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The municipality’s oficina de turismo is in the same building as the museum (Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., in summer also weekends 11 a.m.-8 p.m. San Valentín 555, Tel.: 52-2356, E-mail:, URL: For information about Reserva Nacional Tamango and a hikingmap, go to Conaf (Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Steffens, at the end of Neff, Tel.: 52-2164, E-mail: Agrupación Defensores del Espíritu de la Patagonia is working on regional environmental issues (Las Golondrinas 198, Tel.: 52-2743). The carabineros station is near the plaza (Esmeralda and Merino).



Banco del Estado exchanges cash U.S. dollars and euros. Its ATM accepts MasterCard and Cirrus; some travelers report success in getting a cash advance on a Visa card (teller transaction) (Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Esmeraldsa, between Merino and Steffens, Plaza de Armas). Chilexpress is the Western Union agent (Monday-Friday 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 3-6 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-1 p.m. San Valentín, between Las Golodrinas and Río Maitén). There are no casas se cambio in Cochrane.



If sending a letter from the post office, know that the mail goes out only three times per week (Monday-Friday 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m., 3-6 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-1 p.m O’Higgins 650). The only places to go on-line are Ciber Centro Cochrane (daily 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Las Golondrinas, between Merino and Steffens; $1.60 per hour) and the public library (San Valentín, next to the museum; 20 minutes free). To place a phone call (national $0.30 per minute, international from $1.70 per minute), head to Aguas Patagónicas (Las Golondrinas 399) or El Encargo (Merino and Prat).



The public health facility is Hospital Cochrane (O’Higgins 755, Tel.: 26-1330). Almacén Farmaceútico Valery is the only drug store (Río Colonia and San Valentín).



LavanderĂ­a Juanita can do a load of laundry for you (Los Helechos 336, Tel.: 07-786-1491).

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