Futaleufu Rafting Multi Sport

9 Days from From $3,400

High adventure activities in the heart of Patagonia, Chile on the Futaleufu River include: whitewater rafting Class II-V, hiking, horseback riding, fly-fishing, daily yoga classes and mountain biking!

Relax during your stay at our deluxe riverside camp with hot tub, sunset bar, massage, wine tasting, and more!

Explore this Trip
Explore this Trip

Futaleufu Rafting Multi Sport

Futaleufu Rafting & Multi-Sport Adventure in Chile

If you are looking for the best in Futaleufu River rafting & active adventure, you have found it!

We first fell in love with Chile 21 years ago and have been safely and expertly rafting the Futaleufu River since 1993. With almost every imaginable activity to choose from on this action-packed vacation in southern Chile, our Futaleufu adventure is based out of our deluxe riverside camp overlooking the turquoise blue waters of the Futaleufu River as it surges beneath Patagonia’s snow capped mountains. Enjoy the best in Chile rafting and multi-sport fun on Bio Bio Expedition’s signature adventure vacation and one which truly represents who we are as a company. Chile and the Futaleufu River is the place – and this is the trip – where we discovered and developed that magical alchemy of adventure, rivers, culture, camaraderie, and unique touches that have come to represent who we are at Bio Bio Expeditions.

Once you arrive at our gorgeous Futaleufu Adventure Base Camp overlooking the river, you will realize that you have stepped into your dream adventure travel trip.  This will become your home-away-from-home for your vacation week in Chile – your own “safari-style” tented bungalow nestled into the cliff overlooking the turquoise waters and complete with warm down comforters and mattresses for your lazing pleasure.  Every morning, after being delivered a hot cup of coffee or tea to your door, you will look forward to another day of fun adventures on or around the Futaleufu. Each day involves a new and customized mix of activities guided by some of the most accomplished and talented international outdoor guides.  River-based fun include whitewater rafting the famous, incomparable Futaleufu River, inflatable kayaking the aptly named Rio Azul, fly fishing (or spin) for Patagonia rainbow trout, or taking a lesson in whitewater kayaking.  Land-based activities include horseback riding and hiking up pristine valleys and mountain biking a mix of ox-trails and single track.

Futaleufu athletic fun is rounded out by the luxurious amenities available back at our deluxe Base Camp – relax in two riverside hot tubs, luxuriate with a professional massage, relax with daily yoga classes, enjoy our wood fired sauna, savor the gourmet cuisine prepared by our professional chef, try wine tasting at the sunset bar and salsa dancing under the Southern Cross, or just chill out around the campfire with a cup of tea. Really, what could be better?

Leave the cold, dark North American winter behind and join us for the adventure vacation of a lifetime in the heart of Patagonia at the Futaleufu River in Chile!

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Itinerary Snapshot

Day 1 Overnight in Hotel Villa Huinid in Bariloche, Argentina on Lake Nahuel Huapi and enjoy a group welcome dinner. (D)

Day 2 Beautiful drive 300 km south through deep valleys and open pampas, passing the headwaters of the Futaleufu. Arrive early afternoon at camp; camp orientation, swim, hot tub, and welcome happy hour. (B+L+D)

Day 3 Optional early morning hike (2 hour roundtrip) for an excellent, and scenic, orientation of the Futaleufu Valley. Then raft from camp to Futaleufú bridgeOptional activities include mountain biking, fly-fishing and intro to river kayaking. (B+L+D)

Day 4 Step-up the rafting today! Raft from camp to below the Casa de Piedra rapid – class V. The afternoon is a scenic float to take in the magnificence of Patagonia. (B+L+D)

Day 5 Introduction and training for a day in the inflatable kayaks on the Rio Azul. (B+L+D)

Day 6 Horseback ride deep into the pristine wilderness of the Rio Azul Valley. Option to enjoy a quick nature hike to one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the Patagonia region. (B+L+D)

Day 7 Drive to the Pueblo of Futaleufú. Raft the Inferno Canyon from the Rio Espolón to Rio Azul. A five-mile canyon of class V whitewater, walk around the Dynamite, Zeta and Throne Room rapids, four-mile class II float, then five miles of class IV. There is the option to only raft the rapids below Inferno Canyon. (B+L+D)

Day 8 Raft from the Rio Azul through the Terminator, Kyburz, and Himalayas rapids. Lunch at camp. Raft from camp again to below Casa De Piedra. Optional hiking, mountain biking or fly-fishing activities available as well. Last night in camp: lamb roast/Chilean “asado feast” and party. (B+L+D)

Day 9 Drive to Esquel or Bariloche to catch your flight home, or elsewhere in South America should you choose to extend your trip.

Activities can be interchanged depending on your preference for the day.

(Legend: B = Breakfast included , L = Lunch included, D = Dinner included)

Why Argentina?

The Futaleufu starts in Argentina and so do we.  We want you to get a real sense of the land, people and remoteness of wild Patagonia and feel this is the way to do it!  The Futaleufu River flows to the Pacific through an extremely remote valley in Chile. The journey to the Futaleufu is definitely an integral part of your Patagonian adventure. We have chosen the Argentine ski resort town of San Carlos de Bariloche as your gateway into the expansive region known as “Patagonia”. When you get off the plane in the new airport of Bariloche, look out over the vast open plains to east and see the jagged peaks of the Andean Cordillera to the west, you know that this can only be the famed Patagonia! Your first night in Bariloche you will stay at the luxurious lakefront Hotel Villa Huinid and have a chance to unwind from your trip half way around the world. The next morning we travel 380 km in a comfortable bus from Bariloche to the Fu with snacks, drinks and good music. Planes tend to insulate us from the smell, tastes, sights and sounds of the landscape.  This is why we have chosen this leg of your travel to be overland.

The travel time to our camp in Chile is approximately the same whether through Argentina or Chile (if you include waiting time in airports), yet, arriving via Bariloche you will see the landscape change from barren pampas to fertile valleys and finally turn into the Valdivian temperate rainforest of the Futaleufu. By traveling to Chile via Argentina you will experience two cultures that are quite different despite their proximity.  A breathtaking drive through one of Argentina’s most beautiful national parks with time to stop and take pictures is a natural way to “slow down” and smell the roses. You will really enjoy this journey!  As always, we are happy to arrange extensions to Chiles famous national park, Torres del Paine or the Fitzroy Spires in Argentina either before or after your trip.

Day One
Arrive in Buenos Aires, Argentina for your flight connection to San Carlos de Bariloche. Check into a lovely hotel with lake views located within walking distance of town.  Your afternoon can be spent swimming, walking around town, shopping for Argentina’s famous leather goods, sampling Bariloche’s delicious chocolate or going for a walk along the lakefront.  There is also an option to go for a longer hike near Bariloche’s ski resort.  In the evening we will gather for a group welcome dinner at one of our favorite restaurants where you can indulge in an Argentinean steak off the parilla. * Please note that we are happy to arrange an extension to Buenos Aires either before or after the trip dates – don’t miss your chance to spend an extra day or two to explore Buenos Aires, the “Paris of South America” – one of the world’s most exciting and enticing cities.

