Dear Eric,

My wife and I returned this morning and I thought I’d take a second to pen you this note about the trip on the “Fu”. The beauty and amazing aspects of this trip are hard to put into words. The trip far exceeded our expectations (and we had very high expectations) and we’d do again in a minute. Your accommodations along the river were wonderful and your staff was top notch. Their attention to the safety and needs of all was commendable and their skills were some of the best we’ve seen in many years of adventuring around the globe. The Chilean staff provided us with great meals and the only upsetting thing on the trip is when we couldn’t convince the cook to return home with us to be our personal chef. All in all, we thank you and your great staff for a trip through paradise Earth River style. Bravo.


Jon Marc Jagush


Dear Eric,

I feel badly that I have not written before this, as I want to extend our compliments for a phenomenal adventure vacation on the Futaleufu. The rafting, hiking, canyoning, horseback riding, Tree House Camp and Cave Camp were wonderful! Our guides did a superb job during every aspect of the trip. As you know, I had contiplated concelling our trip with you after suffering a terrifying experience last summer when I was tossed into a raging, rain-swollen river, but with your reputation for safety, the “opt-out” option for class 5’s and the variety of other activities at your fabulous camps, I felt confident that I would have a good time. Fortunately, Robert, Abner and Aaron understood my desire to get “back in the fun” in spite of my new found fear of holes, strainers and raging water. They offered detailed instructions, reassurance and support that reduced my anxiety, enabling me to participate in all the activities including the class 5 rapids, re-establishing my enjoyment of rafting. The camps, the food and the guides were all great. They taught us so much about the protection of the river, the Chilean people, their history and customs.

Thanks you!

Carol and Jeff Majewski


Dear Eric,

A very belated thank you from Gayle and me for the opportunity you gave us several weeks ago to discover river rafting and your operations in Patagonia. We were all very impressed with the arrangements, food, camps and all the effort and care of your staff. Your operation is amazing and the quality of the trip is remarkable, particularly given the inherent difficulties that you must encounter operating in that part of the world. As you know, neither Gayle nor I had any real experience river rafting, but we always felt perfectly safe and enjoyed the class 4 and 5 rapids. AS you already know, your guides are incredibly qualified and even managed to make us feel competent! If you’re ever in Chicago please look us up.,

Michael Cofman,


Denver Guide Travel Inc.,


Dear Eric,

I’ve been meaning to write you to let you know how much the week on the Futaleufu meant to me. I have vivid memories, moments and images and I feel quite certain the special instances will last and last in my mind.

I once thought of making you aware of the odd thing or to that could (in my opinion) be improved upon, but not that some time has gone by, I can only focus on all the incredible things.

For starters the guides were not only educators but were interested in making certain each of us were happy and taken care of. They are quite an impressive group of men, easily at the top of their field and clearly enjoy what they do.

How brilliant of you to carefully build a company that generously allows others to see and experience some of the rarest beauty on the planet. I thank you for that.

I can’t say enough good things about the trip and have been talking it up in the hopes of encouraging others to save up and get down there. Most of the group has managed to stay in touch via e-mail from week #1. Its amazing how close people become when totally sharing new experiences and needing to rely on each other. I’d go back and do it again in a minute.

So thanks, for the happy memories I now have.

All the Best,

Debra Zane



The Fu is an awesome river, the color has to be seen to be believed. It is every bit as aqua marine as the pictures you include in your materials but even the pictures failed to (because it just can’t be done) show the total majestic feel to the vistas and scenery. The incredible feeling and atmosphere at the camps further enhanced and already truly fantastic experience. While I was not sure how much I would enjoy all the off river activities at the camps, in retrospect they were the trip’s highlights.

Your guides are excellent, totally top notch. While I know the top priority on the river and during the activities was always safety, it never got in the way of giving me the challenge and adrenaline thrill I was looking for. I would be please to travel with any of them in the future. I could go on and on but I’m sure you’ve heard it before.

