Valle Cochamo, Cochamo

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Cochamó Valley is a U-shaped valley located in the Andes, in Los Lagos Region of Chile, south of Vicente Pérez Rosales National Park and east of the Reloncaví Estuary. The valley has a striking similarity to Yosemite Valley, due to its granite domes and old-growth forests. Like Yosemite, rock climbers from around the world come to climb the valley's several 1000m granite walls. However, it is also an unexplored paradise for serious and hikers - with trails ranging from easy to challenging, a myriad of rare bird and plant life, and a stunning landscape. The valley takes its name from the river of Cochamó, about 5 km from the village of Cochamó. A six-km gravel road and hiking trail leads into this east-west running valley. The trail carries on up through Argentina traverses some of the most unspoiled areas of northern Patagonia, and rewards travelers with views of granite walls, plunging waterfalls, soaring condors, towering Alerce trees, and the magical deep-blue Vidal Gormaz Lake, known for trout fishing. The trail is more than 100 years old, and was used to transport Argentinean beef cattle from across the border to be shipped from Cochamó to the hungry nitrate miners in far northern Chile. In turn, dried and smoked fish and shellfish made the return journey into the mountains and across Paso El León into Argentina. The trail's most famous users were Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, who, while hiding out for a couple of years at their ranch in Argentina, actually drove their own cattle down to sell in Cochamó. The valley is home to dense, virgin temperate rainforest - one of only three such remaining forests in the world. It is not unusual to find trees close to 1,000 years old, and climbers, vines, and undergrowth that have not known human footsteps. Wild boar (an invasive species), pudú, and the occasional puma inhabit the upper slopes - but are rarely seen and rarely a threat to man. Almost the entire valley is privately owned—mostly in the hand of local residents, having been passed down for 3 or more generations, since the first homesteaders staked their claims in the first quarter of the 20th century. The land is used primarily for free-ranging cattle, with the majority of owners living in Cochamó, and making occasional trips to check on their animals and bring them down for sale when needed. There is minimal raising of crops.
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  • Really a beauty. Lots of nature. The effort of the climb is worth it. There is a bus that passes through Ralun and passage costs between 3000 to 5000 CLP. And they take you to the entrance of this Valley trail.
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  • Super recommended to visit this place if you are in the South of Chile! We had figured out from this place Argentina and reserve 2 nights camping Board, hoping to get rest, hike the next day, and down the other. I think that it is good to sleep 2 nights above minimum. We arrived from Ensenada to noon, we buy empanadas by the side of the road by cochamo, last place to stock up. We pass by the Church, which overlooks the estuary of reloncaví, enter the path that leads to the path that leads to the Valley, 8 km of gravel road are in very good condition and left the car in the parking lot of a campsite that rents horses to climb even though we had no reservation do horses, saw as a good option to find out how much they charged up with them, knowing that they were 11 kms from rise! and taking into account that we were already walking. We were told 30000 each and we have no doubt it... the truth that was an excellent decision. We climbed up to 15 pm (time that closes the path) and 18.30 pm arrive at the Valley. Somewhat tired, but neither point of comparison to go walking. All the way is really beautiful, crossing footprint of livestock which were formed for centuries that afternoon set up the tent, and we slept in an absolute peace, since there is plenty of space between carp and CARP... The same landscape of the Valley is really beautiful, in the middle of giant walls of stone. And when we got also decided to walk we were going to do the next day. We decided to walk to dry the Dove glacier. More than nothing because the others required a greater difficulty. Question that the next day we got up, had breakfast, and undertook the Trek was really very nice, but exhausting. First we passed by the slides, which are 10 minutes away from the campsite, we crossed the river congeladisimo... To get to the glacier, it is necessary to walk 3 hours through the jungle, first get to dry wall, where several climbers make their first experiences, and still climbing roots, climbing stone with rope, crossing rivers through trunks that are 2 or 3 meters tall (eye c (on these parts that I detail because they do that the path is not suitable for certain people), until you reach the river Dove, there are 45 minutes more upstream to reach the source of the river and see there the glacier (dry now). It's really beautiful to see these queparecen walls a great rest black. In the middle is there ice / snow, forming caves where we had the luck to spend 20 m within one and out the other side. Actually it was a refrigerator! very nice experience. The turn is simpler because it is downhill, and takes about 2.30 hours approx. I forgot to tell you that there are colored ribbons tied to follow the path to good trees, that day arrived already tired, bathed with cold water that there is, and the next day took down What we had come up with the horses. Killer also down as building up the cansanciod and the last days. We went at 4.30 hs. Ultimately, super recommended East place!
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  • nice town, full of great fish restaurants. close to the amazing la junta, which is well worth doing (and possibly staying up in la junta if you have time and camping gear). great park!  more »
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