Day Two

After breakfast we will board our private vehicles and begin the drive south to the Futaleufü as it flows into Chile.  This is a beautiful drive down the east side of the Andes and is nothing short of breath taking! We will drive through the frontier gaucho towns of Esquel and Trevelin that were settled a century ago by Welsh farmers. This region of Patagonia was made famous by Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid!  The terrain alternates between lush forest and emerald green valleys, aquamarine lakes, and the windswept plains of the Patagonian steppe.  In the afternoon we will reach the remote, rugged outpost that serves as the border between Argentina and Chile where you will get another stamp in your passport as we enter Chile.  The dry, rugged scenery of the Andean rain shadow quickly gives way to lush, green temperate rainforest as we get our first glimpse of the Futaleufu River and then follow it downstream to our Bio Bio multi sport Adventure Base Camp.  On the way to camp, we pass a few farms that are carved into the ancient rain forest allowing us a glimpse of frontier living, Chileno style. We arrive at the Bio Bio Base Camp where your private tent bungalow on a raised platform, complete with river views and comfortable beds, will be waiting for you. Our enthusiastic guides will lead you to your sweet new “home away from home” on the river!

After a short hike or a swim, you may want to soak in the riverside hot tub or enjoy a hot shower.  Then, we gather in the sunset bar for our first welcome happy hour.  We will introduce the entire BBX crew and go over the week’s agenda.  After happy hour, a hearty dinner will be served. It does tend to cool down quite a bit when the sun sets below the peaks so we dress warmly in the evenings.

Day Three
Awaken on the banks of the Fu and enjoy your first morning in camp! We rise with the warmth of the sun and have breakfast around 9 am.  A pre-breakfast yoga class is available on our customized yoga platform with river views!  Mornings tend to be crisp and dewy so prepare to dress warmly – a fleece is perfect. Today is a river day. We will launch our rafts from base camp after a thorough safety briefing. In a safe ‘eddy’, a short distance downstream, we’ll do a set of practice rescue drills. This allows the crew in each raft to hone their skills and prepare to raft as a team.

We use a cataraft combined with ace safety-kayakers as part of our “safety net.” Each raft is captained by a highly trained and intuitive river guide, who guides the boat from a stern-mounted oar frame. Guiding with oars does not detract from the paddling experience. The advantage to the oar frame is greater control in pointing the bow straight through bus size holes and 15-foot high “haystack” wave trains. High siding is also an actively used “paddle” command. This style is consistent with any high volume, strong current river where rapids graded 4 to 5-plus rage on. This is the Futaleufú!

The first section that we raft, from camp down to Puente Futaleufú (the Futaleufú Bridge), is only 10 km, but offers more rapids per 1000 meters than anywhere else on the river. It is the perfect warm-up run and it is non-stop fun! The rapids of note are “El Cojín”, the Cushion, and “Mundaca”, a local family name.

At take-out, we meet our vehicles for a 20-minute ride back to camp. Those who would prefer a “lower body” workout to complement their paddling are welcome to run back or ride one of our mountain bikes from take-out to camp. When we get to camp, you can choose to go fly-fishing, try out a kayak, practice yoga, nap in a hammock, enjoy the sauna, have a massage, go for a hike, or soak in the hot tub. Taking a hot shower, either indoors or under the big sky, feels very luxurious while camping in the remote wilderness of northern Patagonia! Of course, for the hardy, the river provides a cold bath and refreshing swim.

As the sun sinks behind the mountains, enjoy a game of chess or cards at the sunset bar.  Every late afternoon is “Happy Hour” with an open bar stocked with beer, wine, soda, and fresh juice.  Then, we gather together in the open-air kitchen/dining area, the “Galpon”, for a candlelight sit-down dinner featuring fresh locally grown produce and fresh-baked breads.  After dinner, enjoy the campfire and the stars before retiring to your cozy tent on your private platform. The sound of the river will lull you to sleep and send you off dreaming of the next day of adventure in Chile.

Day Four
Officially day two of our rafting extravaganza. Our aim is to settle into a river rhythm that will be utilized in order to successfully raft the next few sections the Fu.  After breakfast, we will launch our rafts from camp and have lunch on the river. After we pass the Puente Futaleufú (yesterday’s take-out), we immediately round the corner to meet a big stomping continuous cascade of waves known as “Mas o Menos”, translated, “More or Less”.  This is a good stepping-stone towards our first true blue class V technical rapid, “Casa de Piedra” (House of Rock) which is right around the next corner. We will get out of our rafts to scout this massive boulder choked rapid from the banks of the Fu. It is formed like a series of water wheels that channel all of their fury into a final churning pit with a dragon’s back highway through it; that is, if you hit it on line.

After this rapid, we will run the remaining class 3 and 4 rapids as our hearts resume beating at their normal rates. We will drift into a nice long calm section that offers perfect fishing from the rafts as well as a great place to get into some hard shell kayaks. The next three miles we will have a floating happy hour and reach our take out spot just above Lago Yelcho. Upon return to camp, we will continue to celebrate the day, enjoy the spa and get ready for another fabulous dinner prepared by our jovial crew and talented chef.

Day Five
Today we become experts at navigating our very own river crafts, known inflatable kayaks or IK’s. We venture up canyon to the source of the Rio Espolon as it cascades out of the Lago Espolón to find gin clear water and gentle class 2 and 3 rapids that offer a perfect learning opportunity to become a great captain of your own boat.

If there is interest, before we paddle we will have a chance to stroll around the quaint little town of Futaleufú There is something deeply satisfying paddling your own boat down river, knowing that your destiny is in your own hands. Of course our highly trained guides will be there to coach you, watch over you and provide safety should you need to be rescued. The Rio Espolon is one of the major tributaries to the Futaleufu river and flows into the Fu right above the Inferno canyon which is where we take-out in the early afternoon. For those ready to try out a hard shell kayak, this is the perfect class 2-3 river to do it on!

Day Six
Surf and Turf up and down the Rio Azul valley!  After breakfast we take a short drive to the stables where we will find our trusty steeds saddled up and ready for adventurous riding.  After a safety briefing, we ride alongside some local expert equestrians and our own river guides who will gladly join the posse up a glorious, pristine side valley where the Rio Azul flows unhindered from its glacial headwaters. After a 3 hour ride, we stop for a picnic lunch and then trade in our saddles for paddles to test our talents on the challenging and fun Class 3 and 4 Rio Azul, a significant step up in difficulty from the Rio Espolon.  This is a full biathlon day and you will be glad to return to camp, enjoy the soothing hot tub, a cold beer or glass of wine as you wait your turn to get a well deserved massage!

Day Seven
We will have an early breakfast in camp then travel 25 kilometers up the road to Rio Espolon to launch our rafts for the Inferno Canyon day!

On the Rio Espolon we have a chance to warm up on this low volume river before it joins and helps form the mighty Futaleufu as it gets squeezed into the narrow Inferno canyon. This upper canyon requires aggressive class V paddling and is potentially the most intense section of white water on the river. Many other options exist for those who choose not to participate in Inferno Canyon.

Five distinct rapids form a narrow sinuous river passage creating a wet surge and a “full on” adrenaline rush. The fourth rapid was until recently the smallest of the 5, but due to road building debris landing in the river, has now become nearly impassable at most water levels and requires a walk around and “lining” the rafts through it.  As we come out of “Exit”, the last rapid, we enter into a long calm. The current remains swift and we cruise many miles downstream arriving at the mandatory portage around the fierce “Zeta” rapid. We have lunch on the rocks as the crew “ghost” boats the rafts through this treacherous rapid.

