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6 Reasons to Raft the Zambezi River with Bio Bio Expeditions

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Follow in the footsteps of Stanley Livingstone and join us at Victoria Falls for a trip down the Zambezi!

Bio Bio Expeditions returns to the Zambezi River almost every year – we love it!

From your first dip into the Devil’s pool overlooking the Victoria Falls through to the huge rapids of the Zambezi, your Africa whitewater adventure is a once in a lifetime adventure you’ll never forget.

The Zambezi is a quintessential African river meandering from Angola to the Indian ocean, flowing between Zambia and Zimbabwe in Southern Africa.

Starting in 1989, Bio Bio Expeditions co-owners Marc and Laurence spent three seasons working as full-time guides on the Zambezi River. Together, they have accrued over 300 descents of the mighty Zambezi.

As members of the competitive rafting team, Team California, returning often to compete on the Zambezi in an international whitewater competition hosted in Africa, they forged lifelong friendships and partnerships with many locals Africans.

Still today, they draw upon those strong, long-standing relationships with local Africans to help make our Zambezi rafting adventure vacations so magical.

6 Reasons You MUST Raft the Zambezi with Bio Bio!

A wonderful Bio Bio Expeditions African adventure awaits! If you’re needing a little extra convincing, here are six great reasons you should consider a Bio Bio adventure down the epic Zambezi:

  1. The highest concentration of Grade Five rapids in a 25 kilometre stretch in the world. A Grade 5 river, the Zambezi is the highest grade a river can be categorized for white water rafting – as wet and wild as it gets!
  2. Rafting between two countries – Zimbabwe and Botswana. We explore the various facets of the Zambezi watershed in the region and enjoy the rich history of game viewing and preservation in this uniquely “veldt” like terrain. Botswana boasts a highly developed and protected national park system allowing the wildlife to thrive. The elephant herds of Botswana and Zimbabwe are among the largest and most protected of Africa. Game viewing in this area is some of the world’s best, as we’ll be off the beaten path and you’ll not be overwhelmed with the many tourists often found in East Africa.
  3. Pool drop river system gives unrivaled action offering breathtaking peace and beauty. An incredible backdrop, the Victoria Falls are considered the boundary between the upper and middle Zambezi. For the next 500 km the river serves as the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe. Below the Falls the river continues to flow due east for about 200 km (120miles), cutting through gorges of basalt rock between 200 to 250 metres (660 to 820ft) high. The river drops 250m over the next 200 km before entering Lake Kariba. The Kariba Dam which was completed in 1959 is one of the largest man-made lakes in the world and the hydroelectric power generated provides electricity for much of Zambia and Zimbabwe.
  4. A Wildlife Canoe Safari where we’ll see elephant, zebra, bushbuck, kudu, Cape buffalo, ubiquitous baboons, impala, and the occasional bush duiker. The bird life is an ornithologist’s dream come true, with the various ibis and Trumpeter Horn Bill as a highlight. In the river, roughly a mile wide at times and often channels around sand banks and reed islands, is the habitat for hippopotami and the patient crocodile. After sundown, we see and hear a range of nocturnal creatures: lions, leopards and the rare wild dog, to name only a few.
  5. Chobe National Park, in northern Botswana, has one of the largest concentrations of game in Africa. Often described the best wildlife-viewing area in Africa today, Chobe boasts one of the highest concentrations of wildlife left on the African continent. A major feature of Chobe National Park is its elephant population currently estimated at around 120,000.
  6. Elegant safari lodges and camps with amazing wildlife! Equipped with luxury tented suites, each with private decks and plunge pools amidst unspoiled wilderness, you’ll rest and relax in unpretentious safari camps, offering a true “African Safari Experience”. No trip to Africa is complete without staying in some of the finest, luxury safari lodges with ample opportunity for incredible game viewing.

We have designed all of our itineraries on the Zambezi so our guests can experience the beauty of all aspects of the Zambezi: the calm Upper section, the wild whitewater of Batoka Gorge, and the awe-inspiring Victoria Falls.

Interested in joining us on a unique Whitewater Rafting trip to the Zambezi in Africa? Find out more HERE!

Archaeology & History Buffs – Enjoy the Best in Outdoor Adventure and Discovery!

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Bio Bio Expeditions wonderful excursions for you archaeology and history buffs!

There’s nothing like an adventure that combines the best in outdoor experiences with cultural exploration – wonderful excursions for you archaeology and history buffs!

