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Release of liability and assumption of risk BC

I have been informed and am aware that ADVENTURE TRAVEL CAN BE DANGEROUS and includes many risks and dangers, including, but not limited to, the hazards of traveling by raft, by air, on foot or by other unconventional means, accident or illness in remote places without medical facilities, dangers of wild animals, forces of nature, acts of God, extreme weather conditions, physical exertion for which I may not be prepared, and evacuation difficulties, should I be injured or disabled. I have been informed and am aware of these and other inherent risks of the proposed trip and I accept them and acknowledge that the enjoyment of adventuring beyond normal safety of home and work is in part of the reason for my participation in this trip.

In full recognition, and in consideration of being granted a reservation and acceptance for my participation in an adventure vacation under the auspices of EARTH RIVER EXPEDITIONS, its agents, associates, assigns, employees, officers, licenses, and successors in interest (hereafter EARTH RIVER), I herby agree as follows:

I HEREBY RELEASE, WAIVE, INDEMNIFY and AGREE NOT TO SUE EARTH RIVER for all or any liability to me, my personal representatives, heirs, assigns and next of kin, for any and all loses, damages or injuries or any claim or demand on account of any injury to my person or property, or on account of my death resulting from any cause, except in the case of gross negligence by EARTH RIVER or others, while I an participating in an EARTH RIVER expedition. I further agree that I will assume the risk and release EARTH RIVER, except in the case of gross negligence, of all liability for any injury or damage to my body or property or my death due to any negligent failure to obtain or administer appropriate rescue operations in the event of injury or mishap, including failure to obtain adequate medical services, to evacuate or to supply treatment, medicine, or trained rescue personnel.

I FURTHER AGREE that if I am injured or become ill, EARTH RIVER may, at my cost, arrange or supply medical treatment, evacuation or any other emergency services on my behalf as EARTH RIVER deems necessary or appropriate for my safety and well being.

I EXPRESSLY ACKNOWLEDGE and AGREE that ADVENTURE TRAVEL, INCLUDING THE EARTH RIVER TRIP IN WHICH I AM PARTICIPATING CAN BE DANGEROUS and involves serious and unpredictable risks of bodily injury, property damage and death and that I intend the foregoing waiver and release of EARTH RIVER to be as broad and inclusive as permitted by law; that I am not relying on any oral or written representations of EARTH RIVER regarding safety, and that I am entering this agreement of my own free will.

I HAVE READ AND AGREE to the policy on cancellations and refunds as stated under General Information elsewhere in the Earth River Expeditions catalog. I am aware that should I choose not to purchase insurance coverage as put forth under the “insurance” subhead of General Information, I will be liable for all costs in the case of cancellation, trip delays, damage or loss of baggage and medical emergency howsoever caused.

I FURTHER AGREE that any controversy or claim arising out of or relating to my participation in an Earth River Expeditions trip and/or this Agreement, or the making, performance or interpretation thereof, shall be settled by binding arbitration in Kingston, New York in accordance with the rules of the American Arbitration Association then existing, and judgment on the arbitration award may be entered in any court having jurisdiction over EARTH RIVER and the subject matter of the controversy.

I FURTHER AGREE that I will have no illegal drugs on my person in my possession when partaking in any part of any Earth River Expedition tour. I HAVE READ AND UNDERSTAND ALL OF THE TERMS OF THIS RELEASE OF LIABILITY AND ASSUMPTION OF RISK AND AGREE TO IT OF MY OWN FREE WILL AND WITHOUT RESERVATIONS.

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DATE: EXPEDITION: Futaleufu base camp" trip DATE: _________________________________________ SIGNATURE DATE 

Getting There BC

DAY 1: U.S. / BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA

Evening flight from the United States to Buenos Aires, Argentina.

DAY 2: BUENOS AIRES / BARILOCHE

This Morning you arrive in Buenos Aires and after going through customs, you take a taxi (on your own) to the National airport for you flight to Bariloche (allow approx. two hours in between airports depending upon traffic). A late morning flight from Buenos Aires gets you into Bariloche in the early afternoon. A 30 minute taxi (on your own) from the airport takes you to the lakeside Hotel (we will contact you with the name and address of the hotel a few months prior to your trip) where a room will be waiting on your name. The hotel overlooks beautiful Lake Nahuel Huapi. The afternoon is free to explore Bariloche. An Earth River representative will meet you in the hotel lobby at 7:00 PM for a welcome dinner.

NOTE: Please see itinerary for the rest of the days. 

Futaleufu Itinerary BC

DAY 1: U.S.

Participants take an evening flight (On their own) from the U.S. to Santiago, Chile.

DAY 2: Santiago / Puerto Montt / Puerto Varas

Arriving in Santiago this morning, we pass through customs and transfer upstairs (in the same airport) to our hour and a half flight south to Puerto Montt. We arrive in Puerto Montt in the late morning, walk outside and take a taxi to the Cumbres Puerto Varas Hotel in the gorgeous Chilean town of Puerto Varas where a room will be waiting in your name. With Mount Fuji, snow-capped, Vulcano Osorno, rising directly out of it, Puerto Varas is one of the most beautiful towns in all of South America. The afternoon is free to explore the town. In the early evening we meet the Earth River guide, Maria, in the hotel lobby and go out for a welcome dinner.

DAY 3: PUERTO VARAS / RIO FUTALEUFU / ESPOLON LODGE

After breakfast Maria escorts us to the commuter flight to Chaiten. The 45 minute flight is spectacular as we follow a rugged coastline of lush deep fiords that connect to wild rivers framed within a verdant rain forest to the snow line of the jagged Patagonia Andes. Just before landing we get a bird's eye of the still smoldering Chaiten Volcanoe which erupted in 2008 burying much of the town of Chaiten in cement-like ash. We board the van and drive past roaring turquoise rivers, hanging glaciers and deep blue lakes to our starting point on the Futaleufu. After a safety talk and flip drill we run a series of marvelous class 4 rapids including Mundoca, Wina and Tiburon. Two safety catarafts escort us down the river. In the afternoon, we take out and drive half an hour to beautiful 7 mile long Espolon Lake. A gorgeous fifteen minute ferry boat ride takes us deep into the Patagonia wilderness to the isolated Espolon Lodge. Situated in its own private valley, the lodge is ideally located between the upper and lower Futaleufu Canyons. This unique wilderness lodge, on the far side of eight mile long Lago Espolon, is only accessible by horseback or boat.  The lodge has a large wrap around deck and wooden hot tub with stunning lake and mountain views. Void of internet or phone service, electricity is generated by the lodge’s own mini turbine.  Within walking and boating distance of the lodge are half a dozen, adventure activities including; canyoning, sea kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, fishing, hiking and horseback riding. The view from the dining room, deck and wooden hot tub of the snow-capped mountains rising from the water is the type of view that people imagine when they think of Patagonia.

