The camping works with a strict maximum capacity to help take care of its surroundings and installations (composting toliets, bio filters, solar showers, roofed areas, ect.).
Large groups. Many dates during the high season have been blocked for larger groups. If you have a large group and want to reserve in the camping, please email email@example.com.
Reserve ahead of time. You must have a confirmed reservation in the camping during December, January, February and March. You can also opt to ensure your space for November and April. Outside these periods, and without a reservation, the camping works on a first-come-first-served basis.
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 their garbage out and help keep this pristine valley clean. Please recycle at the Visitor Center located at the trailhead.
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.
No electricity . Charge your devices before, or bring your solar charger.
Making Your Reservation
Reservations must be made no less than 10 days before your arrival. If your arrival is with in 10 days, you can still solicit a reservation. Your chances, however, epecially during the highseason, are much less given the time required to verify a reservation.
Confirming your reservation. Reservations are not confirmed until after completing the reservation form and receiving a confirmation.
Be patient. There are a lot of people during the high season soliciting reservations. An answer to confirm your reservation can take up a few days. Last-minute reservations may or may not be answered. La Junta is an isolated place in the mountains. They communicate via a data satellite connection – no telephone – and limited power supply via a river turbine. They connect a few times per week, thus there will likely be some delay between communications.
Designated camp sites. During the high season, sites will be designated to groups. Your site may or may not be located right next to your friends.
Payment required December through March before arriving. To confirm a reservation, you must pay in full for your entire stay from December through March. During this period, the reservation is not confirmed without receiving the payment in full.
Payments can be made via PayPal or via 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.
Cancelations must be solicited no less than 10 days before your arrival date. Process fee will be 50 percent of the payment.
Cancelations solicited less than 10 days prior to the arrival date will incur a 100 percent loss of the payment.
In case of rain there are no refunds nor changes. You are entering a rainforest. Rain is normal factor to consider and prepare for your trip.
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.
Changes to your reservation: Once your payment has been made, you will not be able to make changes for the arrival date or departure date, nor in the number of people in your group. Additional people who’d like to join your group should make an additional reservation. In any case, if its within 10 days of your arrival, and considering availability, Camping La Junta will do its best to accommodate you around your new desired dates.