Adventures come in all shapes and sizes and built to suit all manner of interests. 

For the archaeology and history buffs out there, Bio Bio Expeditions offers a range of fantastic trips to satisfy both the need for excitement and exploration.

From treks to rafting to biking, for all levels of experience, the following adventures provide you the incredible experience of the remarkable outdoors as you step off the beaten track, back into ancient times.

Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu – Trek the Inca Trail, Explore Cusco and Mountain Bike the Sacred Valley

Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu – Trek the Inca Trail, Explore Cusco and Mountain Bike the Sacred Valley

This journey is perfect for adventure and history lovers, combining different ecological zones – from high-altitude deserts to rainforests – passing through important archaeological centres while experiencing incredible wildlife sightings. 

Explore beautiful Cusco and the many ruins and sites that are so unique to the city that was once the capital of the Inca Empire followed by a mountain bike or hike of the Sacred Valley. 

Hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is a true classic that should be on every adventurer’s “to-do” list. As we walk the ancient paths and exquisite ruins in this spectacular setting you’re sure to get shivers down your spine! 

This haunting fortress city nestled below stunning peaks is perhaps the greatest mystery of the Inca Empire. It’s a pilgrimage back through time, the four-day trek on the Inca Trail to reach this legendary pre-Columbian site. Take in the striking Andean scenery and cultural history as it unfolds before you as we hike up and down steep stone staircases past ancient Inca outposts.

We then travel to the Sacred Valley where we bike or hike through the Peruvian countryside, stopping to see Maras salt mines and the Moray ruins, a large-scale agricultural research area.

The combination of incredible experiences provides you a true sense of the magic of Peru!

See the details HERE.

Salkantay Trekking Tour – Trekking | Ruins of Cusco | Bike the Sacred Valley

Salkantay Trekking Tour – Trekking | Ruins of Cusco | Bike the Sacred Valley

Explore the ruins around Cusco, cruise on mountain bikes around the Sacred Valley, veer off the beaten path on our own unique tour along the Salkantay route to Machu Picchu through the Sun Gate.

Would you like to explore Peru and the Andes? With Bio Bio you can explore Peru away from the crowds and marvel at the incredible Inca ruins that have remarkably withstood the centuries. 

Our newest itinerary allows you to explore the Sacred Valley on a mountain bike, trek the Andes free of crowds and enjoy one day on the Inca Trail that brings you to Machu Picchu through the amazing Sun Gate.

As you acclimatize to the altitude, you’ll enjoy becoming acquainted with the ruins around Cusco – a vibrant city that mixes the cultures of the Incas, Spaniards and modern Peru – with an experienced, knowledgeable guide. 

On from Cusco, we head to The Sacred Valley where we explore the bread basket of Peru on mountain bikes! Customized for all skill levels, this is one of the best ways to enjoy the Sacred Valley on a high plateau with amazing vistas of the Andes and the Urubamba River rushing below.

In Andean culture, the “Apus” (Gods) are the spirits that protect life, with several represented by the surrounding mountains, one of the most important being the impressive Nevado of Salkantay (6,271m/20,569ft).

For five days on foot we trek expansive landscapes where you’ll enjoy striking views of snow-capped peaks, glaciers, vibrant lakes, queuñas forests (a native tree), remnants of ancient Inca trails, and river confluences, among other stunning natural scenes.

We have integrated this trek with one day on the Inca Trail where you can marvel at the masonry and enter Machu Picchu through the Sun Gate in the afternoon, a time of day when most have begun to make their way down to Aguas Calientes – enjoy the splendour of Machu Picchu in near solitude! 

Read the details HERE.

Ancascocha Trekking Tour – Trek the Andes | Explore Inca Ruins | Bike the Sacred Valley

Ancascocha Trekking Tour – Trek the Andes | Explore Inca Ruins | Bike the Sacred Valley

If you’re looking for a less challenging route while still enjoying the full impact of the spectacular Peruvian Andes, this is the trip for you! Ancascocha to Huallabamba is one of the most striking and interesting routes, traveling ancient and un-explored roads through the Andes.

Begin exploring Peru in the striking Inca ruins followed by a tour through the Sacred Valley on a mountain bike. 

Trek the Andes with an expert guide, free of crowds finishing with one day on the Inca Trail that brings you to amazing Machu Picchu through the Sun Gate.

