Enjoy Patagonia: some of the most beautiful and rugged mountain scenery imaginable!
Whitewater rafting on the Rio Futaleufu, considered to be one of the most beautiful and exciting whitewater raft experiences in the world
Spectacular optional activities: horseback riding, hiking, mountain biking, and trout fishing
Relax during your stay at our deluxe riverside camp with a hot tub, sunset bar, outstanding cuisine, massage, wine tasting, and more!
World-class whitewater rafting, hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, and trout fishing!
This exciting multi-sport Wilderness Medicine CME Course takes place in the spectacular northern region of Patagonia. This area has some of the most fantastic mountain scenery in the world, including giant peaks with awe-inspiring glaciers, beautiful pristine forests, and resplendent whitewater rivers.
The Futaleufu is considered to be one of the most beautiful and exciting whitewater raft experiences in the world! We will stay several nights at the fabulous Bio Bio camp right on the banks of the almost surreal turquoise Futaleufu.
Each day of this CME course will be a new adventure! Several days will be filled with spectacular, professionally guided whitewater rafting on the Rio Azul, the Rio Espolon, and the Futaleufu.
We will also do some amazingly beautiful horseback riding and hiking in the Andes. There is optional mountain biking and flyfishing for feisty brown and rainbow trout.
The Wilderness Medicine CME lectures and workshops typically take place each afternoon before dinner. Each night we'll enjoy gourmet meals and great camaraderie and stories from the day!
Northern Patagonia Multi-Sport Adventure
Wilderness Medicine CME
DAY 1 Arrive in Santiago, Chile. After completing customs, transfer onto a domestic flight to Puerto Montt. Transfer to the scenic town of Puerto Varas on Lago Llanquihue. Overnight in Cabanas Del Lago Hotel. (D)
DAY 2 Drive to Aerodromo Marcel Merchant in Puerto Montt to take your short scenic flight to Chaiten. We'll drive through the temperate rainforest, passing countless waterfalls and hanging glaciers surrounded by jagged mountain peaks! We will pause for a short hike and a picnic lunch in Pumalin National Park. Arrive early afternoon at the famous Bio Bio Riverside Camp for camp orientation, swimming, hot tub, and welcome happy hour. (B+L+D)
DAY 3 Start the day with a yoga class, or catch up on some sleep after long international travel. Enjoy a breakfast of champions and get ready to raft the Futaleufu river! Today's introduction and "warm up" is complete with safety briefing and paddle training on the famous Bridge to Bridge section. In the afternoon you may choose from mountain biking, hiking, a fly-fishing class or our popular intro to hard shell river kayaking clinic. (B+L+D)
DAY 4 Get ready for the rafting today! Raft from camp through Bridge to Bridge again, with the addition of class IV Mas o Menos and Casa de Piedra rapids. After the exciting rapids, we will switch our gear and start the Kayak Clinic part II. Or, you can fish or "booze cruise" as we drift into lunch served off the grill on a relaxing remote island. After lunch we'll resume the kayaking with a most scenic mellow float for 5 kms to Puerto Ramirez. Then we'll make a short drive back to camp for hot tubbing, massages, relaxation and dinner! (B+L+D)
DAY 5 Short drive up the Rio Azul side valley for an exciting class 3 descent in inflatable kayaks! (doubles and singles!) (B+L+D)
DAY 6 Horseback ride deep into the pristine wilderness of the Rio Azul Valley. Stop for lunch and you will enjoy a quick hike to La Cascada - a beautiful multi-stepped 200+ ft waterfall! (B+L+D)
DAY 7 Back aboard our rafts, we'll be dealt a Royal Flush; a continuous class IV corridor of rapids that does not let up until we get to our take-out spot at the Rio Azul footbridge. Here we'll leave the rafts for the night, tethered on shore.
We'll spend an early evening at camp getting ready for later festivities. Blanca and her partner Umberto, locals from a nearby farm, will merrily prepare a delicious dinner called "Curanto" typical to southern Chile and the island of Chiloe.
DAY 8 Summit day! Raft from the Rio Azul through the Terminator, Kyburz, and Himalayas rapids. Lunch at camp. Raft from camp again to below Casa De Piedra. Optional hiking, mountain biking or fly-fishing activities available as well. Last night at camp: lamb roast, Chilean "asado feast," and wine tasting! (B+L+D)
DAY 9 Early morning drive back to Chaiten and 45-minute flight back to Puerto Montt. Take connecting flights home or to your next destination!
Some of the activities can be interchanged depending on your preference for the day.
(Legend: B = Breakfast included , L = Lunch included, D = Dinner included)
Northern Patagonia Multi-Sport Adventure
Trip Cost: $4,500* +$200 (Roundtrip Flight from PMC/Chaiten)
(Includes all meals/lodging/activities)
Optional CME Cost: $695 (Approved for 15 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits)
*per person, based on double occupancy.
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Testimonials From Your Colleagues
"Phenomenal course with much content not available in other programs! ... excellent, in-depth, very relevant, and practical."
Joseph Leader, M.D. Pediatrics Lexington, Mass.
"The course excited me... every topic and every lecture had a pearl of information that will help me in my practice or my outdoor activities."
Charles Katz, MD - ENT- SLC, Utah
"Fantastic course. Every lecture seemed highly relevant to the wilderness environment. Great, experienced, charismatic faculty."
Matt Danigelis, MD - Emergency Medicine - Florence, Or.
Faculty for the Chile: Northern Patagonia
Wilderness Medicine CME
Brian Gee, MD: Family physician who has spent the majority of his career working in rural ER and acute care settings. His wilderness medicine training has included the DiMM certification. He is also a field and classroom instructor for the Wilderness Medicine Institute (WMI) of NOLS.
COURSE CONTENT INCLUDES
- Altitude Illness
- Frostbite and Other Cold Injuries
- Environmental Heat Illness
- Traveler's Diarrhea, Giardia & Other Waterborne Wilderness Infections
- Surviving the Unexpected Night Out
- Lightning Injuries
- Improvised Medical and Trauma Care
- Management of Fractures and Dislocations
- Preparing for Foreign Travel
- Backcountry Medical Kits
- Wilderness Wound Management
- Patient Assessment in Wilderness Settings
- Wilderness Dermatology
- Marine Hazards & Envenomations
- Snake Envenomation
CME ACCREDITATION INFORMATION
"This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of the Center for Emergency Medical Education and Wilderness and Travel Medicine. The Center for Emergency Medical Education is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians."
The Center for Emergency Medical Education designates this live activity for a maximum of
15 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM.
Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
This trip is planned, outfitted and conducted by Bio Bio Expeditions, or subcontractors arranged by Bio Bio Expeditions. Please note that Wilderness and Travel Medicine, LLC is responsible for the CME Educational content only. Wilderness and Travel Medicine reserves the right to change or substitute the faculty for any CME course without advance or prior notice to participants.