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Cochamó Valley camping - Camping La Junta  Cochamó Valley camping - Camping La Junta

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 cost is $2,500 pesos (~US$5) per person per night, except January 16 through February (high season) when it costs $3,500 pesos (~US$7). The camping includes running water, solar showers and composting toliets. More amenities are shown below. The refugio offers food, drink and other services, but it's important to note that during high season, supplies are limited.


Reservations. It's NOT necassary for individuals and small groups. The campground sits in a large pampa next to the Cochamó River. Large groups (10 or more) - highschool, university, boyscout, etc. - need to contact the Refugio Cochamó to make a reservation and should avoid the busy season, second half of January and first half of February.


Amenities included at the camping in La Junta are:

  • roofed house with fire pit
  • running water
  • solar showers
  • large sink for washing dishes
  • pots, pans, dishes and silverware
  • beautiful campsites on open meadow next to the river
  • composting toliets
  • information board with maps, hike descriptions, climbing info, etc.
  • *No garbage services. Visitors must carry out their garbage and help keep this pristine valley clean.


    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.



     Price List Camping La Junta

      camping p/ person p/ night

      $2,500 pesos (~US$5)   

      camping p/ person p/ night (high season)

      $3,500 pesos (~US$7)

      camping p/ person p/ week or month

      Discounts available for long-term stays.

      *is open from Oct. 16, 2013 through April, 2014. Outside these months,
    the facilities are closed, water shut off and river crossings removed.




    Other Camping Points


    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. Climbers can opt to throw a tent up at the Camping La Junta to store gear and use to wait out bad weather. Camping La Junta doesn't charge for leaving tents up in their campground.



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