Most visitors come to Cochamó to see and experience Cochamó Valley, or Valle Cochamó. There the Patagonian mountain range rises steeply up from both sides of the turquoise Cochamó River to form sheer granite walls and domes. Numerous waterfalls whisper through the 3000-year-old alerce trees and other native rain forest. In an open meadow next to the river, colorful tents, roofed cooking areas and the Refugio Cochamó, shelters nature lovers and explorers that gather to admire one of the world’s most amazing natural wonders.
With no roads and only trails penetrating the valley, Cochamó Valley has become a trekker’s paradise, climber’s mecca and nature-lover’s haven with no park fees, no cars and surrounded by granite walls, waterfalls and undisturbed native forest. It’s a place to escape the traffic-ridden roads and enter an area of enormous natural beauty.
These images of a paradise can be shattered for some in days of downpours, its physical demands, lack of accommodations and other unforeseen factors. There’s a lot of logistics, planning and preparedness to achieve.
What To Expect When Visiting Cochamó Valley was written by a first-time visitor and lays out well what any traveler may wonder about the valley, the trip and the accommodation there.
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Cochamó Valley is located in southern Chile, east of Puerto Montt city, west of the Argeninean border and Bariloche, in the heart of the Patagonian Andes. For detailed directions on how to get there, see the getting there page.