This 4-day trek through the local ancient forests is an amazing opportunity to discover the stunning nature of the area while learning about the region’s culture with your local guides. An unforgettable experience!
Beyond La Junta is located El Arco, in the middle of an ancient forest (bosques milenarios). Its name comes from the fact that a waterfall passes under a natural arch of stones. Above this arch is a younger Alerce (local tree) than the other Alerce trees in that area. The Alerce is a protected conifer and one of the largest and longest-living trees on the planet (more than 3000 years).
Apart from seeing this stunning nature, you will also the chance to fish, to walk to a beautiful waterfall and to observe the stars in the darkness of the forest. The public refuge of the Arch was built in 2001 by Favián, Don Pedro and “Moncadita”. At night your guides will light up a fire and cook on it, a typical experience!
And all of this will take a place on lovely Chilean horses!
Duration: 4 days/3 nights
Start/End Location: Cochamo, Chile
Number of Travelers: from 2 to 8
Day 1: Cochamo, Chile – La Junta
You will start this tour by meeting your guides around a coffee. Then you will go by car on a road bordering the Fjord with Yate volcano in the background and the Cochamo River to get to the beginning of the trail. You are going to reach your final destination after approximately 4 hours, the Cochamó Shelter in “La Junta” sector.
This place attracts climbers and walkers from all over the world but also huasos of the area who often take the tourist to the valley of Cochamo. You will pass through the Valdivian jungle, cross rivers of crystalline waters, and observe the fauna of the area. You will have dinner and sleep in an incredible Refugio.
Day 2 : La Junta – El Arco
Once you’ve had breakfast and the horses are saddled up, you will leave the refugio and cross Cochamó River. You are going to follow the trail and keep crossing rivers through the Valdivian forest. You will have a Lunch break before seeing the alerces, trees that are more than 3000 years old and that are more than 5 meters (16.4 ft) in diameter.
Dinner and night in the public shelter of the Arch.
Day 3 : The Arch – La Junta
On this third day you are going to return to La Junta while enjoying the landscapes of mountains and forests. You will be able to witness the strength of nature and its variety of plants. After tasting a delicious “once” (a typical Chilean dish), if you wish, you can go with your guide to know the beauties of the Toboggans or just swim in the Cochamó River. Dinner and night at the Refugio Cochamó.
Day 4 : La Junta – Cochamo, Chile
You will leave the refugio right after breakfast to take advantage of this whole day. The route goes down through the forest where you will be able to observe some chucaos or hummingbirds. After lunch, you will keep going towards the end of the trail where a transfer will be waiting for you to take you back to the village of Cochamo. There, you will have a last coffee at The Coffee House, and it will be the end of this tour!
After you book your experience, you will receive a confirmation email from us confirming that your payment went through. You will then be connected directly to the tour operator, in case you have any further questions. We are also happy to answer any questions about the tour, or travel in general in your country of destination.