After lunch, our first obstacle is “Throne Room,” a class V+ rapid for kayaks, a ghost boat rapid for rafts. By walking around this rapid, we get a great bird’s eye view of an almost ‘river wide’ hole that could destroy a raft. Back on board our rafts, we are dealt a Royal Flush; a continuous class IV corridor of rapids does not let up until we get to our take-out spot at the Rio Azul footbridge. The rafts are left for the night, tethered on shore.

Early evening is spent in camp getting ready for the evening festivities. Blanca and her partner Umberto, locals from a nearby farm, prepare a very special treat for us. They merrily prepare a delicious dinner called “Curanto” that is typical of the south of Chile and the island of Chiloe.  We spend the evening by the bonfire on the beach singing and dancing the night away.

Day Eight
Today, we must be mentally and physically well prepared for the river. We call it the “summit day” as we aim to top our already great paddling days with the best day of white water in the world. After a nutritious breakfast, we head up river to the footbridge where we left the rafts yesterday. As our day on the river begins, the blue glacial run-off from the Rio Azul River merges into the Fu from the right. The views of the snow capped mountain peaks and jagged ridges of the mountain “Las Tres Monjas” (translated, “the three Nuns”) are absolutely breathtaking.  A six-kilometer stretch of warm-up rapids leads us to the longest and toughest rapid that we will raft, “The Terminator.” We scout and study our line, then we take the plunge and drop in. “Left turn, right turn, dig it in — hard forward!” are a few of the commands that might be heard.  The next three miles are non-stop rapids. After an aerobic workout, we pump through the enormous haystack wave train known as the “Himalayas”.  Just when we need it, a calm returns, we float gently into lunch, served at our base camp.

After lunch, we return to the river to complete the last task for the day, tackling as much white water as possible. We raft the whole section of river from camp to below Casa de Piedra. At take-out, cold beers and tea are waiting.  We make a triumphant return to camp to celebrate our days spent exploring Futaleufú valley and river.

For the evening’s festivities, Rolando and Nelli will prepare a typical Chilean Asado — lamb roasted over a bed of coals, ensalada, potatoes and farm fresh bread. We toast the river and give thanks for our safe passage. Under a bright starry sky, we will spend our last night together as a group on the banks of the mighty Fu with the guides and crew.

Day Nine
We start early today.  After loading up your personal gear, our bus and transport will take you to Bariloche or Esquell to catch your flight to Buenos Aires. (See below if you are interested in the Torres Del Paine Extension.)  An evening or following day flight returns you to Buenos Aires.  If you wish to spend a day or two learning tango and exploring the city we are happy to make arrangements for a trip extension.

We hope that when you board the airplane you will look back upon your time in Patagonia and think of the friends you have made and the beauty of the Futaleufú River and Patagonian wilderness. Ciao amigos.  Ciao Ciao Chile.

ENCHANTING…

Stay on the river in the most exquisite adventure base camp imaginable! Overlooking one of the most beautiful canyons on the Futaleufú River, our base camp proves that camping can be luxurious. Amenities include: our riverside sunset bar where we enjoy Chilean wines, a wood sauna, 5 hot showers, flush toilets, 2 massage studios, a stone riverside hot tub, a handcrafted wood hot tub, a fireside sit down dining area where we enjoy delicious meals made with locally grown produce, and indoor and outdoor yoga decks with spectacular river and mountain views.

Your “home away from home” is a private, spacious safari-style tent bungalow with amazing views of the river. You will fall asleep in a comfy bed with soft linens and fluffy comforters to keep you warm as the river lulls you to sleep and into sweet dreams.

Our camp provides natural areas of private, quiet reflection and beautifully hand built structures such as the open-air library or tranquil yoga pagoda.

We are ideally situated for river access and smooth shuttle logistics – jump in a raft and float down to the famous “bridge to bridge” whitewater section just a mile downstream from camp. We are right in the middle of the most continuous whitewater on the river! This translates into more river time and less driving time.

The deluxe facilities at our Futaleufu River Camp  include:

  • Open sunset bar overlooking the river with unlimited drinks, relaxing, dancing and good conversation
  • A hand-crafted wood sauna
  • All water is treated and potable
  • 2 private spa/massage rooms and professional masseuse
  • Free daily yoga classes with mats on a cliffside yoga deck or the new indoor yoga loft with stunning mountain and river views
  • River rock hot tub with beautiful river, mountain, and sunset views
  • Hand crafted wood hot tub with river views situated downstream from our main camp to offer a place for private soaking and relaxation.
  • Hot showers (can even shower outside, under the stars!) and flush toilets
  • Private tent bungalows with roofs for shade, or rain, complete with roomy, walk-in, safari-style tents with river views, coffee table, shelving, real mattresses, pillows and sheets, down comforters
  • Morning wake-up with coffee service by your own personal “tent captain”
  • Cozy robes and towels

Our camp includes areas for private, quiet reflection, such as our peaceful open-air loft library and cozy yoga pagoda, or join your fellow adventurers in one of the group gathering places for games, sit-down dinners, and happy hours.

Your adventure vacation on the Futaleufu River also includes:

  • Free use of our fleet of 14 suspension mountain bikes, whitewater kayaks and catarafts, and a variety of fishing equipment
  • Yoga classes every morning and private yoga sessions on request
  • A full range of multisport adventures…
  • Fly fishing on the Futaleufu River – either from shore, or from a cataraft in the calm canyon in front of camp. First timers and experts welcome!
  • Gourmet cuisine including freshly baked bread, fresh vegetables from either our organic garden or an adjacent farm and dinner always start with housemade soup
  • We can cater to many dietary needs: pescatarian, vegetarian, gluten-free, vegan, carnivore
  • Candlelight dinners in our “Galpon”; a covered, open air log structure hand-built by our good friend and talented Chilean carpenter, Rolando.
  • Inflatable kayaking on the Azul River and Espolon River – the Futaleufu’s two largest tributaries
  • Horseback riding
  • Unlimited use of hammocks in the open-air library
  • An evening of Chilean wine tasting, including some wine made by a couple of our guides in Mendoza, Argentina
  • A sunset “float” downstream to a beautiful beach for a riverside BBQ and campfire
  • Visits to local farms to soak in the Patagonian culture
  • Farewell Asado – traditional Chilean feast
  • Mountain biking or hiking on nearby scenic trails
  • Stand-up paddleboard in the calm waters around camp or rapids up river
  • And, of course, whitewater rafting one of the most exciting, beautiful rivers in the world!
Departure Dates:

2015 – 2016 Season
December 11-19, 2015
December 19-27, 2015
December 28, 2015 – January 5, 2016 – New Year Trip!
January 8-16, 2016
January 17-25, 2016
January 29 – February 6, 2016 – Wilderness Medicine Continuing Education
February 7-15, 2016
February 16-24, 2016
February 27 – March 6, 2016 – IVS (International Veterinary Seminars) CE
March 7-15, 2016
March 17-25, 2016

2016-17 Season

Dec. 9-17
Dec. 18-26 (Christmas)
Dec. 27-Jan 4 (New Years)
Jan. 6-14
Jan. 15-23
Jan. 26-Feb 3
Feb. 3-11
Feb. 12-20
Feb. 21- March 1
March 3-11
March 12-20
March 22-30

Trip Length: 9 Days
Trip Price:

From $3,400, per person, based on dbl occupancy

Included in Pricing: Hotel & Welcome Dinner on First Night, Roundtrip Flight from PMC/Chaiten (TEN), All inclusive once @ Camp excluding massage, trip video, and gratuity.

