Coyhaique (Spanish pronunciation: [koˈʝai̯.ke]), also spelled Coihaique in Patagonia, is the capital city of both the Coyhaique Province and the Aysén Region of Chile. Founded by settlers in 1929, it is a young city. Until the twentieth century, Chile showed little interest in exploiting the remote Aisén region. The Carretera Austral road opened in the 1980s.
Restaurants in Coyhaique
5 based on 205 reviews
Departing from Coyhaique, Chile, our Wilderness Travel group van traveled south on the famous Carretera Austral (Southern Way), which is Chile’s Route 7 that runs 770 miles from Puerto Montt to Villa O’Higgins and travels through 17 National Parks and Reserves. We were on our way to visit and hike the spectacular Parque Patagonia near Cochrane along the Rios Baker and Chacabucco, a soon to be a new Chilean National Park.
Our trip down Route 7 took us through the beautiful Reserva Nacional Cerro Castillo and it is visually stunning. This was not our destination and we didn’t hike here but I wanted to. Maybe another trip is needed to do exactly that?
Even if you don’t step outside your vehicle, the drive alone is worth it. The road is paved all the way down to the small town of Villa Cerro Castillo but after that it is dirt and gravel all the way south once it crosses the Rio Ibanez.
4.5 based on 183 reviews
Went here for an afternoon while in town.
2500 pesos entry fee.
Drove around but also did the very nice trail around the lake.
Very quiet and peaceful. Well marked out through the woods.
We enjoyed it very much
You could also bike or hike the entire reserve.
4 based on 317 reviews
This plaza de armas doesn't have too much going on but it is an interesting spot to do some people watching. There are some restaurants just off the plaza and the tourist information too.
4 based on 244 reviews
Of course the top floors are the best and on the web you can book directly with the hotel and get a really good price and the breakfast is excellent
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4.5 based on 45 reviews
The Rio Simpson National Reserve is designed for visits by people who are mobility challenged, time-limited or just lazy. It consists of a tiny little circuit trail that goes from the road to the river and has a small little off-shoot that goes to the river itself. The little museum on site is pretty interesting. Even though I am not a fan of taxidermy, there are some examples of the key mammals and birds. Since you won't likely see many of them up close, especially not in the Reserve, take a peek. You really won't need too much time here.
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4 based on 47 reviews
Located right on Plaza de Armas, the Cathedral is a relatively unattractive a-frame, concrete building that looks like so many buildings built during this unfortunate era of architecture. In addition to being architecturally uninteresting, the building looks to be in relatively shoddy shape. The interior is a bit more interesting with murals and such. Overall, the place has the appearance of having been done in a rush, and on the cheap. There aren't too many noteworthy sites in the town so if you have time, take a peek but keep your expectations low.
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