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“Best Thing to do in Big Bend!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Rio Aviation Inc.

Rio Aviation Inc.
1 Joe Moss Road, Terlingua, TX 79852
432 557 9477
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Ranked #2 of 11 Attractions in Terlingua
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Owner description: Offering flightseeing adventures over Big Bend National Park, Big Bend Ranch State Park, the Reserva Santa Elena, and the Dahlquist Research site.
Townsend, Tennessee
1 review
“Best Thing to do in Big Bend!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2013

Our pre-dinner flight on Valentine's Day was fabulous! Marcos put us all at ease, and was a pleasure to listen to as he told us about the history of the area and what we were seeing as we were flying over. You will see some beautiful, amazing sights that you just can't get to see all in one day, any other way. We've been in Terlingua for 2 months and this was the highlight of our trip, made especially so because Marcos is so good at what he does. Take a ride....you won't be disappointed!

Visited February 2013
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Marcos P, Owner at Rio Aviation Inc., responded to this review, April 17, 2013
Best thing to do in Big Bend! That is quite an endorsement. Especiallly when you look at all the wonderful things there are to do here. I appreciate your taking the time to write a review and I am so glad you enjoyed your flight. I hope we will see you out here again sometime in the future.
Take care and thanks again for flying with us.
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Terlingua, Texas
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“up up and away”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2013

Great trip, great guide. This is a must for lovers of the Big Bend Country. The only thing better than getting to see it all from a completely different perspective was getting to hear the history and stories from a true local. Marcos has lived here 35 years, first as a river and horseback guide on both sides of the border, then as a National Park Ranger. Add that to a safety first attitude and you have the kind of trip you only hope for. Perhaps I should add that this is a way to fall in love with the vastness of the Big Bend.

Visited December 2012
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Terlingua, Texas
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“Rio Aviation, Terlingua Texas”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2013

Marcos Paredes is the pilot and owner of this wonderful business. He's been in the Big Bend area for 40 years, and knows the land by foot, river and horseback. He pointed out old ranches, waterfalls in the State Park, the deep and incredible Santa Elena Canyon in the National Park, and other landmarks. He flew us over the Devil's Playground, a landscape of red canyons and mesas. Marcos knows the history of the area and some of the geology. He loves taking people up. He is trustworthy, informative, reviewed all the safety features of the plane, and made us 3 feel totally comfortable. Marcos was a ranger in the National Park, now retired. This trip is fabulous!

Visited January 2013
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Terlingua, Texas, United States
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“A Wonderful Experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2013

Our flight over the Big Bend National Park, Big Bend State Park, and surrounding areas was unforgettable. Marcos did a thorough safety review with us so we were all comfortable with and in the plane. His knowledge of the area is very thorough, and we were able to see so many features from the air that we would have totally missed, even if we were hiking them. This area is so beautiful, rough and rugged, and with such a colorful history...Marcos was able to fill us in on a great deal of history, as well as the geology of the area. I would recommend this trip to anyone with an appreciation of the area as both enjoyable, informative and beautiful. Thank you, Marcos.

Visited December 2012
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Marcos P, Owner at Rio Aviation Inc., responded to this review, January 27, 2013
I am glad you enjoyed your flight and I really appreciate your taking the extra time to write a review for Rio Aviation. Thanks again.
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“Make this a part if your Big Bend visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2012 via mobile

We took a chance and tried something we had never thought if before, an air tour if the Big Bend region! Our pilot and owner if Rio Aviation, Marcos is a retired park ranger from Big Bend National Park. His knowledge and insight into the history and physiography of the area is unmatched. Our air tour included an overflight of Santa Elena canyon and portions of the neighboring Big Bend Ranch state park including the Solitario and Fresno canyon. We also saw for the first time the Devils Playground area which I wasn't familiar with.

Marcos gave us a thorough safety review prior to our flight and made sure everyone was comfortable.

This is an experience I would recommend for anyone seeking to expand their experience of the Big Bend region.

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