Aysén - Simpson Area

Aysén - Simpson Area

Continuing to the south is the Aysén-Simpson Zone where the main cities of the Region, Coyhaique and Puerto Aysén, which represent 87% of the regional population, are located. In this Zone you can feel the rhythms of your cities, their arts, culture, gastronomy and their music. An incredible area also in nature, where you can find National Reserves a couple of kilometers from the city internándote in its forests, fish in world famous rivers, visit the islands and beaches of the Pacific, go to know stays to see how it is sheared Sheep or find yourself face to face with the condors.

The heart of Coyhaique beats all summer long in the Plaza

If your trip takes you to Aysén?s regional capital, there?s little doubt that you will find yourself in the Plaza of Arms in the center of the city at one point or another. Even though Coyhaique is the region?s largest city, it still maintains the intimacy and atmosphere of a small town, where everything radiates from its core.

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Walk the shores of the Simpson River, surrounded by history and nature

The Simpson River, renowned primarily for its great fly-fishing, is gaining popularity with walkers thanks to a fairly new trail that borders the river, offering a beautiful hike for the whole family amongst exuberant nature just 30 km from the city of Coyhaique.

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Puerto Aysén, from bridge to bridge

Puerto Aysén (Port of Aysén) is the second largest city in the region; full of history and nature, great food and fun. The one thing Puerto Aysén is NOT ? is a port! Take a walking tour of town to learn why there are beached ships and ancient docks in this seemingly misnamed city.

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Explore the back roads and nature of Puerto Aysén

Puerto Aysén is blessed in terms of natural wonders. With lush greenery, towering mountains, numerous lakes and rivers, you?ll quickly discover why Puerto Aysén is so popular with fans of nature photography and outdoor sports.

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Get to know mañihualina style hospitality; it?s a real lifesaver!

Take some time to share the relaxing pace of Villa Mañihuales, famous for its fly-fishing and gaucho style hospitality. When we say that mañihualina style hospitality is a real lifesaver we are not exaggerating; the community spirit and celebrations of Villa Mañihuales have literally saved the lives of hundreds of local families.

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Time travel through the streets of Coyhaique

Coyhaique, the capital of the Aysén Region, was founded in 1929. If you have a couple of hours and a bike or good shoes, you can learn about its history and traditions by visiting its neighborhoods and historical landmarks.

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In search of the contrasting landscapes of the Mañihuales sector

Without a doubt, the development and settlement of Patagonia have left traces on its landscapes and culture; contrasts of the delicate balance between livelihood, economic opportunity and healthy natural ecosystems. This half-day circuit takes you off the beaten path to see and consider a variety of these traces for yourself.

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Discover local flavors in the ?picadas? of the capital

Nothing better for making one feel welcome than a generous plate of homemade food. ?Picadas? are those special local restaurants where the food is plentiful and the hosts are authentic, great ambassadors for the identity and traditional gastronomy of a place. Get ready to tour the picadas of Coyhaique, Bon appetit!

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Enjoy these craft beers prepared with the purest waters of Chile

Imagine a tasty artisan brew featuring the pristine waters of the mountain streams flowing from the glaciers of Patagonia. Actually, there?s no need to imagine because each day the selection of small batch brews crafted in Aysén GROWS, and the water makes all the difference! Consider this your official invitation to explore Aysen?s Craft Beer Trail, flowing through the restaurants, bars, breweries and markets.

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Prepare your own empanadas with Aysén style

What better way to learn about Patagonia and its culture than tasting and preparing part of its traditional gastronomy. Here we teach you everything you need to know to impress even the most experienced empanada chefs with this recipe for your choice of beef, ham and cheese, or apple cinnamon fillings.

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Coyhaique National Reserve, 100% nature, just paces from town

It?s not necessary to travel hours from the city to get to know the natural beauties of Patagonia. The Coyhaique National Reserve is located just a few minutes from the regional capital, with 200 year old forests of lenga and more than 12 kilometers of trails, for every level and taste.

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Unleash your creativity at Mi Taller Che, in Villa Ortega

There is a growing local permaculture movement afoot in the tiny town of Villa Ortega, an hour outside of Coyhaique. If you'd like to know more about their sustainable development efforts, visit Mi Taller Che, a local artisan workshop, on a Thursday afternoon during your trip. You'll be able to spend a few hours with the artists of the village, visit local forests to collect the natural materials used in their special artistry and then join them in making your own, unique souvenir.

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