The 10 Best Things to Do in Puerto Aisen, Chile

December 18, 2017 Renato Branum

Puerto Aisén is a city of Chile located in the Aysén del General Carlos Ibáñez del Campo Region, 4 kilometres (2 mi) above the head of Aisén Fjord in the country's extreme south. Puerto Aisén, which is the capital city of both the Aysén Province and the commune of Aisén is located 65 kilometres (40 mi) from the Regional Capital of Coyhaique, and 15 kilometres (9 mi) from the port of Puerto Chacabuco, main entry point to Puerto Aisén by sea. The main tourist attraction is Lagoon San Rafael.
Restaurants in Puerto Aisen

1. Presidente Ibanez Bridge

Puerto Aisen, Chile
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4 based on 95 reviews

Presidente Ibanez Bridge

Reviewed By fizzy1991 - Nashville, Tennessee

We were stuck for hours on the "wrong" side of this bridge because the locals were protesting by blocking the bridge and all traffic including our buses (5 in all). Our "release" had to be negotiated by the police so that we could get on our cruise ship. There were some very tense moments as were had to get off our bus and walk around the ring of tires that had been set on fire. This was not the way to in dear tourist to your area. Talk about "cutting off your nose to spite your face".

2. Ecoturismo la Pancha

Camino Laguna Los Palos Km 7 | Sargento Aldea 1151, Puerto Aisen 6000555, Chile +(56)98878572
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4.5 based on 37 reviews

Ecoturismo la Pancha

La Pancha Ecotourism is located in the southern Chilean Patagonia,seven kilometers away from Puerto Aysen.It's at the foot of the snowy canyon from which originates several water Springs that nourish Los Palos river.We offer excursions, horseback riding and kayaking.La Pancha Ecotourism is an ideal spot for those who are looking for tranquility and a deep connection with the Chilean Patagonia.

Reviewed By djcarras - Santiago, Region Metropolitana, Chile

Nice place to visit and practice horse riding through beautiful Forests and kayaking across the fantastic lagoon and river called "Los Palos", lead by an excelent tour guide who will tell you a lot of stories from that place. . The food is awsome, I...Morethank you for your opinion, we hope in the next summer we speak more english and don`t have any problem with the communication. is very important for us recieve english language opinion. really thank very much, bye bye. Lorena y Fernando

3. Centro Turistico Bahia Acantilada

Puerto Aisen, Chile +56 9 3188 1768
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4.5 based on 37 reviews

Centro Turistico Bahia Acantilada

Reviewed By Rafael P - Coyhaique, Chile

Fuimos con mi familia por primera vez. Se llega por un hermoso camino en regulares condiciones, pero rodeado de selva austral, cascadas y avifauna. Infraestructura de primer nivel. Extensa playa de arena. Belleza escénica que nos muestra la Patagonia en toda su expresión.
Pudimos ver cóndores y lobos marinos.

4. AguaHielo Expediciones

Puerto Aisen, Chile
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5 based on 17 reviews

AguaHielo Expediciones

Sea kayaking trip specialist company, running trip throughout Aysen region in Patagonia - Chile. Self-support trip to San Rafael glacier national Park and Baker river descending as a course. Also day-tours in Puerto Aysen and costumized trip all over Aysen region.

Reviewed By Koby S

The Expedition to Laguna San Rafael
See with pictures @ http://run.kobish-il.com/LSR/LSR.htm

