Wilderness Medicine
Wilderness Medicine

Featuring one of the world's premier whitewater rafting trips - the beautiful and exciting Futaleufu River!

Wilderness Medicine

Chile: Northern Patagonia
Multi-Sport Adventure
Wilderness Medicine CME Conference

January 25 - February 2, 2019
January 27 - February 4, 2020
Approved for 16.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits

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! Well 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 spectacular, professionally guided whitewater rafting on the Rio Azul, the Rio Espalon, 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 well enjoy gourmet meals and great comraderie and stories from the day!

Wilderness Medicine

Northern Patagonia Multi-Sport Adventure
Wilderness Medicine CME Conference
  • Enjoy Patagonia some of the most beautiful mountain scenery in the world!
  • Whitewater rafting on the Rio Futaleufu, considered to be one of the most beautiful and exciting whitewater raft experiences in the world!
  • Spectacular optional horseback riding, hiking, mountain biking, and trout fishing!
  • Enjoy gourmet meals and accommodations at a stunning riverside location on the Futaleufu River!

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Itinerary - Northern Patagonia
Wilderness Medicine CME Course

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 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 camp; camp orientation, swim, 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. Breakfast of champions and get ready to raft the Futaleufu river! Todays 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, fly-fishing class and our popular intro to hard shell, river kayaking clinic. (B+L+D)

Day 4
Step-up the rafting today! Raft from camp through Bridge to Bridge again and add on class IV Mas o Menos and Casa de Piedra rapids. After the exciting rapids, we switch gear and Kayak Clinic part II starts, you can fish or just "booze cruise" as we drift into lunch which is served off the grill on a remote island where we will relax. After lunch resume the kayaking and a most scenic mellow float for 5 kms to Puerto Ramirez take out. Short drive back to camp for hot tubbing, massage, relaxing 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 on board our rafts, we are dealt a Royal Flush; a continuous class IV corridor of rapids does not let up until we get to our take-out spot at the Rio Azul footbridge. The rafts are left for the night, tethered on shore.
Early evening is spent in camp getting ready for the evening festivities. Blanca and her partner Umberto, locals from a nearby farm, merrily prepare a delicious dinner called "Curanto" that is typical of the south of 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 in camp: lamb roast/Chilean "asado feast" and wine tasting! (B+L+D)

Day 9
Early morning drive back to Chaiten and 45 min. flight back to Puerto Montt. Take connecting flights home or to 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)

Trip Cost: $3,995* +$200 (Roundtrip Flight from PMC/Chaiten) (includes all meals/lodging/activities)
Additional CME Cost: $695 (Approved for 16.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits)
*per person, based on double occupancy

For detailed itinerary or to register for
Chile: Northern Patagonia Multisport
please call Bio Bio Expeditions at 1-800-246-7238

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Wilderness Medicine
The Futaleufu River Canyon in Northern Patagonia has absolutely stunning beauty!
Photo courtesy of Pete Wallstrom


  • Altitude Illness
  • Hypothermia
  • Frostbite and Other Cold Injuries
  • Environmental Heat Illness
  • Snake Envenomation
  • 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
  • Wild Animal Attacks
  • Patient Assessment in Wilderness Settings
  • Wilderness Dermatology
  • Marine Hazards & Envenomations


"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
16.50 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.