Do you have any doubts about how to plan your trip to Futangue? Don’t worry! Here we can provide you with some tips to optimize your experience in the Park.
The conditions in the Park are characterized by the constantly fluctuating climate. It is for this reason that we recommend to all our visitors the following 10 essentials for a day’s trekking.
During the hike you should drink enough water to stay feeling as fresh and hydrated as possible – dehydration is a constant concern. One bottle is not enough as you never know if the weather will turn hot or how your body will react to the physical aspect of the hike. You should never sacrifice the amount of water you are taking just because of a lack of space.
The weather is unpredictable and a beautiful sunny day can convert rapidly in to a downpour, from one moment to the next. Don’t forget to take a thin waterproof jacket or windcheater to protect you from all outcomes. And try not to take too many articles of clothing either, as it will be you who will be carrying your own pack throughout the hike.
Don’t leave without a comprehensive first aid kit in your backpack. This needs to include items such as alcohol, Elastoplast, bandages, cotton wool, scissors, dressings etc. And then incorporate anything else you feel is necessary in the same pack.
Protection from the sun has to be a priority during your hike. Don’t forget to bring sun cream with a high sun protection factor, as well as lip balm also containing SPF. You should also bring insect repellant, especially if you are following routes through a lot of vegetation.
Bring a hat and sunglasses to complement your sunblock. The sunglasses will not only help to shade your eyes from the sun but they will help protect them from dust.
It is always useful to carry a small knife in your backpack in case you need to open a bag, cut rope or string or for any form of accident.
Whether your hike is long or short, it is necessary to bring something to eat. For short routes, think about packing things which are light to carry but which load you with energy, such as granola, energy bars, fruit, nuts etc.
This is more necessary for longer trails but it is always important to have one close at hand.
There are some routes which take you through or near to waterfalls and lakes, in which you are permitted to bathe. A towel is also useful for drying off perspiration which can be an irritant while walking.
These are indispensable in which to keep the remains of uneaten food or rubbish during the hike, to conserve surroundings and leave no traces behind after picnics. You can also use bags for wrapping wet or dirty clothing in, so that you can carry it comfortably in your backpack.
The equipment needed for this kind of fishing is undoubtedly specialized, as fly fishing requires, among other things, specific materials and accessories.
The main characteristics belonging to these types of rod are their high flexibility and lightweight build, even though these details depend mostly on the predilection of the angler and the type of waters to fish, plus other influences such as the weight of the line or size flies. They are manufactured in different materials such as bamboo, fiberglass and graphite mainly, they come in different numbers and with 3 main actions according to their degree of flexion, we will find fast, medium and slow action rods, the latter being the ones that achieve greater flexibility and fast are more rigid.
For these days, the reels with large arbor are the most popular because they print less memory to the lines and the latter can be removed and collected more quickly. Among its functions is to house the line in conjunction with the backing and leader, also helps balance the equipment with the rod and come with a number that is aligned with the number of the rods. On the other hand, it acquires great importance in the fisher’s gear when it comes to capturing large fish since the brake they have is very helpful to achieve that precious photograph with a trophy fish.
3. Fly fishing line
Definitly, it is one of the parts of the equipment that most differentiates itself from other forms of sport fishing, since in fly fishing a heavy line is used instead of weights to throw the lure. The fly fishing line has singular characteristics in weight, size and thickness and depending on these we can give some applications or others. They consist of two parts that are the “core” and the “coating”. The core can be a nylon or a multifilament coated with thermoplastic polymers that make up the coating and this part has inlays of different elements to give properties such as flotation (with air microbubbles) or sinking (with glass particles, lead or tungsten). Another important feature is the profile of the line that has a special influence on the distance and the way of falling on the water to present the flies, since the same line has thicker sections than others.
It is the element that connects our fishing line to the fly and is in charge of giving continuity to the energy that we print with the rod to the line, dissipating it progressively until we reach the fly.
It also becomes a great ally as it is a window of free vision between the fly and the line, allowing to present our flies naturally and control without having to show the line to the fish and thus avoid frightening it.
Tippet is the terminal part of the leader, is the one that connects the fly. The choice of its diameter is based in the fact that it is that part that is closest to the fly and therefore the most visible and close to the fish, always remembering that it must be related to the number of hooks.
It is used to tie the line to the reel and to have a reserve line in case a fish gives us the fight of our lives. Because the lines measure an average of 28 meters, they are used as 90 meters of backing.
They are hooks covered with hairs, feathers and synthetic materials that try to imitate the food of the trout, this imitation can be impressionistic, suggestive or realistic. They are classified into two major categories, those that float and those that sink, for each of them there are materials that allow them to stay on the surface of the water or to be under it, said last we will find 5 categories:
There are two types of kayaks, the closed ones and the open ones called “Sit on top”.
To enjoy them and avoid injuries, we are giving you 4 tips to consider when paddling.
1.- Maintain a good position in the kayak to allow more torso rotation and minimize tension in the lower back.
2.- Try to paddle slightly inclined towards the front of the kayak.
3.- Do not lift the paddle much to minimize the deviation of the wind and help keep the arms and shoulders aligned.
4.- Keep your hand grabing the oar at the height of your eyes, never higher.
It is important to be prepared for sudden climate changes at any time of the year since the weather
conditions in the mountain are characterized by unpredictability. Be always equipped with a wide
range of clothing options; be sure to bring a warm jacket and the right equipment to protect you
from the rain, even in summer.
Equipment for outdoor activities:
Dressing with the layer system is the best alternative in the South of Chile, taking into account that
each layer has a function that will allow it to adapt to changing weather conditions and thus be
We recommend the following:
– First layer: In direct contact with the skin and is ideal for the management of perspiration
and moisture (thermal tights, capilen, merino wool, synthetic, polyester, for the summer months it is advisable to have sun protective and fast dry clothing).
– Second layer: A fleece jacket to protect from the cold and wind.
– Third layer: The latter will protect us from wind and rain (jackets equipped with waterproof membranes such as Gore-Tex or similar). It is also very useful to have a waterproof trouser cover.
To carry out outdoor activities that we offer in the park, we recommend the use of high trekking shoes to protect the ankles and ideally have Gore-Tex membrane, so that moisture is not
transferred to your feet excessively, and / or sneakers for the softer trails and commuting around
For use inside the hotel facilities:
Our hotel is a place designed to help you disconnect from day-to-day worries, where clothing can
be totally informal. You must contemplate warm clothing for the use of outdoor common spaces in case of cold days and / or nights. Do not forget your swimsuit for the use of Spa facilities.
You can bring comfortable shoes and / or sneakers to walk in the hotel’s interior and exterior areas.
Sandals can be useful for use in the pool and spa sector.
Our hotel offers its guests towels and robes for personal use. We also have hair dryers in all our rooms and organic amenities made of plants and berries from the native forest.
The Park Administration cannot take any responsibility for accidents which may occur as a result of any natural phenomenon, nor for negligence, poor preparation or recklessness by visitors. For your safety, we have put together a set of rules which you must follow throughout your visit: