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.
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.
Private rooms, private bath; accessible by car
Starting @ US$ 62 per person per night Bed & Breakfast for two guests
Prices are based on a minimum of 2 passengers sharing a room. Solo/single traveler supplements apply. Special group and family rates are available. To reserve accommodation at our Riverside Lodge B&B (4 kms from Cochamó town), you can choose dates and rooms at this link. Si desea reservar alojamiento en nuestro Riverside Lodge (a 4 km de la ciudad de Cochamó), puede elegir fechas y habitaciones en este enlace.
@ 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.)
Enjoy a full day of paddling on the Estuario Reloncavi, Chile’s northernmost fjord, with knowledgeable bilingual guides.
Shoot the rapids on the Rio Petrohue, halfway between Puerto Varas and Cochamó.
For CAMPING reservations at LA JUNTA Mountain Lodge
Our Mountain Lodge-La Junta camping fills up fast—and requires advance reservations. Enter your dates to reserve camping! Ingresa sus fechas para reserva camping! (Camping open from November 1, 2018 to March 31, 2019.)
For Riverside LODGE B&B ACCOMMODATION
Enter your dates to make a reservation! Ingresa sus fechas para hacer una reserva!
Deposit/advance payment methods include:
- Credit card
- 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
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:
- Heavyweight hiking boots
- Glass bottles or fragile containers
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.
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.
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.)