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Review of Futaleufu River Bio Bio Expeditions Camp

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Futaleufu River Bio Bio Expeditions Camp
Boston, Massachusetts
1 review
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“The trip of a life-time!!!!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 5, 2012

Our December 2011 trip to the Futaleufú River in Patagonia was spectacular! Adjectives fail me as the trip was so superlative in every way that it felt almost magical. We have been fortunate to have travelled extensively, including have made numerous trips to South America, an area we cherish and admire. However, without question, this was our best vacation ever, and we would immediately return to the Futaleufú with Bío Bío Expeditions any time, any season.
This trip was the trip of a life-time, and Bío Bío filled our memory banks for years to come. We were the outliers among the clients, my husband and I were the oldest and our 18-year old son was the youngest, and we were each made to feel extraordinarily welcome and capable and integrated at all times.
Bio Bio’s river guiding staff, and the camp staff, were absolutely superb: fluent in both Spanish and English, extremely experienced, constantly attuned to safety and training, deeply knowledgeable about the area, the river, the country, and beyond all that warm and humorous and kind and helpful. We were very struck by the way that all the guides were particularly sensitive to each client's skill level and age group and that in a very natural, non-overt way they were able to entice our 18-year old to do things suited to his age quite successfully, while we were encouraged to do other things better suited to our capabilities. This was on-going and seamless. We were able to hold in-depth conversations with all these people about their lives in Chile and their years working and living on different rivers and countries, and we learned so much! Just speaking to them was a high-light of the trip.
We will never forget the unfailing courtesies - guides carrying gear for us, Stan bringing espresso to our tent every morning, Jorge making sure that Huayna was being sweet-tempered with all the guests, Sarita gently rousting up her massage customers for their world-class massage care following long days on the river, Terry patiently overseeing our bookkeeping needs and adding confidence to our rafting efforts, Rio's exceptionally kind way of dealing with the local children as they became accustomed to kayaks and duckies, and his patience in getting my son and me started on kayaks, and Santiago's absolutely gentlemanly support of my efforts in the double ducky with so many words of encouragement and laughter and guidance. He never let me be surprised by anything - every command was given in advance, every move was explained, and once when I fell out after promptly leaning hard left after he told me to lean hard right, he called out calm instructions until I was back in the boat, paddle in hand.
Diego was not a raft or kayak guide for us, but he was an unfailingly kind camp-mate always ready to talk, to explain, to serve, to help, and to laugh. Matt was an excellent companion to us and he deeply enlarged our understanding of the area by describing his connections to Chile and his wife's history in Argentina and the US. His stories and information made us think long and hard about Chile's history under the military dictatorship, and Argentina’s similar fate during the 1970’s, and we were very moved by Matt's stories. He also was a comforting source on the river as he kayaked along side us and continued giving smiles and encouragement while running safety for the group

Stan was our primary tent captain and guide as he not only captained our raft every day, but he also worked two days with my husband on fly-fishing - the zen of casting! His expertise in all things river, including safety, apparel, paddling techniques and ways to read the river was tremendous. He just exuded confidence, but also caution - a perfect balance. He was a great organizer and planner, and he provided detailed briefings each evening and morning to enable the entire camp to be underway, prepared and able. He always conveyed optimism even when training us to deal with frightening eventualities, and I would say he taught us a very healthy respect for the power of the river, yet offered enough tools to enable us to have the confidence to give it our best shot. My husband really enjoyed working with him on the fly-fishing, and said that Stan had provided wonderful information about river life, guiding life, Patagonia, and all things Futaleufú!
I cannot even imagine a stronger, more professional, kinder guiding staff, and the rapport they have with one another is very special. Bío Bío has assembled an A+ river cast and community!

Another delight for us in this trip was the group of clients. Most had lots of river experience including being river guides in other countries, but a few were novices like ourselves. It was really thrilling to meet people from Switzerland, Russia, France, Korea, England, and all over the US. What a wonderful opportunity to meet friendly, outgoing, and unique individuals who had amazing life and river stories to share!! Of our expedition group of 17 clients, we learned that 14 of them were newlyweds: seven newly minted couples inaugurating their lives together in the Earthly paradise - Patagonia’s version of the Honeymoon Hotel!
One part of this trip that I would really like to laud is the effort and staff support that Bío Bío puts into client safety. Not only did Bío Bío provide a flotilla of "rescue" personnel in kayaks and catarafts who preceded and followed us along the river every step of the way, it had exceptionally qualified guides steering the rafts and calling instructions continuously. At several junctures we saw Bío Bío people strategically waiting along the shore in kayaks as we passed by. And beyond the "on the river" support, the guides scouted every rapid and every contingency along the entire length of the river day after day. What a professional operation! It was really a joy to behold. We also appreciated the time you devoted to training and to practicing manoeuvers, and the way each day carefully built upon the prior one in terms of the increasing level of difficulty of the rapids and the (presumably) increasing teamwork among the rafting groups day after day. We moved through Class III riffles, to the famous rapids Más o Menos, Casa de Piedra, Terminator and Inferno Canyon (and the Throne Room for the kayakers). Your organization is a paragon of planning and execution!!

