OVERVIEW OF FOUR EARTH RIVER OWNED FUTALEUFU CAMPS

Camp Stats:

 

Nights: 7 nights; 8 days (Sat. - Sat.)

Access: Linked by rafts/river and hiking/biking/horse trails.

Combined area: 5 miles of private river front.


Brief Description: Four of the most exotic and diverse private river camps in the world. On multi-camp wilderness expeditions, camps are exclusive to 16 Earth River guests at a time. These remote properties are far from roads, cars, electricity, internet and cell service. We believe a vacation and a sound sleep should be synonymous. When the camps were designed we sited the sleeping dwellings far away from each other and from communnity gathering areas like campfires which allows our guests to drift off to the sound of the river and never be disturbed by people talking, music (guitar playing), barking dogs or early morning crowing roosters. Each camp combines comfortable amenities like river carved stone hot tubs with world class multi-sport activities , wonderful trails and striking man made and natural features in a wilderness setting. These spectacular camps are so diverse that one feels like they are on a different river and vacation every day. You can view these stunning properties in great detail by going to each camp individually on the camp spotlight menu.

"Earth River owns four stunning camps along the Futaleufu, which allows them to run the only top to bottom, multi-camp wilderness trip on the river.

- Rob Mcfarland, "Rafting rush in Patagonia" Escape Magazine



Amenities:



Hot tubs, cliff dwellings with beds & bedding, tree houses, cliffside dining areas, wooden sky bridges, riverside campfire areas, native stone shelter with fireplace, indoor dining when raining, hot showers, flush toilets and wonderful meals served with Chilean wine.

"Earth River's camps are about as plush as you can get and still call it camping."

- David Noland, "Travels Along the Edge"

Camp ethic:

Although amazing views abound from camp dining areas, cliff dwellings, tree houses and hot tubs, a tremendous amount of thought and energy was put into carefully hiding constructions to protect the wild nature of this irreplaceable river resource. You can float by our camps and never know they’re there.

"The creative power and ingenuity behind the camps was extraordinary. It´s not just the beautiful wooden structures and wooden bridges but how they enhance what nature put there."

- Dennis Thompson, Futaleufu guest

The challenge in creating the only multi-camp, wilderness river expedition in Patagonia. (A brief history)

When Earth River discovered the Futaleufu in 1991, the river presented a unique challenge; how to run a week long commercial rafting expedition that was too challenging for baggage boats? We decided to run a series of “day trips” relying on dirt road access points in order to return each evening to a centrally located, road accessible, comfortable “base camp” with amenities like running water, a hot tub, toilets and hot showers. These trips were successful but the lack of an access point in the wild upper canyon necessitated running half the river in a long, harried day. Purchasing the Cave Camp and Tree House Camp solved this problem. Soon, however, guests began mentioning how wonderful it would be It there were amenities like hot tubs, cliff dwellings and hot showers at these remote camps. To accomplish this, all the building materials had to be rowed through rapids down the river. A few years later, the Teminador Camp was added completing the first multi-camp, wilderness journey in Patagonia which we refer to as "The World's Wildest, Most Comfortable River Trip".

“Eric Hertz and Robert Currie have devoted their lives and their company’s resources to saving some of the world’s last great white-water, wilderness rivers.".
“The absolute mastery of Robert Currie guiding in the back of the raft made every element of the Futaleufu river seem heightened, perfected, colorized, almost virtual."
"Earth River is the premier river runner in the world. Their staff includes the finest guides to be found."
“Earth River is more than a great whitewater outfitter. Their contributions have made a real difference in our efforts to preserve some of the world's most beautiful rivers in Chile and Canada."
"I want to personally thank Earth River for helping us stop the hydro-electric projects on our land preventing the destruction of one of North America's last great wildernesses.
“I’ve rafted with Eric Hertz down some tough rivers—the Futaleufu in Chile, the Colca in Peru. He's one of the best in the business—obsessed with safety."