Welcome to La Junta
From Cochamó, a splendid 12km trek that goes through the deep Valdivian rainforest and along the Río Cochamó brings you to La Junta, an impressive valley situated under the watch of massive granite domes jutting from the top of the surrounding mountains. Though they haven't built a road here (yet!), the valley grew a bit too fast for its own good and, since 2013, has evolved from a secret rock-climbing Eden to an overcrowded camping and party scene, at least in February. (Chilean adventure-outfitter Lippi even sells a Cochamó-branded day pack and it is estimated some 15,000 to 18,000 visitors make the trek up between December and March.) But it remains a gorgeous and serene spot and nearly everyone who goes up for a day wishes they had allotted more time to enjoy the supreme scenery and outstanding trekking. In January, the tábanos (horseflies) can be relentless.