LEARN WILDERNESS AND EMERGENCY MEDICINE
World-class Futaleufu River whitewater rafting, hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, and trout fishing in Chile and Argentina! This exciting Patagonia multi-sport Wilderness & Travel Medicine CME Course takes place in the spectacular northern region of Patagonia. This area has some of the most fantastic mountain scenery in the world, including giant peaks with awe-inspiring glaciers, beautiful pristine forests, and the resplendent whitewater rivers of Chile.
The Futaleufu is considered to be one of the most beautiful and exciting whitewater raft experiences in the world! We’ll stay seven nights at the fabulous Bio Bio camp right on the banks of the almost surreal turquoise Futaleufu.
Each day of this Wilderness & Travel Medicine CME course will be a new adventure! Several days will be filled spectacular, professionally guided whitewater rafting on the Rio Azul, the Rio Espalon, and the Futaleufu. We’ll also do some amazingly beautiful horseback riding and hiking in the Andes.
We’ll also be able to do optional mountain biking and fly-fishing for feisty brown and rainbow trout.
The Wilderness & Travel Medicine CME lectures and workshops typically take place each afternoon before dinner. Each night we’ll enjoy gourmet meals and great camaraderie and stories from the day!
Accreditation – 16.5 Hours AMA PRA Category
WILDERNESS MEDICINE COURSE CONTENT INCLUDES:
• Altitude Illness
• Heat Illness
• Travelers Illnesses
• Marine Envenomations
• Trauma Management
• Wilderness Orthopedics
• Water Disinfection
• Swiftwater Safety and Rescue
• Basic Wilderness Survival
• Wilderness Medical Kits
• Wound Management
• Wild Animal Attacks
• Patient Assessment
• Wilderness Dermatology
• Wilderness Pediatrics
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)
Back on board our rafts, we are dealt a Royal Flush; a continuous class IV corridor of rapids does not let up until we get to our take-out spot at the Rio Azul footbridge. The rafts are left for the night, tethered on shore.
Early evening is spent in camp getting ready for the evening festivities. Blanca and her partner Umberto, locals from a nearby farm, merrily prepare a delicious dinner called “Curanto” that is typical of the south of Chile and the island of Chiloe.
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)