Espolon Lodge



Type: Remote, wooden, hand crafted, 6 room wilderness lodge on a 7 mile wilderness lake.

Location: On remote Lago Espolon, the Espolon River which flows from the lake and is kayaked as part of the trip, is the largest Futaleufu River tributary.

Number of nights: 4 (nights 2,3,4 & 7)

Brief Description: Hidden in an old growth forest, along 7 mile long Lago Espolon, the Espolon Lodge is a "micro lodge"  with just three bed rooms and three cabins, a main living/dining "great room" with central fire place and an expansive deck which affords dramatic views of the lake and the towering snow-capped mountains that rise out of it. The property's phenomenal location make it a rare, true wilderness, multi-sport lodge. 

Access: Local 30 minute (5 mile) wooden ferry boat ride across lake.

Lodge property: 1/4 mile of shoreline with beach and canyoning waterfall surrounded by dense, native Patagonia forest and hiking trails.

Amenities: Bathrooms in rooms, wood fired hot tub, "Great room" with central fireplace, wrap around deck overlooking lake, -- electricity from private turbine and solar system, gazebo style quincho for barbeques (no internet or cell service). 

Multi-sport activities in immediate vicinity of lodge: Hiking, horseback riding, sea kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, canyoning, fishing and river kayaking (class 2).


Lago Espolon: crystal clear, deep lake surrounded by towering, often snow-capped peaks with excellent swimming, sea kayaking and stand-up Paddle boarding.  
Upper Espolon River: inflatable kayaking (Level 1 - 2)
Extensive trails system: hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding  
Canyoneering Canyon: slot canyon with waterfalls behind lodge
Wildlife:  The Espolon Lake wilderness area is home to puma, endangered huemul (similar to elk) and Andean condor which are often seen gliding in the thermals above the water. The lake has some of the largest trout (up to twenty pounds) in the Futaleufu Valley.  



Hiking: Lake trail with remote beaches and tributary streams with waterfalls and swimming holes. Mountain trails through native old growth native Patagonian forest with giant hardwood trees as old as 500 years. 
Horseback riding: Miles of riding trails and single lane, dirt roads in the Upper Espolon River valley, located one mile from the lodge and reached by sea kayak, stand-up paddle board or the lodge's small motor boat. This remote valley and it's tiny community, is still inhabited by decendents of the original colonizing families. Cut off from roads, electricity, internet and phone service, it is a rarely seen slice of old world style Patagonia where people still ride horses and connect with the outside world by ferry boat.
Mountain biking: Just a few minutes by boat takes you to the Upper Espolon Valley (see horseback riding description above)
River kayaking: Both upper and lower Espolon river offers inflatable kayakers a small, crystal clear river with class 1-3 rapids beneath towering peaks.
Fishing (Fly Fishing): This area has world class fly-fishing. For details contact our office.
Sea Kayaking:  Sea kayaking out the front door on clear, deep lake with expanive views of snow-capped peaks rising from the water.
Standup paddle boarding:  From the lodge's beach.  


“Earth River runs the only continuous, top to bottom, multi-camp, wilderness expedition on the Futaleufu. A week without roads, electricity or cell phones.”
“I’ve been on nearly all the commercially run rivers in the world and Earth River and the Futaleufu stand out as the very best of the best.”—Fred Wiedemann, Co-founder
"Earth River is the premier river runner in the world. Their staff includes the finest guides to be found."
“Earth River’s conservation effort on the Futaleufu is Herculean and represents the single largest river land trust endeavor ever initiated by a commercial outfitter."—Ronald Dodson, Pres."
"I want to personally thank Earth River for helping us stop the hydro-electric projects on our land preventing the destruction of one of North America's last great wildernesses.
“Earth River’s Futaleufu trip is an astonishment. The amazing camps, all different from one another, but all surprisingly and ingeniously comfortable”—David Rakoff
"I want to personally thank Earth River for helping us stop the hydro-electric projects on our land preventing the destruction of one of North America's last great wildernesses.
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