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

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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!

 

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

By in Oregon, Rafting, Travel Comments Off on Bucket List Rafting Adventure BONUS: the Incredible Upper Klamath Rafting Safari

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.

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!