DAY 4: ESPOLON LODGE / MOUNTAIN BIKING / HORSEBACK RIDING / INFLATABLE KAYALIN / ESPOLON LODGE

This morning we ride horses and mountain bikes deep into the upper Espolon Valley. This is a rare glimpse into old world style Patagonia. Far from electricity, telephones and the modern world, the homesteads in this area have not changed in hundreds of years. The gorgeous 5 mile ride takes us along a crystal clear, green river and beneath towering snow-capped peaks. After an hour we reach our kayak put in on the class 2 upper Espolon River. We paddle down the beautiful, crystal clear, class 2 stream down to Espolon Lake. With the wind at our backs, we paddle another mile arriving at a vast expanse of white sand where our dinner where he have dinner on the beach; a traditional Chilean Asado (roasted lamb over a fire). Our evening is at the Espolon Lodge.

DAY 5: Espolon lodge / Lago Obsession / Espolon Lodge

This morning we transfer by ferry and a 15 minute drive to the Obsession Lake trail head. We hike two and one half hours steeply out of the Azul River valley through an enchanted forest of ancient hardwood trees, passing thousand foot walls and impressive waterfalls. The strenuous, 2,500 vertical foot hike takes us past beautiful waterfalls and breathtaking vistas of the turquoise Azul and Teal colored Futaleufu as they course through the rugged snow capped Sierra Nevada Range. We crest the ridge and arrive at stunning Lago Obsession. With its dramatic landscape of sculptured stone, snow and ice, this miniature, hanging blue lake is a masterwork of nature’s artistry and a rarely visited scenic highlight of Patagonia. Rarely does one find so much dramatic scenery in such a relatively small area. Shrouded in a vast expanse of old growth lingue trees and clinging to the canyon’s northern wall, the views in every direction from the stand up paddle board are astounding. Cut by the glacier, the intimate 10 acre body of water is like a giant bottomless swimming pool. There’s a surreal feeling from the deck of a stand up paddle board as the water suddenly goes from a few feet to an over one hundred deep blue abyss. The lake is surrounded by native old growth forest on 3 sides. A dramatic 2,500 vertical foot partially ice-enshrouded granite tooth is on the fourth. Cut by the glacier, in a wind free bowl, the glass-smooth water often reflects a perfect mirror image of the other worldly landscape. Condors can often be seen soaring in the updrafts. Later in the afternoon, we hike back down and transfer to the Espolon Lodge for the evening. NOTE: Optional day’s activity: For those people not wishing to make the strenuous hike up to Obsession Lake there will be a gorgeous horseback trip up the turquoise Rio Azul Valley.

DAY 6: ESPOLON LODGE / INFLATABLE KAYAKING CLASS II/III ESPOLON RIVER / Uman lodge

A spectacular hike this morning, along the mile long Espolon cataract as it spills from the lake, takes us to our inflatable kayak put-in on the lower Espolon River where we spend the next three hours running the class 2-3 rapids down to the 1,000 acre Uman Lodge property and a gorgeous beach at the confluence of the Espolon and Futalefu Rivers. (Note: Clients who prefer not to go in individual kayaks have the option of paddling in a small raft.) A 10 minute hike takes us up to the hand-crafted wooden cliff-side lodge which sits on a sheer precipice 500 feet above the upper Futaleufu Valley. This lodge is among the most dramatic to be found anywhere in Patagonia, or for that matter, in all of South America. The 180 degree view of the upper Futaleufu Valley and surrounding snow-capped mountains from the expansive deck, hot tub and infinity pool is other worldly. The massive 30 foot picture widows in the dining room and great room, almost gives one the feeling of being outside. A ‘Room with a View” is perhaps the best way to describe this unique one of a kind lodge.

DAY 7: ESPOLON LODGE / Futaleufu rafting / UMAN LODGE

Today, *depending upon water levels, we run the class 5 Infierno Canyon, with four major Rapids; Infierno, Purgatorio, Danza De Los Angels and Escala De Jacoba. We then spend the next hour running some class 3+ rapids down to spectacular class 5 -6 Zeta Rapid. Here the river flows through a narrow Z-shaped flume cut into solid granite. On the cliff just below the Zeta is a 10 to 42 foot high cliff jump into the aerated blue pool below the rapid. The aerated water cushions the impact by nearly half. Lunch is served on smooth ledges at Zeta. In the afternoon we raft a series of wonderful class 4 including; Isla, Caos, Wild Mile and Casa Salvaje (Wild Thing). Below the last rapid, we pull over and a half hour drive takes us back to the Uman Lodge for the evening. *Note: If the water’s too high, we will drive around inferno Canyon and put in below. *Option: Class 4 participants have the option of hiking on a trail around short sections of the bigger rapids. Often people who chose to walk around Inferno Canyon earlier in the trip feel more comfortable and run many of the large rapids today. This decision, however, is always left up to the guides.

DAY 8: Uman LODGE /Inflatable kayaking Rio Azul /  Rio Blanco Canyoning / UMAN LODGE

This morning we take a ten minute drive to our inflatable kayak put in the class, 3, turquoise Azul river. We are now well trained in kayaks and spend the next hour negotiating wonderful class 3 rapids on the Azul down to the confluence with the Futaleufu. (a small raft is available for those not wanting to kayak). From there we board the rafts and spend the next hour rafting some fun class 3+ - 4 rapids down to the confluence with the Rio Blanco slot canyon.  After a safety briefing, we begin a remarkable journey through this hidden cleft in the Patagonia Andes. Hiking, climbing, swimming and rappelling is the only way to traverse this incredible natural labyrinth of white boulders, clear azure pools and stunning waterfalls. Lunch will be at the base of one of the falls.  When we exit the canyon, we board the rafts and run some of the most exhilarating rapids on the trip including; Terminador, Kyburz Pass and Himilayays (with the biggest waves on the river). A short drive and boat ride take us out to the Espolon Lodge for the evening.

DAY 9: espolon lodge / Rio futaleufu rafting /  Yelcho lodge 

Today we run a dozen major rapids including; Puente Colgante, Alfombra Majica, El Cojin, Toro, Mundoca, Wina and Tiburon, among others. We end the day with two big class 5 rapids (optional) Mas O Menus and Casa Piedra. After the last rapid the canyon boasts some of its most impressive scenery with grand vistas of towering mountains and glaciers.  In the early afternoon we take out, board the bus with the trip leader and drive 1 hour to the Yelcho Patagonia Lodge. The Lodge rests within thousands of private acres on the edge of a gorgeous lake framed within snow-capped peaks. The resort has a mile of wild lake front property and numerous hiking trails. We spend the night at the lodge or in comfortable cabins. That night we have a farewell dinner.

DAY 10: Yelcho lodge / Chaiten / Puerto Montt / santiago

After breakfast we board the van for the 1 hour drive to the Chaiten airport. We board the plane for the flight back to Puerto Montt. Upon landing we meet the Earth River Guide, who helps us transfer to the main airport to catch our domestic flight to Santiago and then our international flight back home.This morning we drive 3 hours to the Chaiten Airport where we board the commuter flight to Puerto Montt. In Puerto Montt, we transfer to our flight to Santiago and then on to the U.S..

DAY 11: YELCHO LODGE / CHAITEN / PUERTO MONTT / SANTIAGO

This morning we arrive in the United States and transfer to our connecting flights.

