WHY EARTH RIVER ON THE FUTALEUFU

WHY IS OUR TRIP DIFFERENT?

We offer the only multi-lodge, whitewater rafting expedition in Patagonia.  Our "multi-lodge" Futaleufu trips have a 3 - 1, guide to client ratio and are limited to just 12 guests per expedition, the smallest group size in the industry.  The three remote lodges are on large, remote river and lake front properties with spectacular views from the rooms, decks and hot tubs. The unique combination of a wild rafting and multi-sport activities during the day combined with the comforts of a lodge at night, make this truly the world's wildest, most comfortable river trip. Imagine running one of the world's wildest rivers while enjoying the comfort of beds, hot showers, a masseuse, Chilean wine and chef cooked meals. 

PIONEERS

We have made first descents and pioneered commercial rafting on a number of now classic rivers around the world including Quebec's Magpie, Peru's Yavero, Tibet's Po Tsangpo and Patagonia's Futaleufu. Not only was the Futaleufu considered unraftable when we did the first complete raft descent in 1991, but no one in the whitewater community believed the rapids could ever be safely negotiated with commercial guests. We literally had to invent special boats and a saftey system that is still being employed on the river today. We were running the river for three years before another outfitter began running the river.

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SAFETY / GUIDES

Earth River introduced the rafting safety techniques currently being used on the Futaleufu including the use of oar-paddle hybrid rafts, a class 4 training day including swim test and flip drill and the use of safety catarafts (the first time they were employed in this fashion anywhere in the world). We also figured out the safest raft routes in the rapids, set up the river’s original water level gauges and the corresponding high water safety cuts offs for the different sections of the river. Our 3-1 client/guide ratio on the Futaleufu is the highest in the industry and we are the only company in the world that uses 2 safety catarafts (rather than one). In 23 years of rafting the Futaleufu and other challenging rivers around the would, our safety record is impeccable. Earth River guides are hand picked and among the most accomplished in the industry. Beyond their honed river skills and sound judgement, they are unique individuals as demonstrated in the "Personal Reflections" link beneath each guide's bio.

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WE CARE

Since 1990, Earth River has been leading or participating in conservation campaigns to protect wild rivers in North and South America. We have planned, funded and run over a dozen environmental awareness trips on the Bio Bio and Futaleufu Rivers in Chile, the Great Whale and Magpie Rivers in Quebec and Yosemite like Headwall Canyon in British Columbia. We have made a concerted effort to hire and train (from scratch) local guides on the Futaleufu. Three of our past Chilean guides have moved on to start their own day trip rafting companies on the Futaleufu.

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YOUR EARTH RIVER TRIP MAKES A DIFFERENCE

Since our conservation work is self funded, it is actually our guests and their patronage who by joining our trips have helped us fund important river conservation work including the Earth River Land Trust on the Futaleufu which has already preserved over 15 miles of this irreplaceable treasure.

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“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."
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