Till our paths cross again - thanks for the most wonderful “experience of a lifetime.”

Marc Kalan


Wonderful Rafting Guides;

Que Tal? I hope you are all doing great and having a blast. I just wanted to let you all know what a fantastic time I had on the trip. It is definitely the adventure of a lifetime! The memories are amazing and still bring a smile to my face! The group was great but I know it was all of you that really made the trip fantastic. You are an amazing group of true professionals who also know how to have fun and make everyone feel great. The campsites are magical and I feel privileged to have had the opportunity to experience them, the river and patagonia.

For a first time rafter, you all gave me the chance to run some great class 5 rapids with the best guides around. You guys are awesome and I’d trust you to guide me on any river. I’ve enclosed some pictures of our run through Terminator! I wish you all the best and hope to see you all on another adventure some day.


Your friend,

Becky Mortimer


Hi Eric,

Just returned from the Fu/Bio double header and wanted to say what a great time it was. The Fu reminded me of the Eastmain in Quebec, before it was damed: heart pounding, powerful and adrenaline pumping. Both the Bio and Futaleufu are so beautiful, I'm very thankful I made the choice to go.

For me, part of the overall pleasure of the trip was the service of Earth River. As an experienced river runner it was evident that safety was never overlooked and the guides, top to bottom were incredibly capable and excellent leaders. I especially appreciated the umbrella of respect and environmental concern shown to the local people who work with the company on the Futaleufu.

Onward to the environmental battles which hopefully save the Bio.


Chris White, Sands Point, Idaho


Dear Earth River

The Futaleufu River is something that can not be explained - from its amazing turqoise color to its almost life like power. Your campsites; Tree Tops, Mapu Leufu and my favorite, Cave Camp with their “relative” luxury and remoteness, all blended into the environment allowing one to feel a part of - instead of separated from, Patagonia. I initially thought Cave Camp should have signs as its easy to get lost in its vastness, but I soon came to realize that there shouldn’t be signs - that’s why we were there.

The second most dominating thread on the trip are the guides you hire. They combine extreme professionalism with great personalities. I have been on numerous trips and these guys are the Rolls Royce of guides. I always felt safe and they went out of their way to explain the safety procedures to me. For someone who has a problem with heights, I even amazed myself jumping off a 40 foot cliff into the water and rappelled down the tower muttering every cuss word I could think of!

The whole experience was OUTSTANDING!


Robert Thomas


Dear Eric,

All I can say about the fu trip is WOW, awesome... It truly exceeded all my expectations. Well, maybe I did expect warmer, dryer weather, but then it would have been too perfect.

Congratulations on putting together an exciting, challenging rewarding adventure on a river that one has to see to believe. Now I’m back in Oregon and I think half the population knows about your company and your camps.

It was truly a pleasure getting to know the two of you. Eric, your energy and creativity in envisioning those camps are more than I’ve ever known any one person to have. Robert, what a cool, calm strength you exude. Many times I was paddling into the wild white water, I was assured you were downstream in your cataraft looking out for swimmers! I enjoyed the conversations about your work saving the Fu from damming and am still serious about knowing more about what I can do to help.

Would you please send me information about the Land Trust organization you’ve set up? I’d like to see if contributions are tax deductible. Let me know if you think I could help. Thanks again for providing an experience of a lifetime.


Carol Dejardin



Got back from the trip on Sunday. Of all the aspects of the trip, the thing that was most impressive to me was the people who provided the leadership, Aaron who was the trip leader, Robert, Abner and Peter. This group provided the kind of expertise, commitment, respect, thoughtfulness and caring about people that I have never seen anywhere in any organization. In the realm of professional endeavors, these are the kind of people who would excel in any field they might undertake. It took me 20 years in my own practice to find a partner who had those kind of qualities. I’d take on someone like these guys as a partner anytime, but unfortunately they’re almost impossible to find.

Please feel free to convey my experience to future expeditioners.

Many thanks for everything,

Leo Stemp

“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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