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.

Wake up with the Andean condor in Coyhaique Alto

The Andean condor is the national symbol of Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru, and represents power, strength and freedom for the people of Patagonia. In Aysén it's still a daily event to stop, look up at the sky and marvel at these giants circling in the jet-stream high above without any visible effort. Seeing them up close is a privilege extended to only a few, but if you're willing to get up early, you're likely to be rewarded in Aysén.

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Explore the arts in Coyhaique, inspired by the beauty of Patagonia

If you are a fan of music, painting, literature, theater, and the rest of the arts, Coyhaique is sure to capture your curiosity and your heart!

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Time for a little Bohemia Coyhaiquina?

After so much travel and time in nature, a change of place can be welcome; if you feel the same, head out into the night air and enjoy a bit of music and dance. Although Coyhaique is small (as regional capitals go), it boasts an active nightlife and various spots to unwind.

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Pedaling through the Simpson Valley

The valleys between Coyhaique and the Balmaceda airport contain some of the oldest and largest farms in the region. This 77 km biking route travels the interior of the Simpson Valley, meandering meadows, rivers, lagoons and small villages, where you can relax and share a few mates with pioneers of the area.

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?Gaucho up? In the talabarterías (saddleries) of the Capital

It?s a pretty safe bet that as you've traveled around the region of Aysén, you've run into gauchos; men and women who proudly maintain old-style Patagonia customs, from the way they live and work to the way that they dress. Gaucho traditions came to Aysén with the pioneers and remain alive today, despite the arrival of modern technology and globalization. Learn more about these traditions and do a little !gauchoing up! of your own in the saddleries of Coyhaique.

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Visit Cerro Huemules, home of the world?s most southern deer

Formerly, the habitat of the huemul extended throughout much of the Southern Cone; north to Mendoza, Argentina, and south, to the Strait of Magellan. Today only a few thousand of these deer remain, most residing in the Patagonian Andes.

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Bring ancient ice fields back to life during this weekend escape

Glacial Ice and tectonic forces have made Patagonia an incredible natural work of art and this short getaway gives you the chance to study the canvas from up close! Prepare your bike, your tent and your fishing rod and follow this 157 km route, winding around beautiful valleys, lake after lake, and river after river; all within a few hours of Coyhaique.

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Head to Frio Lake to Learn how to Bottle the Essence of Patagonia

Artisan fruit-infused liqueurs are found throughout the Chile, but in Aysén they take on unique characteristics. The purity of the water and intense climate provide a special essence to native fruits. When blended with family traditions and expertise, the result is amazing flavor and color - unique concoctions that you won?t be able to resist taking home to share with friends.

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Balmaceda is sure to (almost) blow you away!

The regional airport is located just steps away from the small border town of Balmaceda. Yes, it is tiny, but its history is gigantic. Instead of spending hours waiting at the airport, leverage your last few minutes being ?blown away? by the fresh Patagonian breezes and one of the oldest settlements in the region.

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