You’ll enjoy a tour through the ruins around beautiful Cusco, a vibrant and cultural city before we travel to the Sacred Valley where we will explore the bread basket of Peru on mountain bikes! Customized for all levels of biking, you’ll thrill at seeing The Sacred Valley on two wheels from a high plateau with amazing views of the Andes and the Urubamba River.

Ancascocha is one of the most rewarding routes of the Peruvian Andes. A continuous ascent will take us to the breathtaking foothills of the glacial peaks of the Andes Mountains, through Queuñas forests, remnants of ancient Inca trails, and the stunning lagoon Ancascocha. 

We descend into a fertile valley of Andean flora, hummingbird, confluences of rivers and the spectacular view of Mount Veronica.

See the details HERE.

Cotahausi Rafting – All the technical whitewater you can handle! 

Cotahausi Rafting – All the technical whitewater you can handle! 

Our Cotahuasi Rafting Expeditions features 6 days of some of the most continuous, classic, technical, fun whitewater, through the deepest canyon on the planet. Combined with amazing Arequipa, a beautiful hike on an ancient Inca footpath, and Inca ruins and artifacts, this is an adventure like no other! 

Our Cotahuasi Rafting Expedition features fifty miles of non-stop class 4 and 5 whitewater hammering at a gradient of 60 feet per mile as we drop from put-in, downstream of 300 foot Sipia Falls, to the Pacific Ocean. The Cotahuasi river canyon is one of the deepest canyons in the world and offers dramatic desert scenery, not to mention evenings full of more stars than you’ve ever seen!

In 2001, we ran the first commercial descent of the Cotahuasi River, which was featured in the December 2001 issue of Outside Magazine. 

The whitewater itself is enough reason to embark on this adventure. However, the Cotahuasi also offers an incredible hike to the put-in on an original Inca footpath – a journey back in time as we admire the hundreds of Inca and pre-Inca ruins and artifacts that litter the canyon.

With time to visit magnificent Arequipa, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, we embark upon a scenic drive in private Land Cruisers to the town of Cotahuasi. Nestled in the hills at 2,680 meters (8,793 feet), it’s a quaint village of whitewashed colonial-style homes that line slim, straight lanes before a stunning backdrop of Cerro Hiunao.

Truly an adventure of a lifetime!

See the details HERE.

Otavalo Indigenous Market 

A fun and lovely side-trip – visit the colourful indigenous market in Otavalo for an arts and crafts shopping adventure!

Stop by Peguche, known for its weavers, and Cotacachi, where they are known for their leather goods, which they have been making for hundreds of years. 

Departing from Quito and heading north, we will travel across the colourful valleys of Guayllabamba and Cayambe. This trip through the breathtaking Andean setting offers great photo opportunities as well make our way to the province of Imbabura.

Walk through the famed craft market of Otavalo, which is the most famous and picturesque in South America. For visitors, the market offers opportunities to interact with Ecuadorians at a more intimate level as you negotiate prices of a variety of woven goods, bags, hats, flutes or simply appreciate the skillful and generous people responsible for the elegance and beauty of the clothing and handicrafts.

The tour also offers a range of alternatives to visiting nearby towns such as Peguche, with traditional looms and Andean wind instruments workshop, or Cotacachi featuring leatherwork including bags, jackets, hats, belts, and more.

See the details HERE.

Costa Rica Multi Sport – Explore, relax, and get to know the Real Costa Rica!

Costa Rica Multi Sport – Explore, relax, and get to know the Real Costa Rica!

A great opportunity to get off the beaten path and explore unspoiled Costa Rica!

Travel through lush tropical rainforests and revel in secluded wilderness lodges and some the most beautiful beaches in the world. Raft the world-class Pacuare river, one of the most magical rivers on the planet!

Corcovado is a paradise of tropical wilderness and beaches, cataloged by the National Geographic Society as “one of the most biologically intense places on Earth!” 

With truly spectacular wildlife, including many species of monkeys, crocodiles, exotic parrots, toucans, the region boasts an incredible diversity of species. 

Our accommodations in Corcovado is regarded as one of the best eco-lodges in Costa Rica and is but a short walk from the cool waters of Agujitas River and secluded black-sand beaches.

Enjoy your choice of several hiking and boat excursions led by resident naturalists. And within only minutes of the hotel, relax on a truly picture-perfect beach.

Our travels continue up the west coast to the beautiful Savegre River Valley, where we stay at another jungle lodge where, during your stay, you can hike with a naturalist, horseback ride, bird and wildlife watching, and enjoy a beautiful class 3 whitewater trip down the Savegre River.

