Futaleufu

Why 2020 is a Great Year to Plan Your Family Vacation with BBX!

2020 is your year to make some serious memories and plan THE family vacation – a one-of-a-kind BBX rafting adventure – no one will ever forget!

When people think of international rafting adventures or any rafting adventure for that matter, it’s typical to assume that the world-class rapids we tour are so challenging and dangerous as to be only for athletic, risk-seeking adults.

Not so! While some of our trips are better suited to those with more experience on advanced whitewater, many of the adventures we offer are perfect for the whole family – kids of a certain age, of course!

So, as you ponder your family vacation options for 2020, we urge you to consider a trip that takes you off the beaten track. Plan a vacation that has it all and will be sure to thrill and delight the spouse and kids!

A Bio Bio trip offers your entire family fun, adventure, cultural and education experiences, unique tours and side-trips, and plenty of quality time too, of course.

Reasons to plan your next family vacation with BBX

We can sum up why Bio Bio is a great choice for a family vacation in only a few points:

  • Beautiful, scenic exotic destinations
  • Terrific, expert guides
  • Great food!
  • Exceptional accommodations

But, a BBX excursion offers more than even that. Those who have traveled with BBX share with us that a Bio Bio adventure is about the discovery of not only wilderness, but of themselves, and about renewing their enthusiasm for life.

They say it’s to be far away and yet feel totally at home… and to return to find their lives and perspectives changed forever.

It’s also about the magical chemistry of shared adventure and the camaraderie.

Imagine sharing all of this with your loved ones!

We are a full-service adventure travel company. This means that our trips aren’t limited to rafting adventures. We are proud to provide the most diverse and remarkable experiences available in the regions we tour.

Our expert leadership ensures your family’s safety and fun!

Our Bio Bio adventure vacations are led by a crew of international rafting, kayaking, and trekking superstars who are establishing a new standard of excellence in the outdoor adventure industry.

They are known for their friendly, caring hospitality and their knowledge of the culture, history, and ecology in the many countries we visit. Safety is always a priority.

Choose your dream family vacation Bio Bio trip… if you can!

At Bio Bio Expeditions, our team is closely tied together by a true desire to make your adventure with us pure magic.

The locations and itineraries offered have been tried and tested to provide you the best experience possible. Our dedicated guides will make you feel at home wherever you find your ideal destination. We have been cultivating partner relationships around the globe for decades to bring you and unforgettable adventure you’ll be recounting for years after.

With every trip we aim to exceed your expectations and offer you an authentic, unique journey to some of the planet’s most astonishing places. Whether you are rafting through the Cotahuasi River’s canyon in southern Peru, hiking the Inca trail, climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro, trekking in Torres del Paine in Patagonia or paddling the azure clear waters of the Futaleufu River in Chile, our goal is that you and your family will have the most exceptional and memorable experience with us!

You’ll find the hardest part about booking a trip with Bio Bio is deciding upon the destination.

To find out more information, and for help choosing the best trip for you and your family in 2020, please CONTACT US today!

 

Fly Fish the Fu and Whitewater Raft, Too!

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Enjoy Chile summer and the ultimate in fly fishing adventures on one of the most incredible rivers in the world – the Futaleufu!

It may still be the height of North American summer, but it’s time to start making winter plans!

In fact, there’s no better time to start planning your perfect Patagonia winter getaway! Take in the world-class experience of a Bio Bio expedition to the Futaleufu River and enjoy the best in fly fishing as well as luxury. Not to mention the ultimate in whitewater rafting.

Bio Bio is a full-service adventure travel company. This means that our trips aren’t limited to rafting adventures – not at all! We are proud to provide the most diverse and remarkable experiences available in the regions we tour.

And that includes including all manner of water sports in our Futaleufu River adventures. While it’s true that Bio Bio Expeditions began as a whitewater rafting and kayaking company, our years in Patagonia have helped the fly fishing bug to bite our guides hard, inspiring a passion for fly fishing to match their passion for whitewater.

Fly Fishing on the Futaleufu

The Futaleufu River is the best fly fishing in Chile and Patagonia boasting a legendary reputation in the sportfishing community. The Futaleufu is renowned for rainbow trout and large brown trout, with brook trout populating the colder tributaries like the Azul River. There are also seasonal spawning runs of Coho, King, and Atlantic salmon.

When it comes to the art and sport of fly fishing, Bio Bio has pioneered fly fishing in whitewater, allowing you to fish eddies between stretches of the Futaleufu River’s rapids that can only be accessed by watercraft.

