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DAY 1: U.S. / SANTIAGO

Evening flight from the United States to Santiago, Chile.

DAY 2: SANTIAGO / PUERTO MONTT / PUERTO VARAS

Arriving in Santiago this morning, you transfer (in the same airport) to your flight south to Puerto Montt. Reaching Puerto Montt in the late morning you take a taxi (30 min.) to the spectacular Hotel Cumbres Puerto Varas in the quaint Chilean town of Puerto Varas. With panoramic views of Lago Llanquilhue and snowcapped Volcano Osorno rising from it's eastern shore, Puerto Varas is one of the most picturesque towns in all of South America. The Hotel has sweeping views of the lake and volcano from it's expansive lawns and is a welcome reprieve from the long trip down. There is wonderful shopping in the town for hand-made woolen goods like sweaters and hats. That evening we meet our guide, Maria, in the Hotel lobby for a trip orientation and welcome dinner out on the town.

Important note: For those people who can not commit to taking off the extra day and are only able to leave Friday evening, there is the option of arriving a day later, skipping the Puerto Varas day/hotel and meeting us directly at the Paloma Airport in Puerto Montt at 11:00 AM. Saturday morning. There are a number of international flight that arrive early enough into Santiago to make this itinerary possible.

DAY 3: PUERTO VARAS / CHAITEN / TERMINADOR CAMP (FUTALEUFU RIVER)

 

(See "day by day" in itinerary menu for the rest of the intinerary and camp descriptions.)

WHAT'S INCLUDED

What's included with "Multi-lodge" trip

  • night at lake at Cumbres Puerto Varas Hotel in Puerto Varas
  • all food, lunch day 2 until breakfast day 10
  • new, custom made Sotar rafts with footcups, wetsuits, type 5 life jackets
  • 7 nights at spectacular, remote lodges with great fishing, canyoneering, sea kayaking, hiking and stand up paddle boarding right on the properties. 
  • Bathrooms in the rooms with baths and showers. 
  • hot tubs on lodge decks
  • Electricity (battery charging). Wi-fi and phone service two of the seven nights. 
  • Chef cooked meals (Chilean wine and beer)
  • 3 - 1 client to guide ratio
  • group size limited to 12
  • inflatable kayaking gear and instruction (Espolon and Azul rivers)
  • riding horses, mountain bikes

 

Not Included in "multi-lodge" trip

  • r/t airfare from U.S. to Puerto Montt, Chile
  • taxi from Puerto Montt Airport to hotel in Puerto Varas (approx. $25)
  • professional masseuse (Uman lodge only.)
  • guide tips (typically 10% of trip cost)
  • professionally shot trip DVD
  • fly fishing gear
  • catch up fees for late arrivals including; add. hotel, taxi, charter flights and add. meals.
  • travel before of after trip

What's Included

"multi-camp" wilderness expedition

  • night at spectacular Cumbres Puerto Varas Hotel
  • welcome dinner Puerto Varas
  • Transfer from Hotel to airport
  • R/T commuter flight from Puerto Montt to Chaiten
  • R/T ground transportation from Chaiten to the river
  • all food, dinner day 2 until breakfast day 9
  • custom made Sotar rafts, wetsuits, type 5 life jackets, paddles
  • top to bottom, multi-camp wilderness trip (4 exclusive wilderness camps)
  • 3 – 1 client/guide ratio
  • trip limited to 16 guests
  • private accomodations for individual travelers with no add. fees
  • cliff dwellings with beds & tree houses (no tents)
  • kayaking ponds, lakes, beaches & streams with waterfalls at camps
  • cliff-side dining area with tables
  • covered dining including natural stone shelter (inclement weather)
  • hot tubs (every camp)
  • hot showers (6 of 7 camps)
  • flush toilets (every camp)
  • sleeping bags, pads & pillows
  • prepared meals, Chilean wine, beer & soda
  • rock climbing & rappelling gear & instruction
  • tyrolean traverse & zipline gear & instruction
  • inflatable kayaking on two rivers (Espolon & Azul) gear and instruction
  • riding horses (special request haead of time)
  • mountain bikes
  • Glacier hike (depending upon time and weather)