Back north, prepare for some of the best rafting anywhere. Rated one of the top rivers in the world, you’ll experience the intimate nature of the Costa Rican rainforest – warm water, cascading waterfalls, and opulently lush rainforest with its brilliantly hued plant life. Sightings of animals and birds indulge your senses on every level. 

The trip is complete with an evening at a remote eco-lodge, nestled in the rainforest on the banks of the Pacuare River. Complete with hydro-powered electricity, it’s a model of ecotourism and deluxe accommodations. 

Rainforest adventure at its best!

See details HERE.

Looking for more cultural, historical, and archeological experiences? Check out all of our learning and exploration adventures.

6 Great Reasons Why You MUST Whitewater Raft the Futaleufu with BBX Rafting!

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Why Bio Bio Excursion for Futaleufu River Rafting

From our incredible riverside basecamp to the Futaleufu, itself this trip is our signature adventure vacation – and we know how to do it right!

Bio Bio Expeditions traces its roots back to our first trips on the Bio Bio River – the company’s namesake – where we discovered our inspiration and intense love and respect for not only the wild rivers and mountains of Chile, but also the indigenous people living on its banks.

Though the Bio Bio River was eventually dammed, to continue running rivers in this spectacular region, we ventured south where the Futaleufu River in Chilean Patagonia offered Bio Bio Expeditions a most stunning and serene location in which to set up what is one of the preeminent riverside basecamps in the world!

If you’re looking for a good reason, beyond simply enjoying one of the world’s best and most enjoyable whitewater experiences, to join us on this incredible trip, read on – because we’ve got six.

One of the Most Acclaimed Rafting Rivers: Nestled in the heart of Patagonia, Chile, the Futaleufu is one the world’s most acclaimed rafting rivers. One of the premier whitewater rivers in the world, the turquoise waters of the Fu are fed by glacial snow melt in the Andean lakes region of Argentina and Chile. The river gorge drops as low as 1,700 metres (5,600 ft) beneath towering snow-capped mountains and breathtaking glaciers.

5 Star Rated: We are proud of this unique, unforgettable, and exciting international experience, from start to finish. 5-star rated across the board, Bio Bio Expedition’s Futaleufu River trip continually sets the standard for multi-sport adventure, cuisine, friendly and helpful staff and expert, world-class guides.

Futaleufu River Basecamp: A big part of our great ratings can be credited to our Futaleufu River basecamp. Owned by Bio Bio Expeditions and your home-away-from-home for the duration of your trip, our basecamp sits nestled into the cliffs overlooking the river. A blissful sanctuary to recharge and revitalize, your comfort is top priority. You’ll enjoy a private luxurious “safari-style” tented bungalow, complete with comfy mattress and cozy down comforter. Lounge on shore during your stay with hot tub, sauna, massage, wine tasting, sunset bar, gourmet cuisine, and more! Our basecamp is such an extraordinary experience that our competitors often sell Futaleufu Rafting (run by BBX) so as to offer their customers our exceptional basecamp.

Safety and Experience: Our team of professional whitewater and trekking guides are true international “superstars” in the world of adventure travel and are integral to the Bio Bio tour experience. From all over the world – Peru, Argentina, Costa Rica, South Africa, the US and New Zealand – these men and women have extensive expertise in river safety protocols, river rescue, mountain awareness, high altitude safety, CPR and first aid. 

Giving Back: Bio Bio Expeditions is committed to providing for the preservation and conservation of the regions that give us and our clients so much! Check out the various organizations whom we are proud to support, sponsor and work with.

World-class Expert Accolades: Futaleufú is our signature adventure vacation. Winner of Outside Magazine‘s prestigious Active Travel Awards, and was picked as one of the 50 best trips by National Geographic. World-class outdoor adventure experts are also eager to give us props:

For details on this exceptional outdoor adventure, or to BOOK YOUR TRIP read more HERE.

Cotahuasi River Canyon Rafting Adventure: May 17-27, 2019

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An adventure unlike any other, our Cotahuasi River Canyon rafting excursion is the ultimate in river fun, excitement, and history to stay with you for a lifetime.

There are rafting experiences and then there are rafting adventures. Considered one of the last remaining secrets in the rafting world, a trip down the exhilarating Cotahuasi River Canyon is definitely the latter – one of the most continuous, classic, and technical stretches of whitewater on the planet.Cotahuasi River Canyon rafting adventure

The trip that got us featured in the December 2001 issue of Outside Magazine, it’s fifty miles of non-stop class 4 and 5 whitewater hammering at a gradient of 60 feet per mile as we drop from put-in, downstream of 300-foot Sipia Falls, to the Pacific Ocean.

