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.).
* You must make a reservation in the camping during January and February. You can also opt to ensure your space for December and March. Outside these periods, and without a reservation, the camping works on a first-come-first-served basis.
Know before you go:
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.
The trail closes at 4 p.m.. You will not be permitted to start the trail after 4 p.m. Please plan accordingly.
No garbage services. Visitors must carry out their garbage and help keep this pristine valley clean.
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 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 electricity nor cell phone coverage. If you need to charge your phone, camera or other device, you must do it before leaving or by returning to town.
Making a reservation:
You must make a reservation for visiting during January and February. It's recommended during weekends and holidays during December and March but not mandatory.
Reservations must be made no less than 15 days before your arrival. If your arrival is with in 15 days, you can still solicit a reservation. Your chances, however, are much less given the time required to verify a reservation.
Reservations are not confirmed until after completing the reservation form and receiving a confirmation.
There are a lot of people during this season soliciting reservations. An answer to confirm your reservation can take up to 4 or 5 days. Last-minute reservations may or may not be answered on time. Unlike many people today, they do not and can not live constantly connected to the Internet, which is their primary means of communication. La Junta is an isolated place in the mountains. They communicate via a data satellite connection - no teleohone - and limited power supply via a river turbine. They connect a few times per week, thus there will likely be some delay between communications.
Groups larger than eight people must make reservations during any time of the season.
To confirm a reservation, you must pay in full for your entire stay. The reservation is not confirmed without receiving the payment in full.
Payments can be made via PayPal or 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 15 days before your arrival date. Process fee will be 50 percent of the payment.
Cancelations solicited less than 15 days prior to the arrival date will incur in a 100 percent loss of the payment.
There are no refunds nor changes in case of rain. You are entering a rainforest. Rain is normal factor to consider for your trip.
Changes to your reservation: Once your payment has been made, you will not be able to make changes for the arrival date o 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.
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.