A Travellerspoint blog

Summer in Chile - 2017

Day trip to Cochamo

Having slept in meant my choice of what to do today was made easy - Take the public bus to Cochamo.

When I read and saw photos of the pretty Cochamo Valley located in the Andes in the Los Lagos Region of Chile, I wished that I was much younger and healthier to be able to do the trekking that was on offer here. I read the valley was similar to Yosemite Valley, due to its granite domes and several 1,000 metre high granite walls, rare bird and plant life and a stunning landscape.
Even though I knew I wouldn't see any of this, I still decided on taking the local bus to the small town of Cochamo.


Most were backpackers on the bus, I was the exception
As it happened I was sitting on the left side of the bus, not the best side for the views, so on the way back I made sure I sat on best side for the views, sadly the wind had come up on the fjord by then and all the beautiful reflections on the lake had disappeared.


Cochamo is around 3hours travel by road from Puerto Montt. At the beginning travelling is along a sealed road, then it turns into a rough single lane dirt road with bridges only just wide enough for the bus to cross. When we met cars, one of us stopped and the other slowly edged past. The scenery was good most of the way, especially when we came to the Reloncaví Estuary, a fjord off Reloncaví Sound. Cochamo is located on this fjord.

Reloncaví Estuary

Alighting from the bus, I made my way to the Information centre first for help, that was a waste of time as there weren't any brochures, only a man who could speak Spanish and nothing else.

Next was to find food for lunch, that was a problem too, so I ended up going to a shop and buying an ice cream for lunch.

Cochamo shop

From the main road, all roads led downhill to the fjord. I was very surprised to find a brand new waterfront area with nice paving, lamps and plenty of seating, just the place for me to sit and eat my ice cream whilst enjoying the water and mountain views. It was so peaceful here, a bit like time had stood still but for the new esplanade area.

Reloncaví Estuary
Reloncaví Estuary

On the way back up the hill, I stopped and looked inside the small Iglesia Imaculada Concepcion de Cochamó Catholic church. It was built over 105 years ago from wood as this was the only construction material available here. Long, narrow, thin shingles made of alerce wood and overlapped to keep out the rain is typical Chilote architectural style.

Iglesia Imaculada Concepcion de Cochamó Catholic church

Iglesia Imaculada Concepcion de Cochamó Catholic church

It was time to finish climbing the hill and to make my way to the main road where the bus stop was located. I only had to wait 5 minutes and the bus was there and I was on my way back to Puerto Montt.

Near Cochamo

I enjoyed this trip and it was very cheap, in fact hard to imagine the round trip of 186 kms only cost me around $10 Australian return.

Posted by balhannahrise 22:51 Archived in Chile Tagged landscapes fishing hiking fjords scenery road trip boating

Email this entryFacebookStumbleUpon

Table of contents


Lovely scenery, and the church is very like those we saw on Chiloe

by ToonSarah


by eliza51

Lovely scenery and looks very peaceful, too.

by irenevt

Stunning photos Dee! Very nice indeed!!

by aussirose

Didn't get to see the Chiloe churches as intended, although saw plenty shingle churches on the mainland.

by balhannahrise

Thanks Ann!

by balhannahrise

Eliza, Thanks for reading

by balhannahrise

Comments on this blog entry are now closed to non-Travellerspoint members. You can still leave a comment if you are a member of Travellerspoint.

Enter your Travellerspoint login details below

( What's this? )

If you aren't a member of Travellerspoint yet, you can join for free.

Join Travellerspoint