Not Included with "multi-camp" wilderness expedition

  • R/T airfare from U.S. to Santiago, Chile
  • r/t airfare from U.S. to Puerto Montt, Chile (approx. $300)
  • professional masseuse ($80 hr. & $50 1/2 hr.)
  • guide tips (typically 7% of trip cost)
  • professionally shot trip DVD, $220
  • fly fishing gear
  • catch up fees including for late arrivals: commuter flight, add. hotel, meals & vehicle to river
  • travel before of after trip

Trip highlights

"Multi-lodge" highlights:

  • Night at lake front hotel in Puerto Varas, Chile
  • 7 nights at four small exclusive lodges 
  • Groups limited to just 12 guests (smallest in the rafting industry)
  • 3-1 guide client ratio 
  • New custom made Sotar rafts

"multi-lodge" trip activities:

  • Rafting class 4 rapids (Class 5 option)
  • Cayoneering in Rio Blanco slot Canyon (Mapu Leufu Camp)
  • Inflatable kayaking on class 3 Rio Azul & class 3 Rio Espolon
  • Mountain biking
  • Horseback riding

 

Trip Highlights - Multi Camp

BRIEF ITINERARY:

Rather than using roads and vehicles to reach the day’s activities, this unique multi-sport expedition uses a wild river to connect Earth River’s four private camps and the myriad of adventures they offer.

DAY 1: UNITED STATES

Evening flight from U.S. to Santiago, Chile.

DAY 2: SANTIAGO / PUERTO VARAS

Morning flight from Santiago to Puerto Montt. Our first evening is in the town of Puerto Varas, located on the shore of Chile’s second largest lake, Llanquihue. Standing sentinel over the town and seen from everywhere, is Volcano Osorno, it’s Mount Fuji like, snow-capped crown rising nearly 9,000 feet out of the water. We spend the night at the beautiful, lake shore Cumbres Puerto Varas Hotel.

DAY 3: PUERTO VARAS / TERMINATOR CAMP (FUTALEUFU RIVER)

The following day we take a spectacular commuter flight, over the fiords of Northern Patagonia; the ice-capped, Patagonia Andes rising from the east as far as the eye can see. We then board the bus for a gorgeous three hour ride, past hanging glaciers and rain forest wilds to the river. If time allows, we will break the drive up with a stunning 2 hour hike to a glacier.

Our first evening is at the Terminator Camp. Hidden in a forest, along mile long Terminator Rapid, the camp’s broad 50 foot bluff affords a birds-eye view of the surging river as it spills over giant, sculpted white granite boulders creating over a dozen waterfalls in a mesmerizing arrangement of colors from turquoise to white. The camp has a 16 person hand-hewn hot tub. Below the hot tub, at water level, is a river carved stone couch with an unparalleled view that gives one the feeling of being out on the water. There are also 14 hand hewn wooden cliff dwellings with stunning views of the wild maelstrom.

DAY 4: TERMINATOR CAMP

The next morning we raft a series of class 4 rapids training for the more challenging water like Terminator later in the trip. That afternoon we take a beginner kayak lesson on a deep, crystalline pond.

DAY 5: TERMINATOR CAMP / CAVE CAMP

The following day we kayak the class two Espolon River which ends at the rafting put in. In the afternoon we raft the sheer-walled, class 5 Infierno Canyon running four major rapids including; Infierno, Purgatorio, Dance of the Angels and exit. Later that afternoon, we exit the canyon and float down to Cave Camp for the evening. Located at the Futaleufu’s most dramatic rapid, Zeta, this magical, wild landscape is one of the most diverse and wondrous river camps in the world. A series of trails and aerial sky bridges connect a rugged landscape of striking natural features like; native stone shelters, river-carved stone hot tubs and granite towers with the camp amenities and half a dozen, world class adventure activities. The camp derives it’s name from a sixteen hundred square foot native shelter with natural sky lights and a fireplace that is used for dining in inclement weather.

