Coyhaique is the capital of the distant XI region of Chile. The city was founded in 1929 and had a growth slow until the construction of the Carretera Austral in the 1980s. Since then, Coyhaique has begun to grow until reaching the current population of about 45,000 inhabitants. The Coyhaique word means landscape of lakes in the language of the original inhabitants of the region: the Tehuelche. The best time to visit Coyhaique is located in the austral summer season, from late November until early April. In winter the temperatures can be extremely cold, with the possibility of snow.
In the city, it is worth travel 5 km course to the North to visit the Coyhaique national reserve. In this natural reserve can find native and exotic flora, as well as a variety of birds. Another interesting place to visit in the city is the small local museum that is facing the Plaza de Armas. However, is in the beautiful landscape filled with mountains, rivers, lakes and forests, that surrounds the city where the main tourist attractions in Coyhaique. Coyhaique is synonymous with outdoor activities. Simpson, Aysen and Baker rivers are excellent for fly fishing. There are also some lakes where trout, thanks to pure water and the abundance of food, was extraordinarily developed. Contrary to rivers, in these lakes, due to the configuration of its coasts, is best for onboard fishing.
The Simpson River has also excellent sections for the kayaking and rafting lovers. Some parts of the River are calm enough to allow the occasional tourists to enjoy these experiences. Another activity near the city of Coyhaique is horseback riding, an ideal way to enjoy the nature and wildlife of the region. Finally, there are two reserves near Coyhaique: Rio Simpson national reserve, Reserva Nacional Cerro Castillo, which are fantastic for hiking for several days. Coyhaique and Aisen region were neglected as a tourist destination for many years, in part due to the lack of population and the inaccessibility of the region. Today, are the same reasons which make Coyhaique a paradise for lovers of nature from around the world. Original author and source of the article.