HOW TO GET TO MAPU !
Choose the best way that suites better for you.
There are some options to arrive in Futaleufú
A. Through Santiago, Chile
B. Through Buenos Aires, Argentina
C. Through Bariloche, Argentina
A. SANTIAGO, CHILE
1 – Santiago > Puerto Montt: by plane
Take a plane from Santiago to Puerto Montt. It takes 1h45 and there are three airlines: Latam , Sky and JetSmart
2a – Puerto Montt > Chaiten: by plane
It´s a 45 minutes flight in a plane for less than 20 people. This is already a tour! You will be able to see some volcanos and the fjords. The view is amazing!
Bellow the companies that flies to Chaiten:
Arriving in Chaiten you can rent a car (advice to book in advance). You will drive on Carretera Austral for 2h30 to 3h. It is a beautiful road! And then you will be in Futaleufú!
2b – Puerto Montt to Chaiten: by ferry
You can rent a car in Puerto Montt and take the ferry to Chaiten. It´s a 9 hours trip across the Pacific Ocean.
You can do this trip from Monday to Saturday with Naviera Austral (https://www.navieraustral.cl)
2c – From Puerto Montt to Chaiten: by car + ferry (bi-modal)
You can also drive to Chaiten! At three points of this trip you will have to take the ferry. So we call it “bimodal”. It’s a gorgeous trip, facing the fjords and driving on the entrance of Carretera Austral.
First ferry you don’t have to book in advance. One or more ferry works to cross this first part of bimodal ( at least 1 ship per hour). The cross takes around 35 mins.
Then you should drive up to Hornopiren. This ferry from Somarco you should book and pay in advance (https://www.barcazas.cl/barcazas/hornopiren-caleta-gonzalo/)
It’s a 5 hour trip to arrive in Caleta Gonzalo, inside Pumalin Park. Depending on your ferry we advance to sleep at Hornopiren.
3 – Chaiten > Futaleufú: by car
B. BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA
From Buenos Aires there is a flight to Esquel by Aerolineas Argentinas.
It takes 2h flight
Esquel is the closest city to Futaleufu in the argentinian side.
Arriving in Esquel you will cross the border by land. 1h30 to 2h driving and land border control.
You can either rent a car or get a transfer.
C. BARILOCHE, ARGENTINA
If you haven´t been to Bariloche yet, this can be a good opportunity to visit this city!
In Bariloche you can rent a car and drive to Futaleufú. It will take you around six hours driving.
You will have a beautiful view of the Andes on this road. Also, you can visit some places on the way.
This route is Bariloche > El Bolson > Esquel > Futaleufu.