Deposit: $600

Single Supplement for 1 night hotel only: $100

We normally will give a guest the chance to have their own tent in camp when we are not full. However, when we start filling up (up to 24 guest per trip) we pair up singles of same sex for the 7 nights in camp in our spacious 2 bed tents. If a guest wants to have their own tent, the full single supplement for 8 nights lodging at camp is $3200.

There are flights 4 days a week from Buenos Aires to Esquel (Wed. Thu. Sat. Sun) on Aerolineas Argentinas. Please check to see if there are flights departing out of Esquel (ESQ) , rather than driving back to Bariloche 350 km.

*If you are departing from Bariloche, please make sure your flight out of the Bariloche airport is from 4:30 onwards. You can also choose to stay the night in Bariloche to explore this beautiful lakeside ski resort town. If you have time, we also suggest you spend an extra day or two in Buenos Aires. This is a great city that should not be missed.

Single Supplement for 1 night hotel only: $100

We normally will give a guest the chance to have their own tent in camp when we are not full. However, when we start filling up (up to 24 guest per trip) we pair up singles of same sex for the 7 nights in camp in our spacious 2 bed tents. If a guest wants to have their own tent, the full single supplement for 8 nights lodging at camp is $3200.

There are flights 4 days a week from Buenos Aires to Esquel (Wed. Thu. Sat. Sun) on Aerolineas Argentinas. Please check to see if there are flights departing out of Esquel (ESQ) , rather than driving back to Bariloche 350 km.

*If you are departing from Bariloche, please make sure your flight out of the Bariloche airport is from 4:30 onwards. You can also choose to stay the night in Bariloche to explore this beautiful lakeside ski resort town. If you have time, we also suggest you spend an extra day or two in Buenos Aires. This is a great city that should not be missed.

PASSPORTS, VISAS & RECIPROCITY FEE

Passports: U.S. citizens are required to have a passport valid 6 months after your travel dates begin. If you hold a passport from another country, it is your responsibility to check with your embassy for details.

Visas: Keep in mind that, while it’s not likely, visa rules and regulations can change at the last minute. It’s always a good idea to check the US and visiting countries’ embassy websites before your departure.Chile: Citizens from Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, and Uruguay can travel with their national identity card. Citizens of other countries need a valid passport to enter Chile. A visa is NOT required to enter Chile for a stay of 30 – 90 days if you are a citizen of the United States. Check the embassy sight listed above for the most current information.Argentinian Reciprocity Fee: YOU MUST TAKE CARE OF THIS BEFORE LEAVING FOR ARGENTINA/CHILE It is imperative you pay your entrance/reciprocity fee for Argentina/Chile online IN ADVANCE, and retain your proof of payment with your passport. You may want to forward the receipt to your smart phone if possible as a back-up. This is a new requirement beginning in 2013, and payment at the airport is no longer possible. This is the website where you will find the details to take care of your required fee: reciprocidad.provincianet.com.ar

FLIGHTS & AIRPORTS

You are responsible for booking all flights, international as well as domestic. However, if you need help, please feel free to call or email the Bio Bio office. A couple travel agents we often use are:

Americas Travel:

Marcelo Diaz, marcelo@americastravel.net

Office Hours: 10-6pm Mon-Fri (PST) 888-703-9955 or 415-703-9955
G&G Travel and Tours:

Gilda Gutierrez gildagutierrez@comcast.net

866-498-0530 or 786-206-0710
FLYING IN

We suggest you arrive via Argentina – fly into Buenos Aires (EZE) and then transfer across town via taxi (45 minute drive) to the domestic airport AEP, for your flight to Bariloche (BRC). The trip officially starts in Bariloche on Day 1.
ARRIVING VIA BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA
Ezeiza International Airport (EZE), in Buenos Aires, is located 34km (21.25mi) from the city and serves the largest portion of international airlines as well as national airlines that fly to foreign countries. Despite this, there are two other international airports which are generally utilized for flights to neighboring countries. Therefore, it is often necessary to switch airports when entering or departing the country.
Domestic flights (called “cabotaje”) with destinations to interior cities of Argentina arrive and depart from Jorge Newbery AeroPark, located approximately 15 minutes from downtown Buenos Aires. It is necessary to pay an airport tax on these local flights. You will have to transfer from Ezeiza to Jorge Newbery airport, so please give yourself at least 3 hours to make this transfer.
Once in Bariloche, you will transfer on your own by taxi (it will be about $20 and a 20-minute ride) to Hotel Villa Huinid on Lake Nahuel Huapi.
LOST LUGGAGE

If you arrive in Buenos Aires and your luggage is lost, please have your luggage sent to Bariloche and the Villa Huinid: Av Bustillo Km 2.6, +54-2944-523523.
LEAVING VIA BARILOCHE THEN BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA
On Day 9 of your trip we will return the group to Bariloche. Please do not book a flight departing prior to 5:00 PM. We highly recommend staying the night in Buenos Aires after your Futaleufu adventure. This will allow for any delays on flights from the south and, on the whole, be less stressful. Buenos Aires is the Paris of South America and is worth a 2-day visit. We are happy to arrange hotels, city tours, dinner, and a Tango show!
BAGGAGE WEIGHT LIMITS
If you are arriving via Chile, as opposed to Argentina, there is a weight limit on the Puerto Montt / Chaitén charter flight of 35 pounds for checked luggage. If you are in Chile for an extended time and have extra bags, you can leave them at the Hotel Bellavista in Puerta Varas.
CUSTOMS
Normally you will not have problems with personal belongings as long as you don’t carry the following:

Fruits, vegetables, seeds, or unprocessed goods of animal origin
Firearms, ammunitions or explosives
Illegal drugs
PACKING
BAGGAGE SUGGESTIONS

In order to make your travels and connecting flights easier you might consider bringing only one duffle bag and one carry-on daypack.
CLOTHES & WEATHER

Though it will be the height of summer in Chile, we need to be prepared for inclement weather. The “Fu” is located in a region of extreme possibilities. We expect warm sunny days and cool, clear nights. Unfortunately, Mother Nature does not always cooperate and rain, even snow, is not unheard of in the Andes. When packing, think of cold and wet as well as sunny and warm weather and you will be a happy camper. Plan ahead and bring warm clothes and a good rain shell. The following is a descriptive packing list. Of course there are variations on each of these suggestions, but this should give you a good idea of what you should pack.
SPORT GEAR

One pair of river shorts: River shorts are quick drying, durable and multi-purpose
Wetsuits: We do supply these, but if you have and prefer your own, feel free to bring it along
Paddle Jacket: We will supply you with one, but if you prefer your own, please bring it
Two Polypropylene long sleeve shirts or some type of synthetic sweater or underwear to wear underneath the paddle jacket. The paddle jacket alone will not work well without something underneath
Polypro long underwear: A must! These will keep you warm when they get wet, and they dry quickly.
River footwear: Check out the line of toe-protected river footwear. Tevas, Alps, Chacos, Keens, or tennis sneakers with wool socks work well to keep your feet warm.
Wetsuit booties with good soles are preferred!
Hat, visor or large brimmed sombrero with a string.
Sunglasses with securing straps (we recommend “Chums” straps).
Camel-Back/Platypus Hydration System: Easy hydration for mtn biking and horse-back riding
Jeans: For horse-back riding
Bogs (thermal rain boots): Worth their weight in gold if it rains. We have rubber boots in camp for our guest to use when it rains (bring nice warm thermal socks or wool socks if you plan on using them).
Loose fitting yoga clothes
Padded bike shorts: Nice for mtn biking and horse-back riding.
Avid fly-fisherpeople – your own rod and flies
Hiking Boots or Walking Shoes: There are great running trails around the camp, so bring the sneaks if you’re a runner
Hiking Shorts with pockets and a belt
Bathing Suit
CAMP GEAR