 

Futaleufu Gear and clothing list BC

Please make sure you bring the following things. The bold faced items are mandatory especially the layers of synthetic clothing and paddle jacket. If you have any questions call our office. If you don’t already have a local supplier for purchasing your river gear, we recommend Northwest River Supplies. You can call them at 1-800-635-5202. Remember, don't purchase anything that is not on the following list. You can also find these items at www.nrsweb.com . 

[ ] *waterproof paddle jacket (mens #25811) (womans #25802)

[ ] 3 quick drying synthetic shirts (also known as Synchilla, fleece, pile, polypro or Capilene. ) (1 Wave light #2551) & 2 expedition weight long sleeve shirts

[ ] *river shoes (important)

[ ] baseball type cap to fit under a helmet

[ ] water bottle with locking carabineer attachment for clipping into boat. Note: Carbineer must lock so that if a boat flips there is no way to get hooked on the carabineer. Do not bring non-locking carabineers.

[ ] lightweight hiking boots/shoes (For Obsession Lake hike)

[ ] *sun glasses with neck strap

[ ] flashlight 

[ ] good quality rain jacket with hood (Paddle jacket will suffice)

[ ] 1 synthetic pants (Synchilla, fleece, pile or polypro)

[ ] 4 pairs of underpants

[ ] 3 socks (2 pair synthetic quick drying)

[ ] 2 additional pairs of cotton socks

[ ] medium weight jacket

[ ] 2 short sleeved shirts

[ ] long pants

[ ] 2 shorts (synthetic and quick drying)

[ ] long sleeved shirt (light colored to reflect sun)

[ ] long sleeved shirt

[ ] bathing suit

[ ] toilet kit

[ ] small quick drying towel

[ ] sunscreen (strong)

       

  • *River shoes: River shoes should stick to wet rocks (especially for canyoning at the Mapu Leufu Camp) , not come off in a strong current and should protect your toes. The water on the river is not that cold (60 degrees) so you do not need wetsuit booties unless you’re feet easily get cold. River sandals are fine around camp but are not suitable river shoes because they do not protect your feet and are difficult to swim in if you unexpectedly end up in the water. We are strongly recommending the Five-Ten “water tennie” model shoes ($90). They will work well on the rafts and most importantly for the canyoning up the Rio Blanco slot canyon where without them the wet slippery rocks can be dangerous. The Water Tennie has a patented stealth bottom sole and are the only shoe that will stick to wet rocks, period! They are also an excellent shoe that you will find multiple uses for when you return back home. Five-ten is the only company that uses “Stealth” soles which are designed to stick to wet rocks. There is no other water shoes on the market that stick nearly as well to wet rocks. You can find a store that sells them by going to www.fiveten.com . If you can not find a store that handles them they can be purchased directly from the company by going to their website. Note: If you are planning on canyoneering through the Rio Blanco Slot Canyon, it is imperative that you wear Five Ten shoes with “Stealth” soles. Without them you are risking slipping and injury.
    NOTE: Women water Tennies do not come in small sizes.  If they do not have your size, women can substitute the Water Tennie for the Five-Ten Woman's Guide Shoe. 

  • *Paddle jacket: It is mandatory to have a waterproof paddle jacket on the river. This will keep you warm and relatively dry and is worn over your synthetic shirts, which are worn over the sleeveless farmer John wetsuits that Earth River supplies. 

  • *Rain jacket: A good paddle jacket will not adequately substitute for a rain jacket because they often don’t breath and do not have a hood. Therefore, you may want to bring a rain jacket in case it rains. Ponchos are clumsy and are not adequate.

  • *Paddle pants: It is important to have high quality paddle pants or rain pants so that when you are hiking or riding horses the water does not run down your paddle jacket or rain jacket and soak your pants. You will be wearing an ankle length wet suit on the river so the dry pants will only be used for hiking and riding. Waterproof paddle pants can be purchased at Northwest River Supplies and will protect the lower half of your body. Rain pants are more than adequate.

  • *Soap and Shampoo: Because you will be washing primarily in showers (5 out of 6 night on the river) any soap or shampoo are fine. If you plan on bathing in the river you may only use Dr. Bronner's natural soap which can be purchased at health food stores. It is made from natural ingredients and does not pollute. Note: You will be limited to 45 pounds for the expedition.

 

"EARTH RIVER PROVIDES:

Custom made, professionally shot and edited video of your trip. 

self-bailing raft

Satellite phone

first aid kit

horses

Wetsuit

Masseuse: (2 nights at Uman Lodge) (optional - separate charge)

 

OPTIONAL:

[ ] quick drying synthetic pants 

[ ] personal medication

[ ] sandals

[ ] breakdown fishing pole

[ ] camera, film, and soft waterproof case (no metal ammo cans)

[ ] binoculars

[ ] book

[ ] journal and pen

[ ] lightweight bicycle gloves (for paddling)

[ ] pocketknife

[ ] tampons, lip protection, other personal needs

[ ] small pocket size Spanish/English dictionary

*IMPORTANT NOTE:

Each season a few people (approx. 2 %) end up in Chile without their belongings. By the time they receive them from the air carrier, often the trip is nearly over. Because this is a real possibility we highly recommend the following steps to protect yourself. Pack all necessary river gear (fleece, paddle jacket, river shoes, hat, sun glasses, bathing suit, etc.) into the largest legal carry on bag you can find and don’t check it. Pack everything else in a regular suitcase. This way if you become separated from you checked bag you will have the most important things for the river as well as the clothes on your back for camp. A couple of year we started recommending this packing plan to our clients. Since then we have averaged about 6 people a season who arrived without their checked bags. In each case they had packed their river gear in carryons and all were able to complete the trip with little discomfort.

Futaleufu General Information

CANCELLATION INSURANCE:

Many of our Futaleufu trips fill up and it is often difficult to fill a spot that is left vacant by a cancellation, especially at the last minute. If there is any chance you may have to cancel your trip, you must purchase travel insurance for your protection. Insurance will cover every aspect of your trip including: your deposit, lost baggage and unforeseeable medical emergencies and evacuation. It will also cover additional transportation costs in case you have to be caught up to the expedition due to delays with your international flight. Travel insurance information and an application form can be found under the Travel insurance information heading on the Futaleufu general information section of the hidden link section of the site. Any questions concerning trip insurance please call their office at 1-800-243-3174. Important note:

NOTE: Completed travel insurance applications should be sent to: Travel Insured International, 52-S Oakland Avenue, P.O. Box 280568, East Hartford, CT, 06128-0568.

GETTING THERE:

YOUR RESPONSIBILITY: International flight from your country to Buenos Aires, Argentina. Transfer by taxi from international airport to National airport (2 hrs.) Flight south to Bariloche (1.8 hrs.). Take taxi to hotel in Bariloche (1/2 hr.) EARTH RIVER'S RESPONSIBILITY: Bus to river & two border crossings (7 hrs.) Note: 75% of road is paved. WHAT’S INCLUDED:

Overnight stay at lake front Hotel in Bariloche, meals, (wine & beer with dinner), guides, instruction, use of a kayak or raft and other equipment required for your described trip. Note: Occasionally on small trips a masseuse or videographer will not be present. Because this is a possibility it is important for people to bring their own cameras if they want a guaranteed record of the trip.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Name and address of Bariloche hotel will be sent to you a few months before trip departure.

