Cochamó

Chile

4 days in March, 2011

The Cochamó valley is sometimes called "the Yostemite of South America". Just like Yosemite this is a climber's paradise with vertical granite wallks that have been polished by glaciers. But unlike Yosemite, Cochamó is far away from crowds and large-scale tourism.


Day 1

 

We arrived on a day of intense rain, and were so happy that a local farmer offered us to sleep on the floor in this shed, which felt like a palace to us. A fireplace and homebaked bread that we bought from the farmer was so lucurious :)

 
 

Our home for the night.

 
 

Now we walked into the valley

 
 

The path was so muddy, since a lot of horses use it.

 
 
 
 
 

Rainforest

 
 

Rainforest

 
 

The campsite at La Junta

 
 

The nice shelter that campers can use

 
 

Fireplace in the shelter

 
 

Day 2: Arco Iris

 
 

The campsite in the morning.
Looks like we will have a sunny day
for the first time in a long time :)

 
 

Deep glacial valleys

 
 

The path was tricky in places

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

The view of the amazing valley
from the Arco Iris viewpoint

 
 

More impressive walls

 
 

The view to the north into Perez Rosales national park

 
 

We met a nice German couple
from Muncich here, Roland & Steffi

 
 

The lower part of Cochamó valley, which we walked the first day, and the Cochamó fjord in the distance.

 
 

Alerce trees

 
 

Day 3: Trinidad

 
 

Getting across the river was fun

 
 

The forest here was just amazing, with plenty of gigantic Alerce trees. Up by the Trinidad rocks there was a whole forest of Alerce...

 
 

The Trinidad rock was impossible to photograph...
It was very impressive in reality :)

 
 

A lake with polished rocks

 
 

In the evening we went to the
Cochamo Refuge for some
beer and pizza

 
 

Day 4: Return to Cochamó village

 
 

Another rainy day, but nice views in the morning.