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“Big Bend Scenic Flight”
Review of Rio Aviation Inc.

Rio Aviation Inc.
Ranked #7 of 13 things to do 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.
Reviewed October 10, 2013

Wonderful early morning flight/tour over the western section of BBNP, BBRSP and the hidden gem called The Devil's Playground. The flight was much more than a sightseeing geology tour. Owner/pilot, Marcos Paredes gave us a people of Big Bend past and present tour. He had great tales and tidbits on the folks who had and those currently living down there...a tough but beautifully inspiring land.

Only downside is that our time in the air ended. We wish we could have stayed up in the sky all day!

Thank Jim M
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Reviewed September 23, 2013

What a gorgeous morning trip flying over the whole Big Bend area. One million acres of geology, river beds, arroyos and canyons laid out like a beautiful puzzle. Makes you realize borders are a silly convention.

Thank history101
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Reviewed September 22, 2013

Marcos was very knowledgable and a great pilot! The scenery was spectacular and the ride was a breeze! We enjoyed our anniversary trip to the Big Bend area and topped it off with a wonderful flight with Rio Aviation! Would recommend this for everyone! Until next time, Happy flying Marcos!

Thank Sheila D
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Reviewed September 14, 2013

Marcos took me straight to heaven with his little plane :-)
It was a great flight with a great pilot. We flew over the Big Bend NP and State Park. He explained everything in detail - area, history of mining, about the former ocean, St.Elena Canyon, etc.
The flight goes 1,5 hrs and the view is hilarious.

Thank HMR69
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Reviewed August 3, 2013

Love Marcos! What a nice man. The flight over the Lajitas/Terlingua/Big Bend area was an incredible way to put a well-rounded understanding into my head. From the ground (via car and horse), you can sort of see the evidence that this area is an ancient sea bed, but from the air, WOW, it is so obvious. The plateaus are so flat when you see them top down, and the "Bundt cake" formation is absolutely unforgettable......a must see from the air. Marcos' stories of the mines and miners in the area add a colorful history and reality to the beautiful landscape, but the lifestyles of those people is difficult to comprehend.

Not the least expensive activity but is a must if possible. I highly recommended.

Thank 373,931
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Marcos P, Owner at Rio Aviation Inc., responded to this reviewResponded August 6, 2013

Thanks for taking the time to submit a review. I know many of my customers check trip advisor before making their travel plans so I really appreciate it when I get good reviews like yours. Thanks again for flying with me.
Marcos P

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