Cotahausi River Rafting Adventure Peru

Carving the second deepest canyon in the world (the first, the Colca, is a just few hundred miles away), the remote Cotahuasi snakes through an arid yet dramatic landscape on the southern coast of Peru. Run by raft for the first time less than twenty years ago, only a few expeditions have descended into its chasm and braved its mighty river. Revel in the stunning desert scenery and enjoy starry nights the likes of which you’ll be hardpressed to see anywhere else.

While the whitewater alone is reason enough to join us on this memorable adventure, add the historic hike to put-in on an original Inca footpath – a journey back in time as we explore and admire the hundreds of Inca and pre-Inca ruins and artifacts that litter the canyon – and this trip stands apart as an adventure entirely unto itself.Cotahuasi River Canyon rafting excursion

Having hosted the first ever archaeologist to enter the canyon, we were the beneficiaries of his valuable advice and guidance as to how best to admire while also protect these ancient treasures and this unique region steeped in history.

With time to visit magnificent Arequipa, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a scenic drive in private Land Cruisers to the quaint town of Cotahuasi, and all the technical whitewater you can handle, this is an adventure of a lifetime.Cotahuasi River Canyon rafting adventure

Join us for this trip of a lifetime and be among the very few to experience this incredible discovery. Find out more about this incredible Peruvian adventure, or BOOK NOW!

Bucket List Rafting Adventure BONUS: the Incredible Upper Klamath Rafting Safari

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We recently compiled a Bucket List of rafting must-dos. Once we posted… it just seemed a little incomplete.

Really, any of our excursions could make it on to a bucket list. But, we felt this one deserves special mention – a quickie getaway to outdoor luxury that’s sure to thrill!

Our Upper Klamath Rafting Safari combines the luxury and comfort of glamping with rafting big summer flows down rapids that are over a football field long. Oh, did we mention mountain biking, trail running, inflatable kayaking, and fly fishing?
No? Well, read on:

Get ready for three days of big, infinitely memorable, whitewater!

A guide and guest fave, the Upper Klamath cuts a steep wilderness canyon through the Cascades of Southern Oregon providing one of the finest and most exciting rafting trips in the West.

Glamping Bush Camp

Uniquely scenic Upper Klamath has a high desert, old west character. The area is rich in old, Wild West history where old cabins, mines, and long-deserted Native American settlements dot the run. With rapids named straight out of a western, and a ride along an old stage coach track that winds through remote pine forests and beautiful meadows, this trip is as full of history as it is beautiful.

It’s also a major stop on the Pacific flyway, where sightings of bald eagles, osprey, and blue herons are a regular, yet always striking, occurrence.

The river has three different sections and begins with a fun class-III warm-up. This first stretch makes the Upper Klamath a recommended rafting trip for first-timers and experts alike. This is the opportunity to learn the finer points of river running before dropping into section two where the canyon constricts, and the river drops out of sight – the trip gets crazy! This is one of the most action-packed sections of river anywhere.

Ready for some time relaxing? This trip can be as active or easy-going and relaxed as you want it to be – totally up to you!

fly fishing upper klamath river

Time can be spent mountain biking, hiking or running on nearby trails; fly-fishing for rainbow, brook, and brown trout, bass, kokanee, and more; or simply relaxing in the sun. Enjoy cocktails and great food in the outdoor pub, revelling under the high desert sky.

rafting trip river bar

This is a quick getaway with big returns! Rest and recharge on the perfect wilderness escape – free from wifi, mobile chatter, and hectic daily schedules.

Patagonia Multisport Adventure Hosted with Canoe & Kayak Magazine | March 11-19, 2019

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Your dream adventure in the heart of Patagonia awaits! Whitewater rafting the Futaleufú, hiking, horseback riding, fly-fishing, and more – the experience of a lifetime, indeed!

“The purpose of life, after all, is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.”

-Eleanor Roosevelt

Words never more true than when describing our multi-sport adventure in the wild paradise that is the majestic Río Futaleufú, or “big river” in Mapuche, in the heart of Patagonia in Chile. Nestled amidst the spectacular Andes Futaleufú is considered among the three best rivers for kayaking and rafting in the world and has become a mecca for extreme sports.

