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Whitewater Rafting Guest Comments...

Dear Chris,

I am so sorry that it has taken over 2 weeks to formulate some sort of commentary on our Futaleufu adventure vacation. Our trip to your corner of paradise allowed me to realize and/or learn many things. One of the realizations is that it is FAR easier to describe a trip to a 5 Star hotel that surrounds one with luxury and feeds ones' soul with nothing more than a chocolate on a pillow than to describe a trip to a lodge such as yours which overfeeds the soul with experiences and beauty! One might return from the luxury-filled world of the 5 Star hotel feeling pampered and relaxed, and quickly return to the life back home well rested. Returning to life as usual is easy in that scenario. I can say with confidence that returning to life as usual was not easy for any of the participants of our trip! I think that is because we are all still trying to digest the experiences that we had while under your care - our souls were truly overfed!

The beauty that surrounds Futaleufu is remarkable! The raw and virgin landscape, completely unlittered by technology and development, is breathtaking. The serene silence that we woke to each morning is unforgettable and was only broken as we approached the wild waters of the surrounding rivers. Riding, paddling and rafting through your wilderness each day presented us with challenges which may have hampered us had it not been for the majestic surroundings as well as the unbridled enthusiasm of you and your guides. Reflecting on our second day of rafting, I don't remember a drop of rain falling on us and yet I know it was pouring! All I remember is walls of wild water surging above us in the raft, and the level of the Futaleufu rising with the help of seemingly spontaneous waterfalls all around us. The thundering sounds of the water, as it fought to crash around the rocks and boundaries that create the rapids, were matched in volume by our laughter and cheers of victory as we survived the unforgiving Futaleufu! At the end of that day and every other day we were tired, aching, cold and completely invigorated - ready to face a night of well deserved celebration!

Not a minute of our fun or excitement would have been the same without the care of your "family." It would be completely inappropriate to call them your staff! I can only imagine your first impressions of us as we dragged ourselves through your front door on night 1! We were like drowned rats - each craving certain comforts of home after the long hours of travel! Nonetheless, you guys kicked the trip into high gear the moment we arrived and somehow managed to keep up a high level of positive energy and enthusiasm for 6 days and nights. How did you do it? The good karma that lives among all of you was highly contagious and was an energy that we all needed, used and did our best to bring home. Thank you!
No, your lodge is not a 5 Star hotel and I pray that it never becomes one. I will forever choose an experience which feeds my soul over one that merely offers a chocolate on the pillow. Our adventure travel vacation with Expediciones Chile will live with me forever, and I look forward to a return trip sooner than later!

Enjoy your last few weeks in paradise!

Kimberly, March 2002


We made it back to Seattle, Washington after 10 weeks of exploring Argentina and Chile. Our weekend in Futaleufu was the most memorable of all our time in Chile. We spent our first day with our friend John learning to kayak on a beautiful lake in the a.m. Our guide was able to take us beginner kayakers to the next level within a couple of hours - kayaking Rio Espolon after a wonderful lunch.

Day 2 was spent white water rafting level 4 and 5 rapids. We were a little "hung over" from our wild night spent in the lodge restaurant and bar, but once we got to the river we were pumped up immediately.Day 3 we canyoned down some amazing waterfalls. This was another first for us, and the photos we took were amazing.We would recommend your guides, lodging, staff, and restaurant. We could have stayed longer and already are looking forward to our trip next year.

What a great experience for all levels of adventure travelers.

Specializing in adventure travel in Patagonia Chile since 1985, Expediciones Chile offers Chile river rafting trips on the Rio Futaleufu. Cerro FitzRoy and Torres del Paine Chile trekking trips. Ski Chile and Argentina vacations in the off season. Patagonia horseback riding and mountain biking holidays in the Futaleufu river valley. Whitewater kayaking Chile river trips. Chile sea kayaking and Chile fly fishing vacations. Yoga travel retreats and eco tours. Whitewater guide school. Information about travel in Patagonia, climate and Patagonia maps.

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