What to do and see in Coyhaique, Chile: The Best Places and Tips

November 6, 2017 Velvet Mowry

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

1. Reserva Nacional Cerro Castillo

Coyhaique, Chile +56 9 4272 5813
Excellent
89%
Good
10%
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5 based on 205 reviews

Reserva Nacional Cerro Castillo

Reviewed By AustinWhitewater - Austin, Texas

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.

2. Coyhaique National Reserve

Coyhaique, Chile +56 9 7432 1684
Excellent
66%
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4.5 based on 183 reviews

Coyhaique National Reserve

Reviewed By John B - Pelham, New York

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.

3. Plaza de Armas

Peatonal Horn, Coyhaique, Chile
Excellent
29%
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4 based on 317 reviews

Plaza de Armas

Reviewed By TravelReviewer1983 - London, United Kingdom

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. Casino Dreams Coyhaique

Calle Magallanes 131, Coyhaique 5959601, Chile
Excellent
29%
Good
44%
Satisfactory
19%
Poor
5%
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3%
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4 based on 244 reviews

Casino Dreams Coyhaique

Reviewed By TravellingNature - New York City, New York

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

5. Piedra del Indio

Coyhaique, Chile +56 9 8724 7454
Excellent
30%
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4 based on 143 reviews

Piedra del Indio

Reviewed By olie293 - Buderim, Australia

on the way to and from Coyhaique you pass this area and the views are yet again spectacular and the camera gets hot from the action. The only reason for the visit was that the bus went this way.

6. Monumento al Ovejero

Av. Baquedano, Coyhaique, Chile
Excellent
28%
Good
38%
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4 based on 203 reviews

Monumento al Ovejero

Reviewed By LMDominguez - Winston Salem, North Carolina

Monument built in 1944 to the shepherds who tend to sheep in this part of Chile. During the summer, the monument is surrounded by a large number of rose bushes.

7. Rio Simpson Nacional Reserve

KM 37 Rota Coyhaique-Puerto Aysen, Coyhaique, Chile
Excellent
59%
Good
33%
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6%
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4.5 based on 45 reviews

Rio Simpson Nacional Reserve

Reviewed By JSTrip_77 - Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

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.

8. Ruta Seis Lagunas Coyhaique

Coyhaique, Chile
Excellent
53%
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30%
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4.5 based on 59 reviews

Ruta Seis Lagunas Coyhaique

Reviewed By esbates09 - Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile

Had to choose what not to snap a photo of! Get a taxi to take you, it'll be around 60.000. Know that the ride will be bumpy

9. Catedral de Coyhaique. Nuestra Senora de Los Dolores

Plaza 485, Coyhaique 5952112, Chile +56 67 221 2305
Excellent
27%
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4 based on 47 reviews

Catedral de Coyhaique. Nuestra Senora de Los Dolores

Reviewed By JSTrip_77 - Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

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.

10. Peatonal Horn

Coyhaique, Chile
Excellent
17%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
44%
Poor
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Terrible
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3.5 based on 70 reviews

Peatonal Horn

Reviewed By jlizama16 - Easter Island, Chile

if you want pizza or a better meal, you have 3 or 4 restaurants in the same street and small market to buy souveniers.

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