Earth River's trademark trip is Patagonia, Chile's Futaleufu having pioneered commercial rafting and multi-sport trips there. Since making the first ever raft descent in 1991, our trip has evolved from an intense, class 5 expedition, to a unique "Patagonia Experience" suitable for anyone from 6 to 80 with a spirit for adventure. Our four camps, exclusive to 16 guests at a time, allow us to run a unique, multi-camp, journey complete with riverside stone hot tubs, hot showers, cliffside dining, tree houses and cliff dwellings with beds. Each wilderness camp offers it's own unique set of adventure activities including; rock climbing, rappelling, kayaking, hiking, fly fishing, zip lining, mountain biking, horsback riding and canyoning. A gorgeous trail system allows hikers, fly fisherman, horseback riders, mountain bikers and experienced and novice rafters to all share a week in Patagonia like none other. We also offer a Futaleufu "base camp" trip that originates in Baroloche, Argentina and spends seven nights at the remote and spectacular Mapu Leufu Cliff Camp.
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Only a handful of people have made this extraordinarily diverse journey. It begins on a trail that once led to the Lost Incan City of Gold, and ends at soaring mountain-top Inca ruins. The river takes you from the silent, white crown of the Andes through the green tapestry and raucous symphony of the Amazon Jungle. The exotic sights and sounds along the river are astounding: palm tree-size ferns, massive cacti, giant otters, finger-size monkeys, blizzards of butterflies, and rainbow-colored flocks of Macaws.
This recently discovered whitewater gem has dozens of class 3 and 4 rapids, for paddle rafting and inflatable kayaking. Two of South America’s grandest marvels, the Pongo Mainique Canyon and Machu Picchu, are part of the itinerary. In terms of biological diversity, native culture and history, weather, scenery and whitewater, this Peruvian journey stands alone in the world of river-based adventure travel.
“The Earth River Futaleufu trip is an astonishment. There was an incredible variety to the week, the amazing camps, all different from one another, but all surprisingly and ingeniously comfortable—from the Arcadian, lost-Boys hideaway at Cave Camp, to the soaring views at the Cliff Camp, to the truly fantastical dwellings up in the canopy of the forest of the Tree House Camp—the food and hot tubs were great. The absolute mastery of Robert Currie guiding in the back of the raft-made every element of the river seem heightened, perfected, colorized, almost virtual. “
David Rakoff, author, Fu Fighters, Outside Magazine, October, 2003
“Earth River Expeditions is part white-water outfitter and part conservation group. 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. Earth River often partners in these endeavors with my environmental advocacy groups, Natural Resources Defense Council and Waterkeeper Alliance. I met Eric Hertz in 1988 when he almost single handedly stopped the James Bay II hydro-elelectric project which would have destroyed eight major rivers in Quebec.”
Robert Kennedy Jr., Bobby’s Adventure, Town and Country Magazine, March 2005
“I’ve been on nearly all the challenging, commercially run rivers in the world and I must say that Earth River and the Futaleufu stand out in my memory as the very best of the best. The scenery could not be grander, nor the water swifter, clearer or more pristine. The spectacular camps were superior, the food a camping gourmet’s delight and the river guides and their safety precautions of superb caliber. It was my good luck to select the Futaleufu and Earth River Expeditions for my “swan song” as a river runner.“
Fred Wiedemann, Co-founder Outward Bound, Veteran of nearly 50 outfitted trips
“For over 2 decades, Earth River has bought and helped conservation minded clients buy dozens of significant properties along Patagonia Chile’s Futaleufu River to keep them out of the hands of developers, land speculators and the hydro-electric company, insuring that the Futaleufu would not meet the same sad fate as the once world reknowned Bio Bio River to the north where a land speculator acquired all the land and flipped it to the power company for profit. This land conservation effort on the Futaleufu, consisting of a tremendous amount of company resources and countless volunteer hours, is nothing short of Herculean and represents the single largest river land trust endeavor ever initiated by a commercial outfitter. By joining an Earth River tour, you are providing direct financial support for Futaleufu land conservation and helping to prevent the dams planned for the river.”
Ronald G. Dodson, President of Audubon International and Chairman of International Sustainability Council
“Intrepid kayakers said the Futaleufu could not be rafted. But Eric Hertz, and his partner, the Chilean whitewater expert, Robert Currie, made an expeditionary first raft descent in 1991 and figured out how to safely navigate what today is one of the most intensive stretches of commercially run white-water in the world. They began buying the shoreline, including the river's most desirable campsites and have turned the Fu into an outstanding adventure destination for rafters and kayakers.”
New York Times, May 9, 2006
“Earth River Expeditions, pioneered rafting and multi-sport trips on the Futaleufu, making the first commercial raft trips in the winter of 1991 and has since established itself as one of the premier rafting companies in the world. It runs rafting expeditions on the world's wildest rivers, from the Primrose in the Yukon to the world's deepest canyon of the Colca in Peru to China's Great Bend of the Yangtze."
Paul Goldsmith, American Way Magazine, February 1991
“I've rafted with Eric down some tough rivers—the Futaleufu in Chile, the Colca in Peru. He's one of the best in the business—obsessed with safety. Coming to China was his idea. First thing tomorrow morning we plan to set out for the Shuiluo (scway-lo), a wild tributary of the Yangtze, or Jinsha, River whose 150-mile-length, locals say, has never been run before. Paralleling the border of Tibet and Burma, the Shuiluo carves a deep gorge through a series of 16,000-foot mountains.”
John Bowermaster, National Geographic Magazine, November, 1996