But, it isn’t just the remarkable rafting adventures that draw people to the wild, mint-blue waters of the Futaleufú. Not at all! Surrounded by mesmerizing beauty – lush green forest, walls of granite and towering, jagged peaks – there are incredible opportunities to soak it all in. Hike, bike, horseback ride, enjoy world-class fly fishing, or simply sit back, relax, and enjoy the majesty.

 

Horseback Riding Patagonia, Chile

Unparalleled action combined with blissful relaxation.

Our Patagonia Multisport Adventure Hosted with Canoe & Kayak Magazine allows you to enjoy it all and then some!

Action packed and leveraging all that this remarkable region has to offer, our Futaleufú adventure starts each day from our scenic and beautiful riverside camp, overlooking the turquoise blue Rio Futaleufú that cascades beneath Patagonia’s snowy peaks.

Revel in your own rustic yet luxurious “safari-style” tented bungalow nestled into the cliff overlooking turquoise waters, and enjoy the ultimate in R ’n R in your Chilean home-away-from-home.

Wake up to hot coffee or tea delivered to your door as you anticipate the adventures upon which you’ll embark that day – a customized combination of activities guided by some of the most accomplished and talented international outdoor guides.

Where the Futaleufú River offers up the ultimate in whitewater adventure, there is any number of other activities to choose from making the most of the captivating Patagonia outdoors. Enjoy inflatable kayaking on the aptly named Rio Azul, take a lesson whitewater kayaking, or fly fish (or spin) for Patagonia rainbow trout.

Opt to stay dry and take advantage of the variety of land-based activities such as horseback riding, hiking or trail running through pristine valleys, and mountain biking over ox-trails and single track.

 

Futaleufu River Basecamp

Want to stay a little closer to Base Camp? There’s still plenty to do! Relax in one of our two hot tubs on the river, feed your spirit in a daily yoga class, soothe your body and soul in the wood-fired sauna and, do your aching muscles a favor with a professional massage.

Nothing says luxury vacation like gourmet cuisine. Our professional chef will provide you with the superb and delicious nourishment you need to fuel your days. As the sun goes down, take in a little wine tasting at the sunset bar and dance the salsa beneath the Southern Cross!

Futaleufú is our signature adventure vacation. Winner of Outside Magazine‘s prestigious Active Travel Awards, and picked as one of the 50 best trips by National Geographic, this trip is where we discovered and developed the magical alchemy of adventure, rivers, culture, camaraderie, and the variety of unique touches that have come to represent who we are at Bio Bio Expeditions.

For details on this exceptional outdoor adventure, or to BOOK YOUR TRIP and join us, read more HERE.

Your Bucket List Whitewater Rafting Adventure!

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Looking for the adventure of a lifetime? There’s nothing like rushing waters to get the adrenaline pumping and memories making!

Our international rafting adventures offer spectacular scenery, the thrill of world-class whitewater, and the extraordinary experience of venturing to exotic locales that few ever do.

While we love ALL of our adventures, each unique and exciting in their own way, we’ve compiled a few faves to add to your bucket list. Break out your dry bag and strap on the sunnies, ‘cause you’re in for a fun and wild ride!

 

Futaleufu River Rafting Multi Sport

Futaleufu Chile, Patagonia Adventure

Experience the unforgettable!

One the world’s most acclaimed rafting rivers, the Futaleufu in the heart of Patagonia, Chile offers rapids (rated from Class II-V) of glorious turquoise water beneath towering snow-capped mountains and breathtaking glaciers.

For nine days, our gorgeous Futaleufu Adventure Base Camp overlooking the river will become your home-away-from-home, nestled into the cliff overlooking the river.

Comfort is key and with all that’s in store you’ll need a good night’s rest! Enjoy your own luxurious “safari-style” tented bungalow, complete with comfy mattresses and cozy down comforters.

Look forward to waking up each morning to a hot cup of coffee or tea, delivered to your luxurious “safari-style” tented bungalow door, as you anticipate the day’s fun!

Anticipate an exciting combination of activities guided by some of the most accomplished and talented international outdoor guides.

And it’s not just about the rafting! While we know that’s what brought you, there are a number of other great things to try and do on the water: inflatable kayaking on the Rio Azul, fishing for Patagonia rainbow trout, or take a lesson in whitewater kayaking.

Ready for some fun on shore? Take advantage of hiking or horseback riding up pristine valleys and mountain biking the wide range of trails available – ox-trails and single track.