DAY 6: CAVE CAMP / TREE HOUSE CAMP

The next day we do a dramatic Tyrolean river crossing across class 6 Zeta Rapid. Followed by a gorgeous 3 mile trail that connects Cave Camp to the Tree House Camp. A primeval wonderland, tucked into a fold in the Futaleufu Canyon, with thousand foot walls, impressive waterfalls, and a deep miniature lake shrouded in a vast expanse of ancient Coyway Trees. Perched high in the trees overlooking the lake and the snow-capped mountains are 8 hand-hewn tree houses for sleeping. Cloaked in old growth on three sides with soaring mountains on the fourth, the intimate body of water is like a giant swimming pool. Cut by the glacier, in a wind free bowl, the glass-smooth water reflects the trees and mountains while never missing a sunrise or sunset.

That afternoon we hike up to Condor mountain, a towering bluff overlooking the river canyon, Cave Camp and Zeta Rapid in one direction and Lake of the Frogs and the Sierra Nevada Mountains in the other. Condors are often seen gliding in the thermals. At dusk each evening, when the final rays of color fade from the lake, almost on cue, a chorus of frogs welcome in the night.

DAY 7: TREE HOUSE CAMP / CAVE CAMP

The final leg of the return from Tree House Camp to Cave Camp, is a down hill, high wire glide over the river and a plunge into the deep blue pool below Zeta Rapid. Once on the other side, there is an optional 10 to 45 foot cliff jump into the relatively soft aerated water below the rapid. The 106 degree stone hot tub is a welcome reprieve from the 58 degree river.

Later that day we climb the Tower of the Winds, a soaring granite monolith that rises abruptly from the north shore of Azul, a crystal clear, Japanese garden like, blue pond. This 300 foot granite climbing, rappelling tower requires a 3 part, technical rock climb. Once on top, participants clip into a cable in order to safely venture out on the Knife’s Edge; a sheer 300 foot granite flake with a striking 360 degree view. To get down from the tower, we do a two-stage rappel off the sheer 300 foot north wall. A guide waits on a ledge, 150feet down, to switch participants to a second rope.

That evening we eat out at the Zeta cliff-side dining area which is set on a giant natural stone terrace with tables, benches and stunning views of Zeta Rapid and the Tower of the Winds. From this vantage point we can clearly see the massive 250 foot Indian head etched into the tower’s north face.

DAY 8: CAVE CAMP / MAPU LEUFU CLIFF CAMP

The following morning we raft a series of class 4 rapids down to the confluence of the Turquoise Rio Azul. A short hike takes us up the Azul to our kayak put in and we spend the next few hours kayaking the class 3 Azul and Futaleufu down to the Mapu LeufuCliff Camp. A manual cable car river crossing connects the camp to an extensive trail system and a number of multi-sport activities including Canyoning. A combination of hiking, climbing and swimming is the only way to explore this enchanted place; a world of crystal clear blue pools, waterfalls and white sculpted boulders enclosed within sheer 300 foot walls. That evening we eat at the cliff-side dining area where tables overlook the river and Alp like mountains.

DAY 9: MAPU LEUFU CLIFF CAMP

Our final day on the river is one of the most impressive days of whitewater rafting in the world. Dubbed “Big Friday”, the major rapids include; Terminator, Himalayas, Mundaca, Maso Menosand Casa Piedra.

DAY 10: MAPU LEUFU CLIFF CAMP / PUERTO MONTT / SANTIAGO

Today we drive to the airport, fly to Puerto Montt and then on to Santiago.

DAY 11: UNITED STATES

This morning we arrive in the U.S.

