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50 Best trips of a life time – National Geographic Traveler Magazine

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National Geographic Adventurer – When we started this annual roundup of
the world’s top guided tours three years ago, we sought to bring readers
the most transformative, sustainable, and authentic experiences. To our
delight, there’s no shortage of companies that share our philosophy.
Whether it’s staring down a king penguin in Antarctica, sharing mole
with a Oaxacan family, or watching your kids in a pickup soccer game in
Sardinia, this is the sort of travel that will stick with you. We hope
our 2008 picks get you inspired.

Bio Bio Expeditions Futaleufu trip in Patagonia picked as one of the 50 best trips – May 2008

Award Winning Videographers Produce Videos for Bio Bio Expeditions

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Bryan Smith of Pacific Horizons production company has created a short
promo video for our website of rafting the Apurimac – Bryan is a well
know videographer and Banff film festival finalist. Enjoy a high
definition trip down the Apurimac!.

Click here to view video.
http://www.downstreammedia.net/TheRangeLife/Video/biobioperu.mov

Alex Nicks, who is also a Banff film festival finalists, produced our video for Kilimanjaro.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qVYab3rpCr0


We hope you will enjoy the videos!

Bio Bio Expeditions is included as one of the “Best outfitters on the Planet”

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National Geographic Adventure Magazine – “Best Outfitters on Earth” (10/22/07)

With
assistance from the Adventure Travel Council, Adventures in Travel
Expo, the adventure travel trade Association, and other travel and
tourism organizations, National Geographic Adventure magazine chose the
“Best Outfitters on Earth” and Bio Bio is included as one of them – For
more information please see the November 2007 issue of National
Geographic Adventure Magazine. Or click on www.ngadventures.com/rankings

More press for Bio Bio Expeditions – First Descent in Bhutan!

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Travel and Leisure Magazine August 2007

Travel Leisure August 2007 “worlds best awards – Hotels, Cruises, Airlines, Cities, Islands.

In
a feature article called “Getting there first” Some travel for fun,
some to feed the soul. Others are in it for the immortality.

Jeff
Wise quotes Richard Bangs, famous for various first decscents and
especially for starting commercial rafting on the Zambezi river.
“Usually there are a lot of unknowns, and anxiety and tension on a first
descent. It’s all about celebrating chaos.” page 138,

Bio Bio Expeditions is mentioned for their upcoming November 2009 first descent of the Drangme, chhu river in Bhutan.

Call 1-800-246-7238 for more details.

Bio Bio Expeditions Zambezi Trip featured in Condé Nast Traveler website

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Forget the dog days of August: The dry season hits southern Africa in
September, when elephants, zebras, impalas, and baboons lumber down to
the 1,650-mile Zambezi River for a drink of water. The best way to get a
look at all that wild game? From the river itself. Sign on with the
expert guides from Bio Bio Expeditions, whose Zambezi Explorer trip
departs only in September. READ FULL ARTICLE>>

Bio Bio Blog is up and running!

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The Bio Bio Blog is up and running.
Enjoy stories, last minute trip specials and stay in the Bio Bio loop!
Check for weekly updates, exciting photos, expedition news and whats new
with the Bio Bio family and friends!

Insight into Travel Insurance

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Insurance isn’t fun. 
We get that; especially because we love having fun.  So why on earth are we writing about travel
insurance in the hopes that you may find it interesting?  Well, we are often asked the very personal
question of whether or not to purchase travel insurance.  What do you recommend?  Who do you recommend?  Unfortunately, there isn’t a straight answer.  Even if you come to the decision of
purchasing travel insurance, you then need to choose the level of
coverage.  The only sure thing that we do
know is that those who have used it to recoup thousands of vacation dollars due
to unexpected circumstances, have been more than happy for their decision.

The other day we found an article from Frommer’s that helps
to delve a bit into the question of whether  to roll the dice without insurance or hedge
your bet.  It’s a short one that looks
into when you may want to get insurance, points out a few resources that may
give you a false sense of security (homeowners insurance, credit card company coverage,
etc.) and how the industry is changing to include more in your policy.

Nope, insurance for most people would most
likely not be classified under ‘glamorous’, but it is something that we
globetrotters have to think about every now and then. 

