WHERE TO GO IN COYHAIQUE AND PUERTO AYSéN
Reserva Nacional Coyhaique: (Coyhaique Natural Reserve)
It has more than 2,500 acres of land, a circuit for vehicles of 9 kilometers and pedestrian trails that provide insight into a group of lakes, such as Venus Lake, surrounded by native forest. It is located 5 kilometers north of Coyhaique.
Museo Regional de la Patagonia: (Regional Museum of the Patagonia)
3 blocks from the Plaza de Armas of Coyhaique we find this museum with collections of archeology, photography, zoology, history, mineralogy, etc..
Piedra del Indio:
It is located in one of the banks of the Simpson River and corresponds to a stone carved by wind and erosion, which seems to form the profile of an Indian.
This place is located 3 kilometers from Coyhaique and is one of the most visited during the summer in the area.
Reserva Nacional Cerro Castillo: (Cerro Castillo Natural Reserve)
It is located 64 kilometers south of Coyhaique and belongs to one of the 5 natural sanctuaries in the area. It is crossed by the Carretera Austral and has plenty of protected areas to observe the flora and fauna such as the huemul, Chile’s national animal which is found to be endangered.
Within the Cerro Castillo National Reserve we find the Cerro Castillo (Hill), located more than 2,100 meters high as well as the Chiguay Lake.
Monumento Nacional Las Manos de Cerro Castillo:
This is a rock wall with traces of cave paintings from the tehuelche people with handprints of adults and children.
Reserva Nacional Río Simpson: (Rio Simpson National Reserve)
This national park has over 40,000 acres of natural areas, where there are creeks and summits. The rivers are outstanding, especially the Simpson River where fly fishing is practiced. Other tributaries are the Rivers Cascada de la Virgen and Correntoso.
Monumento Natural Dos Lagunas: (Dos Lagunas Natural Monument)
This protected area is located 20 kilometers east of Coyhaique. In its 180 acres we find a native wildlife inhabited by the black woodpecker, red fox, Patagonian thrush and black-necked swan among others. We can also see the deciduous forest flora of Aysen, Caulker, ñirre and the Chilean strawberry.
In Puerto Aysén:
Parque Nacional Laguna San Rafael:
It is located 15 kilometers from the city of Puerto Aysen and 82 kilometers south of Puerto Chacabuco. It is the largest natural park in the Aysen region and 400 thousand acres belong to the Campos de Hielo Norte (Northern Ice Fields).
Other attractions are the Monte San Valentin, with over 4000 meters of altitude, and undoubtedly the stunning Laguna San Rafael and its Glacier that can be crossed in small boats to observe the melting glaciers.
Puente Presidente Ibáñez: (President Ibañez Bridge)
It is the longest suspension bridge in the country. It is 210 meters long and divides the city of Puerto Aysen, joining Coyhaique with Puerto Chacabuco.
At its side it has an attractive craft gallery, where products are often developed in the area, especially in leather, wool and wood.
It is an urban park located next to the Plaza de Armas of this place. You can see a full view of the town and its surroundings.
Vivero Forestal el Mallín:
Located within 1 mile of Puerto Aysen, it is a place where native species of the area are found and conifers such as pine, cypress of the Guaitecas , ferns and others.