The story starts 6 months ago when I decided to make a trip to Chile, the trip planning process included some discussions with friends and very shortly the important goals where defined, since I love Kayaking and heard about Laguna San Rafael and the San Rafael majestic glacier such an expedition was set as a corner stone...
After consultation with Yosale Dror from my Kayak club (Optimist Sdot-Yam) I have made a decision to paddle in the unknown waters where tide range is 5 meters, currents are strong and weather is unpredictable with a professional guide. I have started looking for a guide and found Rolando Toledo from AguaHielo.
Quitralco 411, Puerto Aisén, Chile
Tel: +56 9 7605 3580
Mail: [email protected]
Besides the everlasting smile on Rolando’s face in the gorgeous pictures and videos, Rolando answered me in perfect English which for me is very useful, making the communication easy and fluent, we have set a date for the expedition on February 20th and I was waiting for it impatiently :).
On January 21st My partner Giora and me were on a flight to Chile and after trekking in Torres del paine Jeinimini and more we arrived at Coyhaique and rented a nice pickup, first thing we did was driving to Puerto Aysen to meet Rolando and get acquainted
We have met Rolando and indeed our good internet impression became an understanding we have made the right choice, we have made a short kayak paddling trip down the Rio Simpson made sure the equipment fits us and asked Rolando for a tip where to camp, to make a long story short our pickup (not 4x4) required some help, it was 21:00 (PM) and Rolando came in 15 minutes from call and towed us out.... what a man
We agreed to meet on February 20th in Puerto Tranquilo where the expedition will start
We made our way down the Caratera Austral had great time visiting Capillas de Marmul, Rio Baker (rafting in Puerto Bertrand) Cochrane (Festival), Villa O’Higgins (El Musco glacier), Chile Chico red rocks (Rolando’s recommendation) and more...
On the 19th we were in Puerto Rio Tranquilo and on the 20th afternoon Rolando arrived as agreed with his famous Bongo loaded with Kayaks, food and equipment
Roland opened with a short plan review using a map
The planned route was the following



We packed quickly and headed Los Tres where we plan to get into the water tomorrow
In Los Tres we met with Don Jaime and Sra Vera, we got a splandid Salmon based dinner (Lazanga, and on the plancha)

And heard the stories on Salmon fishing, Jaime's Balsa (Raft), How the way to Puerto Grosse was opened using fire and water... vey very warm and homelike feeling
Morning the Los Tres point is the merge of 3 rivers and due to the rain in the last few days water level is high and the current is fast (8 knots) looks chalanging but fun as well, we pack the Mexicano (Marco) is saying last goodbye to Vera and we go in, the feeling can not be described, the current the Mountains the Waterfalls so the best way will be to look at Edgardo singing down the river


Rolando is leading making sure the path is clear from wood and eddies and soon we are getting into the pacific waters

We continue to paddle and the wind is coming up, Rolando takes a decision to call it a day and we are heading a small lagoon very protected and nice, We lift the Kayaks 4 meters since tide is low and in minutes Edgardo and Rolando are setting the camp and start cooking

Dinner is a great so a great day is behind us
Second day weather looks nice and we start paddling we pass a Salmon farm and watch the jumping fish, the farms are nice but bring a lot of pollution... while paddling one can see the seagulls tonina dolphines and sea lions

We pass the the strait of Golfo Elfantes, paddling down current avoiding the eddies and having grreeat fum, Patagonian weather is surprising so after a very good weather at day start we suddenly get strong head wind waves start rising and rain is striking our faces, Rolando is signing to get closer to the shore and is tieing one of the boats to his Kayak we are back in safety soon enough :), wind goes down we continue paddling and get to a very nice beach for the second night, good food, good wine, full moon light, huge campfire what more can we ask for

Third day, we will start late because we want the incoming tide water current to take us into Laguna San Rafael, paddling against the current will not be a good idea :), since we are lucky not only tide current is at our back but also the wind, Rolando has a small sail but all us fly with the current and back wind into the laguna and get to see the floating glaciers

Camping at Laguna San Rafael is convinient, meal is good as always and in the next morning we are hiking by foot to the San Rafael glacier mirador (lookout) a little rest from the long ~110 KM we covered in the last 3 days

Afternoon short Kayak trip to the glacier during which we pickup some ice from the water for a special use



Last day in the laguna consists of paddeling through the ice to the far side of the glacier and walking to its blue icy face, the expirience is so wonderful words will not be good enough and also the pictures only hint how great this is




For dinner Rolando says he will fish, I must confese I wasn't optimistic but in an hour I witnessed the miracle

Rolando got 4 large Robalo fish which Edgardo prepared in the oven.... how come we have an oven during an expadition? well Rolando being a very generous expedition manger got hard rain forecast and decided to rent the guarderia building for us and eventhough the rain was not that hard we got the luxurious building along with wine and very nice jokes Marko was telling we had great evening
In the morning we took all the gear packed and loaded a small boat that took us back
Great great expirience, many thanks to the profesionalism of Rolando and Edgardo and the nice team, Giora, Roberto, Francisco, Marko, Mauricio and me Kobi the writer of the above
Bottom line very recommended expedition and if you decide to do it only with Rolando and Aguahielo

