A very special collaborative expedition between Far-Flung Adventures and Francois Maeder of Crumpets Restaurant in San Antonio. Participants will be treated to a three-day rafting trip through the spectacular Santa Elena Canyon of the Rio Grande River in Big Bend National Park. Far-Flung Adventures will provide all of the boating and camping equipment (with the exception of sleeping bags) and guides with many years experience on the river and in the Chihuahuan desert.
On the most recent of these Gourmet Raft Trips, participants were treated to marinated shrimp, rack of lamb, quail and beef wellington with eggs benedict appearing for breakfast. Evening meals are accompanied by a selection of fine wines and other beverages; musicians join the guests and perform at campsites.
Weather conditions on the Chihuahuan desert are typically mild in the spring/fall with daytime highs ranging from 65 to 90 degrees... A slight chance of rain or a cool front necessitates participants planning for a wide range of conditions.
The raft outfitter will provide veteran Rio Grande guides, 7 meals and meal service items, all rafts and safety equipment, life jackets, waterproof duffel bags, camera/binocular protection, tents, portable toilets and transportation back to Terlingua. Protective garments and sleep kits (sleep pad and bag) are also provided or participants may bring their own items (please advise).
Your river guides are trained in river rescue and at least one emergency medical technician or certified first responder will accompany the group. Rafters' confirmation packet includes area maps, gear checklist, and a medical information form. Any person with dietary or medical considerations should file a completed medical form so we can make any special provisions for your comfort and safety.
The Big Bend trip is only $875 per person, plus 7.75% Texas State Tax, $100 non-refundable deposit per person is your reservation, balance due no later than 14 days prior to beginning of trip. Cancelations after the 14- day period (prior to departure) will not receive a refund of fees paid.
Call us to inquire about private trips for your group.
Fall 2017: October 13-15 and October 26-28
Note: Variable water conditions may mandate a change of river corridor and meeting times. Your party will be contacted prior to the departure date if such conditions arise.