FAQs

  • The closest airport to Cochamó is Puerto Montt, about 2 - 2.5 hours away. (That's 125 kms or 80 miles).
  • The town of Puerto Varas, where overnight buses arrive from and depart for Santiago, is about 100 kms or 2 hours away.

    If you have a rental car . . . 

    It is a beautiful drive along the Ruta 225, which starts in Puerto Varas, (25 kilometers north of Puerto Montt). Follow this road for about 45 kms. toward Volcan Osorno and Ensenada.

    Soon after Ensenada,  the road splits--stay on the right fork,, getting off Ruta 225. Continue 50 kilometers more to Cochamó, through the rainforest, across the Rio Petrohue, and south along the Reloncavi Fjord. There’s only one road, so you can’t get lost.

    When you get to the paved road running through the village of Cochamó, go right through the village -- and continue for another 5 kms. Just as you get to the Rio Cochamó bridge, the pavement ends and you will see a large sign for Campo Aventura’s Riverside Lodge on the opposite side of the bridge. Drive across the bridge, take a sharp left into the first gravel track on the left and follow it to the parking. From there, it’s about a 150-meter walk, across a wooden footbridge, to Riverside Lodge.

    If you'd like to try the bus . . .

    It's also possible to get to Campo Aventura and the Cochamó Valley by buses run by private companies, which runa few times a day. Refer to this document for guidelines: GETTING To CA by BUS. (We are awaiting an updated schedule for October 2016-April 2017.)

    If you are hiking directly to our Mountain Lodge property in La Junta . . .

    Here are directions to hike directly to our Mountain Lodge-La Junta property. Note: You will need to take along a Voucher de Acceso from us, which confirms your reservation, to show at the trailhead and on arrival.

    Hiking Directions to CA's Mountain Lodge--La Junta

    Como Llegar al Campo Aventura Mountain Lodge--La Junta

  • Note:
  • Camping: Nov. 1, 2017-March 30, 2018
  • Riverside Lodge: Nov. 1, 2017-March 30, 2018 (B&B or Dinner+B&B)
  • Mountain Lodge (main): ONLY available to guided groups or groups of 4+ passengers (limited dates).
  • Springtime (October to early December) is a lovely mix of cool, rainy days and warmer, sunny days--with the trees beginning to flower and the migratory birds returning.

    Summer (mid-December – end of February) brings with it wonderfully long days, that are usually sunny and can get quite warm (up to 30 degrees Celsius / 95 degrees Fahrenheit). The ulmo and notro trees are in bloom and you will see bright spots of pink in the rainforest--from wild fuschias, wild roses, and the copihue (Chile's national flower). The summer months do get busier, especially over Christmas/New Year and during February.

    Autumn (March – April) turns cooler, and is very pleasant for hiking. As the we head toward May, rain becomes more frequent.

    RIVERSIDE LODGE, at the entrance to Cochamó Valley
    Private rooms, private bath; accessible by car
    US$ 40 per person per night for Bed & Breakfast

    The price is based on a minimum of 2 passengers sharing a room. Solo/single traveler supplements may apply in high season. Special group and family rates are available.

    CAMPING
    @ Mountain Lodge in La Junta, or at Riverside Lodge

    US$ 8 per person per night at both properties (See our camping page for more information.)

    ADDITIONAL ACTIVITIES

    Sea-kayaking Enjoy a full day of paddling on the Estuario Reloncavi, Chile’s northernmost fjord, with knowledgeable bilingual guides.

    • Pick up in Puerto Varas approximately 8:30-8:45 a.m.
    • Drop-off: Back to Puerto Varas or at Campo Aventura’s Riverside Lodge
    • Cost: US$ 115 (two-passenger minimum; but please ask for single availability). Price includes lunch, all neoprene gear, and transport.

    Whitewater Rafting Shoot the rapids on the Rio Petrohue, halfway between Puerto Varas and Cochamó.

    • Pick up in Puerto Varas – 8:30 a.m. for morning raft; 2 p.m. for afternoon raft.
    • Drop-off in Puerto Varas.
    • Cost: US$ 60 per person.

