Coyhaique and surroundings

Coyhaique, the capital of the region, has a great number of landforms that have appeared due to tectonic forces and prolonged glacier activity that have given way to very diverse climates and vegetation.

Coyhaique, the capital of the region, has a great number of landforms that have appeared due to tectonic forces and prolonged glacier activity that have given way to very diverse climates and vegetation. Within a few kilometres, the landscape changes from high mountains with eternal ice and high precipitation, to semi-arid steppes with abundant sunshine.

Coyhaique, one of the youngest cities in Chile, is framed by the rivers Simpson and Coyhaique and surrounded by snow-covered mountains; it is a wonderful place to discover and travel.

Walking just a few blocks away from the centre, you will reach Simpson street, where you may visit the Piedra del Indio (indigenous rock,) a rock formation that resembles the figure of an indigenous person. The best place to see it is over the bridge that crosses Simpson river.

Amongst the places one must visit are the Feria Artesanal (craft market), El Monumento al Ovejero (Shepherd’s Monument), the Cultural Centre of Coyhaique and the town’s central square.

From Coyhaique you may visit Rio Simpson National Reserve, Elizalde Lake, Dos Lagunas Natural Monument, Frío Lake, Polux Lake, Cástor Lake, El Fraile Ski Centre, Ñirehuao River, Coyhaique National Reserve, and La Paloma Lake.

Simpson River is a special attraction, located in a field of uneven geographies with an extraordinary flora and fauna. This place invites you to travel through native and exotic vegetation such as lenga beech (Nothofagus pumilio) and ñirre (Nothofagus antarctica), to then be surrounded by evergreen forests. This river is protagonist in varied landforms: pampas, mountains and coastlines, crossing Coyhaique and Puerto Aysén. This route has various entry points, the main one is located 500 metres from the city of Coyhaique, and it is possible to access it either walking, biking or by car.

It is an ideal place for Sport Fishing, with a rich fauna, including the farío trout (Salmo trutta farío), the rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) and some species of Salmon.

a- General Information

Year of Establishment: 12th of October 1929

Total Area: 7,320 square kilometres.

Location: Coyhaique Commune, regional capital, located in the centre of the Aysén region.

Nearby Towns: Puerto Aysén, Valle Simpson, Puerto Ibáñez and Balmaceda.

b- What to do / Activities:

Coyhaique and its surroundings brings together different activities including trekking, fly fishing, horse riding, rafting, kayaking, as well as flora and fauna sighting and photography.