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.
  • We can arrange pick ups/drop offs in Puerto Montt or Puerto Varas with any of our trip packages, with sufficient notice.

    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 . . .

    If you are not stopping by our Riverside Lodge first, here are directions to hike directly to our Mountain Lodge-La Junta. 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

  • Our operating season runs from late October through early April. Spring and fall are beautiful, with lots of colors and flowers. Cochamó and the surrounding mountains are quiet and peaceful during these seasons, but rain is always a possibility. Summer is drier, with gloriously long days--it stays light from before 5 a.m. until 10 p.m.

    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.

    The four-day/three-night Pioneer Trail itineraries are the most popular with our guests: Not too long, not too short, and you get to experience two different Campo Aventura locations and lodges, traverse Cochamó's unique rainforest trail, and explore La Junta -- the "Yosemite of Chile."

    Pioneer Trail on FOOT (4 d/3 n) – US$ 300 per person

    • First night at Riverside Lodge, next two nights at Mountain Lodge.
    • Self-guided hiking along the Cochamó rainforest trail between our two lodges (D2 and D4)
    • Self-guided hiking while up at La Junta (D3)

    Pioneer Trail – on HORSEBACK (4d/3 n) – US$ 500 per person

    • First night at Riverside Lodge, next two nights at Mountain Lodge.
    • Horseback riding with gaucho guide on the Cochamó rainforest trail between our two lodges (D2 and D4)
    • Self-guided hiking while up at La Junta (D3)

    BOTH programs include: Accommodation, all meals, drop off and pick up at trailhead; luggage storage at Riverside and rubber boots, as needed. Transfers from/to Puerto Montt Airport (PMC) and locations in Puerto Varas can easily be added on and arranged. Please inquire.

    Add on to your Pioneer Trail adventure! These options are also extremely popular with Campo Aventura guests:

  • Sea-kayaking Enjoy a full day of paddling on the Estuario Reloncavi, Chile’s northernmost fjord on Day 1. (Pick up in Puerto Varas approximately 8:30-8:45 a.m.)
  • Whitewater Rafting On the morning or afternoon of Day 1, 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.)
  • COMBO Option Prices

  • PT on Foot + Kayak or PT on Foot + Rafting – US$ 500 per person
  • PT Horseback + Kayak or PT Horseback + Rafting – US$ 700 per person
  • All the COMBO programs and prices include:

  • Round-trip transport between Puerto Varas and Campo Aventura Riverside Lodge.
  • Day 1 pickup in PV – around 8 – 8:30 a.m.
  • Day 4 drop off in PV or Puerto Montt Airport (PMC) – around 6 p.m.
  •  
    Standard accommodation rates (Lodge accommodation includes all meals, and prices are based on a minimum of 2 passengers sharing room and activities. Special group and family rates are available; solo/single traveler supplements may apply in high season.)
    • Riverside Lodge US$ 100 per person per night (includes all meals); private room, private bath
    • Mountain Lodge US$ 85 per person per night (includes all meals); private room, shared bath
    • Camping US$ 8 per person per night at Riverside or Mountain Lodge-La Junta (See our camping page page for more information.)
     
    Lodge accommodation at Campo Aventura includes all meals—dinner, breakfast, picnic lunch, afternoon tea and treats. You may not be able to pop out to a nearby Starbucks or restaurant—but you certainly won’t go hungry!

    At Riverside Lodge, the cuisine is Western/European and mainly vegetarian. In our dining room, dinners are leisurely, candle-lit affairs, with wine, beer, and soft drinks available. Breakfast includes fresh fruit, yogurt, crepes, eggs, home-made breads—and real coffee! Afternoon tea can include a freshly baked fruit tart or cake.

    At the Mountain Lodge, you’ll get a taste of traditional Chilean fare and non-vegetarian dishes—outdoor asados (barbecues) with salads and sides; hearty chicken and vegetable cazuelas (a soup-stew); pasta; empanadas, etc. (Wine and beer are also available for purchase). Meals here are cooked in our joint kitchen-dining room, and eaten family style—all guests gather around the same table. Breakfast may include sopaipillas (local doughnuts), French toast, eggs, or oatmeal. And, always, fresh bread, honey, butter, jam, tea and coffee. Afternoon tea includes cake and rolls.

    At both lodges, we provide light picnic-style lunches—whether you eat them on the trail or come back to the lodge.

    Options

    • We are happy to provide full vegetarian meals to clients.
    • We can also cater for certain allergies or foods that can’t be eaten (e.g. pork, peanuts, apples etcc
    • Providing gluten-free and lactose-free options is more difficult, but we do our best. (In these cases, we recommend that guests bring along a few of their own gluten or lactose-free snacks and sweets—as most of our desserts include milk or cream.)
    “Wonderful experience! Great, plentiful food with lots of variety.
    We came as guests – and left as friends. Our stay was a highlight of our time in Chile.”

    —A satisfied guest
    RESERVATIONS The easiest way to plan a trip/make a reservation is through e-mail -- info@campo-aventura.com. Tell us what you’d like to do, how many adults/children are in your group, how many days you have, etc. We’ll send you information, suggestions, and a quote.

    CONFIRMATION & DEPOSIT When you are ready to CONFIRM the reservation, we will send you information about the deposit (which is a min. of 50% of the total booking, but may be higher if transport and third-party services are included.) The deposit can be paid by:

    • PayPal
    • US $ checks mailed to Campo Aventura’s US address (if there is sufficient time before the arrival date)
    • Internet or wire bank transfers
    BALANCE PAYMENT For groups of 6 or more passengers, we require payment in full prior to arrival. For other reservations, the balance of the total may be paid at Riverside Lodge in cash or by Visa or MasterCard.

    Please note: We cannot process any credit-card payments at our Mountain Lodge-LaJunta. Our team there can only accept payments of less than US$100 or CLP 50.000 in cash. All other balances must be paid in person at Riverside or by a bank deposit/transfer BEFORE arriving at the Mountain Lodge.

    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) – 2 - 3
  • Light- to mid-weight trousers (Jeans not recommended, but OK) 1 – 2 pairs
  • Shorts – 1 – 2 pairs
  • Trainers/light trekking shoes/sandles – 1 – 2 pairs
  • Undergarments – 3 – 4 sets
  • Lightweight hiking socks – 2-3 pairs
  • Sunscreen and hat!
  • Sunglasses
  • 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
  • Day pack for day hikes
  • Headlamp and/or flashlight
  • Reading device (iPad, Kindle, etc.)
  •   What NOT to pack:
    • Hairdryers
    • Heavyweight hiking boots
    • Glass bottles or fragile containers
     
    The water at both Campo Aventura lodges is safe to drink right out of the tap. For your day hikes, 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.)