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED:

International airfare to Buenos Aires, R/T taxi from international airport to national airport, inner country air to Bariloche, taxi from Airport to lake side hotel and other travel related expenses such as, but not limited to: add. hotel expenses, *country entry reciprocity tax, insurance, visas, passports, medical costs, airport taxes or other transportation costs resulting from a deviation from our itinerary are not included. End of trip gratuities to the guides are also not included as well as professionally shot trip DVD and masseuse. If you are delayed for any reason (missed flight) and unable to reach Bariloche by the set meeting time causing you to miss the land transportation to the river, we can catch you up but you will be responsible for the cost of the taxi from Bariloche to the Chilean border near Futaleufu and and all meals up to the point you are met by an Earth River representative at the border. In case you are delayed, the Earth River office will help you catch up and make arrangements to have someone meet you at the border when you arrive. (1-800-643-2784 or 845-626-2165).

Note: Trip masseuse and trip video are also separate charges. The professionally shot trip video is $185 and the masseuse is $45 an hour. Important Note: The Argentina Government is now requiring that travelers pay the $160 reciprocity country entry tax on line, from the U.S., before you arrive in Argentina.

AIR TRANSPORTATION: Airfare from the US to Bariloche, Argentina is not included in the trip price and must be arranged independently. Flights from the U.S. to Buenos Aires range from $1,200 to $1,800 depending upon the time of year, availability and departure city. The portion of the ticket from Buenos Aires to Bariloche is generally between $600 and $700. (When booking your flight you will need to arrive in Bariloche anytime on day 2 (remember to leave a minimum of two hours to travel between the international and national airports in Buenos Aires.) On the return (at the end of the trip) you will be back in Bariloche by 4:00 PM so book your flight back to back to Buenos Aire at the latest possible time that ensures you can catch your flight back to the U.S. from the international airport . You will need at least four hours between your arrival time at the national airport in Buenos Aires and your departure flight back to the U.S. from the international airport due to the minimum 2 hour commute between the nation and international airports.

*Important note: If you are delayed on your international flight and unable to make the national flight on the planned arrival day, you will still be able to do the trip but you may have to overnight in Buenos Aires. The Earth River office will advise you how to catch up to the trip on your own. You will be responsible for any additional expenses incurred. Remember, travelers insurance should cover the additional expenses due to a delay in flights.

NOTE: It may be possible to fly back to Buenos Aires at the end of the trip from Esquel, Argentina which would save four hours of driving. The Esqel flights are once a day, three or four days a week. This is a worthwhile option if it fits your schedule (possibly by spending an additional night in Esquel and then flying to Buenos Aires the following day) Please beware, however, that there is only one flights per day and that they are often canceled with the airlines switching the passengers over to the flight out of Bariloche. Bariloche is certainly the sefest bet due to the fact that there are multiple flights leaving for Buenos Aire every day.

IMPORTANT NOTE: As soon as you have secured your flights down to Buenos Aires and connecting flight to Bariloche, please e-mail this information down to Earth River’s  office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. so we know your schedule. The e- mail should include; Futaleufu trip date, date leaving US, flight # and arrival time into Bariloche as well as the flight # and departure time leaving Bariloche at the end of the trip. Remember you must arrive in Bariloche any time on day 2 and should book your flight out of Bariloche at the trip’s conclusion after 4:00 PM. If you’re arriving in Bariloche early before the trip begins, you must e-mail our Santiago office the name and phone number of the hotel you’re staying at so we can contact you in case of any changes or delays.

MEETING PLACE AND TIME:

When you arive at the Bariloche Airport, get your luggage, go outside and take a taxi to the lake side Hotel where a room will be waiting in your name. The Earth River guide will be meeting the group in the hotel lobby at 7:00 PM . The group will then go out for a welcome dinner in town. IMPORTANT NOTE: Name and address of Bariloche hotel will be sent to you a few months before trip departure.

ACCOMODATIONS:

The first night of your trip with us will be at a comfortable lakeside hotel near the city of Bariloche. The seven river nights will be at the spectacular Mapu Leufu Cliff Camp. This gorgeous property has a 5 mile river view and includea a hot tubs, flush toilets, hot showers and a private, manuel cable car crossing accessing miles of biking and hikng trails on the other side of the river. Participants will be sleeping in hand hewn wooden cliff dwellings* with beds. When the camp was designed we sited the cliff 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 outside noise. A professional masseuse accompanies most trips and a cook with the help of the guides prepare the meals.

*Important Reminder: * Due to the relatively dry summer weather on the Futaleufu, it is important that no one urinates near the cliff dwellings or tree houses or off their decks. Pee buckets (like the old hotels used) are supplied at each cliff dwelling and are emptied each day by our camp workers.

CONDITIONING:

Although paddling and other multi-sport activities you will be partaking in on this trip are as demanding as you choose to make them, Being fit will improve the quality of your experience. Even people not running any of the big rapids should be in relatively good shape.

EXPERIENCE * Because half a day is dedicated to raft training, it is not necessary to have any previous whitewater experience. All the big rapids are optional as well. We have had many first time rafters paddle the entire Futaleufu (a number of articles on web site were written by first time rafters), but this is up to the guides and the individual. *Note: Anyone not wishing to do any planned activity will have the option of doing something else. *Note: Because Earth River can not screen the paddling ability and physical condition of participants prior to the expedition, the guides will ultimately decide who paddles and where. We ask you to respect their professional opinion not only for your own safety, but also for the safety of others. The results of your flip drill and swim test will help the guides with this determination.

PASSPORTS:

You will need a current passport for traveling in Argentina and Chile. You do not need a special visa for Chile or Argentina. If you plan on visiting Brazil, a visa must be secured before leaving the USA. If you are planning a side excursion and renting a car, you should consider acquiring an International Drivers License. The Automobile Club of America (800-222-4357) issues them for a nominal fee. It takes about one month to receive your license by mail.

ADDITIONAL TRAVEL WITHIN CHILE AND ARGENTINA:

If you have an additional week we highly recommend combining the Futaleufu with a spectacular trip to Torres Del Paine national Park. If you have less then a week there are a number of excellent possibilities for side trips through the Chilean or Agentine Lake Dostricts. For help in arranging an extension trip contact the Earth River office.

FINAL PAYMENT:

The final trip balance is due 75 days prior to the trip’s departure. Those people who paid their deposit with a credit card will be automatically billed for the balance on the card we have on file unless you call the office 75 days before the trip’s departure with another credit card or send in a personal check. If you would like the final payment handled another way please call our office.

SINGLE SUPPLIMENT FOR SOLO TRAVELERS:

There is no single suppliment fee unless you specifically request a single room at the hotel in Bariloche hotel the first night. If you request a single room for the first night the fee will be $150. We will attempt to pair you up with someone of the same sex. If this is not possible (by an odd number of clients) and you end up with a single room without specifically requesting it, there will not be an additional charge. Depending upon the number of single travelers and the number of people on the trip, it may be possible for single travelers to end up with a private cliff dwelling for most of the river nights but this will depend entirely on the size of the trip. If there is no one of the same sex to place you with it is possible to end up with an individual cliff dwelling and you will not be charged. On smaller trips, solo travelers have a better chance of securing a private dwelling.

