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Stuck in Pucon with low water we’re trying to stay focused and make a plan. In that time we squeeze in another quick run down the classic Palguin, enjoying it while acknowledging that we’re here to experience new things. Heating discussion leads to a plan. Then the plan changes. Rain brings up a local IV-V run, the Puesco. We take advantage of that opportunity before embarking on a seven hour drive south to the fabled Rio Cochamo.

The Cochamo valley has access only by trail, and is said to be the Yosemite of Chile with towering granite domes and a tough, incredibly steep river dropping from the high mountain valley to the sea below.

Driving into the late hours we’re exhausted, but somehow manage to secure camping at a gas station, keeping it classy. Bleary eyed in the morning, we continue south until we enter the village of Cochamo and search for a Chilean horseman.

Boofing the Karma

karma boofing


Our search leads us to Ciro, who is kind enough to let us camp on his beautiful property, where we can enjoy a rare rain free afternoon to relax, dry and sort our gear before the ten mile hike begins in the morning. Water levels in Rio Cochamo look too high, but it’s not raining and it’ll be at least a day before we put on.

Jackson Kayak