Bio Bio Expeditions now has three catarafts, professionally outfitted with state-of-the- art fishing frames, casting platforms and swivel seats.  Due to the professional skills and abilities of our fly fishing guides, we’re able to bring a boat just about anywhere you like to explore the best opportunities for that big catch.

The spectacular glacier covered peaks and lush green valleys of the Futaleufu region provide a stunning backdrop for your fishing adventure.

And our Futaleufu River Adventure Base Camp is ideally situated right on the river, in the middle of one of the most beautiful, calm canyons on the “Fu”.  The turquoise waters just beyond our camp beckon each and every morning. Simply cast from our put-in eddy just a moment’s walk from your riverfront bungalow or join a guide in a cataraft and explore further afield.

It’s one of the most unique places you’ll ever experience whether you’re a fishing enthusiast or learning new skills – first timers, as well as experts are welcome!

Be prepared for an amazing trip! In addition to world-class fly fishing, your adventure vacation on the Futaleufu River includes the best in accommodations, relaxation, and river excitement.

Bio Bio has worked hard to establish one of the most luxurious riverfront experiences possible for our guests. Each morning you’ll enjoy the friendly service of your tent captain, as he, or she, delivers your tea or coffee to your tent.

For your rejuvenating pleasure, yoga classes are available every morning with private yoga sessions upon request.

We provide delicious gourmet cuisine including freshly baked bread and fresh vegetables from an adjacent farm as well as candlelight dinners in our “Galpon” an open-air log structure hand-built by our good friend and talented Chilean carpenter Rolando.

Take in a full range of multisport adventures with free access to our fleet of 14 suspension mountain bikes, whitewater kayaks and catarafts, and a variety of fishing gear. And whitewater rafting one of the most exciting, beautiful rivers in the world, of course!

Interested in learning more or booking this amazing fly fishing adventure? Click HERE to get all the details about fly fishing the Fu!

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.

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!

Fishing Report from Futa (post-volcano)

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For those of you interested in how the Chaiten Volcano eruption (in May,
2008) has affected fishing on the Futaleufu, read on for the
perspective of our guide Alex Obregon who was in Futa in February…….

Ahhh Futa, so much fun. The river is running low, great fishing flow!
I didn’t have all that much time but managed to fish a good deal, my
heart is content. You were right, the fishing is great! Fish in
front of camp (good), on the Island (good, small), Puerto Ramirez (fun),
magic carpet rapid (abundant, hit them like a sniper!), Inferno Canyon
(the challenge), El Limite (the border – clear water, lots of fish), El
Rio Azul (not rated) and the Seno Muerto Lake (beautiful). Some spots better than others but man…so fun.
There is an abundant and healthy bug population, caddis, mayflies,
stoneflies, dragon flies, damsel flies…the list goes on…basically
all good signs of the good health of the water’s ecosystem.
The visibility of the water is not quite the same as before, but the
color is just as dramatic – it picks up hues of turquoise more like the
Azul. The fish are not as easy to spot, but with good polarized aid
and a bit of “know where to” look, you will find them.
The section of El Limite (the border) is still crystal clear water,
there are lots of fish up there. Some say that the fish from the
Espolon got out and headed upstream, concentrating on that short
section. Dry fly fun everywhere. The take out not so easy, right at
the eddy above that “mini zeta” rapid under the Puente Robert…long
haul with the gear to the road.
In front of camp you can go out and catch an early morning Trucha
(rainbow trout) just before breakfast, while the Yogis stretch their
muscles…or… At the end of the day a happy hour hunt down by the
Island and come back just in time for dinner. Heading downstream to Magic Carpet rapid for a little kayak surf…and fish…
This is more laid back fishing (that is after negotiating the
whitewater that guards the pool). After a couple of magic carpet rides
(hopefully without getting whirlpooled) I sat on a warm rock
overlooking the eddy, while in it, the food spins around and
around…and with it comes the target…rainbows that feed carelessly
unaware, like riding on a carousel. Much like a sniper, pick your
target and put your fly out there…all is left are a few seconds of
suspense and zaz! Set your hook! Play your fish, loading the synergy of
the rod until your fish jumps out of the water to throw some aerial
moves…we could make a fish rodeo…what you think about that..!
Puerto Ramirez is a really beautiful section of water. I especially
like that turn behind the Island in front of the beach we once camped
at. The water here is almost still and also holds the clear color. So
calm you can spot any action breaking the surface from one corner of the
Island to the other…peaceful!
I think that my favorite venture was into the Seno Muerto Lake, that
little one next to Lake Lonconao. Dude, it is amazing the color of the
water. It has a shallow section about 3-4 feet deep that extends from
the shoreline like a white rim some 20-30 feet, and then drops
dramatically into the deep blue, disappearing underneath you in between
logs and old trees that have fallen down through time and now serve as
shelter for rainbows and browns…the latter more conservative,
shy…perhaps smarter…bigger…I only caught the not so smart ones…
When you look down into the water it feels as if one is diving under,
trying to find the bottom of the lake with the fish…like an aquarium.
I wanted to share my fishing with you, I know its long and boring, more
boring than fishing itself you might think…but when and if someone
asks you about the fishing on the Fu, post volcano eruption, you will
have more to tell them… I
am very happy I went and I am even happier we are going back, the place
is great! I wouldn’t say that there is no ash, but after you are in
the town of Futa, you come back to the Bio Bio camp in the sector Azul
and it feels like the oasis it has always been, now more so. I uploaded some pictures of the fishing adventure under “Fish Report”, check them out. …Alex…

