Refugio Cochamó – info

From the Refugio Cochamó’s (bed & breakfast) centric location, visitors, hikers and climbers can take in excellent views of the surrounding valley – granite walls, waterfalls, rivers and amazing forest – making it an ideal base to venture off from to hike, climb, spend a beach day at the river and fish. The Refugio Cochamó offers comfortable private rooms, a shared bunk room, home-cooked meals, hot showers, shared kitchen and clean bathrooms.

The hosts, Silvina and her husband Daniel, hiked into the valley to climb the 1000-meter walls in 2000, fell in love with this remote paradise and soon after built and opened this bed and breakfast. Today they, along with their 13-year-old son Zen and nature-loving friends, run the refugio and spend their free time rock climbing, hiking and exploring.

Sleeping options:

  • Private room (max 2 people) includes a queen-size bed, bedding and towels.
  • Private family room (max 4 people) has a queen-size bed, and two bunk beds.
  • Bunk room has very confortable cushions but does not include bedding. Bunkers should bring their own sleeping bags or reserve bedding for an addition cost. Bedding is limited. Why, you may ask. Since not enough power is generated to run a washing machine, everything is handwashed, and washing by hand is laborious, long process we prefer to limit.

The kitchen offers a variety of home-made meals including their oven-baked pizzas and one-pot dinners. Check out the Refugio Cochamó’s kitchen page for more info. Also, there’s a shared kitchen with a gas stove, cookware, dishes, utensils and sink where you can cook your own meals. No matter your plans for eating, you must pack your own lunches. Breakfast nor dinner are charged apart from your stay. Due to the complications of resupplying, food and services are exclusive for guests only.

Prices for 2018-2019 season

Electricty. Even though the Refugio Cochamó uses mainly candles to provide night-time lighting, it generates a small amount of electricity. If there is sufficient power, given the time of the year and consumption needs, guests can charge smartphone, tablets and cameras. Items like hair dryers and curling irons, however, will blow up the system. Leave them behind.

Internet. In this isolated valley, Refugio Cochamó offers limited Internet but no WiFi. The satelite connection allows for a sluggish connection. The Refugio provides a computer during certain hours of the day to send emails, check forecast, chat, etc.

Three shared bathrooms provide hot showers heated by a wood-burning furnace.

Important to know:  No celular coverage or phone service.Refugio Cochamó doesn’t accept credit cards. It’s possible to prepay via bank deposit or PayPal.Closest ATM machine is in Puerto Varas or Puerto Montt. There are no ATMs in Cochamó town.