Rain Gear: Please be prepared with rain gear, such as a Gortex jacket or even one of those inexpensive yellow rain ponchos you wore as a kid
Wool or fleece sweater
Down jacket: Lightweight and a great insulator. Provides endless joy if it should be cold out, and when the sun goes down around 10 pm, the temperatures can plummet
Wool or fleece hat: You can also buy locally made wool goods at our camp
Wool socks: Two pairs, so you’ll always have a dry pair to put on — a luxury!
Two or more tee shirts
One pair of lightweight nylon or cotton baggy pants: only a suggestion, but they are comfortable to wear around camp after a day of rafting
One nice pair of pants or summer dress: For city life upon arrival or departure and wine tasting
Camera: A waterproof camera is nice to have to take pictures from the raft. We will bring along waterproof cases and bags to keep cameras dry
Lotion and sunscreen: Not much Ozone left in the southern hemisphere so be prepared!
Toiletry kit: Shampoo, soap, toothbrush, lotion, bug repellent, medications, etc.
Flashlight and/or headlamp with extra batteries
Daypack or fanny-pack
Water Bottle, with optional carabiner to strap to raft
Small Pack Towel: another luxury to have at the river take-out, we will supply a large bath towel for you
Books: There is plenty of time for rest and relaxation, so bring along a book and/or journal A favorite poem to share around the campfire is also welcome
Songs, mirth and merriment, small musical instruments, etc.
*Remember when packing your carry-on bag to bring any medications needed as well as any toothpaste or lotions in a plastic zip loc bag for security. You may want to bring a toothbrush on your overnight flight as well as a change of clothing.

FAQ’s

Is there internet access at camp?

No. We do not have internet access at camp. However, emergency messages will get through to us if someone needs to find you. We love our guests to have an “un-plugged” experience in Patagonia!

Do the tent cabins have electricity?

We prefer the glow of the headlamp and moonlight to light up the night in your tent bungalow. There is not electricity in the tent cabins, however, we have a few areas around camp where you can charge your cameras, phones, and other devices.

How does polypro long underwear compare to Nike dri-fit polyester?

It has all the properties and more than the now somewhat outdated and generic Poly pro. What you are looking for is something that will retain its thermal qualities even when wet. With that said, it should not be a sponge for water, like thick fleece is. So, it should be thin and stretchy and keep you warm when wet (smart wool is also a good option).

Are there dryers or places to hang things to dry? Will wool dry overnight or do we need enough to give it the extra day? How many changes of clothes do we bring for the river?

We do not have electric dryers. If the weather is inclement, we have a drying room heated by a wood burning stove that is dedicated to drying your wets suits, what you wear under your wet suit and paddle jacket ( your expedition style synthetics or the like; Nike dry fit, poly pro, smart-wool). If the sun is out, hanging paddling gear out on a line is the best way to dry it for the next day paddling fun!

Do we need to bring our own towels, soap and shampoo?

We provide towels and hand soap at all the bathrooms. You will need to bring your own shampoo, conditioner and body wash soap.

JET LAG PRECAUTIONS

When you cross several time zones to reach your destination, you often lose many hours of regular sleep. On arrival, your body then must suddenly adjust to new sleeping and eating patterns. The result is jet lag. Its symptoms are fatigue – often compounded by insomnia and restlessness – irritability, and vague disorientation.

You cannot totally avoid jet lag but you can minimize it. Here’s how:

Start your trip well rested. Try to begin a gradual transition to your new time zone before you leave.
Switch to your destination time zone when you get on the plane. Attempt to sleep and eat according to the new schedule.
Try to sleep on overnight flights. Avoid heavy eating and drinking caffeine or alcoholic beverages right before and during your flight.
Drink plenty of water and/or fruit juice while flying.
After arrival, avoid the temptation to nap.
Try to stay awake your first day until after dinner.
TRIP INSURANCE

Bio Bio Expeditions encourages all clients to obtain travel insurance to cover unexpected events such as trip cancellations, trip delay, lost baggage, medical expenses, etc. Please inform us of your current trip insurance status. We will also forward a brochure from Travelex or click HERE for more information. They have good rates and excellent coverage for international travel.

IMMUNIZATIONS

Although there are no immunizations required to travel to Chile and Argentina, in addition to your routine vaccinations, the CDC also recommends the typhoid and Hepatitis A vaccines. We advise that you consult your physician regarding recommended immunizations and other health precautions. Bio Bio Expeditions does not take responsibility for which medications or inoculations you and your physician deem necessary for your safe participation on the expedition.

For further information, call the CDC’s International Traveler’s Hotline: Phone: 1-888-232-4636 or visit www.cdc.gov

TRAVEL PRACTICALITIESWATER

You will find some of the purest water on earth flowing freely in the Patagonia Andes. The water at camp is treated at all faucets. In the cities we recommend that you drink bottled water which can be ordered at all restaurants. Ask for “agua mineral, sin gas” (non-carbonated) or “con gas” (carbonated). Diet sodas are usually referred to as “light”.
FOOD

You will discover some of the best produce and cuisine found anywhere on the planet! And if you are a meat eater, you will be in heaven! The Argentine steaks are world famous and the Chilean seafood un-paralleled for its exotic variety of fish, shellfish and crustaceans. The wines are amazing, as are the fresh juices commonly served. Gelato ice cream is found everywhere and is well worth at least one visit to a “heladeria”! At the Bio Bio Adventure Camp we have a professional chef and full kitchen staff that can cater to any special dietary needs.
DIGESTIVE WORRIES

Traveling to Argentina and Chile is not like traveling in Central America or even other parts of South America where water borne diseases are more common. You will feel that that the Argentinos and Chileans are very mindful of cleanliness and hygiene. Despite the many precautions we all take to stay healthy, occasionally one may experience diarrhea. The major problem associated with diarrhea is fluid loss leading to severe dehydration, so it is important to maintain plentiful fluid intake. Avoid milk and caffeine, as it will only further dehydrate you. The best drinks are weak tea, mineral water, and caffeine-free soft drinks. Ideally it is best to let diarrhea run its course, however you may want to bring over-the-counter diarrhea medication to minimize your potential discomfort.
PRESCRIPTIONS

If you currently take prescription medications, be sure to have a plentiful supply and also the doctor’s written prescription in case you need a refill. It is best to carry medications in your carry-on bag in case of lost luggage. Also, if you wear prescription glasses or contacts, we advise that you bring along a spare set.
VOLTAGE

Electric voltage is 220 volts, 50 cycles (220v, 50Hz). The use of appliances or electric devices designed for 110 volts need the use of a transformer. Most travel appliances, like laptops, have an auto-volt (110v – 240v) transformer built in that will adapt to Chilean electricity. We do have access to electricity if you need to charge batteries for cameras, video cameras, and laptops. At many airports universal adaptor kits are available and handy if you plan to recharge cameras and other devices.
SAFETY

Although the Argentineans/ Chileans are a warm, friendly, fun-loving people, thievery is a common problem in the bigger cities. Always keep your wits about you and be aware of your surroundings. When you’re with other people, watch out for each other. Large crowds are prime locations for pick-pocketing to occur. Keep your money and important documents in a money belt or hidden pouch around your waist, neck or under your shirt. When purchasing items, do not pull out lots of money. We advise that you leave all valuable jewelry, including watches, at home. Thieves often work in pairs or groups – one tries to distract you (e.g.: by squirting food or paint on your clothing) and in the ensuing confusion, another one takes off with your belongings.

