|• Alcalde||Carlos Soto Sotomayor (PRSD)|
|• Total||3,910.8 km2 (1,510.0 sq mi)|
|Elevation||7 m (23 ft)|
|Population (2012 Census)|
|• Density||1.00/km2 (2.6/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC-4 (CLT )|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-3 (CLST )|
|Area code(s)||country 56 + city 65|
|Website||Municipality of Cochamó|
This sprawling commune was established in 1979; its capital is the Rio Puelo community. Settlement in the area dates back to prehispanic times. Later, the town emerged from stages of consolidating permanent occupation of Cochamó. Recently, ecotourism has become a constantly growing activity in the area. The population of Cochamó is mostly of Spanish origin, with small numbers of Germans and Italians and one young Czech couple.
According to the 2002 census of the National Statistics Institute, Cochamó spans an area of 3,910.8 km2 (1,510 sq mi) and has 4,363 inhabitants (2,506 men and 1,857 women), making the commune an entirely rural area. The population grew by 0% (2 persons) between the 1992 and 2002 censuses.
As a commune, Cochamó is a third-level administrative division of Chile administered by a municipal council, headed by an alcalde who is directly elected every four years. The 2008-2012 alcalde is Carlos Soto Sotomayor (PRSD).
Within the electoral divisions of Chile, Cochamó is represented in the Chamber of Deputies by Marisol Turres (UDI) and Patricio Vallespín (PDC) as part of the 57th electoral district, (together with Puerto Montt, Maullín and Calbuco). The commune is represented in the Senate by Camilo Escalona Medina (PS) and Carlos Kuschel Silva (RN) as part of the 17th senatorial constituency (Los Lagos Region).
Nearby attractions include:
- "Asociación Chilena de Municipalidades" (in Spanish). Retrieved 7 February 2011.
- "Municipality of Cochamó" (in Spanish). Retrieved 7 February 2011.
- "National Statistics Institute" (in Spanish). Retrieved 16 January 2010.
- "Chile Time". WorldTimeZones.org. Archived from the original on 11 September 2007. Retrieved 26 September 2010.
- "Chile Summer Time". WorldTimeZones.org. Archived from the original on 11 September 2007. Retrieved 26 September 2010.
|Wikivoyage has a travel guide for Cochamó Valley.|