5 Reasons to Visit Coyhaique
- Coyhaique was founded in 1929 so in comparison to the rest of Chilean cities, it is incredibly young.
- The city is nestled in a beautiful environment with the Andes on one side and the lakes, forests and rivers on the other. It is comparable to Switzerland or Scandinavia in many ways.
- The main attraction here is fly-fishing on one of the many rivers or lakes which during the summer months are overloaded with trout.
- It also serves as important replenishment point for those travelling along the Carretera Austral, Chile's main highway.
- Coyhaique is also the gateway to Patagonia's little known Aysen region, a great place to go if you're looking to get away from the crowds.
Places to visit in Coyhaique
Plaza de Armas
This pentagonal plaza is the historical centre of Coyhaique, with ten straights converging on it. It is a peaceful place to relax and enjoy a piso sour or a coffee.
Occasionally there is also a Craft Fair here, where local artists and craftsmen showcase wood carvings, leather goods, basketry works and pottery.
Patagonia Regional Museum
Located a little out of the city centre, this museum exhibits the heritage of the settlers and ancient inhabitants of the region. There are samples of housewares, charts, texts and photographs.
Just 5km south of the city is a massive nature reserve covering 2676 hectares of protected forest. There are a number of trails to visit lakes, the most popular being Laguna Verde. Alternatively you can trek through the woods to the summit of Cinchao (1361m).
How to get to Coyhaique
The nearest airport is in Balmaceda which is only 34km away. It is possible to fly to Balmaceda from Santiago.
Of course, you can drive to Coyhaique along the Carretera Austral highway. It is 345km from Cochrane and 1646km from Santiago.
You can also sail from Puerto Montt to Puerto Chacabuco which is a merchant port 79km from the city. This is a 22 hour trip.
Things to do in Aysen
Fishing in Aysen
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Hiking in Aysen
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