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“Earth River Expeditions is AMAZING!”
Review of Futaleufu River

Futaleufu River
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Reviewed February 2, 2013

We just returned from a week-long rafting trip on the Futaleufu River with Earth River Expeditions. It was the most amazing vacation I've ever been on! There is world-class rafting, beautiful scenery, and fun, friendly guides. The camps were rustic, but scenic and charming, with a definite "luxury" feel. Each day after activities, h'ors d'oevres, beer and wine were served by the hot tub, followed by a great dinner. Guides were all extremely safety-oriented and down-to-earth. They even kept us entertained in the evenings. I highly recommend this for any one looking for an adventure who also has culture and beauty in mind, as well.

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Reviewed December 26, 2012

This was one of our more memorable vacations that can be described with these adjectives: wild, exciting, beautiful, rugged, fun, adventurous, challenging, satisfying ... and many more.

Earth River's guides are really the best in the world, and make sure we were always safe and satisfied. Our group of 15 ended up being full of positive, interesting and respectful people, all ready to jump into the coldest, roughest water or climb down a 150 meter cliff. Futaleufu provided plenty of excitement - we ran the wildest sections of the river with a few exceptions of class VI rapids.

The trip videographer (Rayno) created a spectacular video of our adventures. It looks like a professional advertisement - it took us a few views to realize that it was really us jumping off the cliffs, paddling through white water, zip lining into the river, etc.

Although it rained the whole week we managed to participate in most of the planned activities - we did become fairly cold but that quickly dissipated when we jumped into the hot tub and were provided drinks and delicious homemade snacks. Be prepared to be wet, bring extra fleece top and bottoms beyond what is suggested in the packing list. Also river shoes definitely help - we wish we had the proper 5.10s instead of our Keen sandals. We tried to fish but the water was too high and there wasn't that much free time in the end. If I was to do this again, I would staying for a bit longer and focus on horseback riding and fishing.

Overall, a spectacular trip and we would love to go again. The Earth River facilities (tree houses, cave dwellings, pro boats), guides and local fresh food did make a huge difference.

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Reviewed September 13, 2012

My two friends and I are still amazed at the fun time we had rafting with Futaleufu Explore last March. It was by far the best week out of our two month tour of Patagonia, surpassing all our expectations. Everything was well organized, from helping us to arrange flights and bus tickets, which made our travels before and after much easier. The 6 days were well planned to make the most of the time, and there were extra activities offered, kayaking lessons on the beach and fishing too.
Their comfortable lodge was the perfect place to relax, with the hospitality of the owners made it feel as if wewerestaying in their home. A wide variety of delicious food was enjoyed by all.
I am planning on returning soon with several more friends, it is an experience I am looking forward to repeat.

1  Thank Cody W
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Reviewed March 20, 2012

It took 5 years to get there and minutes to realize we had made the right choice. A gorgeous blue green class 5 whitewater river in the Futaleufu valley in Patagonia. Bio Bio Expeditions provided first class everything from the guides they used to the top notch food. We slept in beds, soaked in the hot tub and had a massage therapist on call. Every detail was thought out and the 20 years it took to build this paradise was worth it all for us guests. They run it like a family and now that we have been part of the experience we are also part of the family.

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Reviewed February 8, 2012

I went rafting in Futaleufu with my girlfriend and my uncle, and it was absolutely amazing!
We booked our trip with a company called Patagonia Elements, who is located in Futaleufu.
You could tell they had a lot of experience doing this, and all the equipment you needed was included in the price.
Our "captain" of the raft was a really nice guy who spoke english, and explained everything we needed to know before we began rafting down the river.
The rafting itself was amazing! None of us had ever tried rafting before, but we still managed to get down the river safely, and we had a great time!
I would recommend this to everyone, even if you have never tried rafting before!
They also have two cameras mounted on the raft, so after the trip you can purchase a DVD with yourself rafting down the river.
We payed around 80 usd per person, and the DVD was under 10 usd. This also included transportation and lunch.
It was worth every penny!!

3  Thank Anders S
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