"Multi-camp" expedition highlights:

  • - Night in gorgeous Cumbres Puerto Varas lodge and welcome dinner
  • - 4 exclusive, outfitted, remote camps (See Camp's Spotlight)
  • - Group size limited to 16 guests
  • - Hand-hewn cliff dwellings & tree Houses
  • - River carved stone hot tub
  • - Hand-hewn wooden hot tubs
  • - Secluded, private beaches
  • - Cliffside dining areas
  • - Miles of private camp trails
  • - Stone couch (Terminador Camp)
  • - Penisula overlook (Terminador Camp)
  • - Lost beach (Cave Camp)
  • - Laguito Azul (Blue lake) (Cave Camp)
  • - Tower of the Winds (Cave Camp)
  • - Native sone shelter with fireplace (Cave Camp)
  • - Lake of the Frogs (Tree House Camp)
  • - Condor Mountain overlook (Tree House Camp)
  • - Rio Blanco slot canyon (Mapu Leufu Cliff Camp)
  • - Inflatable kayaking on class 2-3 Espolon and Azul Rivers
  • - Glacier hike (depending upon weather and time)

Multi-sport adventures :

  • Rafting class 4 rapids (Class 5 option)
  • Cayoneering in Rio Blanco slot Canyon (Mapu Leufu Camp)
  • Inflatable kayaking class 3 Rio Azul & class 2/3 Espolon
  • Rock climbing up Tower of the Winds (Cave Camp)
  • Rappelling 300’ off Tower of the Winds (Cave Camp)
  • Knife’s Edge traverse on Tower of the Winds (Cave Camp)
  • Tyrolean crossing over Zeta Rapid (Cave Camp)
  • Zip line river crossing below Zeta Rapid (Cave Camp)
  • Mountain biking at Mapu Leufu Camp
  • Horseback riding at Mapu Leufu Camp
  • Cliff jumping at Cave Camp

Trip Highlights - Multi Camp

BRIEF ITINERARY:

Rather than using roads and vehicles to reach the day’s activities, this unique multi-sport expedition uses a wild river to connect Earth River’s four private camps and the myriad of adventures they offer.

DAY 1: UNITED STATES

Evening flight from U.S. to Santiago, Chile.

DAY 2: SANTIAGO / PUERTO VARAS

Morning flight from Santiago to Puerto Montt. Our first evening is in the town of Puerto Varas, located on the shore of Chile’s second largest lake, Llanquihue. Standing sentinel over the town and seen from everywhere, is Volcano Osorno, it’s Mount Fuji like, snow-capped crown rising nearly 9,000 feet out of the water. We spend the night at the beautiful, lake shore Cumbres Puerto Varas Hotel.

DAY 3: PUERTO VARAS / TERMINATOR CAMP (FUTALEUFU RIVER)

The following day we take a spectacular commuter flight, over the fiords of Northern Patagonia; the ice-capped, Patagonia Andes rising from the east as far as the eye can see. We then board the bus for a gorgeous three hour ride, past hanging glaciers and rain forest wilds to the river. If time allows, we will break the drive up with a stunning 2 hour hike to a glacier.

Our first evening is at the Terminator Camp. Hidden in a forest, along mile long Terminator Rapid, the camp’s broad 50 foot bluff affords a birds-eye view of the surging river as it spills over giant, sculpted white granite boulders creating over a dozen waterfalls in a mesmerizing arrangement of colors from turquoise to white. The camp has a 16 person hand-hewn hot tub. Below the hot tub, at water level, is a river carved stone couch with an unparalleled view that gives one the feeling of being out on the water. There are also 14 hand hewn wooden cliff dwellings with stunning views of the wild maelstrom.

DAY 4: TERMINATOR CAMP

The next morning we raft a series of class 4 rapids training for the more challenging water like Terminator later in the trip. That afternoon we take a beginner kayak lesson on a deep, crystalline pond.

