from camp dining area  (photo © Hardie Trusdale)

MAPU LEUFU CAMP

CAMP STATS:


Nights: 2 (Thurs. & Fri.)

Type: Remote, on 100 foot cliff with sweeping river views.

Arrival Time: 2:00 PM Thursday & 4:00 PM Friday

Access: River & hiking/horseback trail

Size: 1 Mile private river front.

Brief Description: The Mapu Leufu Camp is perched on a 100 foot cliff with dramatic upstream views of Teton like towers rising from turquoise water. The dining area, hot tub, cliff dwellings and toilet have a sweeping five mile river view that will take your breath away. An aerial manual cable car river crossing accesses an extensive trail system and the camp’s many multi-sport activities.

"We found ourselves at the first of Earth River's private camps, Mapu Leufu, 300 acres of meadow and forest perched 100 feet over the Fu, dominated by the imposing Tres Monjas, a seven thousand vertical - foot mountain topped with three towering granite spires. The camp comes equipped with showers, a kitchen and a wonderful wood-burning hot tub, but once I crested the bluff and saw the view, nothing else seemed to matter. The river was a deep blue-green - like the crayon color a child might imagine for water.”

- American Way (American Airlines Magazine)

NOTE: Beginning in December of 2013, the Earth River "base camp" trip will operate out of the Mapu Leufu Cliff Camp..

FEATURES:


Rio Blanco slot canyon: An enchanted world of crystal clear blue pools, waterfalls and white, sculpted boulders enclosed within sheer 300 foot granite walls.

Cliff hot tub: 16 person, hand-hewn hot tub and deck on the edge of 100 foot cliff over river with five mile view of turquoise river and Teton like towers rising from it.


Cliffside dining area: Dining tables on a 100 foot bluff over the river with 360 degree views of dramatic 6,000 foot Teton like towers rising out of the turquoise river one way Alp like peaks the other.

Ordeurve & camp fire area: Campfire area on 100 foot cliff with five mile river views where ordeurves, beer and wine are served. Dinner is sometimes served here when the cliffside dining area is windy.

Cable car river crossing: The camp’s manuel cable car across the river gives our clients access to canyonering and miles of single track mountain bike and horse trails. The downstream view, perched above the river, is worth the ride alone.

Kayak pond: 20 foot deep spring-fed pond is the perfect place to learn how to paddle and even roll a kayak.

Pinella Creek: Side stream with swimming holes and waterfalls.

Cliff dwellings: 14 hand-hewn, wooden dwellings perched on a 100 foot bluff with stunning upstream views of the turquoise river. Hand-hewn wooden sky bridges and stairs connect the dwellings.

"When I saw the Mapu Leufu Cliff Camp, I didn’t think it was possible to find a more comfortable, beautiful place. The asado that final evening was a wonderful way to cap off an amazing week."

- Anne Ehlers, Futaleufu guest 2002

ACTIVITIES:


Canyoneering: Accessed by the camp cable car, the Rio Blanco slot canyon takes us into a world of waterfalls, clear blue pools and giant, river sculpted, white boulders. A combination of hiking, climbing and swimming is the only way to explore this enchanted place.

Mountain biking: Miles of wonderful single track riding on oppiste side of river accessed by camp's manuel cable car crossing.

Horseback Riding: Marvelous riding through fields and forests on opposite side of river accessed by manual cable car.

Hiking: Camp trails lead to secluded lakes, side streams with waterfalls and swimming holes and the Rio Blanco slot Canyon. A mile above camp there is a beautiful lake. Whether on horse, bike or foot, the trail extensive trail system is a wonderful way to experience the area's local culture.

Kayak lessons Guides teach paddling techniques and roll lessons in the camp’s 20 foot deep, spring fed pond.

Fishing: A guided cataraft with fishing platform is the best way to take advantage of the camp’s rarely fished pools.

"The final camp, Mapu Leufu, with that incredible 360 degree view from the top of the cliff where we ate dinner of the Grand Teton like towers rising out of the turquoise river one way and the Alp like, snow capped peaks the other, will be with me the rest of my life."

- Dennis Thompson, Futaleufu guest 2006 & 2007

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