Awaken your soul in the heart of Patagonia!
This 9-day immersion into deep yogic practice features dynamic yoga teachers, 2 yoga sessions daily, Yoga-Flamenco Fusion, shamanic breath and energy work, delicious organic cuisine, our beautiful riverside adventure camp, incredible heart opening adventure activities, our amazing staff of guides, and the prana of Patagonia. This is a yoga retreat like no other! As one of the premiere adventure travel companies in the world, we are delighted to offer a yoga retreat at our signature destination in Chile. The Futaleufu River is the place 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. Blending a yoga retreat into our signature trip truly unites everything we stand for and will be your Yoga Adventure of a Lifetime!
THE YOGA – We will “Awaken the Soul” through yoga practices designed to open your awareness and your energetic and physical bodies to the abundance of prana (life-force) in nature and in you. We will focus on improving our ability to be relaxed, mindful and centered with daily meditations and pranayama (breathing practices). Strengthening and stamina-building, flow-style yoga as well as gentle practices will be offered. Although attention to alignment is always given, the emphasis of our practices will be on awakening the soul and reconnecting to our essence ~ that lovely and highest aspect of ourselves that is in harmony with all of life and nature. Whether practicing on the outdoor yoga deck which is perched on a cliff overlooking the turquoise river and glacier capped peaks, or inside the golden hued “FutaFlow Yoga Loft” with huge windows letting in the views of mountains and forest, or meditating in the riverside yoga pagoda. There will be a variety of styles and levels offered for a vibrant, well-rounded retreat. To complement the yoga asana practice, there will be additional heart opening, soul awakening activities such as: guided meditation, shamanic breathing and energy practices, Native Andean-American fire ceremony, floating meditation, permaculture discussions, Yoga-Flamenco fusion classes and salsa and tango dancing.
THE ADVENTURE – Working symbiotically with these spiritual practices are the amazing adventure activities we specialize in, such as: whitewater rafting and inflatable kayaking, hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, and fly-fishing. During all of these activities you are in the skilled hands of our multi-talented, safety oriented, nurturing, and incredibly gifted guide staff.
THE AMENITIES – The retreat takes place at the Bio Bio Expeditions Adventure Camp in the Futaleufu River Valley, the heart of northern Patagonia. You will wake up under a cozy down comforter to the sound of the river flowing by and a hot cup of coffee or tea will be delivered to your river-front tent bungalow. In between activities ,relax in one of two riverside hot tubs, luxuriate with a professional massage, curl up with a book in a hammock at the open-air library, or enjoy our wood fired sauna. Meals are gourmet affairs featuring organic produce from our own garden and prepared by our professional chef. Evening amenities include wine tasting at the sunset bar, salsa dancing under the Southern Cross, or just chilling out around the campfire with a cup of tea!
THE TEAM – In addition to our beloved long time guide staff, we are pleased to introduce our Yoga Team. Our teachers have years of experience, hundreds of hours of training, are accomplished outdoor athletes in a variety of sports, and are fun-loving, incredibly gifted, and eager to facilitate Awakening the Soul in Chile!
Evaluna Ramirez de Arellano –
Eva Luna is a native of Chile, yet more so, a resident of planet Earth! She has lived, worked, and studied in Chile, the US, Canada, Costa Rica, Peru, Argentina, Spain and New Zealand. Eva has a strong yoga practice and has created a fusion of the primary Ashtanga series with basic Flamenco techniques. This fusion brings strength, flexibility and endurance to the body and stillness to the mind while connecting your inner dancer with the ongoing rhythm of the universe. Eva Luna will guide you through the fundamentals of Ashtanga yoga, sun salutations, uijayi breath, energy locks and vinyasas as well as flamenco posture, arm and hand work, balance, and four count rhythm. Eva Luna is also an accomplished gardener exploring the permaculture ethic at her two farms in rural Chile. Eva Luna is an artist, mother of two, and one of the pioneer Class 5 women whitewater kayakers in Chile.
Arrive in Santiago,Chile. After completing customs, transfer onto a domestic flight to Puerto Montt. Transfer to the scenic town of Puerto Varas on Lago Llanquihue. Overnight in Cabanas Del Lago Hotel. (D)
Drive to Aerodromo Marcel Merchant in Puerto Montt to take your short scenic flight to Chaiten. We drive through the temperate rainforest, passing countless waterfalls and hanging glaciers surrounded by jagged mountain peaks! We will pause for a short hike and a picnic lunch in Pumalin National Park. Arrive early afternoon at camp; camp orientation, swim, hot tub, and welcome happy hour. (B+L+D)
Start the day with a Yoga class, or catch up on some sleep after long international travel. Breakfast of champions and get ready to raft the Futaleufu river! Todays introduction and “warm up” is complete with safety briefing and paddle training on the famous Bridge to Bridge section. In the afternoon you may choose from mountain biking, hiking, fly-fishing class and our popular intro to hard shell, river kayaking clinic. (B+L+D)
Step-up the rafting today! Raft from camp through Bridge to Bridge again and add on class V Mas o Menos and Casa de Piedra rapids – class V. After the tough rapids, we switch gear and Kayak Clinic part II starts, you can fish or just ” booze cruise “ as we drift into lunch which is served off the grill on a remote island where we will relax. After lunch resume the kayaking and a most scenic mellow float for 5 kms to Puerto Ramirez take out. Short drive back to camp for hot tubbing, massage, relaxing and dinner! (B+L+D)
Short drive up the Rio Azul side valley for an exciting class 3 descent in inflatable kayaks! (doubles and singles!) (B+L+D)
Horseback ride deep into the pristine wilderness of the Rio Azul Valley. Stop for lunch and you will enjoy a quick hike to La Cascada – a beautiful multi stepped 200 ft + waterfall! (B+L+D)
Drive to the Pueblo of Futaleufú. Raft the class V Inferno Canyon from the Rio Espolón to Rio Azul. A three mile canyon of class V whitewater, Entrance, Wall shot, Dynamite, Flight of Angels and Exit rapids!! Then float down to Zeta and Throne Room rapids which we walk around, only to resume paddling the exciting “Wild Mile “- four miles of class IV fun rapids. There is the option to only raft the rapids below Inferno Canyon. (B+L+D)
Summit day! 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 wine tasting! (B+L+D)
Early morning drive back to Chaiten and 45 min. flight back to Puerto Montt. Take connecting flights home or to next destination!
Some of the activities can be interchanged depending on your preference for the day.
(Legend: B = Breakfast included , L = Lunch included, D = Dinner included)