Welcome to Coyhaique!
Coihaique, also spelled Coyhaique in Patagonia, is the capital city or the Patagonian Aysen region. Founded by settlers in 1929, it is a young city. Until the twentieth century, Chile showed little interest in exploiting the remote Aysen region. The Carretera Austral road opened in the 1980s. The commune of Coihaique spans an area of 43,297 km2 (16,717 sq mi). It is surrounded by rivers (Simpson and Coihaique) and by mountains. The mountains may be snow-covered throughout the year, thus Coihaique is sometimes called the city of eternal snow..
The nearest largest airport is Balmaceda 55 kilometers away, with domestic flights to Santiago de Chile.
The way to get here by bus from Santiago de Chile is by taking a bus to Puerto Montt (12-13h) and then from there to Coyhaique.
Public transport by bus and regular taxis are available.
- City center.
- Sculptural Marble Chapels in the lake General Carrera.
- Queulat National Park.
- Austral highway.
- Coyhaique National Reserve, (From Coyhaique drive North along rute 7, turn right after a few kilometers). A small national reserve with several well kept paths for day hikes with varied flora and great views over Coyhaique. $2000.
- Salvaje Corazon is a small custom provider of unique travel experiences to Chilean and Argentine Patagonia. Go to to spectacular locations that are little known and as yet uncrowded.
- Two big supermatkets are Unimarc and Bigger, both located on Lautaro street, next to the corner with A. Prat street.
- For outdoor equipment, there are a few shops in town: North Face and Patagonia close to the main square, a shop on A. Prat at the corner with F. Bilbao, a shop called Refugio Patagon (mainly for climbing) and another shop on Freire.
- Mamma gaucha - Pizza in Coyhaique, fusing Patagon lore with a sophisticated palette and reasonable prices, Mamma Gaucha could please the fussiest road warrior.
- Dalí - Chilean restaurant, a happy surprise, dining in this chef's home is a special event. There's no menu, just a few well-attended candlelit tables.
- Café de Mayo - A meeting spot specializing in espresso drinks, farm egg breakfasts or filling staples like pastel de choclo (maize casserole).
- Ruibarbo - For wonderful, drawn-out lunches by the woodstove. Highlights include appetizers like baked razor clams with bubbling cheese or smoked salmon mixed with greens and plums. There's also pisco sours and affordable set menus for lunch. Don't skip the rhubarb crème brûlée – the owner is an inventive pastry chef.