There’s also plenty of time for R ’n R at our deluxe Base Camp. Enjoy some great lounging time during your stay with hot tub, sauna, massage, wine tasting, sunset bar, gourmet cuisine, and more!

Did we mention the Salsa dancing under the Southern Cross? Or, just simply relax by the campfire with a cup of tea. It’s up to you!

To learn more or to BOOK this vacation of a lifetime, visit the Futaleufu River Rafting Tour page.

 

Zambezi Explorer

Zambezi River Rafting Adventure

A once in a lifetime African adventure!

This beautiful and memorable twelve days will have you braving the epic rapids of the Zambezi River, exploring the game parks of Zimbabwe and Botswana, while getting your much needed rest in the comfort and elegance of safari lodges and camps.

Internationally acclaimed as one of the best locations for white water rafting, the mighty Zambezi, a quintessential African river – immense whitewater while being warm and friendly – meanders from Angola to the Indian ocean. It is best experienced towards the end of the dry season, August through October, where you can witness a variety of animals and game making their way to the riverbank to drink, swim, and frolic in the shallows.

We’ll visit Zimbabwe and Botswana, exploring the many facets of the Zambezi watershed in the region. There is a rich history of game viewing and preservation in this uniquely “veldt” like terrain.

With a highly evolved and protected national park system, the wildlife of Botswana is allowed to thrive and the elephant herds of Botswana and Zimbabwe are among the largest and most protected in Africa.

The opportunities to view game in this area are abundant and, at the same time, you’ll not find yourself overrun by the enthusiastic herds of tourists often found in East Africa.

This experience is truly spectacular. From your first dip into the Devil’s pool overlooking Victoria Falls, to watching elephants roam wild, to the massive rapids of the river, your rich and vibrant Zambezi adventure is sure to provide you with stories and memories to last a lifetime!

To learn more or to BOOK this vacation of a lifetime, visit the Zambezi River Rafting Explorer page.

 

Costa Rica Multi Sport

Costa Rica Wildlife Adventure

Explore, relax and get to know the real Costa Rica – a journey to paradise!

Another multi activity adventure that easily makes the bucket list is a journey to one of the most friendly and beautiful little countries in the Western Hemisphere: Costa Rica, or in English, aptly, Rich Coast. Truly paradise!

Eleven wondrous days of travel off the beaten path with world-class rafting on the magical Pacuare River. Through lush tropical rainforests to secluded wilderness lodges and beaches, there’s no better way to explore the unspoiled parts of this precious gem of a nation.

Touching down in the capital, San Jose, we fly directly to world-famous Corcovado National Park and the Cano Island Biological Reserve. Identified by the National Geographic Society as “one of the most biologically intense places on earth”, this area is truly a paradise of tropical wilderness and picture-perfect beaches.

Abundant with spectacular wildlife which includes crocodiles, exotic parrots, toucans, and several species of monkeys, you will enjoy guided hikes by resident naturalists and boat excursions with snorkelling.

Your home for the Corcovado leg will be the spectacular La Paloma Lodge, one of the best regarded eco-lodges in Costa Rica and only a short walk from secluded black-sand beaches and the cool waters of the Agujitas River.

Off to Rafiki Jungle Lodge, inspired by deluxe wildlife lodges of Africa, in the scenic and beautiful Sevegre River Valley. Here, among activities such as hiking with a naturalist, horseback riding, bird and wildlife watching, your first whitewater experience will be a beautiful class 3 paddle down the Savegre River.

This raft should prepare you for the piece de resistance of Costa Rica whitewater rafting: the Pacuare River. Rated one of the top rivers in the world, you’ll enjoy experiencing the rainforest up close, with warm waters, cascading waterfalls, and the spectacularly lush rainforest with its brilliantly coloured plants, animals, and birds – truly a treat for all the senses!

Rest ’n relax at remote eco-lodge, Rios Tropicales, nestled in the rainforest on the banks of the Pacuare River. Here you can appreciate luxury complete with hydro-powered electricity, the model of ecotourism and deluxe accommodations.

To learn more or to BOOK this Central America vacation of a lifetime, visit the Costa Rica Adventure Sport & Travel page.

Where in the World is…Derik Pritchett?