GEAR:

Earth River provides sleeping bags, flannel sleeping sheet liners, pillows, thick sleeping pads and wetsuits. For a list of all additional gear you will need to bring for the expedition please see the gear list.

RECIPROCITY TAX:

Please be aware that upon entering Argentina, U.S. citizens will be required to pay a reciprocity tax of $160 (credit cards and U.S. dollars are accepted). This fee must be paid on line before leaving the United States and can not be done when you arrive in Argentina. This is in addition to the airport departure tax of $18 you will be charged upon leaving the country.

ADDITIONAL MONEY:

Generally, $600 per person will be adequate for the reciprocity tax, any shopping, airport taxes, and river guide tips. The DVD can be paid for back in the U.S. when you return. If you are planning a side excursion you will want to bring considerably more. Remember, Chile is not inexpensive and most things are similarly priced to the U.S. Car rentals and gasoline are considerably higher while public transportation much lower. You will be able to exchange money at the airport when you arrive in Santiago or at the airport in Bariloche. The exchange rate at the airport is similar to what you will find at a bank, and much more convenient (banks often have long lines).

GRATUITIES

Gratuities for the guides and help are not included. If you think the guides and help have done an outstanding job, 8 percent (approx. $250) of the expedition cost per person is considered a generous tip. Usually a member of the group will collect the tip and hand it to the trip leader (head guide) who will distribute it evenly among the guides and employees.

*IMPORTANT PACKING TIP: Each season a few people (approx. 2 %) end up in Argentina without their belongings. By the time they receive them from the airline, often the trip is nearly over. Because this is a real possibility we highly recommend the following steps to protect yourself. Pack all necessary river gear (fleece, paddle jacket, river shoes, hat, sun glasses, bathing suit, etc.) into the largest legal carry on bag you can find and don’t check it. Pack everything else in a regular suitcase. This way if you become separated from you checked bag you will have the most important things for the river as well as the clothes on your back for camp.

GEAR STORAGE:

Because space and weight are limited, you will be allowed up to 35 pounds of gear and clothing for the trip. Any additional things needed for extension trips and the personal bag you flew down with can be left with the Earth River representative and safely stored until you return to the airport at the end of the trip. Remember unless you’re spending additional time in Chile before or after the expedition, pack only what’s on the Earth River gear list. Once you reach the river, we can collect your passports and other valuables and safely store them until the end of the river portion of the trip. NOTE: Upon your return to Bariloche at the trip’s conclusion, your extra bags that were left will be waiting for you at the airport with the Earth River representative.

WEATHER:

The Futaleufu is in Northern Patagonia and although December, January, February, March and April are mild months, the weather can vary from sunny in the low to mid eighties (on occasion even nineties), to rainy in the sixties and even fifties. The nights are generally in the low fifties but can go into the forties and on occasion upper thirties. You will definitely get wet from running the rapids or possibly rain and although the river water is 60 degrees, all participants must have on either a wetsuit or dry suit (We will supply you with a sleeveless, farmer John wetsuit.). You must also have high quality paddle gear and a good rain jacket with a hood. is not a bad idea in case it rains (see gear list). The camps have hot tubs and excellent shelter in case of rain. Note: It is not possible to get an accurate current or future picture of the weather for the Futaleufu area via the internet. Often what you will be seeing is the weather for the Puerto Montt area, which is far cooler and wetter. IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT YOU BRING ALL THE WARMS THINGS INCLUDED IN THE PACKING LIST IN CASE WE HAVE SOME COLD WEATHER WHEN YOU ?RE DOWN THERE.

HEALTH INFORMATION:

There are no required shots or health precautions that you need to take when traveling in Chile with the exception of a current tetanus booster, which is a good idea for any international travel. Although the water in the cities is generally safe to drink, we recommend that you drink either bottled water or soft drinks during the land portions of the trip. We boil the drinking water on the river. If you should need medical attention, there are modern clinics and hospitals throughout the country.

EMERGENCIES:

We carry a satellite phone and a vehicle can get someone to a modern hospital in Esquel within two hours from the Mapu Leufu Camp. On the more remote sections of the river a helicopter may need to be called.

EMERGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION:

In case there is an emergency at home while you are away the following phone number should be given to a relative or friend: 845-626-2165 or 845-626-4361. The person should ask for Troy or Eric. In most cases we will be able to get important Information to you within a few hours. Remember, these numbers should only be used in case of an emergency. If you have a problem with a delayed flight while still in the U.S. contact Troy or Eric at the above number. Once you arrive in Argentina if you have any problems you should call the Earth River numbers listed above. 

General Sign Up Information BC

What's Included?

The Futaleufu base camp trip prices include: Night at a lakeside hotel in Bariloche, Argentina, ground transportation from resort to the river and back to Bariloche Airport, shuttles, meals, guides, instruction and equipment required for the described trip. Earth River transports you from the hotel to the river at the start of the trip and back to Bariloche Airport at the trip’s conclusion.

What's Not Included?

International air to Buenos Aires, country taxes, taxi between international and national airports in Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires to Bariloche flight, taxi from Bariloche Airport to lake front hotel, trip masseuse, trip DVD and other travel related expenses such as, but not limited to: add. hotel expenses, entry fees, insurance, visas, passports, medical costs, airport taxes or other transportation costs resulting from a deviation from our itinerary are not included. End of trip gratuities to the guides are also not included. If you are delayed for any reason (missed flight) and unable to reach Puerto Montt by the set meeting time when the charter flight leaves, you will be responsible for any extra hotels and meals as well as the commuter flight the following day and ground transportation necessary to catch you up to the trip (an Earth River agent will help you arrange these things). Trip insurance will cover these additional expenses. If there's any chance you may have to cancel your trip it is imperitive that you purchase trip insurance to protect yourself.

Securing space:

To secure trip space, an initial deposit of $600 per person is required. You can make this payment by credit card (Visa or Master Card) or by personable check payable to Earth River Expeditions. Please note that travel insurance to protect you fliught and expedition is manditory on all Ftualeufu trips. If you are paying by credit card please include the credit card information on the reservation form you send in to the Earth River office. This "hidden" link area includes all the general information you need for the trip including a gear and clothing list, inner country flight information and other general trip information. Please use the regular postal service to send the original registration form, medical form, terms and responsibility release and liability release (180 Towpath Road, Accord, New York 12404). We will need these forms back as soon as possible to process your reservation. 90 days prior to the trip’s departure your card will automatically be charged 50% of the remaining balance. The remainder of the balance will be charged to your card 50 days prior to the trip's departure.

If you are paying by personal check, the deposit, registration form, medical form and releases should be signed and filled out and send by regular by mail back to our office (180 Towpath Road, Accord, New York 12404) Once we receive the forms and deposit, you will be sent out an e-mail confirmation with instructions to a hidden area on our web site for people who have signed up for the trip. This link will include all the general information you need for the trip including a gear and clothing list, inner country flight information and other general trip information. 50% of the Balance of the remaining balance must be sent into the Earth River office 90 days prior to the trip's departure. The remaining balance must be sent into the Earth River office within 50 days of the trip's departure.