DAY 5: TERMINATOR CAMP / CAVE CAMP

The following day we kayak the class two Espolon River which ends at the rafting put in. In the afternoon we raft the sheer-walled, class 5 Infierno Canyon running four major rapids including; Infierno, Purgatorio, Dance of the Angels and exit. Later that afternoon, we exit the canyon and float down to Cave Camp for the evening. Located at the Futaleufu’s most dramatic rapid, Zeta, this magical, wild landscape is one of the most diverse and wondrous river camps in the world. A series of trails and aerial sky bridges connect a rugged landscape of striking natural features like; native stone shelters, river-carved stone hot tubs and granite towers with the camp amenities and half a dozen, world class adventure activities. The camp derives it’s name from a sixteen hundred square foot native shelter with natural sky lights and a fireplace that is used for dining in inclement weather.

DAY 6: CAVE CAMP / TREE HOUSE CAMP

The next day we do a dramatic Tyrolean river crossing across class 6 Zeta Rapid. Followed by a gorgeous 3 mile trail that connects Cave Camp to the Tree House Camp. A primeval wonderland, tucked into a fold in the Futaleufu Canyon, with thousand foot walls, impressive waterfalls, and a deep miniature lake shrouded in a vast expanse of ancient Coyway Trees. Perched high in the trees overlooking the lake and the snow-capped mountains are 8 hand-hewn tree houses for sleeping. Cloaked in old growth on three sides with soaring mountains on the fourth, the intimate body of water is like a giant swimming pool. Cut by the glacier, in a wind free bowl, the glass-smooth water reflects the trees and mountains while never missing a sunrise or sunset.

That afternoon we hike up to Condor mountain, a towering bluff overlooking the river canyon, Cave Camp and Zeta Rapid in one direction and Lake of the Frogs and the Sierra Nevada Mountains in the other. Condors are often seen gliding in the thermals. At dusk each evening, when the final rays of color fade from the lake, almost on cue, a chorus of frogs welcome in the night.

DAY 7: TREE HOUSE CAMP / CAVE CAMP

The final leg of the return from Tree House Camp to Cave Camp, is a down hill, high wire glide over the river and a plunge into the deep blue pool below Zeta Rapid. Once on the other side, there is an optional 10 to 45 foot cliff jump into the relatively soft aerated water below the rapid. The 106 degree stone hot tub is a welcome reprieve from the 58 degree river.

Later that day we climb the Tower of the Winds, a soaring granite monolith that rises abruptly from the north shore of Azul, a crystal clear, Japanese garden like, blue pond. This 300 foot granite climbing, rappelling tower requires a 3 part, technical rock climb. Once on top, participants clip into a cable in order to safely venture out on the Knife’s Edge; a sheer 300 foot granite flake with a striking 360 degree view. To get down from the tower, we do a two-stage rappel off the sheer 300 foot north wall. A guide waits on a ledge, 150feet down, to switch participants to a second rope.

That evening we eat out at the Zeta cliff-side dining area which is set on a giant natural stone terrace with tables, benches and stunning views of Zeta Rapid and the Tower of the Winds. From this vantage point we can clearly see the massive 250 foot Indian head etched into the tower’s north face.

DAY 8: CAVE CAMP / MAPU LEUFU CLIFF CAMP

The following morning we raft a series of class 4 rapids down to the confluence of the Turquoise Rio Azul. A short hike takes us up the Azul to our kayak put in and we spend the next few hours kayaking the class 3 Azul and Futaleufu down to the Mapu LeufuCliff Camp. A manual cable car river crossing connects the camp to an extensive trail system and a number of multi-sport activities including Canyoning. A combination of hiking, climbing and swimming is the only way to explore this enchanted place; a world of crystal clear blue pools, waterfalls and white sculpted boulders enclosed within sheer 300 foot walls. That evening we eat at the cliff-side dining area where tables overlook the river and Alp like mountains.