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At the end of an incredible Futa 2017 – 2018 season, I had the opportunity to join Jorge Esquivel on a rally in his beloved Toyota Landcruiser, “Chunche”, from Esquel in Southern Argentina to Salta for a couple weeks. Along for the ride were Grace McCutcheon (from ROAM Outfitters) and Tam Jackson. What a trip!! From the Asados with friends, wild camping, and eventually to visiting owner (and Bio Bio guide) of Valsecchi Wines, Diego Valsecchi. We got to see him work his magic with his vineyards in Cafayate, keeping the amazing reputation and tradition of delicious Argentine wines. It was a perfect journey to cap off a stellar river season in South America.

Once back in the States, I felt like I needed a bit of a readjustment period before totally falling back into the North American pulse of life, which it did not take long to find some more adventure, great food, and MUSIC in New Orleans!

Most recently I was lucky enough to run a trip with Jenner Fox, Elena Louder, Lorenzo Alvarez Roos (Bio Bio Co-founder), and legendary Bio Bio guide Kipchoge Spencer on the much sought after Illinois River in Oregon! This was yet another incredible experience with river family and friends, and of course with incredible music from Kipchoge and Jenner.

 

 

I brewed my first batch of Fu Brew Ginger Beard (beer)!

For the Present???? I am living in Hood River, Oregon, enjoying the wind, mountain bike trails, and looking forward to lots of great activities and work opportunities this summer such as:
…Riding all the incredible mountain biking trails around Oregon
…Brewing beer with the FU BREW Brewing maestro Jakob Foley in Northern California
…Possibly hiking the Oregon Coast Trail
…Working with Bio Bio guide Diego Ibanez in his first ever North American Season!!!!!!!!!
…Sitting in the A/C of a movie Theatre watching a Summer Blockbuster
…Playing music!
…Finally learning how to kayak!…maybe…Anyone wanna watch me swim?

I would say that one idea/thought/thing that I am most looking forward to and am seeking help/advice/insight to would be my continuous pursuit to try and become a better steward to the Rivers. They keep me sane and bring so much joy and growth into my life. While I am in no way a professional at advocacy, and am still trying to figure out where to really start, it is a goal that I honestly do not know much about. But, I’m super stoked to be getting into the arena, finding ways to help, or even help others find their way to the Water to see what it can do for them.

This coming Fall, I hope join one of our super guides, Stanford Ricketts, on a Kilimanjaro expedition for Bio Bio Expeditions!  Afterwards, I can bounce to the Zambezi to help the Bio Bio team on another incredible Zambezi Explorer experience!

After that? Hopefully back to Peru for more River time, trekking, and spanish practice before traveling back down to the Mighty Futaleufu River for another beautiful season!

Above Everest Base Camp

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Congratulations to our Wilderness & Travel Medicine Everest Base Camp trip participants!everest-trek2

This is Bio Bio Expeditions’ 16th year of joining forces with Wilderness Medicine to bring you this amazing trek in the Khumbu region of the Nepalese Himalaya. Our 2016 group  have all arrived safely home after a thrilling trek to Base Camp.  Many of you wonder what it’s like above the Base Camp and we thought you might enjoy this presentation.  You can see where the avalanche took place in the dangerous Khumbu Icefall, above Base Camp, summit Mount Everest and see what it’s like to be on world!

Click here for your Everest virtual tour

Click here to donate to Bio Bio Expeditions and Wilderness & Travel Medicine Nepal Fund

 

National Geographic Traveler Magazine Selects our Zambezi trip as 50 Tours of a Life Time – 2009

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“Every year, the editorial team combs the world to find the most
authentic, most innovative, most immersive, best-guided, and most
sustainable tours,” notes senior editor Norie Quintos. “This year, we
wanted to make sure that the trips we picked were also a great value,
given the economic climate. What we found is that there is no better
time to go on a guided tour than now as the traditional savings offered
by an outfitter being able to negotiate better rates on a trip’s
components is magnified by cheaper airfares, a strengthened dollar, and
more discounts, freebies, and extras.”


Raft the Zambezi
Jen
Eastwood vividly recalls the exhilaration she felt on this trip after
rafting the mighty Zambezi with its Class IV and V rapids stacked up at
almost one per mile. “We were rounding the bend and started hearing this
music. The people who live on the hill above where our camp was that
night had come down and were singing and dancing in our honor. We pulled
the boats up onto the rocks and joined them.” The outfitter has long
had a stake in Zimbabwe and its people—to the extent of helping local
river guides launch a kayak rental business. Bio Bio Expeditions:
“Zambezi Explorer, Zimbabwe,” 13 days; $3,700.