Futaleufu Letter BC

Dear Futaleufu trip Participant:

Thank you for choosing Earth River's Futaleufu base camp trip, based out of the remote and spectacular Mapu Leufu Cliff Camp. Perched on a 100 foot bluff, overlooking miles of the turquoise river, your home base for the week is truly one of the most enchanting river camps in the world. This camp includes 2 miles of private shoreline and is accessed by a beautiful 20 minute hike along a clear side stream with waterfalls and deep pools.

Every effort will be made to make your trip a safe and enjoyable experience. This hidden link section of the web site was designed to help you prepare for your trip. Enclosed you will find information on equipment, weather, travel and other necessary information. Please read it carefully. If you have any further questions please contact our office.

This Futaleufu "base camp" trip takes place during our winter and passengers should make sure that they remain in good physical condition. This trip is an “active” vacation, as you will be paddling rafts and inflatable kayaks, canyoning, riding horses, hiking and mountain biking. Even if you choose not to do the activities offered, you should still be reasonably fit.

As soon as you have secured your flights down to Buenos Aires and connecting flight to Bariloche, please e-mail this information down to Earth River’s Santiago office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.m  so we know your schedule. The e-mail should include; Futaleufu trip date leaving US, flight # and arrival time into Bariloche, as well as the flight # and departure time leaving Bariloche at the end of the trip. Remember you should plan to arrive in Bariloche by 6:00 PM on the arrival date in order to make the welcome dinner and should book your flight out of Bariloche at the trip’s conclusion after 5:30 PM.

Sincerely;

Eric Hertz
President

Important Note: The Argentina Government is now requiring that travelers pay the $160 reciprocity country entry tax on line, from the U.S., before you arrive in Argentina.

Getting There

Through Chile:

DAY 1: UNITED STATES

Participants take an evening flight (On their own) from the U.S. to Santiago, Chile. Note: For information on joining the trip through Argentina, please see the "Getting there" section of the site. If you have any questions about the differences between the two options contact our office.

DAY 2: SANTIAGO, CHILE / PUERTO VARAS

Arriving in Santiago this morning, we pass through customs and transfer upstairs (in the same airport) to out hour and a half flight sough to Puerto Montt. We arrive in Puerto Montt in the late morning, walk outside and take a taxi to the Cumbres Patagonicas Hotel in the gorgeous Chilean town of Puerto Varas where a room will be waiting in your name. Situated on a spectacular lake, with a Mount Fuji like, snow-capped volcanoe rising directly out of it, Puerto Varas is one of the most beautiful towns in Chile. The afternoon is free to explore the town. In the early evening we meet the Earth River guide, Maria, in the hotel lobby and go out for a welcome dinner.

Note: It is simpler, faster and less expensive to meet the trip through Chile but if you are already planning to be in Buenos Aires then meeting us through Argentina probably makes the most sense.

Argentina option:

DAY 1: U.S. / BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA

Evening flight from the United States to Buenos Aires, Argentina

DAY 2: BUENOS AIRES / BARILOCHE / ESQUEL

This Morning you arrive in Buenos Aires and tranfer by taxi ($40) to the national airport. (A minimum of two hours should be left for this transfer). A late morning flight from Buenos Aires gets you into Bariloche in the early afternoon. A short taxi ride (on your own) takes you to the Bariloche Bus station where you board a comfortable coach bus to ther town of Esquel (5 hours). In Esquel, you hire a taxi for the 1 hour drive to the border. taxi from Bariloche to the border costs $250 - $300 and makes economic sense for two or three people traveling together. The first hour of the ride takes you past a series of beautiful mountain lakes. Leaving the mountains, you enter the wild and desolate Patagonian Steppe, a dry landscape made famous by Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid who fled to this region in the 1800’s. With the Andes off in the distance to the west, you reach the border in the late afternoon. After passing through the Argentina and Chile borders, you are met by an Earth River representative and vehicle. Crossing into Chile, the landscape dramatically changes from the barren Argentina pampas to the lush mountains of the Futaleufu Valley. We reach the Terminador Camp trailhead in the afternoon and meet the rest of the group who have come in through Chile. (See Futaleufu Itinerary)

Note: The logistics for meeting the trip via Argentina can be explained in better detail by the Earth River office. Earth River will also credit you a $200 per person refund to help offset the hotels, buses and food for your arrival and departure.

Travel Times Bariloche to Futaleufu River: 9 hours, Taxi Buenos Aires international airport to National airport: (leave 3 hrs.) Buenos Aires to Bariloche (flight): 2 hours Bariloche to Esquel (bus): 5 hours Esquel to border (taxi): 1 hour2 Border crossings: (taxi)1 hour Border to Futaleufu River (Earth River Van): 1 hour

Cost:

Reciprocity tax: $160 (note: must be payed on line before arriving in Argentina.),Taxi between International & National Airports in Buenos Aires: $80. R/T Flight from Buenos Aires to Bariloche: $675. Taxi from Bariloche to border: $500 or bus from Bariloche to Esquel & taxi Esquel to border $75. (Minus $200 Earth River stipend)

Futaleufu itinerary

DAY 1: UNITED STATES

Participants take an evening flight (On their own) from the U.S. to Santiago, Chile.

NOTE: For those people unable to take an extra day off and leave for the trip on Thursday evening you can easily join the trip by leaving on Friday evening as long as you arrive into Puerto Montt by 10:30 AM on Saturday.

Note: For information on joining the trip through Argentina, please see the "Getting there" section of the site. If you have any questions about the differences between the two country traveling options contact our office.

DAY 2: SANTIAGO, CHILE / PUERTO VARAS

Arriving in Santiago this morning, we pass through customs and transfer upstairs (in the same airport) to our hour and a half flight south to Puerto Montt. We arrive in Puerto Montt in the late morning, walk outside and take a taxi to the Cumbres Puerto Varas Hotel in the gorgeous Chilean town of Puerto Varas where a room will be waiting in your name. With Mount Fuji, snow-capped, Vulcano Osorno, rising directly out of it, Puerto Varas is one of the most beautiful towns in all of South America. The afternoon is free to explore the town. In the early evening we meet the Earth River guide, Maria, in the hotel lobby and go out for a welcome dinner.

DAY 3: PUERTO VARAS / RIO FUTALEUFU / ESPOLON LODGE

After breakfast Maria escorts us to the commuter flight to Chaiten. The 45 minute flight is spectacular as we follow a rugged coastline of lush deep fiords that connect to wild rivers framed within a verdant rain forest to the snow line of the jagged Patagonia Andes. Just before landing we get a bird's eye of the still smoldering Chaiten Volcanoe which erupted in 2008 burying much of the town of Chaiten in cement-like ash. We board the van and drive past roaring turquoise rivers, hanging glaciers and deep blue lakes to our starting point on the Futaleufu. After a safety talk and flip drill we run a series of marvelous class 4 rapids including Mundoca, Wina and Tiburon. Two safety catarafts escort us down the river. In the afternoon, we take out and drive half an hour to beautiful 7 mile long Espolon Lake. A gorgeous 30 minute ferry boat ride takes us deep into the Patagonia wilderness to the isolated Espolon Lodge. Situated in its own private valley, the lodge is ideally located between the upper and lower Futaleufu Canyons. This unique wilderness lodge, on the far side of eight mile long Lago Espolon, is only accessible by horseback or boat.  The lodge has a large wrap around deck and wooden hot tub with stunning lake and mountain views. Void of internet or phone service, electricity is generated by the lodge’s own mini turbine.  Within walking and boating distance of the lodge are half a dozen, adventure activities including; canyoning, sea kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, fishing, hiking and horseback riding. The view from the dining room, deck and wooden hot tub of the snow-capped mountains rising from the water is the type of view that people imagine when they think of Patagonia.
Note: If you're arriving through Buenos Aires, Argentina you will need to transfer between the international and national airport (leave 3 hours) for the flight south to Baraloche. (See "Getting there" section of site for details.)