MONEY MATTERS & TIPPING

MONEY MATTERS

We recommend using a combination of your credit card, getting local currency using an ATM machine and having US dollars in several denominations for tips. You can change U.S. dollars into Chilean Pesos in the town of Futaleufu during banking hours of 9-2pm. Some stores accept small amounts of dollar bills if you are making a purchase.
ATMs

Plus, Cirrus and other networks connecting ATMs are available in Chile and Argentina. If your credit card has been programmed with a PIN, it’s likely you can use it at ATMs to withdraw money as a cash advance. Always ask your bank before you leave home about the number of withdrawals you may make abroad, the limit each day, and also let them know where you are going so they do not put a hold on your card. You may be charged a fee for each transaction.
CREDIT CARDS

Most of the bigger restaurants and shops accept credit cards. If you have American Express, Visa, Master Card and Diners Club, you’re probably equipped for any establishment that takes cards. If you only have one credit card, VISA is the most widely accepted. A shopkeeper may require you to pay the credit card fee for purchases, so for the most ease, we recommend you use cash whenever possible.
PERSONAL CHECKS

Personal checks are not accepted in shops or at your hotels, however it’s a good idea to bring a few for possible emergencies!
SPENDING MONEY

Recommended cash to bring is $350 in various denominations. You will need to have money available for the following:

Spending money for gifts and souvenirs ($15 – $50/item) and massages ($60/hour) at our camps. Lunch on your arrival and departure days and drinks when in cities.
Tipping money: Your river guide and support staff will accept gratuity for providing good service! Tipping is up to the individual client, but a typical ballpark figure is 10-15% of your trip cost. ($350-$500) The trip leader will collect this and distribute amongst all staff.
Airport taxes in Chile: For departing Chile $18 USD.
Airport taxes in Argentina: For departing Argentina $29 USD.

TIPPING

This is a rough guideline to try and help you work out how much you should tip. Tipping is, of course, entirely voluntary and how much you give depends on how you feel about the service received. Hotel staff porters usually receive $1 per bag as do taxi drivers. In restaurants, 10% is the norm. You should plan to give 10% of your land cost to the trip leader to distribute amongst all the Bio Bio Staff.

COUNTRY INFORMATION
LANGUAGE

The official language in both Chile and Argentina is Spanish. The Spanish spoken in South America is similar to the Castilian Spanish of Madrid, albeit with drastically different pronunciation and many vocabulary changes. The good news is that in most places, like restaurants and hotels you might find someone who speaks English – and, of course, all our representatives and most guides speak both English and Spanish. If you do speak some Spanish you will have fun speaking with the locals!
DEMOGRAPHICS

Chile’s long and narrow territory, located on the western side of the southern tip of South America, stretches for 4200 km from north to south between the Andes Mountains and the Pacific Ocean. Chile has an area of 756,096 km on the South American continent and 1,250,000 km in Antarctica. Easter Island, Juan Fernandez Island (of Robinson Crusoe fame), and numerous other islands are also part of the National territory. The current population is just over 15 million, with more than a third concentrated around the capital Santiago. Chile has a highly varied geography as well as numerous climates. In the far north, between the Andes Mountains and the Pacific coast, lies the Atacama Desert, the most arid desert in the world. This area is characterized by its mineral wealth, fishing, and industry, all of which have given rise to its main cities and ports. Its cities and warm-water beaches, the high valleys and towns of the Andes, and old nitrate offices lend this region its greatest tourist attractions. From the city of La Serena south, the countryside begins to get greener due to the sporadic rains that fall over the small transversal valleys that run from east to west between mountain ranges that reach from the Andes to the Pacific Ocean. The beautiful city of La Serena, with its beaches, resorts and other sites of interest, attracts thousands of tourists every year, and has become an important tourist center. The central valley is born slightly north of Santiago, Chile’s capital, and extends south between the Andes Mountains and the Coastal Mountain Range for approximately 1,000 km to the city of Puerto Montt. Most of the country’s population and economic activity is concentrated in this long valley. Tourism is of great importance throughout the central valley, and is centered around its beautiful beaches, lakes and volcanoes, rivers with outstanding fishing, and lovely cities where visitors receive a warm welcome and excellent service. Chile’s geography changes markedly to the south of Puerto Montt, where the continent breaks up into countless islands, channels, rivers, and glaciers, all amidst exuberant native vegetation that reaches to the very ocean shore, offering ideal surroundings for adventure tourism or for simply enjoying an intimate contact with nature. This is the area where we find the Futaleufú!

Finally at the southernmost tip of continental Chile, and reaching across all of Tierra del Fuego, lies the Patagonian Pampa. The city of Punta Arenas, with its old mansions and unique attractiveness, is the natural point of departure for places of particular interest and beauty such as Torres del Paine, Fuerte Bulnes, and the Antarctic continent. The first European to arrive in Chile was Diego de Almagro in 1536. He is called the “discoverer of Chile.” At that time, the territory was occupied by native tribes who put up a strong opposition to Almagro. However, Almagro realized that Chile had no gold or riches like those found in Peru or Mexico, so he ended his adventure. Later, General Pedro de Valdivia sent 150 men and advanced to the south and founded various cities, like La Serena, Santiago (1541), Nueva Imperial, Valdivia, and other minor ones. Pedro Valdivia ran into strong resistance from the Mapuche Indians (whose homeland is in the Bio Bio River region), who never submitted to the Spanish crown until 400 years later. This permanent war occasionally caused enormous losses to the Spanish crown and the Chilean Realm and made it the most expensive of the conquered territories. Only since the end of the past century has there been a tenuous peace between the Mapuche Indians to the point of their being involved in the political, economic, and social life of the country.Bernardo 0’Higgins was proclaimed “Supreme Director” in 1817 after many bloody battles against the loyal forces of the Spanish crown. Chilean independence was signed on February 12,1818. Chile went through a politically turbulent time in the 1970’s when General Augusto Pinochet waged a bloody coup on September 11, 1973. The elected Socialist president, Salvador Allende, was killed and Pinochet ruled as dictator for almost 20 years. He gave up power in 1991 although he is still a prominent, and controversial, figure in the country. Chile has become one of the most solid, stable economies of South America. The tourist infrastructure offers great possibilities to travel and know Chile in every region.

