Know before you go:
No medical facilities. Each visitor is responsible for his or her safety. There is no rescue team nor emergency personel available. The closest hospital is in Puerto Varas. Serious injuries can result in death given the difficulty and time required to evacuate.
Prior hiking and trekking experience is essential. This valley is laiden with hazardous obstacles. Each season there are serious injuries mostly due to the lack of experience hiking or climbing. There are no easy or beginner trails. If this is your first time, or have minimal experience, doing multiday trekking over rough terrain, this valley may not be for you.
Expect rain and mud. 3000 mm of rain fall in this rainforest every year. Be prepared. During highseason you will not be able to change your reservation, or get a refund unless the trail is officially closed.
This trail is NOT public. If you plan to spend the night in La Junta and you don't have a reservation, or there is no availability, you may be stopped from continuing up the trail by personel working at the trailhead. To ensure your trip plans, reserve before arriving for stays in December, January and February.
Minors must be accomanied by a parent or legal guardian. Parents and family should that the valley is a very dangerous place to send unsupervised minors without realizing the risks of the rocky and isolated environment, lack of any medical services and history of severe accidents, above all in the waterfalls known as the Toboganes.
The trail closes at 3 p.m.. The trail opens at 8 a.m. and closes at 3 p.m. You will not be permitted to start the trail after 3 p.m. nor hike out from La Junta after 4 p.m. Please plan accordingly.
No garbage services. Visitors must carry out their garbage and help keep this pristine valley clean.
No vehicle access. Acces to Refugio Cochamó is walking or horseback via an 11-kilometer trail that takes 4 to 6 hours to reach. The trail is not apt for bicycles.
No communication, nor cellphone coverage. Let others know where you'll be before arriving. Once there you will not be able to communicate with the outside world.
Making a reservation:
Confirming your reservation. Reservations are not confirmed until after completing the reservation form and receiving a confirmation.
There are a lot of people during this season soliciting reservations. An answer to confirm your reservation can take up to 6 days. Last-minute reservations may or may not be answered on time. Unlike many people today, they do not and can not live constantly connected to the Internet, which is their primary means of communication. La Junta is an isolated place in the mountains. They communicate via a data satellite connection - no teleohone - and limited power supply via a river turbine. They connect a few times per week, thus there will likely be some delay between communications.
Deposit required. Have in mind, if there is availabity, Refugio Cochamó will follow up with an email requiring a nonrefundable deposit. The deposit is 50 percent the value of the lodging.
Payments can be made via PayPal or a local deposit / transfer to a Chilean bank account - no international transfers. Account information will be provided via email after completing the form.
Only cash in the valley. Have in mind, due to this isolated location, only cash is accepted. The last ATM to withdraw cash is in Puerto Varas or Puerto Montt.
No Show: In case you do not arrive the date indicated on your reservation, the reservation will be cancelled and you loose 100% of your payment.