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Review of H2O Patagonia

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H2O Patagonia
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“Very Good, Highly Recommended”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2014

H2OPat is an adventure vacation with what I would call "glamping-plus" accommodations. It's exceedingly well run by Brian Russell, who also acts as a guide on hikes and rafting. He started the week by reciting a spanish proverb, "the baby who doesn't cry gets no milk" and encourages guests to ask for whatever they want. The staff is very flexible aobut everything and while this isn't like a 5 star hotel where they sit around anticipating your needs, they do genuinely want you to be happy and will go the extra mile to accommodate all requests. Also, the groups tend to be small (our week had 8 people total and that was a busy week for them), which is really nice. They don't overpromise or oversell.

Lodging: Lodging is in tent-like rooms on elevated platforms along the river. Our week was VERY cold and some people had a hard time. The beds are comfy and have huge down comforters, good pillows, etc. A maid comes every day. There are no lights (just battery lamps) and no bathrooms in the room. I really liked the tents and loved being right on the river.

Bathrooms: A short walk away by the main lodge are mens and womens bathrooms with lots of private showers, sinks, etc. One guest in our group slept in the bathroom house (it's quite large) due to the cold (it's heated with a wood stove). There are also more toilets in the main lodge.

Main Lodge: When not rafting or hiking or doing other activities, you hang out in the lodge, a 1500-sq foot yurt-like building with high ceilings and a huge fireplace. There a couches, chairs, tables, etc. Meals are eaten at a long table. Great views, very ski-lodge type atmosphere. There's a hot tub outside which is awesome but wood-fired so the temperature can be too hot or too cold and takes some moderating. It was usually just right.

Meals: Breakfast is continental with weak, lukewarm (bad) coffee and hot tea. Granola, yogurt, cheese, ham, pancakes, etc. Lunches are ususally taken out on the river, or on a hike, etc. Lunches are "weak" and very field-trip like. One day we had cold penne noodles with some kind of salad dressing on it, nothing else. The kitchen brings out appetizers constantly if there are people in the lodge. Great cheese, hummus, bread, empanadas, etc. Wine, drinks, water, etc. Ask and they will bring it. Dinners are huge, multi-course meals, all pretty good. The cook is good. Steaks were WAY, WAY overcooked which surprised me given this is beef country. But overall the food is good and you won't go hungry.

Yoga: They hire a yoga teacher to start every day at 8am. I'm the only one who was experienced at yoga and personally I didn't think he knew what he was doing, and every class was exactly the same. I think inexperienced guests might like it more but it does get boring. It's a nice touch to offer it.

Massage: You get one free 40 minute massage and if you want more you can pay high-end US spa prices. It was pretty good but the pricing for additional massages is way off Chilean exchange rates.

Activities: They offer several things a day, rafting, kayaking, horseback, canyoning, ziplines, etc. Ask and Brian will try to accommdate. The guides are very good and they are very very concenred with safety. The best guides in the world come to the Futa, so the quality is generally good in the region but H20 under Brian hires very good people. Brian is the most conserative of the guides on the river, but you will have a good time.

Overall if you are willing to travel all this way I highly recommend H2O at least as long as Brian R is the manager. I think the manager of a place like this has a big impact on guest comfort and satisfaction and he is very good. In comparison to some of the other big outfitters, the lodge here is the best and none of the others (from what I understand) have the luxury-ish approach to meals, etc. The fireplace and lodge are unique for the area as well. Given the amount of activities, this is a hell of a deal for the money. Also, for singles - there was a single woman on our trip and she had a great time...this place lends itself to singles well.

Room Tip: there are 2 tents right on the river. ALl of them are basically the same but the 2 right on the riv...
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Alexandria, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2013

One of the best adventure travel recipes you'll ever try...

First, you'll need some ingredients:

1. Patagonia: One of the most beautiful, breath-taking places in the planet

2. The Futaleufu: One of the top white water rivers in the world

3. The Guides: Experienced, caring, confident, excellent, top-level pros with a sense of humor

4. The Staff: Friendly, knowledgeable, helpful and caring

5. Gourmet Food: Chef Favio prepared meals that can only be described as Patagonia Gourmet...breath-taking!

6. The Accommodations: Situated in a valley surrounded by incredible views of the mountains, sleep in clean, comfortable, rustic cabañas next to the river...aaaaaah. Sit in the hot tub after a day of high-level action and adventure...aaaaah. Get a great massage to relieve tired muscles and prepare you for the next round of action...aaaaaaah.

Pour all ingredients into a large mixing bowl...sprinkle generously with heart-pounding action, challenging activities, sun, glacier water, laughter, excellent wines, dawns and sunsets beyond description, some more laughter, great people, eye-popping big water...and VOILA!: Enjoy one of the most unforgettable, fantastic and rewarding vacations you'll ever have...a week-long feast that you'll be talking about, and reminiscing over, for the rest of your life.