5. Plaza de Armas de Puerto Aysen

Puerto Aisen, Chile
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4 based on 41 reviews

Plaza de Armas de Puerto Aysen

Reviewed By Gustavo O - Santiago, Chile

Es una linda plaza, muy limpia y ordenada en la que abundan grandes árboles. En una de las Esquina y frente a uno de los lados que la forman se encuentra el edificio de la Municipalidad de Puerto Aysen y en diagonal al otro lado está la Iglesia Catedral. Destaca en esta misma Esquina un enorme ancla, que es el símbolo de la ciudad. A diferencia de otras plazas, poseé muchas bancas de madera nativa, muy cómodas para descansar un rato luego de recorrer la ciudad. Es un espacio público muy apreciado por los habitantes, ya que en ella se realizan muchas actividades en el que participan familias de Puerto Aysen y sus alrededores. Por su ubicación es un punto de visita obligado para los visitantes de Puerto Aysén.

6. Cascada del Leon

Valle Pangal, a unos 8 km desde la ruta Aysen a Coyahique, Puerto Aisen 6000000, Chile
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4.5 based on 19 reviews

Cascada del Leon

Reviewed By Adrian K - Buenos Aires, Argentina

Atractivo de los alrededores de AYSEN ,esta cascada es muy bonita pero no mas que eso.Si es genial toda la caminata anterior y posterior.

7. El Pionero

Bernardo O"Higgins | 1260, Puerto Aisen 6000000, Chile
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4.5 based on 3 reviews

El Pionero

Reviewed By rtocol - Puerto Aisen, Chile

Una viaje inolvidable en una linda embarcación, excelente atención y disfrutando del mar y la naturaleza, puede un disfrutar y energizarse de unos paisajes maravillosos a través del fiordo de Aysén, también pudiendo llenarse de aire puro y buenas energías; un paseo que sin lugar a dudas debe repetirse; fue excepcional el destino perfecto para disfrutar de una maravilosa experiencia de mar y naturaleza.

8. Laguna Chiguay

Carretera Austral | Coyhaique, Puerto Aisen, Chile
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4.5 based on 4 reviews

Laguna Chiguay

Reviewed By Adriana S - Belo Horizonte, MG

This is a wonderful place for light trekking to a stunning view. Follow the "Buena Vista" trail to the viewpoint. It takes approximately one hour and a half along a loop trail. The reserve offers facilities for picnics, fresh water, toilets and educational acivities.
Not to be missed on your trip/drive to Cerro Castillo, Puerto Ibanez and Capillas de Marmol.

9. Cascada La Virgen

Ruta 240, Puerto Aisen, Chile
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3.5 based on 6 reviews

Cascada La Virgen

Reviewed By angeleyes27 - Marlton, New Jersey

This waterfall is located on the road from Coyhaique to Puerto Chacabuco. There is a double waterfall which is not high but still pretty. On the right side of the waterfall is a shrine to the Virgin Mary with a grotto. It is very cool and has a large cross on the hill. Many people go on the road in front of the waterfall to take pictures but you must be very careful as traffic comes whizzing past on this road which makes it a bit dangerous.

10. Chile Birding Chile

Puerto Aisen 6000000, Chile
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5 based on 1 reviews

Chile Birding Chile

Special interest turism agency in Chile, we are certificates in WFR, flora & fauna. We have more than 12 years of experience, moving from Arica to Punta Arenas, including diferent Islands like Juan Fernandez, Rapa Nui and Chiloe. We have tours in Patagonia like Laguna San Rafael, Exploradores, Glacier, Marmol Caves, Queulat, and we have 6 tours in Puerto Aysen of birdwatching, culture, flora&fauna

Reviewed By Jed B

Diego and Thamars were very helpful in providing me with activities to do near Pto Aysen and making them possible. Also, they have very good English, if that is something important to you

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