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.).
Reserve ahead of time. 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:
No medical facilities. Each visitor is responsible for his or her safety. There is no rescue team nor emergency personel available. The closest hospital is in Puerto Varas. Serious injuries can result in death given the difficulty and time required to evacuate.
Prior hiking and trekking experience is essential. This valley is laiden with hazardous obstacles. Each season there are serious injuries mostly due to the lack of experience hiking or climbing. There are no easy or beginner trails. If this is your first time, or have minimal experience, doing multiday trekking over rough terrain, this valley may not be for you.
Expect rain and mud. 3000 mm of rain fall in this rainforest every year. Be prepared. During highseason you will not be able to change your reservation, or get a refund unless the trail is officially closed.
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 3 p.m.. You will not be permitted to start the trail after 3 p.m. Please plan accordingly.
Minors must be accomanied by a parent or legal guardian. Parents and family should that the valley is a very dangerous place to send unsupervised minors without realizing the risks of the rocky and isolated environment, lack of any medical services and history of severe accidents, above all in the waterfalls known as the Toboganes.
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 bicycles.
No communication, nor cellphone coverage. Let others know where you'll be before arriving. Once there you will not be able to communicate with the outside world.
No electricity . Charge your devices before, or bring your solar charger.
Making a reservation:
You must make a reservation for camping in La Junta.
Reservations must be made no less than 12 days before your arrival. If your arrival is with in 12 days, you can still solicit a reservation. Your chances, however, are much less given the time required to verify a reservation.
Confirming your 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 6 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.
Designated camp sites.During the high season, sites will be designated to groups. Your site may or may not be located near friends.
Payment required. 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 12 days before your arrival date. Process fee will be 50 percent of the payment.
Cancelations solicited less than 12 days prior to the arrival date will incur in a 100 percent loss of the payment.
In case of rain there are no refunds nor changes. You are entering a rainforest. Rain is normal factor to consider and prepare for your trip. If you want pure sunshine, consider northern Chile.
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.