    CONFIRMATION & PAYMENTS

    For CAMPING reservations

    • Please USE THIS FORM to request a camping reservation.
    • From December 15-February 28, ADVANCE RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED for camping at MOUNTAIN LODGE-LA JUNTA.
    • FULL ADVANCE PAYMENT is required to confirm camping at MOUNTAIN LODGE-LA JUNTA.
    • A Voucher de Acesso will only be issued once full payment is received. (For details, refer to this document: Camping Payment Terms and Conditions.)
    • Camping at Riverside may be reserved in advance; or it is available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
    For Riverside LODGE ACCOMMODATION
    Please USE THIS FORM to make and accommodation reservation at Riverside Lodge.
    A deposit will be required (ranging from 50%-75%) before the booking is considered confirmed.
    The balance may be paid upon arrival at Riverside, by cash (Chilean pesos) or credit card (Visa or MasterCard).

    Deposit/advance payment methods include:

    • US$ checks mailed to Campo Aventura’s US address (if there is sufficient time before the arrival date)
    • PayPal
    • Internet transfers
    • In-country (inside Chile) peso deposits or transfers into our Chilean bank account

    • Refer here for full policies: Lodge Reservation and Payment Policies
    Cochamó is home to one of the world’s great temperate rainforest---so it can rain any time, even during long stretches of sunny weather.

    We recommend lightweight, quick-drying layers and Gortex-type rain jackets and rain pants. Waterproof hiking boots are useful, but they are no match for the mud on the mountain trails during rainy times. As an alternative, we provide gumboots (or galoshes or Wellies – depending on where you’re from!) in all sizes.

    Suggested Packing List:

  • Lightweight fleece jacket or pullover (Medium weight in spring/fall)
  • Quick-dry T-shirts (long and short-sleeve)
  • Light- to mid-weight trousers (Jeans not recommended, but OK)
  • Shorts
  • Trainers/light trekking shoes/sandals
  • Lightweight hiking socks
  • Sunscreen, sunglasses, and hat!
  • Swimsuit
  • Camera with spare batteries
  • Waterproof/windproof rain jacket (must)
  • Rain pants (nice-to-have, but can manage without)
  • Personal toiletries and medications
  • Refillable water bottle
  • Headlamp and/or flashlight
  •   For CAMPERS:
  • Tent and sleeping bags
  • Camp stove with gas bottle, and cooking/eating gear
  • FOOD and waterproof matches
  • Soap, towel, dishsoap
  • What NOT to pack:
    • Heavyweight hiking boots
    • Glass bottles or fragile containers
     
    The water at both Campo Aventura properties is safe to drink right out of the tap. Please bring refillable bottles and make sure to fill them at our lodges, before you depart on your day's activities.
    Insects
    There are no insect-related/mosquito-borne diseases to worry about in our region of Chile, but that doesn’t mean bugs won’t bug you some of the time.
    For about 4 - 6 weeks each summer -- some time between December and February -- horseflies hatch in Cochamó.  This is a natural part of annual cycle of the local ecosystem. (The rainbow trout love this time of year!) The horseflies are not dangerous, and are slow and easy to swat. But some people do find the constant buzzing irritating. Wearing light colored shirts/hats and moving into the shade will help reduce the distraction.
    Professional honey producers place hives all through the lower Cochamó Valley from mid-November to mid-March. The risk of being stung is very low, but if you are allergic to bees, take appropriate precautions and bring medication if you have any concerns.

    Food Allergies
    Please let us know if you have any food allergies requiring special menus. We do our best to accommodate these, but cannot always guarantee a complete solution as our lodges are remote and modern subsitutes are not always easily available.

    Medications, Insurance
    Please bring any personal medication with you. The nearest public "posta" (health clinic) is in Cochamó village, but not very reliable. There are several pharmacies in Puerto Varas--and very good private medical clinics/hospitals in both Puerto Varas and Puerto Montt. (Please ensure that you have adequate health and travel emergency insurance with you.)