“The Earth River Futaleufu trip is an astonishment. There was an incredible variety to the week, the amazing camps, all different from one another, but all surprisingly and ingeniously comfortable—from the Arcadian, lost-Boys hideaway at Cave Camp, to the soaring views at the Cliff Camp, to the truly fantastical dwellings up in the canopy of the forest of the Tree House Camp—the food and hot tubs were great. David Rakoff, author, Fu Fighters, Outside Magazine, October, 2003
“In 1990 Eric Hertz and I, working with the Natural Resources Defense Council, local environmental groups and the Pehuenche Indians, fought Endesa’s plans to dam the Bio-Bio, Chile’s other great white-water treasure. We ultimately lost that battle. The first of the Bio-Bio dams was already under construction, and Chile’s burgeoning white-water community thoroughly demoralized, when Eric discovered the Futaleufu, in 1991. His first descent by raft that year opened up the possibility of running commercial trips on the FU, and this reinvigorated Chile’s rafting community. Now the Fu is also threatened. “
-Robert Kennedy Jr., Town and Country Magazine
Chicago Sun Times, January 3, 2012
Some people go to Florida, Arizona or Mexico over Christmas break. Others go skiing. Most stay home and celebrate with family and friends. Not Chicago’s new first family. Mayor Rahm Emanuel, his wife, Amy Rule, and their three children — Zach (14), Ilana (13) and Leah (11) — spent an exotic holiday exploring South America. Tanned, rested, but no less driven, Emanuel returned to work on Tuesday and offered up an oral report: “Every year, we try to take the kids to a different part of the world. The family went to Chile and Argentina on a white-water rafting trip. We did about 70 miles of whitewater on the Futaleufu [River] down in Chile with Earth River Expeditions. We went fly fishing and hiking and then spent New Year’s Eve in Buenos Aries,” the mayor said. When a reporter asked the mayor to “tell us about your vacation,” Emanuel was initially tight-lipped. “It was good,” he said. Pressed to “tell us more,” he said, “It was really good.” Pushed further, he said, “It was unbelievably good.”
“For over 2 decades, Earth River partners Eric Hertz and Robert Currie have bought and helped conservation minded clients buy dozens of significant properties along Patagonia Chile’s Futaleufu River to protect them for perpetuity thus keeping them out of the hands of developers, land speculators, mining companies and the hydro-electric company, insuring that the Futaleufu would not meet the same fate as the once world reknowned Bio Bio River to the north where a land speculator acquired all the land and flipped it to the power company for profit. This company financed land conservation effort on the Futaleufu, consisting of a tremendous amount of company resources and countless volunteer hours, is nothing short of Herculean and represents the single largest river land trust endeavor ever initiated by a commercial outfitter. By joining an Earth River tour, you are providing direct financial support for Futaleufu land conservation and helping to prevent the dams planned for the river."
Ronald G. Dodson, President of Audubon International and Chairman of International Sustainability Council.
“Intrepid kayakers said the Futaleufu could not be rafted. But Eric Hertz, and his partner, the Chilean whitewater expert, Robert Currie, made an expeditionary first raft descent in 1991 and figured out how to safely navigate what today is one of the most intensive stretches of commercially run white-water in the world. They began buying the shoreline, including the river's most desirable campsites and have turned the Fu into an outstanding adventure destination for rafters and kayakers.”
New York Times, May 9, 2006
“Earth River Expeditions, pioneered rafting and multi-sport trips on the Futaleufu, making the first commercial raft trips in the winter of 1991 and has since established itself as one of the premier rafting companies in the world. It runs rafting expeditions on the world's wildest rivers, from the Primrose in the Yukon to the world's deepest canyon of the Colca in Peru to China's Great Bend of the Yangtze."
Paul Goldsmith, American Way Magazine, February 1991
“I've rafted with Eric down some tough rivers—the Futaleufu in Chile, the Colca in Peru. He's one of the best in the business—obsessed with safety. Coming to China was his idea. First thing tomorrow morning we plan to set out for the Shuiluo (scway-lo), a wild tributary of the Yangtze, or Jinsha, River whose 150-mile-length, locals say, has never been run before. Paralleling the border of Tibet and Burma, the Shuiluo carves a deep gorge through a series of 16,000-foot mountains.”
John Bowermaster, National Geographic Magazine, November, 1996
“I’ve been on nearly all the challenging, commercially run rivers in the world and I must say that Earth River and the Futaleufu stand out in my memory as the very best of the best. The scenery could not be grander, nor the water swifter, clearer or more pristine. The spectacular camps were superior, the food a camping gourmet’s delight and the river guides and their safety precautions of superb caliber. It was my good luck to select the Futaleufu and Earth River Expeditions for my “swan song” as a river runner.“
Fred Wiedemann, Co-founder Outward Bound, Veteran of nearly 50 outfitted trips