Over the past few years, an increasing number of people camping in the Anfiteatro, Trinidad, Paloma and Arco Iris has had dramatic impacts on the fragile ecosystems found there. As a result, two nonprofits (Organización de Turismo, Propietarios y Amigos del Valle Cochamó & Friends of Cochamó), along with neighboring landowners, climbers and other tourist operators, are pushing a campaign to minimize these impacts. They have implemented some of the following guidelines to follow:
- First, don’t set advanced camps in the alpine and sub alpine zones.
- If you must sleep overnight, make only temporary bivouacs – no tent camps. Make sure your bivouac is tidy, and inconspicuous, so uninformed visitors will not assume it’s a camp site. In the past these “camps” have attracted more campers, especially non climbers who don’t necessarily depend on advanced camps for having success on their route.
- Keep your bivouac at least 100 meters from the main trail and running water, and out of sight of day-hikers. Please use leave-no-trace ethics. As a climber, this is a major way you can help protect Cochamó.
- Don’t bath or wash directly in the streams. Many people drink this water down river. Wash at least 100 meters from water sources.