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The ultimate adventure retreat in remote Patagonia.

Rio Palena Lodge is a newly-renovated property in a largely uninhabited region of Chilean Patagonia offering a variety of adventure activities in summer and winter.

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The accommodation

Set on the banks of the magnificent Rio Palena, surrounded by the spectacular Andes mountains, Rio Palena Lodge is the ultimate adventure retreat. Located in a largely uninhabited corner of Chilean Patagonia, Rio Palena Lodge offers the ultimate combination of adventure and relaxation. Action-packed days heli-skiing, stand-up paddle boarding, or trout fishing are balanced with opportunities for total relaxation in the wood-fired sauna or hot tub.

Surrounded by the towering, snow-covered peaks of the Andes, Rio Palena Lodge has ideal conditions for heli-skiing. The season runs from mid-September to mid-November with a typical ski day consisting of 6-10 runs. In summer, the region is famous for large, wild, brown and rainbow trout, making it a popular destination for keen anglers.

  • 13-acre property grounds
  • Max capacity: 16 people for summer, 6 people for heli-ski season
  • 7 en-suite bedrooms with stunning views
  • Spacious dining room with sweeping views of the nearby river & surrounding peaks
  • Living room with wood-burning fireplace & views of the Andes
  • River-facing outdoor patio – perfect for unwinding with a fine Chilean wine or Pisco Sour
  • Wood-fired sauna & two outdoor wood-fired hot tubs
  • Gear & wader drying room
  • Chef-prepared meals (breakfast, lunch, après & dinner served daily)
  • House alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages
  • Daily guided fishing or adventure activities
  • Fly fishing gear, NRS rafts for float fishing
  • Hyde Power Drifter jet boats & Badfish SUPs
  • Trek full suspension mountain bikes
  • 4×4 overland campers & 4×4 SUVs for guest transport

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Join a highly trained and experienced guide team as you experience rugged peaks, steep chutes, challenging couliers and sweeping glaciers that drop into the rainforest below. Days can be customised to your preferences and all avalanche safety equipment, skis and poles are provided.


Whitewater Rafting

Rio Palena Lodge is located an hour's drive from the Futaleufú River, which ranks in the top 5 whitewater rafting destinations in the world. In the hands of seasoned guides, get ready to take on Class-4 rapids in an adrenaline-fueled experience.

Whitewater Rafting

Fly Fishing

With Palena River located right outside the lodge you have around-the-clock angling access. For beginners, the Malito river a few miles away is ideal whilst the heli-accessed Upper Tigre and Azul offer high numbers of brook trout and scenic views. Other options include lakes surrounded by glaciers or accessed only by helicopter. There are a variety of river stretches accessible from the lodge or the 'Futa Camp' outpost.

Fly Fishing

Stand Up Paddleboarding

Navigate the waters of the Palena where it joins the Tigre through a deep canyon filled with waterfalls, cliffs and rainforests; or opt for a leisurely paddle on Lago Negro, where reeds and grassy waters are perfect for spotting wildlife.

Stand Up Paddleboarding


Explore the quaint old road to Tranquilo Valley, weaving through cattle and sheep whilst admiring striking views and turquoise waters.



Take a helicopter flight and hike to beautiful waterfalls and overlooks, stopping for a picnic lunch.


Where is it?


Rio Palena Lodge is located in a largely uninhabited region of Chilean Patagonia. The easiest way to reach the lodge is by flying privately from Santiago to Palena Airfield. From here it is a 10 minute helicopter charter or 20 minute drive to the lodge. It is also possible to take a commercial flight from Santiago to Puerto Montt, El Tepual Airport, followed by a 1 hour private charter flight to Palena Airfield. Commercial flights are also available from Puerto Montt, La Paloma Airport (a 45 minute ground transfer from Puerto Montt, El Tepual Airport) to Chaitén. From Chaitén it is a 3 hour ground transfer to Rio Palena Lodge.

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