40 reviews for Futaleufu Rafting Multi Sport

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    Bio Bio: What does it mean when you run out of adjectives to describe our days here? To say thank you seems too light. I will say we have traveled the globe and not found a more professional, kind, talented group. The heart pounding excitement is real here as are the heartfelt hugs. Sharon and Doug Croker. Futaleufu 2016

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    aaahhhhhhh, miss everyone, the Fu, and Bio Bio camp so much! That was one of the best weeks of my life in a landscape I couldn´t have even dreamed of. Thank you all for everything – settling and building that beautiful camp, guiding us down seriously fun water, teaching us to kayak, making us smile constantly, filming us, feeding us delicious food. I could go on and on but just wanted to send a huge thank you right away and send my love. I just spent the day on the gorgeous Perito Moreno glacier, but sadly missing the Fu (and lack of tourists) the whole time. With MUCH gratitude, Shiraz Futaleufu 2013 Page Bertelsen Photography

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    Words cannot portray our gratitude. The music, the horses, the personal attention, the food. Oh, and the river too. And don’t forget Wayna! Thank you for everything!! Muchas gracias Santago and crew

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    To the Bio Bio Team, for someone who came here not wanting to raft, i had the most amazing time ever & the best holiday I have ever had!!Gary and I think you are just the most wonderful people, friendly, caring and always have a smile on your faces, you really are the best!!!! We will definately be back! (: Thank you, Monique and Gary xxxx 2012 Futaleufu

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    December 26th, 2010 – Futaleufu Bio Bio is neither a rafting company nor is it a camp. It’s a family of friends A fellowship of the river An adventure of a lifetime an experience I shall treasure forever always, Alex Litvak,

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    26.12.10 – Futaleufu The atmosphere of relaxation, happiness and adventure that you have created here is amazing– it took me some time to recall the exact date before writing this guest book entry… Thank you for a wonderful trip / journey! The family here at the Futaleufu camp were extremely warm and welcoming. You could never turn anywhere without encountering agood conversation or a genuine smile. And the introduction to the river valley, whitewater rafting, ducky ing etc. will stay with me for many years to come. Looking forward to the next adventure. Justin Pront, Chicago, Ill.

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    Christmas night Futaleufu – 12/25/10 You have created a place reflective of who you are. A place of beauty and wonderment. A place to find adventure and comraderie, but beyond that, a place to find meaning. This is a trip I have wanted to take for years and you provided a home +an experience which exceeded all hopes and expectations. Stan, Brian, Ashley Eh, Diego, may have been my personal favorites (and Cookie!!) , but every member of you r staff reflects your own proffesionalism, charm, and burning desire to give your guests more than just a vacation. The river alone would have been enough, but the experience of Bio Bio is far greater than what flows past its boundries. As I mentioned tonight in the Pagoda, you have given me my photo, that I have dreamed of since I was a child. One day if I have children of my own, they will look at my picture of Janson and Alex and me, here in this place you’ve built, and they too may dream of adventure. I can only hope for them that they find as much as I found here; for the heart and soul. Thank you, thank you , thank you. –

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    What an amazing week! We won’t forget Susie’s sunrise yoga. our fantastic guide Stan, and the fabulous new friends we shared it with. Cristian’s cooking is out of this world… don’t lose him! Bio Bio has really thought of every last touch to make this an incredible trip. We are leaving relaxed, refreshed, and energized. Thanks for accommodating a pregnant woman on the Fu… we can’t wait to return with our little rower!

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    Thank you for a wonderful Chilean adventure! You anticipated our every need – I’ve never camped in a more luxurious setting! I appreciated your responding to requests for changes in the daily activities and offering so many different options. The short kayaking run I made on the Fu” with Johnny made the trip absolutely perfect. I’ll be telling all the paddlers I know in Virginia about Bio Bio Expeditions. See you on a river, somewhere, before too long!”

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    Thank You! for such an incredible experience. The combination of ingredients on your trips makes it very hard for anyone not to have fun. The river is impossible to describe and so beautiful. The campsites and hiking equally beautiful. The food extra good. But what makes it all so special are the people involved. You have a wonderful group of very caring individuals. Each has something special to contribute and each cares. What I remember most is helping hands. Be it cooking, paddling, climbing, or whatever, there were always hands willing to help. I can not tell you the number of times, especially on rocks by the scouting rapids, that I would be debating where to put a foot next when a hand would appear to help. The energy and enthusiasm that you all exude is impossible to capture in a brochure or video. You are each great and obviously gave us an incredible experience to treasure. A very happy pair.

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    Bio Bio Expeditions – the ultimate expedition camp for the outdoor type adventuresome spirit with a young heart. Between the serene beauty of the mountains of Patagonia and the rough and wild waters of the Futaleufu, the memories of wonderful friends will linger in my heart for many years to come. Searching, longing, rediscovering my heart and soul have been replenished by this pristine wilderness. The surging waves and thunderous holes serve my quest for connection with nature’s awesome power. Thank you to all for sharing this wonderful week in my life. All I can see is filed with such unbelievable beauty all I can say is Amen and Thank you (plus the cold beer and copious vino tinto is not so bad either!)

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    One week in the Bio Bio Camp on the Fu “has recharged my batteries, cleaned my soul and cleared my mind. The entire experience is as good as it gets. I will treasure it all my life and wish everybody could have one week with Bio Bio. First rate in every way. Thanks for sharing your dream with us.

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    The Fu is ‘FUN!’ Big water, blue skies, great group, horseback riding, kayaking, mountain biking, hot tubbing, massage, sauna, happy hours, card games, great food, and of course world class rafting…wow! Riding a horse, galloping through a meadow, surrounded by the snow-capped Patagonian peaks. I had never seen anything so beautiful. It made me cry. Thanks to Bio Bio for the excellent rafting, the in-camp luxury, and an overall unforgettable experience!

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    You are lucky to have such a great group of people that you work with. Although – I don’t think luck has anything to do with it. You and Lawrence put together a terrific program and treat each member of the team as an equal. It is no wonder you are successful and will continue to be into the future. I wanted to thank you again for a great trip. It was an adventure that meant more than just fun – it was a reminder of the life style we forget about. I have already begun talking to my wife about future possible trips. I will continue to stay in touch with you and your staff. I hate to admit it but Greg “Doogie” was right. It was a trip of a lifetime.

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    It was absolutely the best vacation we’ve ever had. Wow!!! You and Lawrence have a great vision, wonderful staff, and superb location. Even better, we felt totally comfortable about Lorenzo & Co’s judgment on safety matters and with the kids. I could go on and on.

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    Thanks again for providing such a wonderful experience for my family and I on the Futaleufu. I really do appreciate the extra effort that you and your staff put forth for us and especially Danny. He had a wonderful time, and has done a Powerpoint presentation for his 3rd grade class on the trip with photos and movie clips.

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    Thank you for a wonderful time. I was saddened to depart the beautiful Bio-Bio camp on the equally beautiful Futaleufu River. I will treasure many wonderful memories that I brought back with me for a lifetime.

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    how could I not smile in such a wonderful place with such wonderful people. I am so glad Phil told me about Chile and the wonderful things in store for me. The trip down there healed a great pain in my heart and restored my energy. My heart could stay down there but it must keep going. I do hope to see you again – maybe on the Zambezi!!

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    What an amazing adventure I had! The Futaleufu, Chile, Argentina – all gorgeous and in many ways, wonderfully wild and other-worldly. You and your group are all incredibly warm and made it so special and stress-free for me. Your “no problem” mantra pervades all that you do and provide for all your guests. Everyone should be as lucky as I was to partake in the Bio-Bio experience. I sincerely hope to return in the not-too-distant future, and with as many friends and family as I can convince to join me!

