*Camping La Junta CLOSED April 28 until October 2016.
Surrounded by granite walls, waterfalls and old forest, you can camp at the valley's epicenter located near an old refugio along a grassy stretch of open pampa along the Cochamó River. Camping La Junta makes the ideal base for climbing and trekking in the valley. The camping includes running water, solar showers and composting toliets. More amenities are shown below.
Remember, in Cochamó Valley up to El Arco is private land and you need to have permission to camp. Respect the land owners and get permission before camping.
(January through March 5)
per person per night
(October through December, March 6 until closing)
per person per night
$5,000 pesos (~US$7)
$4,000 pesos (~US$6)
* Children 9 or under stay for free and do not need to register.
Amenities included at the camping in La Junta are:roofed house with fire pit
large sink for washing dishes
beautiful campsites on open meadow next to the river
information board with maps, hike descriptions, climbing info, etc.
Food and other provisions. Visitors should buy all their food and supplies before arriving. There are no stores or places to buy food in La Junta. *Refugio Cochamó will be closed for remodeling and will not be selling meals or providing any type of service.
No garbage services. Visitors must carry out their garbage and help keep this pristine valley clean.
No vehicle access. Acces to Camping La Junta is walking or horseback via an 11-kilometer trail that takes 4 to 6 hours to reach. The trail is not apt for bicicles.
No medical facilities. The closest first-aid clinic is in the Cochamó town, and the closest hospital in Puerto Varas. In case of an emergency, it may take a day to days to transport a patient.
No cell phone coverage, nor Internet. You will not have these means of communication once in the valley.
No electricity. If you need to charge your phone, camera or other device, you must do it before leaving or by returning to town.
Cooking. You should bring a camp stove. You can buy butane cartriges, as shown in the image, and white gas (bencina blanca) at most large hardware stores in Puerto Montt and Puerto Varas. Also bring your your own cookware if you plan to continue your trek towards Argentina or other higher valley destinations. Oh, and don't forget the sponge and hopefully biodegradable dish soap.
Take out everything you bring in. There is no garbage service.
Keep your trash near your tent and out of reach of dogs and birds. DON'T leave any garbage in the shared cooking areas.
Don't arm new fire pits.
Usar los baños compostajes de forma correcta. Por favor leer las instrucciones de uso de los baños para que funcionen bien. No tirar basura ni toallas higiénicas en éstos (llévalas contigo). Solo tirar papel y aserrín.
When gathering firewood, use dry, dead wood, not green or rotten. They only produce smoke and not fire.
Don't burn garbage! Don't intoxicate those around you.
Leave the common use areas clean and organized.
Respect the hours of silence (22:00 to 07:00). Be considerate of the other visitors.
Don't leave behind your left-over food. It helps to feed mice and create more dangerous diseases like the Hanta virus.
Camping La Junta is not responsible for any lost or damaged items.
Other Camping Points
In Cochamó Valley up to El Arco is private land and you need to have permission to camp. Respect the land owners and get permission before camping.
Camping Los Coigues. This camping has a gorgeous setting at the edge of the Vidal Gormáz, at its northeastern end. This family offers meals, home-made bread and sometimes farm-made cheese.