DAY 4: ESPOLON LODGE / MOUNTAIN BIKING . HORSEBACK RIDING / INFLATABLE KAYAKING / ESPOLON LODGE 

This morning we ride horses and mountain bikes deep into the upper Espolon Valley. This is a rare glimpse into old world style Patagonia. Far from electricity, telephones and the modern world, the homesteads in this area have not changed in hundreds of years. The gorgeous 5 mile ride takes us along a crystal clear, green river and beneath towering snow-capped peaks. After an hour we reach our kayak put in on the class 2 upper Espolon River. We paddle down the beautiful, crystal clear, class 2 stream down to Espolon Lake. With the wind at our backs, we paddle another mile arriving at a vast expanse of white sand where our dinner where he have dinner on the beach; a traditional Chilean Asado (roasted lamb over a fire). Our evening is at the Espolon Lodge.

DAY 5: ESPOLON LODGE / LAGO OBSESSION / ESPOLON LODGE

This morning we transfer by ferry and a 20 minute drive to the Obsession Lake trail head. We hike two and one half hours steeply out of the Azul River valley through an enchanted forest of ancient hardwood trees, passing thousand foot walls and impressive waterfalls. The strenuous, 2,500 vertical foot hike takes us past beautiful waterfalls and breathtaking vistas of the turquoise Azul and Teal colored Futaleufu as they course through the rugged snow capped Sierra Nevada Range. We crest the ridge and arrive at stunning Lago Obsession. With its dramatic landscape of sculptured stone, snow and ice, this miniature, hanging blue lake is a masterwork of nature’s artistry and a rarely visited scenic highlight of Patagonia. Rarely does one find so much dramatic scenery in such a relatively small area. Shrouded in a vast expanse of old growth lingue trees and clinging to the canyon’s northern wall, the views in every direction from the stand up paddle board are astounding. Cut by the glacier, the intimate 10 acre body of water is like a giant bottomless swimming pool. There’s a surreal feeling from the deck of a stand up paddle board as the water suddenly goes from a few feet to an over one hundred deep blue abyss. The lake is surrounded by native old growth forest on 3 sides. A dramatic 2,500 vertical foot partially ice-enshrouded granite tooth is on the fourth. Cut by the glacier, in a wind free bowl, the glass-smooth water often reflects a perfect mirror image of the other worldly landscape. Condors can often be seen soaring in the updrafts. Later in the afternoon, we hike back down and transfer to the Espolon Lodge for the evening. NOTE: Optional day’s activity: For those people not wishing to make the strenuous hike up to Obsession Lake there will be a gorgeous horseback trip up the turquoise Rio Azul Valley.

DAY 6: ESPPOLON LODGE / INFLATABLE KAYAKING RIO ESPOLON / UMAN LODGE

A short but spectacular hike this morning along the Espolon Cataract below the lake,  take us to our inflatable kayak put-in on the lower Espolon River where we spend the next three hours running the class 2-3 rapids down to the 1,000 acre Uman Lodge property and a gorgeous beach at the confluence of the Espolon and Futalefu Rivers. (Note: Clients who prefer not to go in individual kayaks have the option of paddling in a small raft.) A 10 minute hike takes us up to the hand-crafted wooden cliff-side lodge which sits on a sheer precipice 500 feet above the upper Futaleufu Valley. This lodge is among the most dramatic to be found anywhere in Patagonia, or for that matter, in all of South America. The 180 degree view of the upper Futaleufu Valley and surrounding snow-capped mountains from the expansive deck, hot tub and infinity pool is other worldly. The massive 30 foot picture widows in the dining room and great room, almost gives one the feeling of being outside. A ‘Room with a View” is perhaps the best way to describe this unique one of a kind lodge.

 

       DAY 7: ESPPOLON LODGE / INFLATABLE KAYAKING RIO ESPOLON / UMAN LODGE

Today, *depending upon water levels, we run the class 5 Infierno Canyon, with four major Rapids; Infierno, Purgatorio, Danza De Los Angels and Escala De Jacoba. We then spend the next hour running some class 3+ rapids down to spectacular class 5 -6 Zeta Rapid. Here the river flows through a narrow Z-shaped flume cut into solid granite. On the cliff just below the Zeta is a 10 to 42 foot high cliff jump into the aerated blue pool below the rapid. The aerated water cushions the impact by nearly half. Lunch is served on smooth ledges at Zeta. In the afternoon we raft a series of wonderful class 4 including; Isla, Caos, Wild Mile and Casa Salvaje (Wild Thing). Below the last rapid, we pull over and a half hour drive takes us back to the Uman Lodge for the evening.
*Note: If the water’s too high, we will drive around inferno Canyon and put in below.
*Option: Class 4 participants have the option of hiking on a trail around short sections of the bigger rapids. Often people who chose to walk around Inferno Canyon earlier in the trip feel more comfortable and run many of the large rapids today. This decision, however, is always left up to the guides.

DAY 8: UMAN LODGE / RIO AZUL INFLATABLE KAYAKING / RIO BLANCO CANYONEERING / FUTALEUFU RAFTING / ESPOLON LODGE

This morning we take a ten minute drive to our inflatable kayak put in the class, 3, turquoise Azul river. We are now well trained in kayaks and spend the next hour negotiating wonderful class 3 rapids on the Azul down to the confluence with the Futaleufu. (a small raft is available for those not wanting to kayak). From there we board the rafts and spend the next hour rafting some fun class 3+ - 4 rapids down to the confluence with the Rio Blanco slot canyon.  After a safety briefing, we begin a remarkable journey through this hidden cleft in the Patagonia Andes. Hiking, climbing, swimming and rappelling is the only way to traverse this incredible natural labyrinth of white boulders, clear azure pools and stunning waterfalls. Lunch will be at the base of one of the falls.  When we exit the canyon, we board the rafts and run some of the most exhilarating rapids on the trip including; Terminador, Kyburz Pass and Himilayays (with the biggest waves on the river). A short drive and boat ride take us out to the Espolon Lodge for the evening.

