Valle Cochamó

Threatened Area Info

Region: Cochamo
Responsable LAO: Conservación Cochamó
Access Issue Types: Commercial and Industrial Development, Private Land
Valle Cochamó

Valle Cochamó, in Chile’s Northern Patagonia, is an alpine wilderness with some of the longest ice-free granite routes on earth. There are countless granite walls, untouched and even unnamed and endless possibilities for first ascents and many climbing adventures.

The Cochamó Valley is a roads-free U-shaped river basin characterized by granite domes known as the Chilean Yosemite and ancient Valdivian rainforest (Alerce tree with individuals with more than 3.000 years old). Its forest has never been logged. It is unique in all the Andes geologically, ecologically, culturally and historically. The wealth of local biodiversity, only possible in mature intact ecosystems, is exemplified by four endemic endangered species and the discovery in 2009 of two potentially new species.

Valle Cochamó Access – a PPT presentation summarizing this issue – created by Conservación Cochamó, in Spanish.