Cochamó marks the beginning of Southern Chile. It is the place where the Pacific Ocean meets the Andes Mountain Range, forming the first fjord of Chilean Patagonia, located along the eastern coast of the Reloncaví estuary. The area is located 96 km southeast of Puerto Varas. After crossing Ensenada there is a fork towards Ralún and then to the town of Cochamó. Going up the Cochamó River, along a well-marked and easy-to-follow path, is the Cochamó Valley, known for its large hills and granite walls, which are used for traditional climbing. To get there you must cross the Piedra River on foot, as well as small streams and puddles, until you reach La Junta —located in the heart of the valley— where there is a campsite and a refuge, the latter a comfortable home with excellent views of the large granite walls. This area is the ideal spot for outdoor activities such as trekking, rock climbing, caving, natural water slides, swimming, hiking, tubing, or just relaxing on the beach. You come back on the same route.
35 km south of the town of Cochamó you will arrive at Río Puelo, administrative center of the district, where we recommend you take the detour to Tagua Tagua Lake, where it is possible to embark on a small ferry that crosses this beautiful turquoise lake. The adventure of the Puelo River valley starts here, where there are multiple alternatives for your stay, from exclusive fishing lodges to campsites and lodging in private homes, cabins and agrotourism companies. After approximately 40 minutes by car, you will arrive at the small town of Llanada Grande. If you continue along the road, you will cross the First and Second Corral, where the Ministry of Public Works is working on the Puelo – Paso El Bolsón connection. Along the Patagonia Verde route is a journey through the less populated landscapes of the Los Lagos Region. Here marks the crossroads of two distinct cultures, one - ballo and the mountain range, all melted into deep natural beauty. In these lands the Carretera Austral emerges, whose path leads to the sea and crosses glaciers, mountains and towns inhabited by brave settlers. Valle Cochamó Patagonia Verde 23 now, you can only get to the International Passage on foot, but first you must cross Las Rocas Lake on a boat until you reach the north side of Inferior Lake on foot, where there is a Police Checkpoint that also operates as customs. If you want to cross into Argentina, you must obtain the necessary stamps to be able to leave the country at the checkpoint and rent a boat, since this international passage is by river.