'll take care of the kids back at the ranch, entertaining them with various activities like fishing, riding ponies, or searching for eggs in the chicken coop. Parents have the opportunity to paddle the Class IV-V whitewater of the Rio Futaleufu. You'll experience the azure waters and exciting rapids of the this world class river while knowing your children are in good hands.
Day 6 - Adventure options day:
Today the choice is yours. You have the option of spending the day hiking through a nature preserve which borders the river, rafting, kayaking Lake Espolon, or horseback riding to a spectacular waterfall.
Day 7 - Canyoning and inflatable kayaking:
If you've ever dreamed of being a kid again, canyoning is for you. Canyoning is the hybrid of water sports and mountain climbing. Rappel down waterfalls, leap into turquoise pools, zoom down water slides, and crawl through tiny caverns. After canyoning, you'll spend the afternoon kayaking down the Espolon, a stunning tributary of the Futaleufu.
Day 8 - Departure Day:
After a hearty breakfast and a farewell to your guides and staff the we will return you to Esquel airport for your flight home.
Arrive home, renewed and invigorated!
Patagonia Family Multi-Sport Adventure Packages:
Though we often create custom itineraries, this high-end family adventure vacation in Chile with H2O Patagonia typically takes you away from home for for seven to ten days including travel time. We make the travel as pain-free as possible. Your arrival into the heart of Patagonia on day two of your South American adventure is exquisite, and each day after that is fun-filled yet relaxing. Your final day finds you refreshed, renewed and invigorated as your bags are packed for the journey home.
|7 night/ 8 day Family Adventure
Family adventures in the Futaleufu River valley run late November through early April. View Available Dates
Note: Trips can be added! If you are interested in a Family Adventure Vacation during a week not listed, please fill out an online inquiry form or call us toll free at 1-866-525-2395. We will do our best to accommodate your desires.
Our prices are all-inclusive:
- Land transport from Esquel, Argentina to Futaleufu and back
- Riverside Lodging
- Healthy meals prepared by our personal international chef.
- All amenities available at H2O Patagonia's riverside ranch. These include hot tub, plush robes and towels, Chilean Spirits open bar, and fine wines.
- Equipment, gear, guides and safety guides (kayak and cataraft)
- One free massage by our masseuse, on the premise daily.
- Airfare to and from US/Europe to Esquel, Argentina
- Gratuities for staff and team
- Excess baggage charges
- Travel insurance
(although we offer this as an easy add-on to your travel package)
- All prices are based on double occupancy. There is a 10% surcharge for single occupancy.
- Video and photo service included at extra charge
We reserve the right to change the order of activities or even
some of the activities due to changes in weather, transportation or other unforeseen
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