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    Well, we just finished a fantastic week on the Futaleufu. What a fantastic river! The instruction and tips that I learned during the week were awesome as well. I really can’t believe how much I learned. Phil Boyer did a great job and words really can’t express how happy I was with the week and how much it helped my confidence. I still suck at kayaking but I definitely have a few more arrows in my kayaking quiver and straightened out a couple of problems (or at least understand what I was doing wrong – now I just need to make it happen). The Bio Bio Camp was amazing. We had such great food (Cookie is amazing), a great place to stay right next to the river and amazing guides/staff. I can’t say enough good things about Bio Bio and would both highly recommend them and happily go back again.

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    I just wanted to follow up and let you know that we had a great week at Bio Bio. The staff did an excellent job of accommodating both our paddling abilities and our interests. You and I talked before the trip and you provided me with a lot of very helpful information as I was very nervous. We put together a week of paddling that was all fun, not scary, and very confidence building. I really appreciated your inputs and the sensitivity of Jorge, Phil and Diego. So, thank you and your team for a great week and a week that was confidence building. It is a beautiful place and everyone did a lot to make sure we were able to make the best of it. I had so much fun on the water than I never even got on a mountain bike and that is saying a lot for me. I would highly recommend Bio Bio and if you ever need a reference to another nervous female kayaker, I would be happy to be a reference for you.

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    I just returned home this morning from the Futaleufu trip. The trip was truly wonderful and one of the best trips have been on. I will most certainly highly recommend this trip to all my friends and colleagues who like to travel.

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    Hola Marc and Lorenzo! I just wanted to say many, many thanks for helping us get to the Futaleufu. It is appreciated beyond words and the trip was truly an incredible and unforgettable experience that I reminisce about daily. Your staff and the locals are very special people indeed and the location and setup you have there is paradise. I hope to see any or all of you again some time! Besos y abrasos,

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    We want to express our gratitude and love for the care you took, knowing that mother nature has the final say… but you all were trained, confident and used your leadership to guide our rafts through the roller coaster rides we experienced. The trip was overall a trip of a lifetime. Special thanks to Diego for helping us out. The economy in the US may suck but we were able to completely separate ourselves from this and live in 2 weeks of bliss! This we thank you all for!! Love you all and again MUCHAS GRACIAS!!!

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    We made it home and everyone in the family can’t stop talking about our wonderful adventure on the Futaleufu. It met and far exceeded all my expectations of what it would be and you guys really came through in giving Susan a birthday she will never forget. You run a first class organization from the top to the bottom. Everyone showed that they really wanted to be part of BioBio and make the trip special. Now my wife is trying to figure out where to go next with you guys – Peru or Africa.

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    Marc, you have been a pleasure to work with. We know that our vacation last year was a once in a lifetime opportunity – neither of us had ever been on a vacation that long. We put ourselves in your hands and you and Bio Bio overachieved every step of the way.

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    wanted to extend warmest thanks again for the tlc. You all made us feel less like guests than friends. we were really impressed by the entire staff-so capable, personable, and FUN – a tribute to your own individual warmth and professionalism, and therefore, ability to attract the best. kudos and thanks to all…may Jorge and Alex catch many more big fish this season!!

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    I have to begin by thanking you both so much! I cannot begin to tell you how amazing this trip was for me. I know I sound dramatic, but it was life altering for me. I had an outstanding time and can’t wait till Zambezi.Gosh. I can’t tell you what a transition it was for me to return to NYC. Sub zero temps, the fast pace, and well my cuisine has taken a huge nose dive… I miss the river, snowcapped mountains, full moons, and most importantly the members of your team. I just wanted you to know what a great crew you’ve gotten together.

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    Just wanted to say thank you again for such a fun trip. It exceeded our expectations, and we cannot stop thinking about it all! Last night we had dinner with a group of folks in Chico and Carol & Monroe fired up John’s DVD as well as their own photos. The captive audience seemed pretty interested, and I foresee future clients for you. I have extra brochures, so I’ll pass them along.

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    The trip was really great from start to finish – the meals, the scenery, the staff, the white water, the drinks, the hot tub… really everything. I kayaked a little – not too much – but I was having so much fun with the group – staff & clients – that working on my kayaking didn´t seem so necessary after all. That area is quite magical. You & Lorenzo really have a nice operation. Thanks for sharing it!!!

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    I wanted to thank you for such an amazing adventure and experience. I always have a huge smile when I talk about that part of my trip. You really helped make that happen for me at the last minute and I really appreciate it. If you ever need any help with any PR-related stuff, let me know. I’m a marketing/PR professional with lots of free time and would gladly help you out with anything pro bono. That’s how much of a good time I had!

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    Just a quick note to say Paul and I had the time of our lives and enjoyed everyone’s company over the week. I really did have the best time of my life. We wish we could continue on and not go back to work. Lucky for Paul, he is continuing his journey for the next month whilst I will be slaving away back in the office as of Friday.

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    I just wanted to say thank you for everything down on the Futa. I had the time of my life working down at the camp and going down the river! My time down there was too short-lived and I cannot wait to come back. BioBio is an awesome company and I’m working on convincing my family to take a trip. Anyways, thanks again..have a great season…and I’d love to come back next season if you need an extra worker! Besos to everyone!

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    Just wanted to thank you and all of you again for an incredible adventure. Beyond expectations. You and Lawrence have put together an awesome program. My 15 year son watched the video last night and I realized how sorry I was he wasn’t able to go. He would have loved the wild rides down the river and all of you. Every time I go on a river trip a good half of the experience are the guides who I always find to be such interesting people. I truly hope a reunion trip happens this summer; it would be great to see you all again. Please give my best to everyone.

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    Thanks guys, you have all been so awesome, friendly, and helpful. You may have saved my soul. Thanks so much for everything!

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    Bio Bio crew – Thank you for sharing your bliss. I came an over-exhausted New Yorker. I leave remembering what peace” and “happiness” are all about and where they live in me.” Love and thanks

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    Hi Marc, Thanks for reaching out! I had the absolute best week of my entire life and cannot thank you enough for giving me the opportunity to experience the Fu. Between the guides who made me feel like I was a part of their family to all of the amazing travelers who I met, I do not think I will be able to replicate this trip for a long time. Bio Bio has created an extraordinary experience on the Fu… leaving there was very difficult for me. I can guarantee that you will be seeing me there again or on another trip with you guys in the future. Thank you again, Lindsay Bradley Market Manager Jetsetter, A TripAdvisor Company

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    Wow!! What an amazing trip we had. It was such a blast and so beautiful there. Thank you so much for making it such a perfect trip. Your camp is incredible, and the set up is impressive. The food was delicious but most of all your staff was just incredible. They are gifted guides with so much skill and knowledge about the river and the area. We had so much fun with them and loved getting to know them.

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    The trip more than exceeded my expectations in every way: your camp, the food, your unbelievable staff, and of course the river itself. Thank you, thank you for such an amazing trip. I feel so lucky to have gotten to experience the Futaleufu. I feel as though i left there with new energy and enthusiasm towards my life and trying new things that has not yet ceased.

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    We had an incredible trip on the river. For me actually it was a metamorphosis to a degree. Thank you for all your help and effort – it was one of the best times I have had in years – maybe decades even. It was like being in a dream and we all felt that way. The camp was five star! It may have just changed this ancient man’s life a bit.

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