Argentina White-Water Rafting

Rafting © Carlos Lopez Echeto Marrero

Argentina offers some wonderful white-water rafting opportunities, ranging in difficulty from Grade II through to IV, with exciting rides through magnificent scenery. One of the most popular routes is on the turbulent Rio Mendoza, cutting through mountain gorges, and on the Rio Manso through the southern part of the Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi. The town of Esquel is also used as a base for rafters wishing to tackle Chile's renowned Rio Futaleufu, with its Grade V rapids. Numerous operators offer day trips.

A good option for those looking for an exciting experience but who have no previous rafting experience is the Corcovado River, where the rapids never exceed level three difficulty and the scenery includes beautiful Lake Rosario, Lake Tiobal, Mount Centinela and the town of Corcovado. In the summer, when the waters of the river and lakes warm up considerably, it's possible to take dips in the rivers and lakes during rest stops. The Alumine River is one of the most popular options for rafting, with rapids ranging from Grade II to V, where the upper part of the river is more challenging and suited only for experienced rafters looking for a reasonable amount of adventure.