DAY 9: MAPU LEUFU CLIFF CAMP

Our final day on the river is one of the most impressive days of whitewater rafting in the world. Dubbed “Big Friday”, the major rapids include; Terminator, Himalayas, Mundaca, Maso Menosand Casa Piedra.

DAY 10: MAPU LEUFU CLIFF CAMP / PUERTO MONTT / SANTIAGO

Today we drive to the airport, fly to Puerto Montt and then on to Santiago.

DAY 11: UNITED STATES

This morning we arrive in the U.S.

"Multi-camp" expedition highlights:

  • - Night in gorgeous Cumbres Puerto Varas lodge and welcome dinner
  • - 4 exclusive, outfitted, remote camps (See Camp's Spotlight)
  • - Group size limited to 16 guests
  • - Hand-hewn cliff dwellings & tree Houses
  • - River carved stone hot tub
  • - Hand-hewn wooden hot tubs
  • - Secluded, private beaches
  • - Cliffside dining areas
  • - Miles of private camp trails
  • - Stone couch (Terminador Camp)
  • - Penisula overlook (Terminador Camp)
  • - Lost beach (Cave Camp)
  • - Laguito Azul (Blue lake) (Cave Camp)
  • - Tower of the Winds (Cave Camp)
  • - Native sone shelter with fireplace (Cave Camp)
  • - Lake of the Frogs (Tree House Camp)
  • - Condor Mountain overlook (Tree House Camp)
  • - Rio Blanco slot canyon (Mapu Leufu Cliff Camp)
  • - Inflatable kayaking on class 2-3 Espolon and Azul Rivers
  • - Glacier hike (depending upon weather and time)

Multi-sport adventures :

  • Rafting class 4 rapids (Class 5 option)
  • Cayoneering in Rio Blanco slot Canyon (Mapu Leufu Camp)
  • Inflatable kayaking class 3 Rio Azul & class 2/3 Espolon
  • Rock climbing up Tower of the Winds (Cave Camp)
  • Rappelling 300’ off Tower of the Winds (Cave Camp)
  • Knife’s Edge traverse on Tower of the Winds (Cave Camp)
  • Tyrolean crossing over Zeta Rapid (Cave Camp)
  • Zip line river crossing below Zeta Rapid (Cave Camp)
  • Mountain biking at Mapu Leufu Camp
  • Horseback riding at Mapu Leufu Camp
  • Cliff jumping at Cave Camp

Yavero Map

- Click on map circles to view videos of Yavero River, Pongo De Manique. and Machu Picchu -

What's Included

 

3 nights in hotels

Machu Picchu fees

Ground transportation from Calca to Yavero River and back to Cuzco

Train from Aguas Calientas to Cuzco

Single travlers get their own tents

14 foot paddle rafts

Thrillseeker inflatable Kayaks

Not Included

R/T airfare from the U.S. to Cuzco, Peru

Guide tips (approx. 10% of trip cost)

Trip Highlights

 

Gorgeous drive, with native towns, from Cuzco to Yavero Canyon 

Over 100 class 3 - 4+ rapids

Giant otters, Macaws, Toucans

Numerous class 2-3 inflatable kayak rapids

Pongo De Mainique sacred waterfall canyon with over 2 dozen tributary
waterfalls falling as much as 100 feet grom cliffs into the river. 

Native village along river that has little contact with outside world

Machu Picchu (directly on the way home from the river take out)

 

Brief Overview

Cost: (excluding air) $3,600

Total Trip Days: 11 (Thurs. - Sun.) U.S. to U.S.

Expedition days (with Earth River): 9 (Friday. - Sun.)

Season: June & July

Meeting place: Cuzco, Peru

Accomodations: Hotels (3 nights), Camping (6 nights)

Activity level: Moderate/active

Suitable ages: 10 - 78

Percent expedition rafting & inflatable kayaking: 75%

Percent other activities (hiking, Macchu Picchu, Native village): 25%

Multi-sport activities: Rafting (class 4), beginner whitewater inflatable kayaking, hiking

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"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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