Save Patagonia’s Rivers

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Hello friends of Bio Bio Expeditions!
Damara here – just wanting to
share some information with you about the threats facing the mighty
rivers of Patagonia (including our beloved Futaleufu). If you traveled
to the Futa with us last winter you may remember the environmental
letter I encouraged everyone to sign? Well, at the end of the season, I
sent off more than 60 letters to the President of Chile – Michelle
Bachelet. Two months later I received a formal response from the
President’s Cabinet thanking me (and all of you) for our concern and
assuring me that our concerns would be considered and sent through the
proper channels. Later in the summer I received another letter from the
President’s cabinet (see photo) also reassuring me that any hydro or
mining projects on the Futaleufu would go under rigorous study first and
that our comments would be considered. Both were very formal letters,
no promises, but I was quite pleased and impressed to have received a
response. So, thank you to all who helped me and signed a letter!!!
In other news, here are two websites you can click on to do your part
to save the beautiful, mighty rivers and forests of Patagonia. Both
the Pascua and Baker rivers, south of Futaleufu, are very threatened
right now. The power transmission lines they would have to build to
transport power from these massive dams would involve clearcutting a 400
foot wide swath (football field size) through pristine forest for
thousands of miles. You can read more about it, and send comments just
with the click of a mouse, at the following websites:

http://www.savebiogems.org/patagonia/
and
http://www.internationalrivers.org/en/latin-america/patagonia

If
you loved it down there as much as we do, please take a moment to read
about the issues and take action! If you haven’t yet traveled to
Patagonia, now’s the time! Lets show the Chilean government that
tourism and adventure travel is a better alternative for Patagonia than
destructive mines and dams. Thanks everyone and hope you have a very
Happy Thanksgiving!
Love, Damara

The Futaleufu bounces back from a near miss!

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Dear friends,

We are so thankful for all the outpouring of
support during the Volcan Chaiten eruption and just as thankful that our
camp and the Futaleufu have been spared! The financial contributions
that we have collected will still make life easier for the locals as
many sold off cattle and sheep to get them out of the area. The money
will also help them deal with fuel shortages and triple price hikes. We
are also studying a way to get the rio Azul residents a web page to
help visitors to the areas enlist their services in the future. Tourists
can then book such things as a home cooked Asado, a home stay, a hike
to hidden lakes, or horse rides etc. This will be a way to get passerby
visitors in touch with the Futaleufu locals and will allow them to make
money well into the future as soon as we all get the word out that the
Futaleufu is every bit as beautiful as ever! It is true that the heavy
winter rains have taken care of the ash fall. In many places the soil
has been actually enriched and this will help grow even healthier
vegetation.

The worst possible outcome for the locals now is
that visitors stay away due to sensationalist press, which would make
carving a living out of the wilderness even harder. They really are
working hard to provide services to the growing number of tourists and
this is for many the largest source of income. So, tell your friends how
great the Futaleufu is and that they should visit soon as much as ever
before!!

Again, thank you all for your concern, support and mindfulness!

Body and Soul Magazine

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Whole Living Body + Soul
March 2007
Pg. 101

A River Runs Through It

Yoga
at BIO BIO EXPEDITION’s 10-day Patagonia retreat is all about going
with the flow. Hovering 50 feet above Chile’s Futaleufu River, the
open-air yoga platform at this adventure base camp offers spectacular
views of turquoise rapids backed by glaciated peaks. Twice-daily hatha
flow classes prep you for the next day’s rafting of fly-fishing trip,
while savasanas allow time for listening to the river rush by and
feeling the subequatorial sun on your face.