Cochrane - the middle of nowhere

Cochrane is a town that was only founded in 1954, and then only got road access with the rest of Chile in 1988. About 3000 people live here and thanks to a large range of mountains to the West the climate is much drier and warmer than the surrounding areas. Big rivers still flow through, but forests dominate the landscape and the town itself has a sleepy frontier-like charm with about 5 or 6 hospedaje (guest houses) a few cabañas and a leafy central plaça that comes alive in early evening. There are a few shops and a cafe, but the General Store is something to behold, chain saws across the aisle from washing powder, dried seaweed for toothache on the shelf next to wood burning stoves. Fantastic!

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