 

DAY 9: ESPOLON LODGE / RIO FUTALEUFU RAFTING  / YELCHO LODGE

Today we run a dozen major rapids including; Puente Colgante, Alfombra Majica, El Cojin, Toro, Mundoca, Wina and Tiburon, among others. We end the day with two big class 5 rapids (optional) Mas O Menus and Casa Piedra. After the last rapid the canyon boasts some of its most impressive scenery with grand vistas of towering mountains and glaciers.  In the early afternoon we take out, board the bus with the trip leader and drive 1 hour to the Yelcho Patagonia Lodge. The Lodge rests within thousands of private acres on the edge of a gorgeous lake framed within snow-capped peaks. The resort has a mile of wild lake front property and numerous hiking trails. We spend the night at the lodge or in comfortable cabins. That night we have a farewell dinner.

YELCHO LODGE  / CHAITEN / PUERTO MONTT / SANTIAGO

After breakfast we board the van for the 1 hour drive to the Chaiten airport. We board the plane for the flight back to Puerto Montt. Upon landing we meet the Earth River Guide, who helps us transfer to the main airport to catch our domestic flight to Santiago and then our international flight back home.This morning we drive 3 hours to the Chaiten Airport where we board the commuter flight to Puerto Montt. In Puerto Montt, we transfer to our flight to Santiago and then on to the U.S..

NOTE: If you joined the trip through Argentina, you will be driven (by Earth River) to the Argentina border in the afternoon, after the rafting, on day 9 where you will meet a taxi which will take them to the hotel in Esquel. The following morning they will transfer (on their own) by taxi or bus to the Baroloche Airport for their flights back to Buenos Aires and on to the U.S.. Our office will help you with all these logistics

DAY 11: UNITED STATES

This morning we arrive in the United States and transfer to our connecting flights. 

Futaleufu Gear and Clothing list

Please make sure you bring the following things.

[ ] *waterproof paddle jacket

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[ ] 3 quick drying synthetic shirts (also known as Synchilla, fleece, pile, polypro or Capilene.)

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[ ] *river shoes  IMPORTANT NOTE: five-ten shoes with "Stealth soles" are mandatory for Canyoneering in the Rio Blanco slot canyon one of the trp's highlights.

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[ ]  *Quick drying shorts or swim trunks to wear OVER your wet suits (men & women should bring them).

[ ] water bottle with locking carabineer Note: Carbineer must lock so that if a boat flips there is no way to get hooked on the carabineer. Do not bring non-locking carabineers.

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[ ] light/medium weight hiking boots/shoes (Glacier hike & Obsession Lake hike)

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[ ] Small, lightweight day pack with belt strap. (Necessary for Obsession hike.)

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[ ] *sun glasses with neck strap. 

[ ] Chums (neck strap for glasses)

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[ ] Flashlight (headlamp) with batteries

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[ ] good quality rain jacket with hood and pants (for hiking and horseback riding in case of rain)

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[ ] 1 synthetic pants (Synchilla, fleece, pile or polypro) to be worn hiking around camp or up to the Tree house Camp)

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[ ] 4 pairs of underpants

[ ] Wet suit socks (thin)

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[ ] 3 socks (2 pair synthetic quick drying)

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[ ] 2 additional pairs of cotton socks

[ ] medium weight jacket

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[ ] 2 short sleeved shirts

[ ] long pants

[ ] 2 shorts (synthetic and quick drying)

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[ ] long sleeved shirt (light colored to reflect sun)

[ ] long sleeved shirt

[ ] bathing suit

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[ ] shorts (to wear over wetsuit when canyoning)

[ ] toilet kit

[ ] sunscreen (strong)

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  • *River shoes:  Five-Ten “water tennie” model shoes are mandatory for the canyoneering. They will work well for the rafting and inflatable kayaking as well.  The canyoning in the Rio Blanco slot canyon would be dangerous without them and you are risking slipping and injury where rescue is extremely difficult. The Water Tennie has a patented stealth bottom sole and are the only shoe that will stick to wet rocks, period! Sometimes it is difficult to find smaller woman's sizes. In that case the Five-ten Woman's guide shoe with the "stealth" bottom is just as good as the water tennie.  Five-ten is the only company that uses “Stealth” soles which are designed to stick to wet rocks. There is no other water shoes on the market that stick nearly as well to wet rocks. You can find a store that sells them by going to www.fiveten.com . If you can not find a store that handles them they can be purchased directly from the company by going to their website. 
  • *Paddle jacket: It is mandatory to have a waterproof paddle jacket on the river. This will keep you warm and relatively dry and is worn over your synthetic shirts, which are worn over the sleeveless farmer John wetsuits that Earth River supplies.
  • *Rain jacket: A good paddle jacket will not adequately substitute for a rain jacket because they often don’t breath and do not have a hood. Therefore, you may want to bring a rain jacket and rain pants in case it rains on the hike up to the lake. Ponchos are clumsy and are not adequate.
  • *Quick drying shorts:  Quick drying  shorts stick better to the rafts, then the wet, wet suits and the shorts also protect the wet suits from being torn when you’re canyoneering (sliding over the rocks on your rear end.)

EARTH RIVER PROVIDES:

life jacket (type 5),  paddle, helmet, wetsuit, custom made, self-bailing Sotar rafts, climbing gear (canyoning), inflatable kayaks, mountain bikes, horses.
lodges every night with chefs. (electricity at all lodges. Wi-fi at all lodges except three nights at Espolon Lodge)

satellite phone, first aid kit, defibulator.

OPTIONAL:

[ ] quick drying synthetic pants

[ ] personal medication

[ ] sandals

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[ ] breakdown fishing pole

[ ] camera, film, and soft waterproof case (no metal ammo cans)

[ ] binoculars

[ ] book

[ ] journal and pen

[ ] lightweight bicycle gloves (for paddling)

[ ] pocketknife

[ ] tampons, lip protection, other personal needs

[ ] Gopro Camera

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*IMPORTANT NOTE:

Each season a few people (approx. 2 %) end up in Chile without their belongings. By the time they receive them from the air carrier, often the trip is nearly over. Because this is a real possibility we highly recommend the following steps to protect yourself. Pack all necessary river gear (fleece, paddle jacket, river shoes, hat, sun glasses, bathing suit, etc.) into the largest legal carry on bag you can find and don’t check it. Pack everything else in a regular suitcase. This way if you become separated from you checked bag you will have the most important things for the river as well as the clothes on your back for camp. A couple of year we started recommending this packing plan to our clients. Since then we have averaged about 6 people a season who arrived in Chile without their checked bags. In each case they had packed their river gear in carryons and all were able to complete the trip with little discomfort.

“Eric Hertz has devoted his life and his company’s resources to saving some of the world’s last great white-water, wilderness rivers.".
"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."
“Earth River runs the only continuous, top to bottom, multi-camp, wilderness expedition on the Futaleufu. A week without roads, electricity or cell phones.”
“I’ve been on nearly all the commercially run rivers in the world and Earth River and the Futaleufu stand out as the very best of the best.”—Fred Wiedemann, Co-founder
"Earth River is the premier river runner in the world. Their staff includes the finest guides to be found."
“Earth River’s conservation effort on the Futaleufu is Herculean and represents the single largest river land trust endeavor ever initiated by a commercial outfitter."—Ronald Dodson, Pres."
"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.
“Earth River’s Futaleufu trip is an astonishment. The amazing camps, all different from one another, but all surprisingly and ingeniously comfortable”—David Rakoff
"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.
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