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“Highlight of our month in Chile”

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Refugio Cochamo (La Junta)
Reviewed 19 January 2014 via mobile

This was truly the highlight of our month trip in Chile! We stayed at the Refugio for 5 nights and that was the perfect amount of time. It is very clean, the women who work there are super welcoming and friendly, the view is amazing and the food yummy. We cooked some nights and ordered their homemade pizza two nights. We enjoyed reading and hanging out on their awesome porch, meeting other travelers and exploring the area's hikes. This place is an absolute gem! A note: there is no food or drink available to buy except lunch and dinner from their kitchen. We didn't quite bring enough food so we were rationing ourselves! Although you can always buy a sandwich or dinner from the Refugio.

  • Stayed: January 2014
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Reviewed 12 January 2014

No gain without pain! Oh I hate that sort of stuff it's reminds me of unfinished homework! The 13km trek in was a challenge for old legs through mud, marsh, gullies and driving rain but once there the refugio team swings into action. Silvina pulled us across the river in the flying fox and 5 minutes later Daniel met us on the verandah encouraging us to shed cold wet clothes for dryer ones and to come inside by the potbelly for a large cup of steaming tea or coffee. The refugio itself is a lovely building of local timber and so well designed with sleeping upstairs and living down, separate kitchen for self caterers, one bathroom upstairs and two downstairs. New Years Eve was a special night for about 30+ of us. Some of the campers joined us. All home made delights! Large plates of dips, huge lamb main and three slices of cake. Those who took or bought wine shared it around. The drumming and dancing stopped sometime after 1am. The day trekking options are numerous and the scenery stunning. Daniel knows the landscape inside out and can advise on treks and climbing. The surrounding mountains are a Mecca for climbers who pack out the camping area. Daniel, Silvina and their team were amazing and the treks stunning adding up to pure magic. You need at least 3 days and New Years Eve. Some people stay weeks. We would have liked to.

Room Tip: There are are only two double rooms. Part of the dorm is being converted to another double soon. If...
  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Steve0132013
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Reviewed 27 February 2013

My husband and I stayed for 2 nights in the dormatory and had a wonderful time here. The dormatory is a 18 person dorm and arranged in two rows of bunkbeds, all next to each other, but is quite nice as they have a divider every 2 beds so we felt like we were in a double bed. It is warm enough when we were there to only need a sheet to sleep in (we didnt really need the sleeping bags we hired!). The 2 double rooms come off the dorm so arent hugely private. The showers are hot at 7pm only. The spot really is very nice, we spent most afternoons on the deck taking in the view.
The food looked nice but we used the kitchen the whole time. 3 course dinner was 7000 each. Breakfast 2500 (though this was included if you stayed) - homemade bread and real coffee. Pizzas 7000+1000 per topping and would feed a hungry man or two women. Sandwiches 4000. CAMPERS – don’t rely on eating there in February (high season), they serve their guests first and can only cater for campers on quiet days. If you want a few drinks you need to bring them up!
The same couple own the camping and the refugio.
The walk up is not difficult, we had no map and didnt get lost. There are directions on the very good website. It took us 4hrs up (with no stops) and 3.5 down. We are of average fitness and 30 years old!
Last bus from cochamo-puerto montt was 5pm

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Rhian H
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Reviewed 6 January 2013 via mobile

My husband and I recently spent two weeks at the Cochamo Refugio and we feel in love with the place, the people and the location. As soon as we arrived we were welcomed by the whole crew with hugs and warm smiles and we immediately felt like we were at home. In every aspect they went out of their way to make sure we were happy and well taken care of. The rooms and dorm are very clean and the beds are comfy. The Refugio is kept super clean and they provide a nice kitchen to prepare your own meals. I won't recommend preparing your own meals though, their food is outstanding. They offer fresh baked breads for breakfast, real coffee, deliciously generous sized sandwhiches for lunch and large plates of mouthwatering vegetarian food for dinner. Or you can enjoy their pizzas any time a day. Best food we have had in a long time!
If you are into the outdoors there are stunning hikes, natural water slides and emerald green rivers. If you are into climbing, you must come here!
This place is truly one of a kind. Just go! You will not be disappointed.
We are already planning for our next trip there next year:)

  • Stayed: December 2012
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3  Thank Lovelylogan
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Reviewed 15 July 2012

This is one destination/valley we shopped around, but not much to shop for. If you're staying in the upper valley, which is the whole reason to go, you have a choice of either Refugio Cochamo or Campo Aventura. Refugio Cochamo was half the price, more spacious, recently built, clean and had a fun, organized team. Great hiking, don't need a guide since the team had done every hike and explained where to go. After traveling through all the south, this was my number one desired place to go back to. Thanks to all the kind people there.

Room Tip: Rooms fill up. We had to change our itinerary slightly for getting availability. Book ahead of time...
  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled with family
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5  Thank zachs_travels
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Reviewed 21 February 2012

We camped at La Junta and stayed many more nights than we planned. Cochamo Valley is one of the most beautiful places in Chile and the campground is perfectly positioned for the finest views around. The owners were beyond helpful for recommendations for hiking, swimming, climbing, etc... The refugio is located just across the river and those camping are welcome to order food, beer, wine, etc... and hang on the porch or the inside sitting area. The pizzas and set dinners are delicious and well worth the money (especially sharing a pizza between two people). The hiking that surrounds La Junta is perfect for long day hikes before dinner. If we had more time we would have stayed for atleast two weeks. Worth every muddy step to get there!!!

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank GnomeHome416
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Reviewed 31 December 2011

This was a major trip advisor find, spent Christmas here with some great folks in a beautiful place. You have to be prepared of course, there are great showers (but they are heated by wood and available only at about 6), the trek in is indeed muddy and not the most lovely hike ever (we did it in just over 4 hours both in an out), and the horse flies can be annoying, but they don't bite that bad. The people are wonderful, the food is good (they went out of their way in making a Christmas feast), and beer after a day hiking or climbing is a real luxury (3500 pesos for a 1000ML lager that is pretty tasty for someone who really prefers ales). Food costs about 7000 pesos per meal. Breakfast is included if you stay there and includes pretty decent home made breads, jam, butter, and good coffee.

  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank laetulos
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Address: La Junta River, Cochamo, Chile
Region: Chile > Los Lagos Region > Cochamo
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Ranked #3 of 10 Speciality Lodging in Cochamo
Price Range: £9 - £22 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 27

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