ochamó is a town in the Region of the Lakes, located near the city of Puerto Varas. By this city becomes del Río Cochamó, which comes to the valle Cochamo, characterized by its large hills that are used to perform free climbing.
Commonly referred as the "Chilean Yosemite", Cochamó is a district located within the Province of Llanquihue, in Región de Los Lagos. Its capital city is the town of Río Puelo, named after the nearby river, a stream with great waterfalls and surrounded by forest.
When to go: Year round, but it's best from December to March.
How to arrive: On a private vehicule through Ruta 5 road, take the exit to Puerto Varas and then keep going through the lake's coastal route to the South West, across Ensenada and Ralún. 30 to 40 minutes later you'll finally get to Cochamó. From Puerto Montt there are daily buses going to Cochamó and Cochamó river's bridge. The walkpath starts 8 km upriver from the bridge, through the gravel road. Also, it is possible to reach the walkpath by taking a taxicab from the town.
Attractions: Observations of native species like Condor, Puma, Monito del Monte (Little Mountain Monkey, the smallest marsupial in the world), Pudú and Darwin's Frog. Ancestral larch forests surrounded by great walls of granite, waterfalls and walkpaths.
Services: Food, accommodation, camping, roads and transportation.
The weather on this place is oceanic and rainy, with a bit of Mediterranean influence, there’s abundant and constant rainfall, even in summer. The annual average temperature is 11° C.
We advise you to wear clothes that are suitable for rain, because the weather is constantly changes at any time of the year.
Stores in rural areas are open all day, but they close between 13.00 and 15.00. We advise you to carry local currency (Chilean pesos), since it isn’t possible to pay with debit or credit cards in kiosks and rural stores.
Do not litter on parks or streets. Taking care of our environment is everyone's responsibility. Avoid fines by following the rules.
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