Through Chile: Fly from Santiago to Puerto Montt. An option is to spend a night in Puerto Montt, the capital of the Los Lagos region, which has very good hotels and gastronomy, especially fresh fish and seafood. The next day you can fly on to Chaiten, on a twin-engine plane. The trip between Puerto Montt and Chaiten takes about 45 minutes. We will pick you up at the Chaiten aerodrome for a three-hour trip to Futaleufu along the Carretera Austral (Chile’s Southern Highway).
Through Argentina: The second option is to travel to Futaleufu via Esquel, Argentina.
Esquel has a jet-port that connects Esquel to Buenos Aires, however, flights are not every day, so they must be planned in advance. Once you have your flight itinerary, we will pick you up in Esquel and transport you to Futaleufu. This trip takes about 1.5 hours and involves a border crossing to get into Chile. The town of Futaleufu lies 10 km from the international border.
Single and two day trips: For our other trips, the modes of transport are the same as above, but you will need to be prepared to negotiate the travel connections on your own. There are public transport options (buses) from both Chaiten (daily) and Esquel (three times a week) to Futaleufu. There is also a third option that connects Puerto Montt to Futaleufu directly by road. This is called the “Bimodal Route” that runs along Chile’s coastline and is interspersed with ferry boats to cross the fjords. This trip can be accomplished in one day.