Click here for the article: Frommer’s Primer on Travel Insurance

Update on HidroAysen

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Update on HidroAysen –

  

We were only 3 short weeks into 2014 when Chilean
environmentalists received some of what will likely be the best news of the year
and river lovers around the world and all of us here at BBX let out a deep sigh
of relief.  

HidroAysen, the controversial hydroelectric project
that proposes to construct five mega dams in Chilean Patagonia, has been put on
hold yet again… and this time it may be permanent.  Now Endesa Chile (who owns
51% of HidroAysen) claims that legal challenges and uncertainty
surrounding the dams’ transmission lines are why the project has been moved from
short to medium term priority in Endesa’s most recent investment holders
report.

The hydroelectric project has faced heavy opposition
from the start as it would threaten two of the far South’s most wild and scenic
rivers, the Baker and the Pascua, and forever alter the surrounding wild lands
and local communities. Also, many claim the project to be too high risk.  So, it
is no surprise that many Chileans are opposed.  

The project appears to be steadily losing support
over the years.  In 2012, Colbún (Chile’s third largest private electric company
that owns 49% of HidroAysen) halted work on their side of the dam citing lack of
funding and public and political support of the project and now Endesa is
putting the project on an indefinite hold.

Which is great! But it’s not a done deal. The hope
now is that renewable energy sources will become more available and better
developed over the next few years while there is a government in office that
opposes of the project so that  when HidroAysen rears it’s ugly head again, it
will been viewed as irrelevant and passé.

So today, we celebrate this milestone and embrace
Endesa’s announcement to put HidroAysen on the shelf.  Let’s cross our fingers
that wind from the south and/or solar from the north can find its way into
Chile’s power equation for the future and that the wild beauty and cultural
heritage of Chilean Patagonia will be preserved.

Outside Magazine Travel Awards

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Bio Bio Expeditions  has been selected by Outside, America’s leading multimedia active-lifestyle brand, as a recipient of its second annual Active Travel Awards.  
 
Bio Bio Expeditions  has been selected by Outside, America’s leading multimedia active-lifestyle brand, as a recipient of its second annual Active Travel Awards. Bio Bio Expeditions was honored as Best Multi Sport trip. The full list of award winners will be published in the April issue of Outside magazine, available on newsstands March 12, 2013, and at Outside Online.
To select this year’s awards, Outside tapped our global network of correspondents, who spent months on the road traveling from the Philippines to Switzerland to Namibia and then some, to report a definitive roundup of the best new adventures, secret paradises, mountain epics, stunning beaches, airline deals, gorgeous islands, and more. The result is 42 fresh trips that we guarantee will change your life, plus smart travel strategies, the best travel gear, and five exciting new frontiers.
“Outside magazine has long been one of the world’s most trusted advisors for active and adventurous travelers,” says Outside Editor Christopher Keyes. “In addition to truly award-worthy destinations and travel providers, this year we unearthed a handful of amazing new frontiers in active travel. Our annual edit franchise honors the year’s best trips, hotels, lodges, luggage, islands, and new destinations that will be an invaluable travel resource for years to come.”
Bio Bio featured trip is in the heart of Patagonia! Activities include: whitewater rafting the Class IV-V Futaleufu River, hiking and horseback riding, flyfishing, daily yoga classes, and mountain biking! Stay at our deluxe riverside adventure camp with hot tub, sunset bar, massage, wine tasting, and more!I
In celebration of the Outside Active Travel Awards, Outside will launch the “What Trip Are You?” Facebook promotion, which will allow members of the Outside community to take an adventure travel quiz to determine what type of vacation best suits their adventure style from five categories. The categories include: Whitewater Addict, Powder Slayer, Castaway, Globe Trekker, and Easy Rider.  Participants will be able to choose between a series of travel themes—Culture or adrenaline? Tropical escape or powdery heaven? Water or land?—that will lead to their ultimate adventure travel escape.
Five grand prize winners (one per category) will get the chance to go on their dream adventure provided by Outside’s travel partners. Trip options include: Rafting Idaho’s Main Salmon River with OARS; backcountry glacier skiing/boarding in Alaska with Alaska Mountain Guides & Climbing School, Inc.; a Galápagos islands expedition with Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic; an Amazon rainforest adventure in Ecuador with ROW Adventures; and cycling and wine tasting in the Santa Barbara countryside with Duvine Cycling + Adventure Co.  In addition, participants who take the quiz can come back for daily adventure travel gear prizes.
 
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