YUMMY!!

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Alexandria, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2013

Arrive in shape when you come to H2O Patagonia because you're going to climb some steep mountains, kayak some intimidating rapids, and raft some of the most heart-pounding white water in the world. Thank you, thank you for giving us one of the best adventures of our lives! I learned to deal with fear, have stories I can share for the rest of my life, and made some wonderful new friends. And Fabio's cooking was some of the best I've had in all our world travels. Love you guys.

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Bellevue, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 March 2011

A personalized adventure is what you'll get with H2O Patagonia. The dedicated staff and guides work to make your stay comfortable and memorble by creating a friendly, inviting atmoshphere full of smiles and cheers. All your needs, and more, will be met while relaxing in rustic luxary at "camp."

The same attention to personalization is given during all the adventures. Professional guides demonstrated expertise in their trade and knowing just how much to push guests in order to provide maximum enjoyment and personal feats through adventure.

And let's not forget the food! Great breakfasts with variety for all, amazing picnic lunches during the adventures, and dinners that surpass expectations! And once again, personalized to your dietary needs.

Our trip was full of "first times." Our first time in Chile, in Patagonia, Rafting Class IV & V rapids, kayaking inflatable kayaks on class II & III rivers, Canyoning, and TRULY enjoying a vacation - we have traveled many places and had many adventures, but none compare to our trip with H2O Patagonia.

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled as a couple
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
2 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2011

From the moment we arrived, the H2O guides and staff provided the highest level of service and went above and beyond to make sure we had everything we needed for an amazing experience. The H20 team collectively had everything you could want in a luxury adventure trip - the best guides in the business, amazing food and wine, and professional service. The H20 experience can accommodate a range of interests from the hardcore adventure seekers to those just looking to enjoy the rustic beauty of southern Chile.

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled as a couple
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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2010

I had never been to South America before and I had never done any white water rafting so this was a double first and the trip blew me away and gave me superb memories that will last a lifetime.

I flew in to Bariloche, Argentina where a small group of travelers and I were picked up by H2O Patagonia staff and driven over the mountains and into Chile. It's a long drive but that's not a big deal in the overall scheme of things. Just sit back and enjoy the scenery!

The H2o Patagonia ranch is quaint and comfortable but nothing fancy. if you are afraid of being close to nature and need an own toilet withing 3 ft of your bed this may not be your place. If, on the other hand, you love nature and being taken care of by great people in a very personal setting this is your dream.

Slightly nicer than any of the other Futa "resorts" H2O Patagonia attracts an adventurous, well educated and interesting clientele. They serve up a wide range of activities (multi-sport) but river rafting is their core offering, and boy is it worth the trip!

Whether you're a hesitant first-time rafter or a ballsy hardshell kayak pro they can give you the ride you're looking for. I progressed from being part of a small group in a big raft through to inflatable kayaking (a variety of rapids) and on to soloing in a hardshell kayak.

The instructors are the best and if you can get to hang with Mitch or Aren, jump at the opportunity and don't look back. The lovely woman who runs the resort is Dri and she's a gem!

Great food, yum-yummy wines, a hot tub overlooking the river, thick wonderful down bolsters in bed, an unforgettable night sky and the most amazing nature surrounding you....what more can one ask for?

  • Stayed January 2010, travelled as a couple
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Carbondale, Colorado
1 review
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2010

Futaleufu is a remarkable place not encumbered by the hustle of larger tourist destinations and maintains a healthy and friendly atmosphere. My 12 and 13 year olds were completely at home there without anxiety even though they did not speak Spanish. Everyone was friendly and above all the rafting was world class. The river is one of the most remarkable treasures this planet has to offer. The guides were very professional and made us all feel at ease in Class 5 rapids. We would like to go every year if we could. Rancho Antucamay offers 5 star service in a location you wouldn't expect. The best place to stay on either side of the border for tens if not hundreds of miles.

  • Stayed February 2009, travelled with family
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Property: H2O Patagonia
Address: Rancho Antucamay, Futaleufu, Chile
Region: Chile > Los Lagos Region > Futaleufu
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 19 Speciality Lodging in Futaleufu
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
H2O Patagonia is an all-inclusive, high-end adventure travel lodge, located in the heart of Northern Patagonia, Chile on the mighty Futaleufu river, one of the premiere whitewater rafting rivers in the world, offering an unbeatable combination of challenge and beauty for active travelers. Guests choose from pure whitewater rafting on the Futaleufu or combine activities such as inflatable kayaking, canyoning, trekking and horseback riding. ... more   less 

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