A separate joy for us in this trip was camp: simply being in camp at one of the most spectacular and glorious places on Planet Earth. The tranquility emanating from the flowing river, the serenity from the azure and sapphire rivers, the freedom of fresh air and pristine Andean views, and the fun of hot tubs beside the river and a well-stocked bar and the pagoda with musical instruments and chess, even hot showers in this very remote location! What a dream. It just did not seem real!! Too good to be true!! We love to eat, and the food was magnificent. Plentiful, delicious, local, fresh seasonings and produce from the garden, home-made pasta, fresh fish, enormous salads. There was plentiful food for every taste, and meals were relaxing and fun. We all had private tents on platforms right over the river. What we did not know until the last night was that while we immediately fell asleep each night in our tents lulled by the rush of the river and our very full bellies, the guides were furiously putting together a video of each days events with captions, music, and live inteviews. Unbelievable – do these people ever sleep?!

So, what can I say? This trip not only met our expectations it vastly exceeded them in every regard. We had fun, we learned, we met wonderful people, we found a geographic paradise on Earth, we rested, we were thrilled on the river (non-stop adrenaline rush!) and happy. Who could ask for more?! We will certainly plan to be back, perhaps with you in another country, and we will continue recommending you to everyone for exceptional, professional adventure travel. And one final point for Trip Advisor readers, go to the Bío Bío Expeditions web-site, and call up the “detailed itinerary” for this multi-sport trip and read it. What you see, and what you read, is what you get: the trip of a life-time! Becky, Julian, and Pedro

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
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LaCrosse, WI
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 26, 2012

Beautiful setting!! The camp is unbelievably comfortable and relaxing. The food is authentic and interesting not to mention delicious. Rafting on the Fu is as exilarating as any vacation we have experienced anywhere in the world. The best part of the trip however was the people. Lars has done a fabulous job of getting togethor a group that is professional, fun, and interesting to be around. We would do it again in a heartbeat!!!

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with friends
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 23, 2012

This was one of the most adventurous things I've ever done, and I loved every minute of it! It was a great chance to meet like-minded adventurers in a powerfully beautiful place. The staff and guides were fantastic, the food was abundant and amazing, the facilities were top-notch, and the Futaleufu is like no place else on Earth!

  • Stayed January 2012
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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 23, 2012

I had the BEST time exploring the Futaleufu and this special part of Patagonia with the BioBio crew. The accommodations, food, people, and activities were amazing. I cannot wait to return.

Room Tip: all of the riverside tents were amazing.
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled solo
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Aurora, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 23, 2012

This was one of the pretties places I have ever been. The staff and guilds were amazing and very friendly. The safety factor is the best. Not like some of the other south/central america trips. Cookie the chef could compete against any restaurant chef with his limited cooking equipment. One tip is not to try and fly home the same day as the trip ends due to the airports(weather,volcano). There is also alot of side activities for those how don't feel upto rafting. And one of the best parts of the location is that there is no internet or phone service.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled on business
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Jersey, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 23, 2012

It was a long way to travel from our little Island in the Channel Islands, but oh my god was it worth it!! My husband had been rafting before but I hadn't but went along thinking i would just relax whilst he rafted but from the day we arrived I then spent everyday on the river & i had the best time ever. The guides are amazing!! so friendly but yet so very professional when it comes to rafting. The camp we stayed in was brilliant & so are the staff, nothing is too much trouble no matter what you want/need. The food was out of this world & the setting, well that was just breathtaking. To lay in your bed at night & see so many stars in the sky is something i have never experienced in my life & was just amazing & then to wake up & listen to the river running along just outside your room/camp is the best way to start your day. We had such great fun on the river, whether is be with our guide in the rafts or in the ducky's or jumping off high rocks into the river!! For a trip i was a bit nervous about going on, it turned out to be the best holiday i've ever had & I have been on a few in my life. I would recommend to anyone to visit the Futaleufu & the camp as you really will have the time of your life!!

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 23, 2012

White Water - 5 stars.!
Bio Bio Camp - 5 Stars..!!
Bio Bio Staff - 5 stars...!!!
Chile - 5 Stars....!!!!

My wife and I went to Chile this January 2012 and had the best holiday ever - I raft, but my wife doesn't and was not intending to - by the end of the trip she was in the raft, screaming with the rest of us as we hit the best Class 5 rapids its been my privilege to ride. She is now a convert to rafting..!! The camp is superb - based right on the waters edge - clear blue waters - not one sign of polution. The Bio Bio staff are simply the best, looking after every guests need, no matter how big or small - the bar area over-looking the river was used to the max, as was the hot tub..!!

If you want a holiday with a difference, want some adventure, want to meet some new friends and you want to get away from the normal fast hectic pace of modern life, then this is the trip for you.

Enjoy..!!!

Gary & Monique

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with friends
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Property: Futaleufu River Bio Bio Expeditions Camp
Address: Sector Azul, Futaleufu 96160, Chile
Location: Chile > Los Lagos Region > Futaleufu
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #2 of 19 Specialty Lodging in Futaleufu
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Multi-sport trip in the heart of Patagonia! Activities include: whitewater rafting the Class IV-V Futaleufu River, hiking, horseback riding, flyfishing, daily yoga classes, and mountain biking! Stay at our deluxe riverside adventure camp with hot tub, sunset bar, massage, wine tasting, and more!Since 1992, Bio Bio Expeditions has offered active travelers exceptional rafting and trekking adventures in the world’s most spectacular settings. Join us as we travel the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, ascend to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, trek into Patagonia and Bhutan or raft on the great rivers of the world including the Zambezi, Zanskar, Tatshenshini, Pacuare, Apurimac or our favorite -- Multi Sport Rafting on the Futaleufu River in Chile - where we run our own exquisite base camp complete with private tented bungalows, indoor and outdoor yoga spaces, two river side hot tubs, sauna and massage studios.Those looking for a more luxurious adventure can explore our Galapagos sailing adventure or a custom safari in Africa. ... more   less 

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